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W.Va. federal judge to head homeland security training facility

July 19, 2002

Martinsburg, W.Va.

From staff and wire reports

A U.S. District Court Judge from Martinsburg has been appointed to oversee a homeland security training facility in Preston County, W.Va.

Craig Broadwater, a brigadier general in the West Virginia Army National Guard, will administer the 1,400-acre facility at Camp Dawson near Kingwood, W.Va.

Preston County is just west of Garrett County, Md., and east of Monongalia County, W.Va., where Morgantown is located.

Broadwater is a federal judge in Martinsburg for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Broadwater has the additional title of assistant adjutant general for Installations and Homeland Security. His three-year assignment will require him to report to Camp Dawson at least one weekend a month and for two weeks each summer.

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The assignment will not affect Broadwater's job as district judge in Martinsburg, said Martin Hayden, operations officer for the West Virginia Adjutant General's office in Charleston.

The job is similar to other Army National Guard assignments where members have to travel out of town for periodic duties, Hayden said.

"It's not a full-time job," Hayden said Thursday.

Camp Dawson will have a full-time staff working under Broadwater to implement the program at the Robert C. Byrd Regional Training Facility, which opened in May, according to Hayden and other officials.

Hayden said he could not provide more details about what Broadwater's job responsibilities will include.

"It's all brand new," Hayden said.

First responders, law enforcement officers and reserve and active military units are involved in training for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

Completion of the entire education center is expected to take up to five years.

The next phase is to study the feasibility of conducting urban military training, specialized simulated ranges and other exercises at Camp Dawson.

Part of the project involves partnering with West Virginia University to establish a "virtual medical campus" that can be implemented during a chemical or biological hazard, Broadwater said.

"Using the Internet, we'll be able to track down medical data bases to help us understand what types of hazardous materials we are handling," he said.

Broadwater joined the National Guard in 1972 and served with the 2nd Special Forces Battalion for more than two decades until being named battalion commander in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel.

He was planning to retire in June at the rank of colonel before being offered the new position by West Virginia Adjutant Gen. Allen Tackett.

Broadwater never planned to be a judge, either, after receiving his law degree from the WVU School of Law in 1977.

"Upon leaving WVU, I thought attaining the rank of captain would have been the high point of my career," Broadwater said.

As a member of the National Guard, the Paden City, W.Va., native has been assigned to flood duty throughout West Virginia on several occasions. Broadwater coordinated relief efforts in 1996 when the Ohio River flooded.

- Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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