SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic employee J.R. Burrow was named winner of the James T. Lynch Jr. Freedom Award in a recent luncheon at the Redbank Club on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The Charleston chapter of the Navy League partners with SSC Atlantic in presenting this annual award.
Karen Sorenson accepted the award for Burrow, who was on travel, and SSC Atlantic Technical Director Christopher Miller and retired Rear Adm. Bob Besal of the Charleston Chapter of the Navy League presented the award.
SSC Atlantic employees Mark Taylor, Ken Crawley and Antoinette Montgomery were also finalists for the award, which is presented to the SSC Atlantic employee who most embodies Lynch’s loyal dedication and fierce patriotism. James T. Lynch was a SPAWAR employee killed as he worked in the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon when it was attacked by terrorists Sept. 11, 2001.
Burrow is project manager for the Automated Biometrics Identification System (ABIS), a team that successfully designed, developed, tested, documented and installed the system. ABIS is used to enroll multiple biometric characteristics such as finger prints, palm prints, iris and facial geometry. Effective use of biometrics has proven to be an important tool in the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq.
The ABIS was developed and rapidly deployed using lessons the SSC Atlantic team learned from Iraq. Burrow worked tirelessly, above and beyond regular hours, to accomplish the objective. He made numerous overseas trips to meet with stakeholders and oversee development and testing of the system.