Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of May 3, 2010

Anh Duong

Chemical Engineer, Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Anh Duong has worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Indian Head, Maryland, for twenty-seven years.  But her relationship with the U.S. Navy goes back farther.  She came to this country after escaping Vietnam as a teenager, having fled by helicopter to a Navy vessel off-shore.  After coming to the United States, Anh obtained a degree in chemical engineering and computer science from the University of Maryland.  After graduation, Anh began working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a chemical engineer, and from 1991-1999, she oversaw the Center’s advanced development programs in high explosives.  From 1999-2002, she worked as the head of its programs to develop undersea weapons.  After the September 11 attacks, when our Armed Forces were given the mission to defeat the Taliban, it was Anh who was asked to develop a thermobaric bomb that could be used to reach deep into Afghanistan’s mountain caves, where Taliban fighters were hiding.  She and her team were only given a hundred days to prepare such a weapon for use.  They did it in sixty-seven days.  Since 2006, she has been working with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to create mobile battlefield forensics labs to help quickly identify those behind terrorist attacks. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Anh Duong HERE

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