VIENNA, MD - Close Quarters Defense announced receipt of a citation of recognition from Governor Larry Hogan for extraordinary service to the citizens of the state of Maryland. The Governor’s Citation was presented by Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives last Tuesday following Governor Hogan’s cabinet meeting on the mid-shore. Governor’s citations are issued to organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the Maryland community. 

“We are honored to receive this distinguished recognition from our Governor,” said Duane Dieter Founder and President of Close Quarters Defense. “It is a privilege to equip individuals with important safety training throughout our great state as we seek to support Maryland.” 


The Governor’s Citation reads, “Be it Known: That on behalf of the citizens of this State, in recognition of providing more than 30 years of invaluable hands-on training with unique methods of appropriate response under duress to special operations, military units and the civilian law enforcement community, thereby helping to ensure the safety and security of Maryland, as well as the nation, and the world; in as much as Duane Dieter’s Close Quarters Defense System is among the premier defense techniques available worldwide, we are pleased to confer upon you this Governor’s Citation.” Signed, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr., Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, and Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith. 

"The safety of our citizens is a top priority of the Hogan administration, and we were pleased to join Close Quarters Defense to present a Governor’s Citation for their outstanding work in training individuals on how to best react when faced with high-stress situations,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “These talented staff members provide continued contributions to our communities – training not only police, military, security, and other emergency personnel, but also families, children, and individuals on how best to keep themselves, and those around them, safe. ” 

The visit by the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives to the Close Quarters Defense Eagle Training facility on July 17, 2018 was part of Governor Larry Hogan’s initiative to bring Maryland government to the people and facilitate continued communication between government and citizens to better understand the issues that citizens and businesses are facing in each region. 

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives is Governor Larry Hogan's office to enhance and improve opportunities for Maryland residents. It oversees the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, Volunteer Maryland, community affairs and engagement within the executive branch of Maryland government, faith-based outreach, and the governor's eight ethnic and cultural commissions.

To learn more about the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, visit 

About Close Quarters Defense

Close Quarters Defense® (CQD®) provides the highest quality training and personal development programs to professionals and vetted citizens of our nation. Developed by Founder and President Duane Dieter in 1981, CQD provides individuals with the necessary skills to respond appropriately to high-risk encounters. The training builds the confidence to overcome the most challenging situations through a world-renowned process that focuses on unifying the development of the mind, body, and purpose. CQD has been utilized, validated, and adopted by the men and women of our nation’s most elite military, law enforcement, federal agencies and corporations under the most stringent conditions. For over 30 years, CQD has earned a reputation as the gold standard for realistic training, validation, and quality control. Mr. Dieter also established the CQD Foundation, which is designed to provide mentorship, instill integrity and patriotism, and foster positive interactions between children and outstanding members of their community.

Margo Madden