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R. Scott Decker

R. Scott Decker retired from the FBI as a supervisory special agent at the end of 2011, after 22 years of service. He spent his early FBI career in pursuit of bank and armored car robbers throughout Boston. He then gained a promotion and joined the Bureau's fledging Hazardous Materials Response Unit in Quantico. On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI hazmat specialists to Ground Zero in New York City, and then joined the developing Amerithrax Task Force against the anthrax threat. Decker coordinated the early genetics and DNA forensics of the bioterror investigation, and supervised a squad of agents whose work charted new ground and established the discipline of microbial forensics. In 2009, he and his team received the FBI Director's Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement. In 2008, the Washington Post featured Decker in a front–page article by national security reporter Joby Warrick, "Trail of Odd Cells Led FBI to Army Scientist." In 2017, the Public Safety Writers Association's Annual Writing Competition awarded Recounting the Anthrax Attacks first–place in their non–fiction unpublished book category.

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