Officers Recognized for Outstanding Service with Project Manager Terrestrial Sensors

By M. Scott BortotJune 11, 2024

Major Adams receives Meritorious Service Medal.
Major Paul W. Adams receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Lareina Adams, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors. (Photo Credit: Jorge Parrado) VIEW ORIGINAL
Major Franks receives Meritorious Service medal.
Lareina Adams, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Major Courtney N. Franks. (Photo Credit: Jorge Parrado) VIEW ORIGINAL

On May 29, Major Paul W. Adams and Major Courtney N. Franks received the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of their exemplary support to Project Manager Terrestrial Sensors (PM TS).

Lareina Adams, Project Manager for Terrestrial Sensors, presented the medals during a PM TS All-Hands meeting at Fort Belvoir. The Meritorious Service Medal is presented to U.S. Armed Forces members who distinguish themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States.

Adams highlighted Major Adams’ dedication to the PM TS mission through the PD Aerostats, an office within PM TS.

“Paul’s been one of our amazing resources in the PD Aerostats program, doing a lot of heavy lifting on a high visibility project, Project Alpha,” Adams said. “He has been providing weekly updates to the DASM and he has done senior level briefings. We are going to be sad to see him go.”

PD Aerostats delivers, operates, and sustains tactical and fixed-site aerostats to meet expeditionary and contingency needs by exploiting a full range of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Force Protection, Communications, and Full Motion Video (FMV) Management capabilities to Joint, Inter-Agency, and Multi-National organizations.

For Major Adams, the PD Aerostats experience presented an opportunity for professional growth ahead of his next assignment.

“It was an opportunity to self-develop and bring some great things to the organization,” Major Adams said. “Having the opportunity to have a place like this, that you can look back upon, and say that’s how they did it, that is the right way to do it.”

Adams praised Major Franks for her efforts in supporting PM Force Protection Systems (PM FPS), a subordinate office of PM TS.

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done over the last couple of years,” she said. “A lot of heavy lifting, you have always gone above and beyond what we initially expected of you.”

PM FPS ensures the security and safety of our personnel and installations through a comprehensive approach combining advanced physical security measures and tactical force protection.

After receiving the medal, Major Franks reflected on her time with PM FPS.

“From the very beginning I had some high-level briefs and reached out to staff and received a lot of good guidance and feedback,” Franks said. “I really appreciate all the guidance and all the assistance that you provided not to just my program, but to FPS as a whole.”

After two years with PM TS, the officers have exciting adventures ahead of them for the next stops in their career journey.

Major Franks will serve as a Project Officer in PM Special Programs at Fort Belvoir while Major Adams will move to Missile Defense Agency Headquarters at Fort Belvoir as a congressional liaison between the agency and the House Armed Services Committee.