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Posted 5/20/2015

Release no. 15-034

Bob Anderson

VICKSBURG, Miss., May 19, 2015 -- Jared Gartman, Chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division, was selected to serve as an Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Commissioner, as the Federal Agency Representative to the Commission. EMAP’s mission fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs, by establishing credible standards applied in a peer review accreditation process.

As Chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations for the Mississippi Valley Division, Mr. Gartman is responsible for the regional readiness of six districts along the entire Mississippi River Valley from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, to include preparedness planning, training, and synchronizing disaster response operations.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Gartman served as the Corps’ Liaison to U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. As Liaison, he helped educate military staff and Senior Leaders on Corps capabilities, roles and authorities in support of FEMA, State and Local Governments, and the Department of Defense. Mr. Gartman also served in New York City during the September 11th World Trade Center emergency response. He also deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM for Iraqi reconstruction. As a Readiness Branch Chief, he rebuilt the Vicksburg District Emergency Management program and expedited the fiscal closeout of $1.2 billion from thirty-six FEMA Mission Assignments for USACE Hurricane Katrina response and recovery operations in Mississippi.

Mr. Gartman is a native of Gulfport, MS, and has a Master of Science in Engineering Management with concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management from The George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness and Response from The George Washington University, and Bachelor of Science (Civil) Engineering from Mississippi State University. (Photo enc). (End)