Pat Hein Retires from National Weather Service

National Weather Service (NWS) Green Bay's Observing Program Leader Patrick Hein retired from the agency on June 1, 2013, after nearly 43 years of service with the federal government.

Hein began his federal service career as a Communication Center Specialist in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in 1972.

In 1974, he joined the NWS as a Forecaster Aide at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. A few years later, he was offered a position at either the Madison or Green Bay office. He chose Green Bay as it was closer to hunting and fishing, two of his personal passions.

Hein has worked at Green Bay since 1979, almost 34 years, which is the longest any employee has ever been at Green Bay. He served as the Cooperative Program Manager from 1994 to 2005 and was promoted and served as Observing Program Leader from 2005 until his retirement. Hein experienced a wide range of NWS systems and procedures during his career. His dedication and positive attitude enhanced our operations and will leave us an outstanding observation program.

A retirement party in his honor was held on May 30 at a local restaurant. We will sorely miss Pat's colorful character and dedication to our mission. Pat and his wife, Patricia, have two adult children. We wish them good health and happiness in retirement.

Pat Hein (right) receiving a service award from Meteorologist-in-Charge Gary Austin.

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