- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2005

As a private in the Iowa National Guard in 1963, Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz responded to his first emergency: a tornado in the northwest part of the state. Forty-two years later, he is still coordinating emergency-response efforts, only this time it involves Hurricane Katrina and the global war on terror.

After retiring in May as director of the Army National Guard, Gen. Schultz is applying his military expertise at Unitech, a Centreville consulting firm that focuses on homeland security.

As senior vice president for intelligence and security programs, Gen. Schultz helps train the nation’s first responders and armed forces to ensure readiness in case of emergencies.

“This is all about preparedness,” said Gen. Schultz, who retired after seven years as director of the 350,000-member National Guard. “We work with state and federal agencies in solving the preparedness question.”

Through simulations and computer- and Web-based training products, Unitech teaches responders to implement the National Incident Management System, a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s national response plan.

In times of a natural disaster or enemy attack, the chain of command must be well-defined so that local and national authorities can coordinate their efforts, Gen. Schultz said. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that, he added.

“Local responders stay in charge to the absolute limit that they can,” he said, adding that the Defense Department plays a supporting role to local firefighters, police officers, paramedics and government officials. “If there’s not a clear line of communication when we roll in to see the incident commander, then we’ve got trouble.”

Gen. Schultz reports directly to Earl W. Stafford, Unitech chairman and chief executive officer, who recruited him after he retired.

“Having General Schultz on the Unitech team is a great honor and privilege,” Mr. Stafford said. “This soldier has expertise is training, homeland security and [weapons of mass destruction] defenses.”

During his seven years at the National Guard Bureau in the District, Gen. Schultz led efforts to identify ways to improve the Pentagon’s coordination with first responders during an enemy attack. He helped to develop the idea of “civil support teams,” which today are deployed during emergencies at the state and local levels.

Gen. Schultz said he looks forward to continuing his career at Unitech. “The strength of this company comes from the people down the halls, across the company at our locations,” he said. “We don’t get arrogant — it’s serious work.”

Gen. Schultz, 60, lives in Annandale with his wife, Barbara.

— Kara Rowland

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