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Release No: 153-98
April 06, 1998


Journeys into cyberspace have earned the National Guard Bureau virtual honors from the prestigious Smithsonian Institution .

In ceremonies held today on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Lt. Col. Phil Vermeer accepted a medal for the Bureau's Distributive Training Technology Project, and saw the program inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection at the Museum of American History and Technology. As product manager, Vermeer is responsible for oversight of the program, which is based on the Community Learning and Information Network model, technology from the State of Iowa Communications Network, and the Federal Aviation Administration Distance Learning initiatives.

Now in its tenth year, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program is considered the most prestigious awards program in the information technology industry. Each year, the program identifies and honors individuals whose visionary use of information technology produces positive social, economic and educational change.

"The National Guard Bureau is using information technology to make great strides toward remarkable social achievement in education," said David Allison, chairman and curator of the National Museum of the American History's Division of Information Technology and Society .

The distributive technology training project uses state of the art technology--videoconferencing, teleconferencing, computer-based training, and the Internet--to deliver effective, cost-efficient, education and training to National Guard members. The Guard's plan to extend use of the facilities to surrounding civilian communities provides broad access to education, training, and information to develop new skills and enhance the American quality of life.

For further information about the DTTP, please visit their website at http://www.dttp.ngb.army.mil.

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