Gary Robinson has received a B.S. in Business Administration and began working
for DNR in 2002 as a Computer Information Services Specialist. Gary was born in
Queens, NY and raised in Long Island, NY. In 2000 he decided to escape the
hustle and bustle of the big city and relocated to Maryland. He currently
resides in Bowie, MD, and enjoys playing sports, riding his motorcycle, the
exploring the great outdoors.
Were you part of that first generation of school kids
to be exposed to computer programming back in the early 1980s? Yes, I
must admit I was an 80’s kid who was exposed to Atari (before Nintendo) and one
of the first microcomputers, the Commodore 64. As far back as I can remember my
first computer programming experience was learning two basic computer languages
called COBOL and FORTRAN. In those days we wrote all of our programs on little
punch cards which had to be fed into a card reader to run the programs (how
Tell me about the nature of your responsibilities as a
Computer Information Services Specialist? As a Computer Information
Services Specialist, we are responsible for supporting and assisting units
within DNR, identifying and resolving customer hardware and software issues.
Desktop Support is broken down into two teams, Remote Support Team which
supports all the units outside of Tawes, and the In-House Support Team which
supports the units within Tawes. Currently I’m assigned to the Remote Support
Team where I'm primarily responsible for supporting units in the Southern region as
well as supporting and backing up units within Tawes and other DNR regional
Everyday you hear horror stories of destructive
computer viruses, people hacking into banking and credit card databases to
access confidential information, etc. How is the department protecting its
employees and the work that they do from this sort of thing? DNR
Information Technology Service in conjunction with state and federal agencies
has implemented several security features such as Firewalls, Anti-Spam
Solution and Anti-Virus Software to protect our infrastructure from unauthorized
users and viruses. A lot of emphasizes has been placed on security to make sure
we are able to work in a secure environment.
In addition to your responsibilities here at the
department, you also have another very important responsibility – to the U.S.
military. Can you tell me a little bit about that? I’m currently
serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs Specialist with the 450
Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). The 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)
is a part of U.S. Army Special Operations Command providing direct support to
the 82d Airborne Division. Civil Affairs Soldiers operate in teams in support of
both conventional and special operations forces. Civil Affairs specialists
identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in combat or crisis
situations. They also locate civil resources to support military operations,
mitigate non-combatant injury or incident, minimize civilian interference with
military operations, facilitate humanitarian assistance activities, and
establish and maintain communication with civilian aid agencies and
You did a tour of duty in Afghanistan, is that
correct? Yes, I was called to active duty in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom were I was deployed to Afghanistan for about a year.
Unfortunately, your position doesn’t allow you much
time to get out into the field to enjoy the resources that the department
manages. When you do get an opportunity to get out, what is it you like to do?
As a Computer Information Services Specialist I’m directly responsible for
supporting all DNR units located in Maryland’s southern region. My area of
responsibility covers units from Annapolis to Point Lookout State Park. As a
field technician I’m afforded the opportunity to work with various units and
have direct interaction with many of the resources Maryland DNR has to offers
such as the state parks, forestry’s and wildlife sanctuaries.
What is your greatest concern regarding the future of
Maryland’s natural resources? My greatest concern regarding the
future of Maryland’s natural resources is the protection and enhancement of its
shores and beaches. Growing up in a water front community I was able to see
first hand the benefits that communities harvest from protected shorelines.
Your favorite spot – the one you go to “to get away
from it all?” When I need to “get away from it all” I hop on my
motorcycle and just ride.
Tell me about the last book you read…The
last book I read was “Gotham Diaries” by Tonya Lewis Lee & Crystal McCrary
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