Derek Hagood, operations manager for Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Quality Evaluation Facility, was named Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Beyond Expectations Peer Employee of the Year for 2013 during a ceremony Dec. 12.
Hagood grew up in Pine Bluff, Fordyce and Arkansas City. He graduated from Arkansas City High School, He studied computer information systems at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and later obtained a CISCO certification through Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK). He has been employed at the Arsenal since 2005. He was in the U.S. Army National Guard for six years where he worked in networking and communications.
When asked about receiving the award, Hagood said it was a surprise.
“I had no idea I was even getting the award nor did any of my supervisors,” Hagood said. “I was honored. I was honestly just being myself and doing my job.”
Hagood has one daughter, Trinity.