The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Homeland Defense Civil Support Office’s Incident Response Training Department was named the Homeland Security Information Network’s Best of HSIN 2019 Silver Award Winner for Incident Command and Operations during a ceremony at the Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Feb. 13.
The Homeland Security Information Network is the Department of Homeland Security’s official system for trusted sharing of sensitive but unclassified information between federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international and private sector partners.
According to David Henry, HSIN program mission advocate, the award is given in recognition of overall excellence in the use of the HSIN to promote collaboration and improve decision making in advancing the homeland security mission.
“The program works with all of our partners … in emergency management, emergency services, law enforcement and homeland defense to improve the way we share information around the country,” Henry said.
Henry added that mission operators use the HSIN to access homeland security data, send requests securely between agencies, manage operations, coordinate planned event safety and security, respond to incidents and share the information they need to fulfill their missions and help keep their communities safe.
“Every year communities … share their story on how you’re improving information-sharing, delivering the homeland mission in the country,” Henry said. “Thank you for your effort and the way you use our system — continue that good work in training the CBRN mission (for) the country.”
James Rabenold, Homeland Defense Civil Support Office Fort Leonard Wood director, accepted the award and emphasized that it took a team effort to win.
“This award is for all of you and I’m grateful to accept (it) but I acknowledge it is you guys who have made this happen and I just want to say thank you.”
Michael Madigan, a master instructor at the Incident Response Training Department, said the IRTD educates students on how to enter a potentially contaminated area, operate a variety of specialized military and civilian CBRN agent detectors and equipment in support of detection and identification operations, conduct sample collection, process suspected hazardous materials/substances, conduct personal decontamination operations and perform military support to civil authorities.
“In addition to this we also provide … training that focuses on … the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a weapons of mass destruction incident, as part of the state and federal emergency management response system,” Madigan said. “Hands-on training is used extensively to ensure Soldiers master the requisite skills.”
The HSIN has five categories for awards with two winners per category each year. HSIN communities are nominated by others or self-nominated.
“Other communities learn from the awardees on how to improve their use of HSIN,” Henry said. “These awards are often recognized as best practice for our community.”