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2019 Cogswell Award for Pinnacle

Vikki Boyett in the middle, accepting the award from Dan Payne, Director of Defense Security Service.

Due to Vikki Boyett’s diligence and dedication as Director of Security, Pinnacle has received the James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award for 2019.

On June 12th, Vikki attended the NCMS (National Classification Management Society) National Seminar and received the award during the ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri. When it comes to industrial security, Pinnacle is on par with such defense industry giants as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and CAE and one of only four Alabama companies to receive this recognition in 2019. 

Fifty-one facilities were chosen from approximately 13,000 cleared facilities. The award criterion focuses on principles of industrial security excellence, and factors include establishing and maintaining a security program that far exceeds the basic National Industrial Security Program requirements.

The award was established in 1966 in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which includes an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information.

To receive consideration for the Cogswell award, a facility must be nominated by their assigned Industrial Security Representative and have two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings. They also must show a sustained degree of excellence and innovation in their overall security program management, implementation and oversight.

Once initially nominated, the nominees then go through a vigorous national vetting process that includes external vetting and a national team review. The national review team then consolidates and ranks the nominations, and that ranked listing is submitted to the Director of DSS for final approval. Source: DSS Website

Congratulations and Thank you, Vikki!!


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