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Two from ERDC win antiterrorism honors

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Army recognized a pair of security officials at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg for their anti-terrorism efforts this month.

ERDC chief of security William “Bill” Roth and Tim Raines, the facility’s antiterrorism and physical security specialist, were among 19 people named to the Antiterrorism Honor roll at both the Department of the Army and Corps of Engineers levels for work in 2013.

The honors came during a virtual awards ceremony for the Army Antiterrorism Awards Program at Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes Corps personnel who protect colleagues, family members, facilities, units and installations. The honor roll itself was set up to recognize resourcefulness and initiative in support of the program, according to a release from the Army.

“As chief of Security for ERDC, I am very proud of the exceptional team we have that supports the ERDC at its major research and development laboratories, facilities and test sites within the United States,” Roth said in a statement. “Along with the leadership of the command security manager, Linda McGowan, and the total ERDC staff of security specialists and armed guard force, ERDC has established an outstanding antiterrorism program to protect its team members, facilities and research projects and programs.”

“We are a team of teams,” Raines said in a statement. “Without the support of ERDC leadership, laboratory and command staff personnel, we would not have been in contention to win another Army antiterrorism award.”

ERDC’s facility in Champaign, Ill. was singled for housing the best antiterrorism program at a standalone facility during the proceeding. The program is a large part of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, which aims for efficiency and safety in the Army’s research efforts.

Other installations singled out by Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite during the awards program included the Army Garrison in Fort Bragg, N.C., which won for best AT program at a large installation, and the Army Garrison in Bavaria, Germany, which won for a medium installation. Scott Van Zile, of the Red river Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, won best antiterrorism program manager.