4/14/17 – A Beaver Dam alderman, whose full-time job involves preparing for bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks, has earned a prestigious award as part of obtaining a Master’s degree. Ward Ten Alderman and Acting Council President Don Neuert, who also chairs the city’s Administrative Committee, is a State Emergency Medical Countermeasures Program Manager with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care. Neuert recently completed a Master of Arts in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Security. During the 18-month program, he collaborated with homeland security officials from across the country on current policy and strategy challenges. As part of obtaining the degree, Neuert – who has spent 19 years in emergency preparedness with public heath – wrote a thesis titled “Closing the Gap: To What Extent Do Socioeconomic Barriers Impede Response to Emerging Public Health Threats?” That thesis earned him the Zimbardo Award which is given to one member of each graduating class who best embodies scientific excellence through outstanding analyses and keen insights.
Twenty-eight CHDS students participated in the ceremony. They represent a snapshot of the homeland security profession, including professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, public health, education and city/county government. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security, located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), is the nation’s homeland security educator. Master’s degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during a rigorous 18-month program. Each graduate completes a thesis on a current issue facing his/her jurisdiction. These theses often translate into policy and practice. The CHDS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For information, visit www.chds.us. The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide unique advanced education and research programs in order to increase the combat effectiveness of the U.S. and Allied armed forces as well as enhance the security of the United States. For information, visit www.nps.edu.
Neuert will be our guest on WBEV’s Community Comment this afternoon to discuss the recognition along with his role in fighting infectious disease and also city government matters. Community Comment airs weekdays on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm.