By Brooke D. WallerJanuary 24, 2011
TOOELE ARMY DEPOT, Utah - Tooele Army Depot is the winner of the 2010 Army Antiterrorism Award for "Best Army Antiterrorism Program" in the small installation category.
This is the first time TEAD has won this award at both the Army Materiel Command and DA level competition since the awards' inception in 2005.
"This award recognizes the dedication and efforts that our Emergency Services Division (ESD) puts forth on a daily basis to secure this installation and the people that work here," said Col. Yolanda Dennis-Lowman, TEAD commander. "To be selected the best in the entire Army is indeed an accomplishment. I'm so proud of the people in ESD because they are the 'boots on the ground' (and) the ones who truly deserve all of the praise and the bragging rights."
The depot first competed and won the competition within AMC installations. AMC then forwarded TEAD's nomination packet to the Department of the Army level competition.
To win the DA level award all nominees were evaluated on the following criteria: major antiterrorism program achievements, significant highlights from a Joint Staff Vulnerability Assessment or Combatant Commanders Vulnerability Assessment, innovative actions, extraordinary training efforts, awareness management, FPCON management, and an Effective Intelligence Program.
"TEAD takes Force Protection seriously, and takes pride in being the first AMC installation to complete a formal Risk Assessment which followed guidelines prescribed by the AMC Force Protection Assessment Team," said Jeff Principe, chief of the Emergency Services Division.
The completed risk assessment identified vulnerabilities, threats and associated risks of mission critical facilities and equipment, which enabled the commander to prioritize and implement a plan of action to either mitigate or eliminate those risks.
Among other efforts, TEAD also maintains a fully certified Special Reaction Team, established monthly FPCON assessment exercises, and requires four annual depot-wide exercises for Force Protection, Mass Casualty, and Hazardous Material Accident scenarios.
"This award was definitely a team effort by all the elements of the Emergency Services Division," Principe said, adding that applying for the award was no easy task and he credits his entire staff for making this happen.
Ryan Welch, chief of the Law Enforcement and Security Division said it's great to be recognized for what the entire team has been doing all along. He added that TEAD is known for doing more with less and all their success is due to people who always step up the plate to make things happen.
"Through hard work and commitment to a defined goal, anything is obtainable in the U.S. Army," Principe said. "We will continue to enhance and strengthen our Force Protection Program, assuring Tooele Army Depot continues to stand as a hardened target for any potential threats to this installation."
TEAD's nomination packet will be forwarded by the Department of the Army to the Department of Defense to compete against the Air Force, Navy, Marine, winners from those services.