Edward (Ted) Moran Award, CDR Bryan Christensen
John C. Eason Award, LT Steven Merritt
Thomas E. Crow Mentor Award, CAPT Kenny Hicks
John G. Todd Award, CAPT David Cramer
EHO Responder of the Year, LCDR Brian Czarnecki
More information regarding the awards can be found in the 2018 Spring/Summer Newsletter
Environmental Health Officers,
I am pleased to announce LCDR Brian Czarnecki as the 2018 Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Responder of the Year Award recipient. The purpose of the EHO Responder of the Year Award is to recognize excellence by individuals in achieving the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) mission of improving the Nation’s health through the practice of environmental health during emergency preparedness, disaster response, and contributions to national or international public health threats.
LCDR Brian Czarnecki is currently serving as an Industrial Hygienist in the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
In September 2017, LCDR Czarnecki served as the Chief Safety Officer on the Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT3) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This deployment was in response to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands territories in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
LCDR Czarnecki contributed to the HHS Emergency Support Function #8 mission accomplishments of ensuring safety, welfare, and accountability of assigned personnel; executing missions identified by the Federal Health Coordinating Official, and maintaining positive control of teams/equipment assigned to the Incident Response Coordination Team. For example, he managed risk and controlled plausible threats by conducting safety orientations to greater than 600 first responders upon arrival to Puerto Rico. He also conducted safety briefings to each of the teams prior to mobilizing in the field. LCDR Czarnecki demonstrated an immense amount of safety and health knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
LCDR Czarnecki’s work exemplifies the highest traditions of the Environmental Health category and demonstrates the PHS mission to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. Please join me in congratulating LCDR Brian Czarnecki on this outstanding achievement.
CDR Jamie Mutter
EHOPAC Awards and Recognition Subcommittee Chair
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