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9-11 Remembrance

Remembering ABC Agents’ Heroism on 9/11

On Sept. 11, 2001, 14 Virginia ABC agents were among the brave men and women who responded to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The agents helped with everything from traffic control to triaging victims, and they joined other first responders in shepherding people away from the Pentagon, across the street and under the overpass to get them out of harm’s way.

"Here was a case where there was a small group of us that found ourselves in that situation, andthe training that you've had over the years, it just sort of takes control, and your mind kicks into that mindset," said Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement Region 4 Special Agent-in-Charge Barbara Storm, who was among the agents who responded that day.

In the aftermath, Storm and her teammates returned to the Pentagon and, sifting through the debris, helped the FBI, the Pentagon's protective services and other federal agencies retrieve classified documents, parts and anything else that might had been significant to their investigation.

The following agents were recognized by state and ABC leadership for their valiant efforts: Sylvester Cheatham, Christopher Dillard, Philip Disharoon, Ronald Funkhouser, Wolfgang Gholson, Steven Hardeman, Jonathan Holland II, Katie Hudak, Darren Hunt, R. Scott Kehoe, Stanley Meador, L. Scott Reinhardt, Barbara Storm and David Vinson.

After 9/11, many Virginia ABC agents left for federal service, having been inspired by the events they had witnessed first-hand, or retired. Barbara Storm is the last of the 14 agents to remain with Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement.

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Virginia ABC CEO, Travis Hill, elected 1st Vice President of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA)

Virginia ABC CEO, Travis Hill, was elected to the role of 1st Vice President of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) at their annual business meeting in June 2022. Through June 2023, Travis will serve on the organization's executive committee along with alcoholic beverage regulators from 13 states. The NCSLA provides a forum for its members to openly communicate and learn about the creation and maintenance of successful systems of beverage alcohol regulation in service of the public interest. Travis is slated to assume the role of NCSLA president in July 2023.
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Virginia ABC Receives Two Real Estate Awards for New Facilities in Hanover County

Virginia ABC and the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) received two awards for the new headquarters and distribution center in Hanover County completed in 2021. In April, ABC/DGS received an award for Best Industrial Project from the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate, and in May, both were awarded the 2022 Impact Award from the Richmond Real Estate Group.

“The new headquarters and distribution center will accommodate the authority’s future growth as we evolve to meet customer demand and generate revenue for the commonwealth. We are now equipped with an open and efficient workspace for all our employees and are pleased to be a part of Hanover County’s development” ABC CEO Travis Hill explained. 

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Virginia ABC Receives Best Practices Award

Being an alcohol industry leader in retail, technology, education and enforcement has earned Virginia ABC the Overall Best Practices Award from StateWays magazine, the only national magazine devoted to the issues and subjects that affect the 17 states and multiple local jurisdictions where government manages the sale and distribution of distilled spirits at the wholesale level. StateWays recognized Virginia ABC for innovations in six categories: Best Consumer Education Program, Best Technology Innovation, Best Retail Innovation, Best Stakeholder Outreach Program and Best On-Premise Partnership. ABC received the annual award in October 2021 during the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s Administrators Conference.

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