Tenn Guard member named Criminal Analyst of the Year

"This is my community. As a citizen Soldier I have the awesome responsibility to help keep it safe," Sgt. 1st Class Michael Wallis, Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Criminal Analyst, said.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Wallis helped safeguard his community through his efforts as a criminal analyst for the Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Program.

Wallis, like a person who constructs a jigsaw puzzle, linked pieces of information, ensured those pieces fit properly, and built the big picture in support of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Chattanooga Resident Office-Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RO-HIDTA) on his way to winning the 2013 Criminal Analyst of the Year Award.

Scouring pieces of evidence and using a critical eye to note the most minuscule details and using critical thinking to link those details, National Guard Counterdrug Criminal Analysts like Wallis serve as a force multiplier for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies helping them detect, disrupt and curtail criminal activity.

"When tasked an assignment, he never negated in its execution or failed to deliver an outstanding finished product," Brad L. Byerley, Resident Agent in Charge of the Chattanooga (RO-HIDTA), said.

Wallis' efforts lead to over 20 court approved Title III wiretap affidavits, 30 search warrants and over 60 pen registers. These court approved law enforcement investigation tools facilitated the dismantling of six drug trafficking organizations operating in and around Tennessee. His analysis also helped net 102 arrests, the confiscation of multiple kilograms of drugs and $1.5 million in U.S. currency and other assets.

"Sgt 1st Class Wallis' analytical as well as investigative skills abilities and knowledge of large-scale drug transportation and distribution organizations played an integral role in the successful prosecution of numerous complex criminal investigations generated by the Chattanooga RO-HIDTA," Byerley said. "His efforts not only impacted the Southeast, but also multi-judicial districts throughout the United States and South America."

"Sgt. 1st Class Wallis demonstrated exemplary performance," Capt. Mesha Cichon, Analysis and Fusion section chief, said. "His accomplishments and dedication to the Tennessee Counterdrug Program illustrate the worthiness of his recognition."

In an effort to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Criminal Analysts like Sgt 1st Class Wallis, the National Guard Counterdrug Program's Analysis and Fusion division developed the Criminal Analyst of the Year Award. Each region of the country holds a competition resulting in regional awardees; the regional award winners then compete for the national award.