Lowdermilk wins USACE Military Responder of the Year award

Published March 17, 2010

Scott Lowdermilk, Chief of Plans and Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Division.
WINCHESTER, Va. -- Scott Lowdermilk, former chief of Plans and Operations, received the USACE Military Contingency Responder of the Year award for his visionary leadership while assigned to the Transatlantic Programs Center (now the Middle East District).


Lowdermilk is now Chief of Plans and Operations for the Transatlantic Division.

He was recognized for his role in establishing the USACE Deployment Center and the Administrative Personnel Processing Center, in restructuring the field force engineering (FFE) equipment management program, in managing various operations within Plans and Operations, and for serving in Iraq.

The nomination said that Lowdermilk identified a need for USACE to prepare and deploy civilian personnel into a contingency environment. Through his vision, the USACE Deployment Center was born, opening its doors in May 2005.

“His leadership of the USACE Deployment Center and the Administrative Personnel Processing Office has resulted in those organizations doing great things to support overseas contingency operations,” said Col. Steven J. Roemhildt, TAD deputy commander. In 2009 the Deployment Center processed nearly 2,000 Corps of Engineers people for deployment and redeployment and another 1,500 people from other U.S. government agencies.

The FFE equipment management program charted new territory last year when it supported newly developed Forward Engineer Support Teams with “state-of-the-art equipment deployed with no deficiencies, under budget, and ahead of schedule,” according to the nomination. Such support allowed the team to be mission ready shortly after arrival at their deployment locations.

Lowdermilk deployed to Iraq several times, including as a civilian volunteer and again as an Army Reservist.

The Military Contingency Responder of the Year award was presented in December at the USACE/FEMA Remedial Action Program Workshop in Dallas, Texas.

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