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Vicksburg Staffer Achieves Professional Certification

Published Jan. 25, 2012

Jan. 25, 2012

Release No: 1-12

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Teresa Johnson, a security specialist with U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., has completed the requirements for her Security Fundamentals Professional Certification from the Defense Security Service.

Johnson, who works primarily foreign disclosure and industrial security issues within the ERDC security office, was recognized for this significant milestone Monday when she was presented her certificate and a commemorative coin by Col. Kevin Wilson, ERDC Commander.

"It's an honor to have Col. Wilson make the presentation and to include his coin," said Johnson.  "I am also pleased that I could make my supervisors proud and thankful for their initiation of having the award presented publicly at staff call."

Johnson attended a two-week course at the Corps of Engineers Vicksburg district office to prepare for the certification exam, preceded over the years by many resident and online training courses covering security topics.  The Security Fundamentals Professional Certification is awarded for successfully completing a 100 question exam covering a variety of security related topics.  Proctors collect finished exams and forward them to the Department of the Army level for evaluation.  Successful candidates are notified of the results by mail.  The exam has been available for about a year.  According to Johnson, while the certification is currently voluntary, it may become a mandatory requirement in the next year or so.

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