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Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT)

About HMSAT

PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT) is responsible for face-to-face outreach and field compliance assistance on the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). HMSAT’s goal is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. HMSAT members are assigned to each of PHMSA’s regional offices and are available to help businesses comply with the hazardous materials transportation regulations through educational and technical assistance. HMSAT also provides compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments.

HMSAT Bios

Eastern Region

Anthony H. Murray

Anthony H. “Tony” Murray III joined PHMSA in August of 2000. He works out of the Eastern Region Field Office located in West Trenton, NJ. As a member of HMSAT, he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the HMR and to provide compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments and the private sector.

Tony is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College, earning a BS in Marine Transportation. Upon graduation, he received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a Third Mate’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to sail as deck office in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He then shipped-out onboard U.S. flag ships for 15 years and advanced his merchant marine license to “Master Unlimited” and his military rank to Captain U.S. Navy.

Captain Murray began his federal civil service career in December 1991 as a Marine Transportation Specialist for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). After 6 years with MSC, Murray transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in Arlington, VA, where he administered programs related to the certification, training, and licensing of U.S. Merchant Marine officers and seamen. After leaving USCG and before coming to PHMSA, Murray spent 2 years with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Marine Accident Investigator in the NTSB Office of Marine Safety.

Have a question? Contact Tony.

Southern Region

Clayton Hatfield

Mr. Clayton Hatfield brings more than 30 years of transportation experience to his position as a member of HMSAT for the Southern Region. Clayton joined PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety in November of 2015 in the Southern Region. 

Prior to joining PHMSA, Clayton was a transportation specialist for the U.S. Navy in Virginia Beach, VA. His responsibilities included the safe and timely movement of all command operational gear and personnel to worldwide locations. He instructed and evaluated command personnel on the worldwide transportation of hazardous materials for multi-modal shipment.

Clayton enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1984 and served 20 years on active duty as an Aircraft loadmaster with a three-year assignment as a mission planner at Fort Bragg, NC. He retired from active duty and moved to Virginia Beach where he was a Transportation Specialist for the Naval Special Warfare Command.

Clayton earned an AAS in Aviation Operations from the Community College of the Air Force and a BS from Excelsior College.

Have a question? Contact Clayton.

Central Region

Neal Suchak

Neal Suchak joined PHMSA in October of 2012. He works out of the Central Region located in Chicago, IL. As a member of HMSAT, he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the HMR and to provide compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector.

Neal is a 2009 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, earning a BS in Political Science. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. His work there focused on environmental contracts to include EPA Clean Water, EnergyStar, but mostly PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Information Center.

Neal began his federal career in 2012 as a Regulatory Transportation Specialist for PHMSA’s Standards and Rulemaking Division at DOT Headquarters. After 3 years with Standards and Rulemaking, Neal transferred to the Outreach and Engagement Division, where he supported HMSAT efforts nationwide, drafted publications, produced videos for the PHMSA’s YouTube page, and helped develop national outreach strategy. In March 2018, Neal accepted a position with HMSAT for the Central Region and moved to Chicago, IL.

Have a question? Contact Neal.

Southwest Region

Michael Roberts

Mike Roberts is a member of HMSAT for the Southwestern Region. As a member of HMSAT, Mr. Roberts is dedicated to providing hazardous materials education, technical assistance, and outreach throughout the nation. 

A primary goal of this team is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. This requires interaction and coordination with the modal administrations, industry associations, and state and local government organizations. 

Mr. Roberts’s prior experience includes serving as a state police officer in New Mexico, working the last six years in the commercial motor vehicle division where he received training from the US DOT in all aspects of commercial motor vehicles including hazardous materials transport and inspections. As a police officer, he completed 800 to 1,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections a year. After retiring from the State Police, Mr. Roberts worked for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as an Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Roberts also served in the U.S. Air Force in Munitions and Nuclear Weapons.

Have a question? Contact Mike.

Western Region

Wes Westbrook

Wes Westbrook is a member of HMSAT for the Western Region. His broad knowledge of the HMR allows him to freely conduct outreach and assist industry professionals with regulatory compliance issues.

Wes served in both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration as an enforcement agent for hazardous materials shipments. He has taught many classes to government personnel and continues to share his knowledge in the use of the HMR. He received three Commendation Medals from the Army and Coast Guard for his assistance with Government shipments of hazardous materials. Wes holds a BS in criminal justice from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.

Have a question? Contact Wes.

Jack Whitley

Jack Whitley is a member of HMSAT for the Western Region. As a member of HMSAT, Mr. Whitley is dedicated to providing hazardous materials education, technical assistance, and outreach throughout the nation. 

A primary goal of this team is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. This requires interaction and coordination with the modal administrations, industry associations, and state and local government organizations. 

Mr. Whitley’s prior experience includes serving as an Investigator for PHMSA, as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist in the U.S. Army (retired), as a Fire Fighter in the U.S. and abroad (Germany and Korea), and as the Hazardous Material Training Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Have a question? Contact Jack.

Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018