By Amanda Rominiecki, CERDEC Public AffairsJune 26, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- A Waldorf, Md. resident was named employee of the year by the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 19.
Kevin Brady was recognized in the senior technical category for his support to operational forces in Afghanistan during his 11 month deployment. Brady is an Army veteran that serves as a project manager for CERDEC's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, or NVESD, at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In 2011, he was appointed as the in-theater government lead for the Forward Operational Assessment of the Robotic Mounted Detection System and was deployed to Afghanistan. The robotic system is designed to detect hazardous explosives while allowing the soldier to remain a safe distance away. Through Mr. Brady's efforts, the system was deployed to Afghanistan, installed on vehicles, and provided to soldiers who were trained on the system. This was done on schedule and under budget.
As a result of his work with the RMDS, Brady was offered the position of the executive officer of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Field Assistance in Science and Technology, or RFAST, last December. RFAST's mission is to provide quick turnaround support to the Warfighter.
"His can-do attitude and his demonstrated ability to successfully work with dozens of different organizations have clearly had a major positive impact on getting the right technology in the hands of our Warfighters," his nomination package mentioned.
Brady mentions his time spent working with the Soldier as what drives him toward success.
"NVESD put their trust in me so I owe them to provide the best support possible on all missions," said Brady. "We are a nation at war so we owe the men and women in the military the very best we can be in our jobs."