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News Release
January 12, 2004

New Operations Manager Joins Groundwater Study Program Team

Camp Edwards, Mass. — The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program today announced the appointment of Robert G. Perry as operations manager for the program's cleanup and investigation at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR).

Perry, a bioenvironmental engineer and former U.S. Air Force officer, will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing all operational aspects of the Groundwater Study Program's efforts. This will include personnel, logistics, facilities and financial management.

As operations manager, Perry will serve as the program's primary contact with military and civilian organizations at or involved with the cleanup. He also will oversee the Groundwater Study Program community outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the Groundwater Study Program, Perry served as a chief bioenvironmental engineer and strategic planner at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Ramstein Air Base in Germany. In postings with the Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Perry was responsible for developing Air Force-wide policies and procedures.

In various assignments, Perry oversaw guidance, staffing and budgeting for occupational health, environmental protection and contingency operations. He also was responsible for managing engineering staffs responsible for civil engineering, environmental monitoring and systems development.

After leaving the Air Force and returning to Massachusetts, Perry served two terms as a Town of Dighton selectman, where he also served as Board of Health Chairman and co-chair of the Emergency Management Board for the community of 6,000 residents. He has taught mathematics in Norton, Mass., since 1998.

According to Groundwater Study Program Manager Kent "Hap" Gonser, Perry's multifaceted organizational and management background and his experience with environmental and health issues will help ensure the highest levels of operational efficiency as the Groundwater Study Program makes the important transition from investigation to cleanup actions.

Perry received his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and his undergraduate degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and completed his Teacher Certification at Bridgewater State College. He also authored a number of publications and manuals related to environmental cleanup and engineering while in the Air Force.

A Massachusetts native, Perry resides in North Dighton with his wife and has two sons.

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For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Public Affairs, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
Pam Richardson, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5630
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2866

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