You Can't Predict, But You Can Prepare.

JOHN L. BRACKIN

John Brackin is Director of Security and Intergovernmental Affairs for Disaster Management International.  Mr. Brackin currently serves as an adjunct instructor with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) which is part of the Texas A&M University System.  TEEX is grant funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide pubic safety and security training to law enforcement and other first responders throughout the country.

Mr. Brackin formally served as the Special Operations Administrator for the Arkansas State Police and served as the first Director of the Arkansas State Fusion Center. In that capacity he was responsible for the homeland security, anti-terrorism/force protection and emergency response planning for the Arkansas State Police as well as working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI and various other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in establishing the state's new Intelligence Fusion Center.

Mr. Brackin is a former Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and also served as the State Homeland Security Advisor. In this dual role, he served as the principal state official responsible for the planning, preparation, response and recovery in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist related incident in the state. This included preparations for an earthquake along the New Madrid fault; planning and preparations for a pandemic outbreak, continued development of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) plans in the event of a chemical accident or release occurring from the Pine Bluff Arsenal, and development of enhanced security and response plans for the Arkansas Nuclear One power plant.

Mr. Brackin previously served on Governor Mike Huckabee’s staff as the Governor's Policy Advisor for Homeland Security, Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management and Military/Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, served as the Governor's liaison to the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Law Enforcement and Fire Training Academies, as well as various other state agencies, boards and commissions.

Prior to his latest state service, Mr. Brackin served 33 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard, retiring as a Colonel in 2005. From 1986 until retirement he served on active duty as an Active Guard/Reserve Officer. The majority of his military career was served in Field Artillery units culminating in battalion command in 1997. Additional assignments included Chief Operations Officer for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit and several years working in Counter Drug Operations and in Homeland Defense/Emergency Management planning. His final military assignment prior to retiring was as Director of Military Support (DOMS), responsible for Homeland Defense, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection, Emergency Planning and other missions related to the military's response to civil authorities.

Mr. Brackin began his state service as a Trooper with the Arkansas State Police in McGehee, Arkansas in 1976. In 1978 he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in West Memphis, Arkansas and served in that capacity until 1986 when he entered his active duty military career.

 

His affiliations include:

Past Chairman of the Arkansas State Fusion Center Advisory Committee

Past Chairman of the Arkansas Homeland Security Executive Committee

Past member of the Arkansas Homeland Security Advisory Council

Past member of the Board of Directors, Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC)

Past member of the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) Commission

Past member of the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council

Past President of the Razorback Chapter of the U.S. Field Artillery Association

 

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