Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Names New Board Members

Oklahoma’s Secretary of Veteran Affairs and National Guardsmen aid Institute in national security training mission

(Oklahoma City, Okla.)The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism announces the appointment of two new board members.

New members include:

Major General LaRita A. “Rita” Aragon currently serves as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Veteran Affairs. She is retired United States Air National Guard. Her final active military post was as the Air National Guard assistant to the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff Manpower and Personnel.

First Sergeant Michael B. Treanor currently serves with the Oklahoma Army National Guard 63rd WMD Civil Support Team. He is a highly decorated combat soldier who has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among others. First Sergeant Treanor also lost his parents and 4 year-old daughter in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 “The staff and current board of the Institute are happy to welcome these new board members who bring of wealth of personal and professional experience to our training mission,” said the Institute’s Executive Director David Cid. “The Major General’s knowledge of military operations will assist as we move forward in diversification of our programs and First Sergeant Michael Treanor’s training with the National Guard’s 63rdCivil Support Team as well as his experience with the Oklahoma City bombing will add a depth of understanding that is unsurpassed.”

“The Institute is exactly what my family and other survivors asked for after the Oklahoma City Bombing”, said First Sergeant Michael Treanor. “Its mission to teach and to help prevent another disaster like this from happening again helps us all move forward and never forget the cost of such violence.”

“This organization is one of the front line guardians against terrorism across the nation,” stated Major General LaRita Aragon. “I am very honored and humbled to be asked to participate and believe that along with the other distinguished, energetic, and dedicated Board Members, this institute will continue to make a significant difference in the security of our nation.”

The two new members join an existing eleven-member board that oversees the Institute.

About Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security training partner serving the nation’s 800,000 uniformed officers and law enforcement leadership. Our mission is to enhance the public safety through training, professional development and education under the Institute’s Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement/Contract with the Information Collection on Patrol training program. Click here to review the Institute’s training brochure and program details.


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