Academy tops in Air Force for antiterrorism

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Academy's antiterrorism program has been named best in the Air Force for a fixed installation. 

Notification of the award arrived at the end of last month. 

The Academy's program is entered into Department of Defense competition, expected to be complete by the end of July. 

"This was a team effort," said Paul Ceciliani, Academy antiterrorism officer who pointed out all units and mission elements have AT representatives who contributed to the program's success. 

"We had a lot of support and involvement," he said and added, "We had a great 2008." 

The Academy AT program was noted for its "outstanding" rating during the Air Force Inspector General Unit Compliance Inspection, recognized as "Best Program seen to Date" and praised for perfect security execution for President of the United States' visit during the 2008 and "flawless operations" by the Secret Service. 

The program also received kudos, among other achievements, for major improvements to mass communications, enhanced Giant Voice, initiation of Desktop Alerting System and revision of active shooter plan now a benchmark plan for service academies. 

In addition, the Academy's program was recognized for excellence in AT training, incident response planning and response, planning for protection of installation resources and hardening of the North Gate and protection planning for Direct Reporting Unit headquarters.