FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2011) - Department of the Army named U.S. Army Forces Command the winner of its Best Protection Program Award for calendar year 2010, during the Army's Antiterrorism and Force Protection Conference Jan. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

Steve Rathbun, deputy provost marshal and chief of the FORSCOM Force Protection Team, accepted the award on behalf of Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of FORSCOM.

"The success of FORSCOM's overall program is a direct result of a combined staff effort, involving the Provost Marshal Office, G-2, G-3/5/7, G-6 and the Public Affairs Office," said Rathbun.

FORSCOM ranked highest of the eight commands assessed in 2010 for this award based on results of the Army's Protection Assessment Program (APA). The APA program evaluates Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands and Direct Reporting Units every three years in the functional areas of:
- Antiterrorism,
- Intelligence,
- Physical Security,
- Law Enforcement,
- Military Working Dogs,
- Information Operations,
- Information Assurance,
- Continuity of Operations,
- Emergency Management Planning,
- Critical Infrastructure Risk Management.

FORSCOM, the Army's largest command, was assessed on its major subordinate commands' force protection programs and on its capacity to resolve shortfalls in the major subordinate commands' force protection programs.

Through its force protection assessment program, FORSCOM ensures its units have planned and prepared to support their home station force protection emergency requirements and to support force protection operations when deployed from home station.