Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncases colors for first time
By Matt McLaughlinJuly 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. (July 28, 2014) -- The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncased its colors for the first time on Wednesday, symbolically marking its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General.
The ceremony, led by the Provost Marshal General Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock, marked a milestone in Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency's, or DFBA's, growth as an enduring Army organization.
"When we planted that flag, it showed DFBA will be around for a long time to come," Maj. Gen. Quantock said in his remarks. "This is a great day for the Army, and a great day for this enduring capability."
Officially established as an Army Field Operating Agency in June 2013, the uncasing gave a ceremonial blessing to DFBA's operations. DFBA Director Don Salo, along with Quantock and Provost Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Dawn Rippelmeyer, performed the actual uncasing, revealing the colors to attendees. The flag was recently designed by the Institute of Heraldry, as well as the DFBA seal.
DFBA's colors will be displayed at the Office of the Provost Marshal General in the Pentagon; at the DFBA headquarters in Arlington; at the Biometrics Identity Management Activity in Clarksburg, West Virginia; at the Defense Forensic Science Center in Gillem Enclave, Georgia; as well as the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
DFBA provides Department of Defense-wide oversight of forensic and biometric capabilities. Forensics and biometrics enable identification of adversaries on the battlefield and protection of U.S. borders. These capabilities have enabled the capture of numerous known and suspected terrorists over the past decade, including a single individual whose fingerprints were matched to 35 separate improvised explosive devices.
Every day, immigration and border authorities use DOD biometric information to intercept persons with nefarious histories attempting to enter the U.S.