Hero of the Week: District attorney relishes diverse days, ‘concrete’ results

Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office
Published June 12, 2019
Updated: June 12, 2019
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Kyle Guess, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District assistant district council, poses for a photo outside the district headquarters building June 7, 2019. Guess was a Navy officer and Navy civilian attorney before joining USACE. (U.S. Army photo by Andria Allmond)

FORT NORFOLK, Va. – This week’s Norfolk District Hero of the Week wasn’t searching for a predictable and repetitive career, which might explain his success here.

Kyle Guess, Norfolk District assistant district council, said no two days have been the same since joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 10 years ago – and for that, he’s grateful.

“We always have new projects, things are always changing,” Guess said. “It’s not the same thing over and over again. No day is ever what you think it’s going to be when you get here in the morning.”

While unsure of the opportunities each day will deliver, he knows every charge offers the unique prospect of seeing his work materialize.

“To watch something start as a budget document, a design, become construction, then actually see it become something concrete – it’s unusual for an attorney to be a part of something like that,” the Ohio native said.

And he’s had multiple occasions to see his toils turn to fruition.

“His recent efforts supporting the award of the $40 million aviation instruction building project, the (South Norfolk) Jordan Bridge litigation and a high-visibility Defense Logistics Agency contract are just a few examples where Kyle's input has helped this team deliver on our commitments,” said Col. Patrick Kinsman, Norfolk District commander.

Beginning his career as a Navy officer in 1996, Guess transferred to a Navy civilian position before advancing to his role with the Corps. He’s worked in the legal arena for more than two decades.

Despite his time in the field, he said his previous experiences never offered the distinctive role he has with the district.

Guess said, “Unlike other legal jobs, it’s very cool to play a little part in the fruits of the district’s labor – that’s special.”