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Contact: Amy Bracewell, 605-574-3114(Keystone, SD) Superintendent Gerard Baker and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial staff recently welcomed the new Director of Interpretation and Education to the park. On April 6, 2009, Mr. Navnit “Nav” K. Singh joined the National Park Service team and will be working with the interpretation and education staff on the memorial’s programming for visitors, local school groups, and special park events.
Nav brings extensive leadership and senior management experience acquired over twenty years of active duty with the United States Air Force. He possesses diverse skills and expertise in engineering and construction, project management, contract management, contract negotiation, budget and finance, logistics management, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, emergency preparedness, fire and crash rescue, environmental programs and airport-scale campus management. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Nav most recently served as the first Director of the Air Force Facility Energy Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Throughout his service in the Air Force, he served on fifteen different assignments and deployments in five countries including Germany, Italy, Korea and Kuwait. Nav is a combat-decorated veteran who most recently served in 2008 as Commander of Facility Engineering Team 1 performing combat engineering missions for the 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division North throughout northern Iraq.
Before his career with the Air Force, Nav spent over six years in interpretation and education at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. His background in interpretation and his time spent at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 2005 – 2007 has created a strong connection to the area. “My family and I fell in love with the people, Black Hills, and Rapid City during our time at Ellsworth. The local area and Mount Rushmore are such powerful places for everyone who visits; it is truly an honor to be a part of the leadership team at one of America’s greatest icons.”