John Baker, TX SEE Enrollee

Long-time Texas resident and Region VI SEE Enrollee, John Baker began his career in the U.S Army at Fort Hood, Texas where you can follow his development from a Confinement Officer at the Fort Hood Stockade to Company Commander of the 518th Military Police Battalion, responsible for establishing a Security Command Post in Duncanville, Texas.  At an interesting point in Dallas-Ft. Worth history (commemorated in the plaque pictured below), Mr. Baker’s command post was responsible for providing total physical security for the removal of underground silos housing Nike missiles which provided air defense for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area as part of the United States Air Defense Command during the Cold War. Under Mr. Baker’s direction, the mission was completed without incident.

Following his military service, Mr. Baker earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in 1972 and went to work in the transportation industry, ultimately establishing Baker Transportation Consulting which he headed up from 1983 to 1991.  Other career highlights include serving as Vice President of Operations for Transportation Consulting, Inc. from 1993 to 2001.  Immediately prior to working for the SEE Program, Mr. Baker worked in the security industry, directing and planning all aspects of a Class A Building and tenant security with multiple building and security assignments.

In his current position as a Region VI SEE Enrollee, Mr. Baker now assists EPA by conducting inspections (sanitary surveys), report writing and tracking of inspections for the Tribal Drinking Water Program.  In addition, he oversees the Lead and Copper Rule implementation for the Region 6 Tribal Drinking Water Program.  In this capacity he works with government agency officials and tribes on providing assistance with the direct implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act on tribal lands, communicating with Tribes on a regular basis, calculating averages on regulated contaminants to assist in compliance determinations and recording lab results/records in the Safe Drinking Water Information System database.

Over the years, Mr. Baker has earned many commendations and certifications, not the least of these were his accomplishments in Judo.  In 1997 and 1998, he won the Bronze Medal while completing The Senior Nationals Judo, Inc. in Florida and Chicago.  Moreover, in 1999 he earned the rank of first degree Black Belt in the national organization of United States Judo, Inc.  How is that for being prepared to provide the utmost in security!