The Protectors of Tule Springs’ newest Board member, Dev Basudev, was born and raised on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. He says, “Now I’m in a desert, go figure!” Dev spent the first 15 years of his life in Uganda and Kenya (countries in East Africa on the shores of Lake Victoria). He then immigrated to the United States and graduated high school from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 70 miles north of Philadelphia.

Dev joined the United States Air Force and enjoyed a 27-year career with various assignments in operational flying, coordinating close air support for allied and U.S. ground forces, and then operational testing of fighter aircraft and equipment at Nellis Air Force Base. He then joined civil service as a test director for Nellis AFB and is now retired. He says in all his years in project management and leading teams, knowing how to follow is his most important skill.

Dev became a member of the Protectors in 2013 after learning of efforts to protect fossils right where he walked his dogs every day. Dev has grown to love the plants, animals and the fossils in the Northern Mojave Desert. He has been very involved with the Monument, participating in clean-up efforts, helping to guide hikes and leading the “I’m a Protector” community watch program’s perimeter patrol activities.

The Board is grateful for Dev’s leadership and commitment over the past five years and is very pleased to welcome him to the Board of Directors. Congratulations, Dev!