USAG Fort Detrick commander meets employees at town hall
August 25, 2010
By Nick Minecci
FORT DETRICK, Md. - Approximately 200 people gathered Aug. 17 in Fort Detrick's Strough Auditorium for a town hall meeting with Col. Judith Robinson, USAG Fort Detrick commander.
"It's been a while since we met like this, and first, I want to thank you all for everything you do, and I want to update you on what we have accomplished," Robinson told the crowd.
Robinson then shared the recent awards Fort Detrick has earned, including the 2010 Army Community of Excellence-Exemplary Practice Winner, 2010 5 Best Family Friendly Workplaces in Frederick County award, Outstanding Housing Team, 2010 Tree City USA, 2010 Maryland Plant Award, multiple Federal Career Service Award winners, the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Program, and 2010 Army Medium Fire Dept of the Year and Army Fire Prevention Program of the Year.
Speaking about the fire department and fire prevention awards, Robinson told the crowd, "We believe this is the first time an installation has won two awards like that, so we are very proud. Keep your fingers crossed for Friday when the Department of Defense names its winners," she said.
Robinson also updated the employees on the ongoing construction projects Fort Detrick has, including the new Nallin entry point, which she said will improve the flow of traffic onto and off post. "There will be dedicated right and left turn lanes on Opossumtown Pike, so that will help with the congestion," she said.
She also discussed the planned Consolidated Logistics Facility, Emergency Services Center and the new auditorium that will replace World War II-era Strough Auditorium. Speaking about Fort Detrick Forest Glen, she updated the crowd about the new National Museum of Health and Medicine, the new hazardous storage facility and new police and fire facilities planned there.
Discussing construction of the Medical Countermeasure Test and Evaluation Facility, formerly known as U.S. Army Research Institute for Infectious Diseases Recapitalization Project: Phase II, she explained what it is and why it is needed.
Ending the briefing part of the town hall, Robinson talked about upcoming events, including Saturday's Installation Ball, the Community Covenant reaffirmation Aug. 22, the upcoming Labor Day holiday, and the tent Fort Detrick will sponsor at the Great Frederick Fair, Sept. 18-26.
Following the briefing Robinson took questions from the crowd, and answered concerns about Fort Detrick issues that have been in the news.