Thompson, who is originally from Oklahoma, started his career with the National Park Service 42 years ago when he began volunteering at age 13 at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. He has since served in 13 National Park Service areas and is a second-generation ranger, following in his father’s footsteps, according to the park service.
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Since 2012, Thompson has also been the editorial advisor for “Ranger” magazine, has authored a novel, and published multiple articles.
“I have appreciated Kendell’s performance as the acting superintendent at Dayton Aviation over the past months and what he accomplished previously as the superintendent of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial,” said Cam Sholly, Midwest regional director for the National Park Service. “He has done an excellent job of listening and fostering relationships and will be a strong superintendent and partner to the community.”
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