RRAD antiterrorism team claims fourth consecutive award
February 23, 2012
RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas - Red River Army Depot's vigilance and out-of-the-box thinking has paid off after being named one of the best at protecting those who support the Warfighter. The Department of the Army recently selected winners in the Best Antiterrorism Program -- Fixed Installation category with RRAD receiving the runner-up award.
This year's winner was Fort Hood, Texas, which represented U.S. Army Forces Command. Wallace E. Embrey, Jr., director for the emergency services, accepted the award on behalf of the depot at the 2012 Army Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference conducted from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, 2012 at the Shades of Green Military Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Nominations were selected from commands throughout the Army. Winners were selected by the Army G-3/5/7, Antiterrorism Awards Board.
"This award is a culmination of all the hard work the Red River Army Depot team has put into making our Protection Program one of best in the Army," said Embrey. "Even though we may have not been named the best this year, we have either won or been selected as the 1st runner-up for four consecutive years."
This distinction highlights the command's efforts directed towards protecting depot employees and assigned missions, as well as the thousands of guests and customers visiting RRAD annually.
Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock, U.S. Army provost marshal general, stated that RRAD serves as a model example of what can be accomplished when applying all available resources to mitigate residual risks and deficiencies to the greatest extent.
Quantock further stated "that the hard work and tremendous accomplishments achieved by the Red River Army Depot Command has exceeded Army standards."
Scott Van Zile, the installation antiterrorism officer, emphasizes the importance of the role of RRAD's civilian workforce acting as individual sensors and reporting suspicious activity to deter terrorists and their possible plans to inflict harm on the unsuspecting.
"This award validates that we are doing the right things with the right assets and using them to protect and defend our depot from those who potentially want to do us harm," said Van Zile. "We are always looking to improve, and, hopefully, we can continue to keep our community safe."
Last month, the depot received the Army Materiel Command's Best Anti-Terrorism Program Award for 2011. During a visit to RRAD, AMC cited Red River's assessment results as "the best ever."
"Receiving this award demonstrates the Command's commitment to assuring that we are doing everything possible to provide a safe and secure work environment for all," Van Zile said. "Our number one priority is to keep improving and to seek alternative ways that enhance the security posture on RRAD."