On November 13, 2013 HQUSACIDC Permanent Order 317-1 redesignated the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, known as the USACIL, to the Defense Forensic Science Center. The Defense Forensic Science Center's mission is to provide full-service forensic support (traditional, expeditionary and reachback) to Army and Department of Defense entities worldwide; to provide specialized forensic training and research capabilities; serve as program manager for DoD Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Program; and to provide forensic support to other federal departments and agencies when appropriate.
The Defense Forensic Science Center, known as the DFSC, is the DoD’s premier forensic center. Located on the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia, its subordinate units are the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), the Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD) the Office of Quality Initiatives and Training (OQIT) and the Biometrics Operations Directorate (BOD).
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Colonel Jeremy R. Willingham is a native of Trion, Georgia. He enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1993 and served in the Georgia Army National Guard. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia College (now: University of North Georgia) and received a Regular Army Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. COL Willingham also holds two Master of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice from Drury University, Springfield, Missouri and National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Washington D.C.
Colonel Willingham’s military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic Course, MP Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Senior Service College, Joint Planners Course, TRADOC Instructor Training Course, Basic Airborne Course, Advanced Airborne School Jumpmaster Course, Special Reaction Team Training, Hostage Negotiations Course, and Antiterrorism Level-I thru Level-IV.
Colonel Willingham’s previous assignments include Platoon Leader, 272d Military Police Company, Mannheim, Germany and Taszar, Hungary in support of Operation Joint Guard/Forge; Assistant S3 (Operations), 95th Military Police Battalion, Mannheim, Germany; Assistant S3 (Plans), 720th Military Police Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 64th Military Police Company, Fort Hood, Texas and Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operational Enduring Freedom (Detainee transport mission from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba); Commander, HHC, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Instructor/Small Group Leader (MPCCC), USAMPS, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Joint Operational Planner, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; S3, 503d Military Police Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Deputy Provost Marshal / Provost Marshal /Chief, Afghan National Police Development, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Chief, Antiterrorism Division, United States Army, Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Commander, 93D Military Police Battalion (War Eagles) and Fort Bliss Director of Emergency Services; Chief, Policy and Plans, Office of the Provost Marshal General, HQDA, Pentagon; and most recently Division Chief, Army Protection Directorate, HQDA, G-3/5/7, Pentagon.
Colonel Willingham’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral “4”), and the NATO Medal. COL Willingham is authorized to wear the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Senior Parachutist Badge, German Military Efficiency Badge (Bronze), German Army Jump Wings, Royal Thai Army Jump Wings, the Military Police Regimental Association’s Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze, and the Noble Patron of Armor Distinctive Award.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory is located within the Defense Forensic Science Center at the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia. The USACIL provides forensic laboratory services to DoD investigative agencies and other Federal law enforcement agencies. USACIL is the only full service forensic laboratory in the DoD and trains special agents and investigators from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines in the Special Agent Laboratory Training Course, and manages the CID criminalistics and visual information programs. The examiners and analysts testify in federal, military, and state courts as well as multi-national courts.
Historically, the USACIL system included a laboratory in North Africa, Europe (1943-1996), Japan (1948-1993), and in the United States (1945-present). With one consolidated laboratory, the USACIL now provides worldwide forensics support from its current location since 1983 at the Gillem Enclave, formerly known as Fort Gillem, Georgia.
The USACIL has continuously been an accredited forensic laboratory since 1985, previously under the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-Legacy Program). In January 2016, the USACIL was ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. The laboratory provides state of the art forensic examinations in the following disciplines: Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Serology/DNA, Latent Prints, Forensic Documents, Digital Evidence and Firearms & Toolmarks.
The USACIL Director is Debra Glidewell.
The Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD) is located within the Defense Forensic Science Center at the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia. The FXD deploys a scalable and modular forensic exploitation team to provide the joint force commander or combatant command with a deployable forensic capability. The forensic exploitation team is sourced by the FXD with highly qualified Army Civilian scientists. The forensic exploitation team supports forensic analysis in remote locations and also utilizes reach back to CONUS forensic capability in the DFSC.
Forensic exploitation teams can work out of in-place hard stand buildings or can deploy with exploitation laboratories. The capability is scalable, modular, and adaptable to support a commander’s needs, and can adjust to infrastructure availability. They can deploy as one or two-person teams to augment a commander’s staff as the forensic science officer, and support training exercises and partner nation engagements. When a deployable forensic laboratory capability is required, a forensic exploitation team deploys in a laboratory that can be scaled to meet any size operational requirement.
The FXD Director is Blake Rowe.
The Office of Quality Initiatives & Training’s (OQIT) mission is multi-dimensional with the primary areas of focus being those of quality management, DFSC-wide initiatives, and training.
Q (Quality) – Maintenance of accreditation requires continued compliance with a variety of standards, including international documents, amplification documents from the accrediting body, and discipline-specific documents. Growth of the Center and expansion of its mission require evolution of the quality management system to meet the changing mission requirements. To further this purpose, the quality management team and the technical leaders in the Center meet on a monthly basis to discuss quality-related topics, to include examiner training programs and quality document revisions.
I (Initiatives) – This forward-thinking mission involves continual work to improve the Center and its capabilities. Previous projects have included efficiency studies which helped smooth common Center processes and investigations of interactive technologies for use in training programs. Other areas of focus include improvement of the judicial support process and customer feedback.
T (Training) – The education mission at the DFSC includes training for Center personnel and its customers (agents, lawyers, liaisons, etc.). This encompasses mandated DoD and Army trainings on topics such as safety and security as well as all of the technical, discipline-specific training required for examiner authorizations and certifications. DFSC-hosted courses include training sessions on laboratory capabilities for special agents and trial/defense counsels. Furthermore, external training missions are organized for multiple assets across the Department of Defense in forensic collection and reporting in all scopes of analysis. DFSC examiners also conduct forensic outreach programs for universities and host nations to assist in the education of non-practitioners.
In addition to these primary mission sets, OQIT also serves as the hub for Center-wide program such as the Office of Chief Scientist for RDT&E projects, the Center's scientific library, the internal approval board for publications, the new wellness program and the new Human Research Protection Program.
The Director of the OQIT is Dr. Kim Mooney.
The Biometrics Operations Directorate (BOD) is located on the Criminal Justice Information System FBI campus, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The BOD provides management, sharing, and matching activities within the biometric enterprise, enabling Department of Defense, United States Governmental organizations, and international partners, with near real time biometric information, by operating the Department of Defense’s only authoritative biometric repository on a 24/7 basis.
The BOD is able to provide subject matter expertise for biometric operational engagements, and establish and document data sharing business rules while providing millions of manual examinations for latent and biometric comparisons on an annual basis. The BOD also provides all IT services and systems that enable numerous data transport pathways for partners, stakeholders and users within the biometric community.