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National Press Club, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2017 - 13th fl ballroom - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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- Jeffrey Wadsworth, President & CEO Read Bio
Jeffrey Wadsworth is the President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit R&D organization that executes about $5.5B of work annually.
Prior to joining Battelle in 2002 as part of the White House Transition Planning Office for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Wadsworth worked at Stanford, Lockheed Martin and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was also the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and subsequently headed Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations, directing laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, DHS and others. He became Battelle’s 8th President and CEO in 2009.
Wadsworth earned bachelors and doctoral degrees at Sheffield University in England and has published nearly 300 scientific papers, one book and holds four U.S. patents. He has six honorary doctorates, fellowships in three technical societies and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Wadsworth is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University, where he recently finished serving as the Board Chairman. Wadsworth is helping to lead national efforts to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by launching STEM schools and developing state and national networks of STEM schools.
(8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.) A deep look into President Trump's priorities in cyber security, current challenges and congressional priorities.
The Trump administration has outlined a number of priorities in cyber security. These include: holding agency heads accountable for the security of their enterprise networks; relying more on the private sector to help civilian agencies defend their networks; strengthening human capital at the Department of Homeland Security around cyber security; developing metrics and managing risk using the Cybersecurity Framework; improving deterrence; and, modernizing federal IT networks.
- Jeremy Grant, Managing Director (Moderator) Read Bio
Jeremy Grant is a Managing Director at The Chertoff Group, where he works with the Firm’s clientele to develop growth strategies, identify market solutions and advise on policy impacts across the information technology and cybersecurity and government services. In this role, Mr. Grant utilizes his diverse background and deep understanding of business, technical and policy issues around identity, privacy and cybersecurity, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and industry.
Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Grant established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama Administration. Housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Mr. Grant led the Administration’s activities across private and public sectors to drive a marketplace of more secure, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. In this role, Mr. Grant coordinated development of a common shared identity service (Connect.gov) for citizen-facing government digital applications and helped establish the private-sector led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, which is crafting a framework of standards and rules to enable a trusted online environment that can validate the identities of individuals securely with minimal disclosure of personal information. Mr. Grant also led efforts to improve identity and authentication for individuals and devices in the NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Grant was the Chief Development Officer for ASI Government, a government services consulting firm, where he was responsible for driving growth, both organically and through M&A. Previously, he spent three years at Washington Research Group as the firm’s identity, cybersecurity, and government technology market analyst, where he covered identity and security stocks. Earlier he served as Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at MAXIMUS, where he led the division's Security and Identity Management practice, playing a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. Mr. Grant began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, where he drafted legislation laying the groundwork for the Department of Defense and civilian agency smart card and PKI efforts.
Mr. Grant is a frequent speaker at major industry events and has been featured on C-SPAN, CBS Evening News, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. GovInfoSecurity magazine named him one of the top 10 influencers in Government IT Security in 2015. Mr. Grant is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
- U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Co-Chair of Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force Read Bio
Since his election to the United States Senate in 2006, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has made cybersecurity one of his top legislative priorities. Among other work, Senator Whitehouse has authored comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, prepared the Senate Intelligence Committee’s first cyber report, and worked with members of both parties to call attention to the growing cyber threat.
In 2010, Senator Whitehouse chaired the Intelligence Committee’s Cyber Task Force. As Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism from 2011 to 2014, Senator Whitehouse held regular hearings on the cyber threat, including hearings on the role of law enforcement in responding to cyber attacks and on the dangers that cyber-enabled intellectual property theft poses to American businesses. In 2013, he introduced the bipartisan Cybersecurity Public Awareness Act to improve public access to information on cyber attacks. From 2014-2016, Whitehouse and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Cyber Policy Task Force as it developed cybersecurity recommendations for the 45th President, which were published in January 2017.
A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School, Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s United States Attorney and Attorney General of Rhode Island before his election to the Senate. In addition to the Judiciary Committee, he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging
He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two children. For the latest updates on Senator Whitehouse’s work, follow @SenWhitehouse on Twitter and visit facebook.com/SenatorWhitehouse.
- U.S. Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security Chairman and senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Read Bio
Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently in his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representative and has served as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee since January 2013.
As Chairman, his top priorities remain shielding the homeland from the rising threat of terrorist and foreign fighters, securing our borders, enhancing cyber defenses, making the nation’s airport security-system smarter and more efficient, and providing rigorous oversight of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure it is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland.
Prior to Congress, Michael McCaul served as Chief of Counter-Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Western District of Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C.
McCaul earned a B.A. in Business and History from Trinity University and holds a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the School of Government, Harvard University.
Chemical and Biological Defense
(9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) Chemical and Biological Defense - An indepth look into what the U.S. is doing to develop technologies and capabilities that detect and prepare for potential threats; the gaps in preparedness; the funding needs; and, the requirements now being delivered to technology developers.
The recent assassination in Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, allegedly by assassins linked to North Korea, was carried out using the lethal nerve agent VX. It has sparked concern about the willingness of the suspected masterminds to use VX, and it has reignited debate about the vulnerability of countries to attacks by weapons of mass destruction and what measures are available to detect and counter them.
The danger posed by chemical and biological weapons is particularly worrisome due to the proliferation of the technological know-how. “Rapid advancements in technology are making it easier for an adversary, whether state or non‐state, to develop chemical and biological (CB) weapons. The DoD faces CB threats that are complex, diverse, and pose enduring risks to our Joint Force and the Homeland,” the Department of Defense said in a recent report to Congress.
- Tom Inglesby, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (Moderator) Read Bio
Dr. Inglesby is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The Center is dedicated to protecting people’s health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to making communities more resilient to those challenges.
Dr. Inglesby’s work is internationally recognized in the fields of public health preparedness, pandemic and emerging infectious disease, and prevention of and response to biological threats. He is Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Health Security Preparedness Index. He was a member of the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup appointed by the CDC Director that examined biosafety practices of the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was on the 2016 Working Group assessing US biosecurity on behalf of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has served on committees of the Defense Science Board, the National Academies of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and in an advisory capacity to NIH, BARDA, DHS, and DARPA.
During the past 18 years, Dr. Inglesby has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including peer-reviewed research, original reports, and commentaries on issues related to health security and preparedness for epidemics, biological threats, and disasters. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security, which he helped establish in 2003. He was a principal editor of the JAMA book Bioterrorism: Guidelines for Medical and Public Health Management. He has been invited to brief White House officials from the past 3 presidential administrations on national biosecurity challenges and priorities, and he has delivered Congressional testimony on a number of issues related to public health preparedness and biosecurity. He is regularly consulted by major news outlets for his expertise. He is a member of the Board of Directors of PurThread, a company dedicated to developing antimicrobial textiles.
Dr. Inglesby completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also served as Assistant Chief of Service in 1996-97. Dr. Inglesby received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his BA from Georgetown University. He continues to see patients in a weekly infectious disease clinic.
- Lieutenant General Thomas Spoehr (U.S. Army, Ret.), Director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation Read Bio
Spoehr serves as the Director, Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation, responsible for supervising the research on matters involving U.S. national defense. Prior to joining Heritage, Spoehr served his country for over 36 years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant General. Early service included operational assignments ensuring Army and joint forces were proficient in countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which consist of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. As one of the Army’s foremost uniformed experts in this area, Spoehr served as the Commandant of the Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, with the responsibility for the policy, training and strategy for this critical area. Other assignments have included command at the company, battalion and brigade levels. In the wake of the 2015 incident involving the shipment of live anthrax spores by Defense laboratories, Spoehr was asked by the Secretary of the Army to lead a Task Force which concluded in 2016 with the approval of a comprehensive regime of corrective actions to prevent future incidents.
Later in his Army career, Spoehr served in senior leadership positions in the Pentagon, responsible for charting the Army’s future year financial plans, developing equipment modernization strategies, and achieving business efficiencies and reform. He became passionate that every dollar provided to the U.S. military is applied to directly improve readiness and not wasted; analysis and recommendations conducted by Spoehr have been used by the Secretary of the Army and other senior leaders to reduce or eliminate military headquarters, reduce back-office costs, and streamline lengthy bureaucratic processes, saving millions of taxpayer dollars. Lieutenant General (retired) Spoehr has published articles in various journals including Parameters and Military Review, which described methods to make the military more efficient and effective, is a widely requested speaker on these topics, and has testified before Congress on Army modernization strategies and acquisition.
His operational experiences include service with combat units including the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Armored Division. Spoehr participated in Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of Grenada and in 2011 served as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces Iraq in Operation New Dawn, where he successfully oversaw the safe withdrawal of all U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq ahead of schedule, one of the most complex and logistically intensive operations ever attempted by the U.S. military.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. While at the Army War College, Tom won the Army War College Foundation Award for Outstanding Research Paper for a paper which presented options for the U.S. Multinational Force and Observers contingent in the Sinai. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Alexandria, Virginia, where he enjoys kayaking, home repair, and hiking. They have two grown children, Catherine and Peter, who served with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Afghanistan, and two grandchildren.
- Douglas Bryce, Director, Joint Program Executive Office Chemical and Biological Defense, U.S. Defense Department Read Bio
Mr. Douglas W. Bryce was designated the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) on 22 October 2015. As the JPEO-CBD, he has materiel acquisition decision authority for the services on chemical and biological defense equipment. He provides acquisition management and professional leadership on complex issues related to joint service chemical and biological defense acquisition programs. He plans, directs, manages, coordinates the JPEO-CBD’s mission and is responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint chemical and biological defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines.
- Dr. John Fischer, Director, Chemical and Biological Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Read Bio
Dr. John Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lawrence University in 1978, his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Northern Illinois University in 1982 and served as a post-doctoral research chemist at the Ohio State University from 1982 to1984. He began his career with the Navy in 1984 as a research chemist in the Research Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California. His interests were in the development of new explosives, propellants, and nonlinear optical materials.
Dr. Fischer assumed the position of branch head in the Soldering Technology Branch in 1990; responsibilities included providing electronics assembly product assurance for the production of Navy missile and weapon systems.
In 1994, he was assigned as the head of the Chemistry and Materials Division at NAWCWD. In this position, he was responsible for the basic and applied research of materials and processes for Navy missile and weapon systems.
In 1996, he assumed the position of Advanced Technology Manager for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Project Office. Dr. Fischer led initiatives on identification of technology requirements for the Tomahawk missile and R&D programs to address these requirements including transition of mature technology to Tomahawk production and deployment. Concurrent with these duties, Dr. Fischer was leader of the NAWCWD Tomahawk Block IV Integrated Product Team. Following this assignment, he was named Deputy of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle Advanced Development Project Office. His responsibilities included development of a new weapon system concept to address future requirements of Naval Aviation.
Dr. Fischer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1998 and served as the Associate Director of NAVAIR’s Science and Technology Office and head of the Research Department at NAWCWD, China Lake, California. As head of the Research Department, Dr. Fischer managed a program of research in physics, chemistry, engineering sciences, and computational sciences, Technology Advancement and Technology Transfer Program.
In 2001, Dr. Fischer was appointed as Director of the NAVAIR’s Science & Technology Office and was reassigned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River, MD where his duties included planning and coordination of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Science and Technology Program. In 2004, he assumed the position of civilian director of NAVAIR’s Research & Specialty Engineering Department and in December 2006, he was appointed civilian director of NAVAIR’s Systems Engineering Department. In this position, he was the lead for Naval Aviation Systems Engineering tasking and functions for the complete life cycle of all aviation and aviation related systems. In January 2008, Dr. Fischer was assigned the additional duty as NAVAIR’s Chief Technology Officer.
In March 2009, Dr. Fischer was selected as the Director of Defense Laboratory Programs within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering). In this position, he was responsible for the development and implementation of policies for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) laboratory system consisting of 62 laboratories in 22 states with an annual budget of $30B. His responsibilities also included leadership of the DoD’s Technology Transfer Program, management of the Science & Technology Manager Acquisition Career Field and policy development for the Department’s Science & Technology workforce.
In March 2015, he assumed the position of Director, Chemical-Biological Defense Division within the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. The Division’s mission is to strengthen the nation's security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions to enhance National preparedness against both current and future chemical and biological threats. This is accomplished through research and development programs in threat characterization, advanced agent/disease surveillance, agent detection, event attribution and post-event response and restoration support.
- Matthew J. Shaw, Vice President and General Manager, CBRNE Defense, Battelle Read Bio
Matthew J. Shaw leads Battelle’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosives (CBRNE) Defense Business Unit. He is responsible for developing and delivering CBRNE technology solutions and services to the national security community, including defense, intelligence and inter-agency organizations. The business operates and maintains state-of-the-art chemical, biological and explosive/energetics laboratories and facilities, and is home to many of the nation’s CBRNE Defense subject matter experts and thought leaders. The combination of facilities and staff is a national asset that provides comprehensive CBRNE defense solutions to all aspects of a wide range of national security programs and systems.
Shaw joined Battelle in 1992 and has held a variety of technical and management positions. Prior to joining Battelle, he attended The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), where he received a master’s degree in national resource strategy
(10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Networking Break
(11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Asymmetric Threats to the Homeland - Find out how the federal government is battling asymmetric threats to the homeland. Can these threats be countered with improved intelligence sharing? Learn what technologies are in the works to detect and defeat a terrorist intent on a mass-casualty attack using guns or drones.
The most deadly terrorist strikes in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks have been carried out by individuals wielding guns and shooting people at close range. Explosive devices also remain a major concern as seen in the successful bomb attacks during the Boston Marathon in 2013 and in New York and New Jersey in 2016.
In Europe, terrorists have used guns and explosives as well as trucks to target citizens, and around the globe threats to airports and commercial aviation remain omnipresent. On the battlefield in Iraq, Islamic State forces have successfully customized small commercial drones for dropping drop grenade-size munitions with precision, raising concerns that drones could be used by terrorists inside the U.S.
- Cal Biesecker, editor of Defense Daily (Moderator) Read Bio
Cal Biesecker is currently the acting editor of Defense Daily and is the publication’s business and homeland security reporter. He is also the editor of Homeland Security Report, a biweekly publication covering the business, technology and related policy developments of homeland security.
- Don LaMonaca, Director of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Battelle Read Bio
For the past 15 years, Don LaMonaca has been managing Battelle’s business lines that focus on securing the nation's transportation systems and high risk facilities. He currently manages Battelle's Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) Business Line.
LaMonaca has nearly 25 years of experience in research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of advanced security technologies and systems. Since 1993, he has been supporting the U.S. Government, starting with the Federal Aviation Administration followed by the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in developing, evaluating, and integrating advanced security technologies to counter terrorist threats to civil aviation.
In addition to business and program management experience, LaMonaca has technical expertise in the areas of non-destructive inspection; explosives detection and characterization; security sensors and systems; security risk and technology assessments; systems engineering; system test and evaluation; process re-engineering; and equipment maintenance and logistics.
LaMonaca has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from The College of New Jersey and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.
- Jeffery Carroll, Assistant Chief, managing the Homeland Security Bureau (HSB), Read Bio
Jeffery Carroll is currently serving as the Assistant Chief, managing the Homeland Security Bureau (HSB). His position is one of five Executive Command Staff positions that are responsible for the implementation of goals and objectives set by the Chief of Police and Mayor of the District of Columbia.
Before being named assistant chief of HSB, Carroll served as Commander of the Special Operations Division (SOD) where he managed all special operations units. In this role, he oversaw the Emergency Response Team, Explosive Ordinance Division, Harbor Patrol, Canine Unit, Domestic Security Operations Unit, Major Crash Unit, Motor Career Unit, Horse Mounted Unit, Canine Unit, Planning Unit, and Special Events Unit which handles all dignitary protection details for the Metropolitan Police Department.
Prior to his current position at SOD, Carroll was assigned to the Third District where he oversaw patrol operations of the Shaw, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and LeDroit Park sections of Northwest, Washington DC. He also was responsible for overseeing all eight patrol service areas and all units within the district, which included monitoring crime trends, emerging crime patterns, as well as developing strategies to best combat identified problems in the Third District.
Assistant Chief Carroll began his career with MPD in 2002. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned as an officer in the Third District, serving in PSA 310 (the current PSA 307) until 2007. In October of that year, he was promoted to Sergeant, where he spent the next year helping manage the day-to-day operations of PSA 107 in the First District. In November 2008, Assistant Chief Carroll began an assignment supporting the operations of the Patrol Services and School Security Bureau as an administrative sergeant. There he reviewed administrative matters to support all seven police districts and ensured the smooth operation of the Bureau.
Promoted to Lieutenant in February 2010, Assistant Chief Carroll commanded Police Service Area (PSA) 308 for about 18 months. He was later assigned to manage PSA 307, spending a total of three and a half years as a lieutenant in the Third District. Assistant Chief Carroll was promoted to Captain on April 6, 2014, serving in the Sixth District as the Assistant District Commander, managing three police service areas, and the Crime Suppression Team. In December 2014, Carroll was assigned to the Special Operations Division to manage the Special Events Branch, which handles Dignitary Protection details, the Motor Carrier Safety unit, the Photo Enforcement Unit, Canine and Horse Mounted Units as well as other functions.
Assistant Chief Carroll graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 2002. He earned a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Assistant Chief Carroll also received a Master’s Degree in Security and Safety Leadership from George Washington University in 2017. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, and spending time with family.
- Joseph M. Flynn, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Read Bio
Joseph M. Flynn is currently serving as the Assistant Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) and Deputy Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center (NVRIC), a DHS recognized regional fusion center. LT Flynn has twenty four years of dedicated service the Fairfax County Police Department. Assignments have included patrol, community police units, senior flight paramedic with the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Unit, and supervisory positions to include district criminal investigation sections. LT Flynn’s command positions have also included deputy commander of the FCPD Information Technology Bureau. LT Flynn has a background in Incident Command Management through FEMA and DHS. Currently, LT Flynn assists as an instructor for Crisis Intervention Training for first responders interacting with individuals in mental health crisis and de-escalation techniques..
Currently, LT Flynn assumes responsibility for the FCPD Gang unit, Criminal Intelligence Unit and NVRIC. Detectives and analysts work closely with the Virginia State Police, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, ATF, HSI, and DHS. The NVRIC works closely with the fusion centers supporting the National Capital Region; Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC), Washington Regional Threat Assessment Center (WRTAC), and the Virginia Fusion Center (VFC). The NVRIC provides weekly and monthly products to executives in the Northern Virginia region or assists regional jurisdictions with investigations regarding narcotics, gangs, organized crime, human trafficking, terrorism and dark net/Bitcoin operations.
LT Flynn has been selected to chair the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG) Subcommittee of Intelligence for the MWCOG Police Chief Committee. The goal of the committee is to increase information sharing and engagement amongst law enforcement and corrections agencies within the National Capital Region and assist the Police Chief Committee as needed. LT Flynn has served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps for the Military District of Washington where he was awarded Soldier of the Year for 1989.
LT Flynn has received numerous awards from the Fairfax County Government and from Prince William County as he served as a volunteer paramedic. LT Flynn regularly volunteers at local youth sports groups and community boards.
- Henry Reyes, Chief, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, National Guard Bureau Read Bio
Henry Reyes assumed duties as the National Guard Bureau’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Division Chief in 2010. Mr. Reyes is responsible for providing direction, guidance and planning as well as training, manning and equipping of the 57 National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction -Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs), the 17 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFPs), and the 10 Homeland Response Forces (HRFs) which are part of the Department of Defense’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise.
Mr. Reyes began his military career in 1973 on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a ground radio repairman. He joined the Army National Guard in July, 1980 as a communications-electronics maintenance NCO. Mr. Reyes was commissioned in 1982 through the Officer Candidate School. In his previous assignments he has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Information Management (J-6), Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel (J-1), Director of Human Resources, Joint Force Headquarters Alabama; Joint Assignments Officer, Operations Officer (G-3), 142nd Signal Brigade; Public Affairs Officer, Joint Forces Headquarters Alabama; Battalion Commander, Executive Officer and Operations Officer, 279th Signal Battalion; Company Commander and Platoon Leader, HHC, 279th Signal Battalion. Mr. Reyes retired from the Army National Guard at the rank of Colonel with his last duty at the National Guard Bureau as the Countering WMD Division Chief in June 2012. Upon his retirement, he was converted to a Department of Army Civilian and continued his CWMD Chief duties.
Some of Mr. Reyes’ military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), USMC Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with 2 bronze stars), Alabama National Guard Distinguished Service Medal and Alabama National Guard 9/11 Mobilization Service Ribbon.
Mr. Reyes graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Reyes’ military education includes Signal Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, Public Affairs Officer Course, and the U.S. Army War College.
Before being called to active duty with the National Guard Bureau, Mr. Reyes retired as Chief of Police for the Huntsville, Alabama Police Department having served 30 years with the City of Huntsville. During his career with the Huntsville Police Department, Mr. Reyes served in numerous positions to include SWAT Team member, DUI Task Force Commander, Police Academy Director, Special Operations Division Commander, Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police.
While serving as the Special Operations Commander, Mr. Reyes dealt with numerous CBRN incidents of anthrax (white powder) call-outs after the 9/11 incident, bomb threats, and large special events. In 2005, Mr. Reyes served as the Incident Commander during the Eric Rudolph bombing trial in Huntsville. As Chief of Police, Mr. Reyes also served as a member of the Executive Council for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Alabama.
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