ECBC Associate Director James Baker receives rare German Cross of Honour

James Baker, the associate director of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), recently became the 16th American civilian to receive the German Gold Cross of Honour.

Baker received the award during a ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground before Baker's family, co-workers and friends. Alexander Grabowski, the director of the CBRN Decontamination Directorate of the German Federal Armed Forces Research Institute for Protection Technologies & NBC Protection, presented the award to Baker.

Grabowski previously worked as a visiting scientist at ECBC.

"I am honored to know and work with Jim," Grabowski said. "He has the incredible ability to walk the line between friendship and professionalism. He made working at the center a valuable experience for me and countless others."

Baker currently serves as a technical project officer in multiple projects in the international chemical defense program. He transitioned from the military to civilian service at ECBC in 1971 and has remained there ever since.

"I was very touched and honored to receive this award today," Baker said. "I have had the pleasure of seeing ECBC evolve and grow during my long career here and to be recognized as playing a role in that by one of our important foreign partners truly means a lot to me."

The German Gold Cross of Honor, which is also known as the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr, is presented for exemplary and meritorious service over 20 years.