Distinguished Service Award: Michael Pyo
By Ryan J. Reilly | April 13, 2022 6:48 pm

As the Chief Inspector of the U.S. Marshals’ Office of Emergency Management Tactical Operations Division, Michael Pyo is in charge of three major programs — Mobile Command Centers, the Communications Center and the Explosive Detection Canine Program.

Michael Pyo (photo by Ryan J. Reilly).

Pyo who has been with the service for 17 years was honored at the Director’s Honorary Awards Ceremony on Tuesday for his “tireless efforts and outstanding contributions” to the U.S. Marshals.

Last year, Pyo served as the project manager for the acquisition of two new mobile command centers — rolling offices equipped with satellite communications equipment that deploy anywhere — and in 2008, he oversaw the relocation of the communications center to a new facility in Springfield, Va.

Pyo oversees three mobile command centers in Oklahoma City, Okla., Pineville, La., and Springfield, Va.

The technology used in the mobile command centers needs to be updated consistently because it provides the backbone for communications after a natural disaster or other incident. The mobile unit also supports the radio communication abilities of local law enforcement officials.

“The infrastructure typically goes down, your cell service is not going to be up and running, so you have to rely on the satellite,” Pyo said.

The mobile command units also are deployed to other situations that require U.S. Marshal protection — most recently to the trial of Scott Roeder who was convicted of murdering abortion provider George Tiller.

“It’s not just a matter of parking a big truck in the bay area and leaving it, because you always want to make sure it’s always up and running,” said Pyo.

See a full list of award recipients from Tuesday’s U.S. Marshals Service Awards Ceremony here. Read the full story here.


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