- Cullman, Alabama

January 15, 2013

Puckett recognized for 50 years of U.S. Government service

Cullman County USDA NRCS

CULLMAN — The United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service recently recognized Cliff Puckett for 50 years of U.S. Government service at its North Team meeting.

Puckett began his government career in 1959 with the U.S. Army. He served three years at the Pentagon under the Army Chief of Staff. Then Puckett was assigned to the joint military mission for aid to Turkey. Back in the U.S., Puckett was an instructor at the Army Intelligence School in Baltimore, Md. Then he was assigned to the Maryland Army National Guard as Senior Enlisted Advisor in Silver Springs, Md.

Puckett’s first tour in Vietnam was with USARV Special Troops at Long Bihn. Back in the states, Puckett was Senior Enlisted Advisor for the U.S. Army Reserve in Macon, Ga., followed by returning to Vietnam with the 90th Replacement Battalion at Saigon. Before retiring from the Army in 1979 with 20 years of service, he served with the Fifth Infantry Division Mech at Fort Polk, La.

During Puckett’s military career he was awarded: Bronze Star, Army Accommodation Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with five battle stars, Vietnam Service Metal with 60 device, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Meritorious Service Metal.

After his Army retirement, Puckett furthered his education under the GI Bill before going to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, which later became the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Cullman. Later Puckett became a Conservation Technician in the Lawrence County office, 1982-88. In 1988, he transferred back to the Cullman office where he remains ready to help Cullman County farmers with their soil and water conservation.