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Brockington and Associates honored by federal agency for Veterans Curation Project

Dec 04, 2009

Brockington and Associates honored by federal agency for Veterans Curation Project

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recognizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District for its innovative Recovery Act programs with Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement

NORCROSS, Ga. Dec. 4, 2009-- Cultural resources firm Brockington and Associates received a partnership commendation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Friday for its work on the Veterans Curation Project (VCP). The council, an independent federal agency that promotes historic preservation, recognized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District with the Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement for innovative programs, including the VCP, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

During Friday's award presentation, council chairman John L. Nau III recognized Claudia L. Tornblom, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Public Works, VCP director Dr. Michael K. Trimble of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Paul Brockington, president of Brockington and Associates, and Laurie Ott, executive director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project in Augusta, Ga. for their pioneering work.

"We are honored to be recognized for facilitating this groundbreaking program, which not only trains our nation's wounded warriors in valuable job skills, but also helps ensure our country's shared legacy for generations to come," Paul Brockington said. "I hope the success of the Veterans Curation Project will ensure that more of America's vets are given the tools they need to succeed when they return to their communities."

"The Veterans Curation Project unites two of my passions: our nation's military and our shared history,"Dr. Trimble said. "I am proud that the program and our vets are getting the attention that they deserve, and I look forward to its continued success."

Brockington is working with Dr. Trimble and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, to manage the VCP. The project trains disabled veterans and active duty military to catalog archaeological and archival collections that need to be brought up to the Corps' modern curation standards. The first lab opened in October in Augusta, Ga., and two more labs are set to open in St. Louis, Mo. and Washington, D.C in 2010.

"These programs under ARRA demonstrate commendable Corps commitment to incorporate historic preservation while finding solutions for current needs that will benefit the nation for decades into the future,"said John L. Nau, III, ACHP chairman.

The other two major efforts being handled under the Recovery Act involve funding across the entire Corps structure to create a readily accessible digital database of cultural resources using Geographic Information System software, and improvement in tribal consultation in accordance with goals and provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

An independent federal agency, the ACHP promotes the educational, economic, and cultural value of historic preservation and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic and cultural properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the Preserve America program. See www.achp.gov for more information.

Atlanta-based Brockington and Associates is a client-centered cultural resources consulting firm. As leaders in archeology and history, the firm implements best practices in field, laboratory, and educational work. Brockington's consultants identify archaeological sites, historic buildings and other cultural properties, evaluate their significance, and develop effective preservation or mitigation plans. For more information, visit www.brockington.org.

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Contact: Maggie Large
Communications Director
Brockington and Associates
678-638-4137
maggielarge@brockington.org

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