The Department of Defense (DoD) recognized the contributions of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) employees formerly with the Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) in a ceremony at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on August 19.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcotics and Global Threats Caryn Hollis presented the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Group Achievement Award to 19 NSWCDD employees and the OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal to Chuck Bogue, former acting program director for CNTPO.
The OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal is the highest level career award within the authority of OSD.
“This award was presented in recognition of the outstanding support this team has provided for nearly 20 years,” said Hollis. “I appreciate everything every one of you has done-it’s been just remarkable.”
The mission of CNTPO is to provide acquisition and technology development support to the DoD, other Federal agencies, State and local authorities and partner nation agencies to disrupt, deter, and defeat the threat to national security posed by illicit trafficking in all its manifestations, to include drugs, small arms and explosives, precursor chemicals, people and illicitly-gained or laundered money.
The program office was established in 1996.
“The offices we support have said they don’t know of any group that has had a larger contribution to the Global War on Terrorism relative to the size of the group,” said Bogue.
He added “I’d wake up every day and see in the Washington Post an article that was in some way related to what this group does to deter narco anti-terrorism.”
Group award recipients include NSWCDD’s Mike Strain, Chuck Bogue, Kathrina Urann, Scott Kelley, Liz Jenkins, Nichole Langa, Kim Bissett, Shannon Hughes, Terrell Hood, Pat Honosky, John Jims, Michelle Johnson, Melanie Gentry, Paul Whichard, Mark Bailey, Janet Bohlmann, Steve McCoy, Tim Jaynes, and Marilyn Rudzinsky.
The award comes shortly after the program transferred from NSWCDD to the Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center under the Head Quarters Air Force Counter Drug Program.
“For the last year and a half these people have been training their replacements,” said Bogue. “It takes a special group to maintain this standard of quality while on their way out.”
Under the Air Force, CNTPO is now named the Counter Narcotics and Transnational Threats Project Office.