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Alumnus Jim Wittkop, '03, Assumes Full Time Duties with US Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska
June 24, 2009

Contact: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Wittkop is standing by a Found Aircraft FB 2C BushHawk on Aerocet floats.
Wittkop is standing by a Found Aircraft FB 2C BushHawk on Aerocet floats.
Alumnus Jim Wittkop,'03, will be working as a refuge officer/pilot at the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, based in King Salmon, Alaska.  Wittkop attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and completing field officer training in South Dakota prior to assuming his full time duties in law enforcement and aviation for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska.

Wittkop completed both agricultural aviation and natural resources aviation BS degrees at the U of M, Crookston, as well as an AAS in Agronomy.  After graduation, he worked as a spray pilot and subsequently as a game warden/pilot for the State of North Dakota prior to his most recent appointment with the federal agency.

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