USDA Honors Manager-Soldier

USDA rural development Thursday welcomed back Army reservist, Maj. Ed Hunt of Dekalb.

Hunt recently returned from active duty with the 1181st Transportation Battalion in Kuwait. He got back to work with USDA this week.

"It means a lot to me to be back with my family, back with my wife and my two young boys. Having to go away and spend the time with the military, my wife understands and I understand. I signed up and there's always the likelihood that you may have to go and serve your country. That's exactly what I did and now that I'm back, I'm glad to be back," said Hunt.

"Ed is a tireless worker and he's the only person we had at USDA rural development in all of our counties across the states who was deployed full-time," said executive director Nick Walters. "And we have been thinking about him and praying for him since he's been gone and for his family. We just wanted to use this as an opportunity to say thank you."

Even though Hunt's previous office in Dekalb has been closed, his employment has been protected. Hunt now works in the USDA's Newton location.