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News Release 11-011
Date: February 7, 2011

VATF-1 Receives National Defense Industrial Association Award

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has selected Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) to receive the America Secure Award in recognition of their contributions in making the United States a more secure and prosperous nation. The NDIA will present the award at a luncheon, Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m., at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax.   

Last January, Virginia Task Force 1 deployed two urban search and rescue teams to Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake near Port-au-Prince. They assisted in the rescue of 16 people during their 14-day deployment. 

For over 20 years, VATF-1 has deployed throughout the United States and internationally to manmade and natural disasters, including the Oklahoma City bombing, The Pentagon, Hurricanes Katrina and Isabel, the bombing in Kenya, and earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan, and Iran. 

The National Defense Industrial Association is a leading defense industry association promoting national security. Members foster the development of innovative equipment, training, and support for warfighters and first responders alike. Last year's award recipients were members of the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection, they included:

  • David Aguilar, Acting Commissioner and current Chief of the U.S. Border patrol
  • Jay Ahern, The Chertoff Group; former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • Chief Gustavo "Gus" De La Vina, Former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol (Posthumous)

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs,
services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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