Congratulating Mr. Bartley P. Durst for Earning the Laboratory Director of the Year Award

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 4, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GUEST. Madam Speaker, it is my privilege to congratulate Mr. Bartley P. Durst for earning the Laboratory Director of the Year Award from the Federal Labs Consortium. Throughout a long and distinguished career, Mr. Durst has dedicated himself to the service of his fellow citizen. I rise today to recognize him as a community, state, and national leader whose example will continue to motivate and encourage individuals who share the same passion of making a better and safer place for their neighbors, statesmen, and countrymen.

In his five years as director of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), Mr. Durst has led the way for the development of technologies that emphasize structural resilience. GSL continues to take on some of the greatest civil and military engineering challenges around the world, in which Mr. Durst has successfully integrated his decades of experience and personal knowledge.

The Modular Protective System, which employs technological advancements to safeguard American servicemembers overseas and citizens at home, is the clearest illustration of Mr. Durst's character and dedication. The MPS technology has led to a number of significant advancements that protect American troops and private citizens from weapons, projectiles, and explosions. These advancements have also been made possible by strong federal and private partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, often championed by Mr. Durst himself.

It is my honor to recognize Mr. Bartley P. Durst for the many contributions he has made to create a brighter future for our state and nation, and I ask my colleagues in the House to join me in thanking Mr. Durst for his service and commitment to Mississippi and to the United States of America.