COLLEGE STATION – Hank Lawson has been named Director of TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), which is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
NERRTC administers the DHS/FEMA funding for the Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement, which helps to ensure that the nation’s emergency response personnel and jurisdictions are prepared to protect citizens and critical infrastructure in case of a major disaster. Since it was established in 1998, NERRTC has enhanced the nation’s preparedness by training more than 450,000 responders in over 10,000 jurisdictions.
“NERRTC is a vital component, a hub that interacts with divisions across the agency,” said TEEX CEO Gary Sera. “I’m confident that Hank’s leadership ability and dedication will ensure that TEEX remains a national leader in preparedness and homeland security.”
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents honored Lawson with the 2009 Regents Fellow Service Award. He was recognized for his leadership of the Texas All-Hazards Incident Exercise Program, which has helped to make the state better prepared to handle natural or man-made emergencies.
Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He joined TEEX in 2002 after a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps.