Fort Worth District employee honored as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Real Estate Professional of the Year

Published Aug. 27, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, recently released the selection of Rocky Lee, deputy for the District’s Real Estate Division as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Real Estate Professional of the Year.  The annual headquarters level award distinguishes the best real estate professional from among the nine divisions and 42 districts in the Corps of Engineers.  

“I am really humbled by this award but really the team deserves the credit,” Lee said. “It was a shock when I found out but working with such great people makes the recognition that more special.”  

Lee, originally from Breckenridge, Texas, owned his own appraisal business before joining the Fort Worth District and was able to use that experience of real estate acquisition and appraisal knowledge in the successful negotiation and acquisition of 24,000 acres of property worth over $40 million for Fort Polk. The additional land provides critical training land for current and future live-fire and maneuver requirements for the Army.  

Fort Worth District Commander, Colonel Charles H. Klinge, Jr., said, “this is a tremendous accomplishment and honor for Rocky, our entire Real Estate Division and the Fort Worth District.” 

Lee’s supervisor and Real Estate Division Chief, Hyla Head, said she is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Rocky and to share the responsibilities of leading the Real Estate Division at the Fort Worth District.  

“We both have various strong points that we bring to our jobs and fortunately for our team they complement one another,” said Head.  “He is the calming force in our relationship and is a wonderful mentor and coach and an exceptional trainer.”   

In the announcement to senior Corps of Engineer officials, the Director of Real Estate for the command, Scott L. Whiteford said, “Rocky is passionate about building great people and teams for tomorrow.  He is a mentor and coach to real estate team members and works daily to shape the workforce.  Rocky's focus on excellence and customer service set the standard for the real estate community and define what GREAT looks like for USACE real estate.”   

“He knows how important it is to share his real estate knowledge to our team in order to ensure we are able to support our customers and continue our mission.” added Head, “It was a real pleasure nominating him for this honor."                                                                          


Picture of Lee is available on request.  

About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District website at: and SWF Facebook at:

Clay Church

Release no. 13-053