ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Arming Soldiers with knowledge to defend against chemical and biological threats and doing it in an outstanding manner is worthy of praise. Army officials recognized an APG scientist at a recent Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., ceremony.

The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School presented Army scientist Dr. Carrie Poore, Ph.D., with the school's Enterprise Adaptation Award Aug. 1.

The award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual who "exemplifies the advancement of the Enterprise."

"Poore is an accomplished manager and scientist whose practical approach to the USACBRNS and ECBC Partnership has had a towering impact in advancing the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Enterprise," wrote Peter Schulze in Poore's nomination. Schulze is the USACBRNS technical director, Directorate of Training and Leader Development.

Poore has supported the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's chemical and biological center for more than seven years and currently serves as the Advanced CBRNE Training Team Leader.

Poore works under the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center's Directorate of Program Integration CBRNE Support team. She provides management and support to a number of programs, including the development and implementation of soldier chemical and biological defense training programs with the USACBRNS.

As ECBC's primary point of contact for the school, Poore worked with Schulze to draft the current memorandum of agreement between the agencies.

ECBC provides unique support to the USACBRNS, allowing ECBC team members to work directly with Soldiers. Poore's team was originally tasked to create an improvised explosive device recognition course that facilitates training on several IED related topics to include the chemistry of explosives.

Currently, the course trains Soldiers under varying environmental circumstances and locations, with up-to-date device information pulled from real-time in theater missions integrated into hands-on exercises.

The Training Team also expanded the course and implemented similar training to senior leaders, lieutenants and chief warrant officers. The training provided by the Advanced CBRNE Training Team has the ability to save Soldiers' lives by arming them with the knowledge to defend against chemical and biological threats.

Poore said she is "extremely grateful for the award."

"The team made it happen," she said. "Together we are able to work hard for Soldiers and give them the critical tools needed to perform their missions in the safest manner possible, while, at the same time, ensuring that both the USACBRNS and ECBC are successful."