One of the most gratifying parts of my job is meeting DHS employees who are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of communities across the country. People are often surprised to learn that almost 90 percent of the men and women of DHS are not located in the Washington, DC area, but work in all 50 states and in 75 countries around the world.
Today, as part of the Department’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we are launching Faces of Homeland Security: Heroes on the Front Lines to tell the stories of some of the inspiring DHS employees who have gone above and beyond to prevent terrorism, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
The stories we are highlighting are just a few examples of the thousands of dedicated professionals working everyday to keep our communities safe and secure. Just as inspiring as their dedication is their spirit of cooperation with our many federal, state, local, and private sector partners. As we often say, DHS isn’t the team; we are part of the team. So over the next few months, we will be spotlighting examples of these essential partnerships as well.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read some of the stories behind the extraordinary men and women of DHS and our partners across the nation.
As citizens and businesspeople, families and communities, we all share the responsibility for our security. The dedication of these men and women to service exemplifies the very best of the American spirit. Together, we are making America safer, more resilient and stronger than ever.