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staff recognized by attorney general holder at annual awards ceremony

October 17, 2012

Raleigh - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that Attorney General Eric Holder recognized 282 department employees for their distinguished public service today at the 60th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony.  Fifty-seven other individuals outside the department are also honored for their work.  Held at the DAR Constitution Hall, this annual ceremony recognizes both department employees and others for their outstanding dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s missions.  This year, members of the Boyd terrorism case are awarded the Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security Award.

Award recipients include the following members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Assistant U.S. Attorneys John S. Bowler, Jason M. Kellhofer and Barbara D. Kocher; Victim Witness Coordinator Michelle D. Scott; Intelligence Specialist Sarah H. Foster; Information Technology Specialist Jacqueline M. Nobling and former Legal Assistant Stacey J. Taylor; from the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office Supervisory Special Agent Maria Jocys; Special Agents Paul C. Minella, Michael A. Greer, William J. Logallo and Jason R. Maslow; Intelligence Analyst Kristie N. Cranford; from the FBI’s Training Division, Supervisory Special Agent Gregory T. Alznauer; from the National Security Division, Attorney-Advisors Michael E. Eaton and David Farnham; Unit Chief Alexandra Doumas; from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Special Agent Heather Z. Ferris; Raleigh Police Department, Detective Robert C. Powell IV; and from the Durham Police Department, Task Force Officer Charles D. Burroughs

“This year’s award recipients have made significant contributions across, and far beyond, the Department of Justice and helped to protect the rights, safety and best interests of the citizens we are privileged to serve,” Attorney General Holder said.  “I am grateful for the dedication and passion that these extraordinary public servants bring to their work, and I am honored to count them as colleagues.”

United States Attorney Walker stated, “These award recipients are extraordinary examples of dedicated public servants.  Their commitment to the cause of justice is worthy of this tremendous honor.”

The defendants in the Boyd terrorist case were convicted of recruiting, planning, and preparing to engage in violent attacks overseas.  The case resulted in the conviction of seven defendants on various terrorism violations, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder persons overseas. 



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