By Charles Highsmith June 17, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducted an Awards Ceremony, 6 June 2014, 1130-1230, USACE Command Headquarters, Washington, District of Columbia. The Deputy Provost Marshal General (DPMG), COL Dan McElroy, presented Major General Todd Semonite, Deputy Commanding General (USACE), with the FY13 Best AT Program Award (Major Subordinate Command) and congratulatory letter signed by the Secretary of the Army. The DPMG also presented Dr. Jeffrey Holland, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, with the FY13 Best AT Program -- Stand Alone Facility Award and congratulatory letter signed by the Secretary of the Army. Additionally, the DPMG extended his congratulations to the FY13 USACE AT Honor Roll members -- Mr. William Roth, Jr (US Army Engineer Research and Development Center); Mr. Tim Raines (US Army Research and Development Center); Mr. Robert Bastian (US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California); and Jennifer Howe (Headquarters, USACE, Washington, District of Columbia).
FY13 Antiterrorism Award Winners Listing
Best Antiterrorism Program -- Installation winners:
Large Installation: U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Bragg, North Caroline (Installation Management Command)
Medium Installation: U.S. Army Garrison, Bavaria, Germany (Installation Management Command)
Small Installation: Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas (Army Materiel Command)
Best Antiterrorism Program -- Stand Alone Facility: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign, Illinois (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Best Antiterrorism Program Manager: Mr. Scott Van Zile, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas (Army Materiel Command)
Best Antiterrorism Program -- Army Major Subordinate Command: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Antiterrorism Honor Roll: There were 19 Honor Roll recipients for FY13. These individuals were commended for extraordinary resourcefulness and initiative in supporting the Army Antiterrorism program and directly contributing toward the protection of Army personnel, resources, and missions from terrorist attacks.
The Army Antiterrorism (AT) Awards Program was established to recognize excellence and significant achievements in the Antiterrorism Field and those who work hard behind the scenes to protect DA personnel, Family Members, facilities, units and installations. These individuals work diligently to heighten awareness of military and Family Members to the nature and dangers of terrorism, while also deterring terrorism through aggressive defensive measures and Army Antiterrorism Strategic Plans.
In 2008, the AT Honor Roll was established by the Army AT Branch to recognize those individuals for their extraordinary resourcefulness and initiative in supporting the Army AT Program. In 2011, an expansion of the AT Awards Program went into existence to recognize Installations, Units, Stand Alone Facilities, Program Managers, and Army Major Subordinate Commands having the best AT Program. The competitive categories include: Best Installation AT Program, Best Unit AT Program, Best Stand Alone Facility AT Program, Best AT Program Manager, Best Army Major Subordinate Command AT Program, and the AT Honor Roll for Individual Achievement. Each December, participating organizations submit their nominee packets to HQDA, Office of the Provost Marshal General, AT Branch. Each January, AT Branch conducts an awards board and selects the category winners for PMG approval.
During the competitive award evaluation board the Office of the Provost Marshal General selected these FY13 awardees. According to the board chairperson, Mr. Alex Mascelli, Program Manager for Army Antiterrorism, "the intellectual, analytical, and creativity represented within the award nominations demonstrates the dedication and commitment of the entire antiterrorism community to protect our communities from the threat of terrorism."
Major General David Quantock, Provost Marshal General, approved the board's findings and remarked, "these are prestigious awards within the Army's antiterrorism community and there was a tough competition. The awardees represent the best of the best among antiterrorism professionals protecting our people, information, and critical assets."