FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Office of the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, Security Education, Training and Professionalization Program announced the winner of the 2021 Thomas Dillon Award for Security Excellence on June 22.
Mark W. Maxwell, chief, G-2 physical security division, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), won the award presented to the best Army security professional, singling out one amongst the hundreds of Army Soldiers and Civilians within the Army security enterprise.
Maxwell distinguished himself as one of Army’s leading experts in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) construction.
"Being recognized at the Army level by the senior security staff is very humbling," said Maxwell. "I work with so many other hard-working professionals that are the backbone of the security mission at INSCOM."
Maxwell genuinely believes that even though this is an individual honor, he could not have been as successful without the support and dedication of his subordinates, personnel from the INSCOM staff sections, and many others from outside agencies.
"Being recognized is strange," Maxwell said, "because working every day to ensure the commanders and warfighters of INSCOM are protected and have the secure platform to conduct the mission is all the satisfaction I ever need for the work I do."
Maxwell's supervisor was highly complementary of his abilities and accomplishments.
"Mr. Maxwell is widely recognized within the security community as one of the Army's leading experts on physical security,” said Tim H. Mersereau, INSCOM deputy G-2. "As INSCOM's subject matter expert, his portfolio consists of over 75 SCIFs located all over the world. "This includes the recently concluded construction of the Nolan Building, which is the Army's largest SCIF.”
Maxwell and his team’s reach and responsibilities protect the Army across the globe. In the nomination packet, Mersereau highlighted Maxwell’s significant impact over the last year.
"His leadership and creativity saved significant cost and time impacts to the (Nolan Building) construction project,” said Mersereau. “He synchronized construction security actions between INSCOM staff sections, NSA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This ultimately contributed to the seamless transition from active construction to fit-up phase ahead of schedule."
Mersereau says it means a lot to him and the INSCOM G-2 staff to see one of their own win such a prestigious award.
"It's always fun to see a really deserving person win a prestigious award," said Mersereau. "We maintain really high standards in G-2 and we’re proud of that, so it’s exciting when someone on our team gets publicly recognized for it."
Maxwell isn't the only INSCOM employee with ties to the Thomas Dillon Award for Security Excellence. Mary M. Dillon, INSCOM G-3 planner, is the daughter of the late Thomas Dillon, for whom the award is named after.
Dillon expressed how excited and happy she was when she found out Maxwell won the award.
"When I found out that Mark had won the award named after my Dad, I reached out to him to congratulate him," Dillon said. "It is really exciting that someone I know and have worked with in the past won this award."
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, INSCOM executes mission command of operational intelligence and security forces; conducts, synchronizes, and integrates worldwide multi-discipline and all-source intelligence and security operations; and delivers linguist support and intelligence related advanced skills training, acquisition support, logistics, communications and other specialized capabilities in support of Army, Joint, and Coalition commands and the U.S. Intelligence Community.