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DHS Serves: Compilation

This week, we’ve celebrated Independence Day by highlighting the dedicated service to our nation of employees from across the Department. Many employees volunteered first-hand accounts from about why they serve. Here is a short compilation. Happy Independence Day!

DHS Serves

  • It is extremely rewarding when you can not only assist a community but to teach them moving forward… I honestly feel like not only am I making a difference, but that I leave a community more resilient than when I arrived. – James Blais, FEMA
  • The simple reason is to give back and protect those at home… and to enjoy the freedoms often taken for granted with my friends, family, and peers. – John Carnegis, FEMA
  • I serve to prepare Americans for disasters in a way that is simple, timely, digital and accessible for everyone! – Jana Baldwin, FEMA
  • Every day I go to work knowing that what I do helps responders prepare for disasters, local emergencies and day to day operations. – Douglas Kahn, FEMA
  • I serve because I know that, at any given time, I will be helping someone rebuild their life and recover from devastation and mayhem… my career and passion is to serve, help, respond to and support our fellow citizens. – LaKeisha Brown, FEMA
  • I served our nation by helping to protect as an active duty military member for twenty years…. and I was again honored to serve in a civilian capacity for DHS by training our nation’s law enforcement professionals as digital forensic crime scene investigators. – Preston Farley, FLETC
  • I enjoy telling stories about the people of our agency and how their hard work and commitment impacts public safety every day. – Richard Rocha, ICE
  • I’m proud of the work I do… improving the effectiveness and efficiency of DHS operations and fulfilling our vision, which, in turn, helps uphold the public’s trust in government to do what is right. – Jim Crumpacker, MGMT
  • As a native New Yorker who grew up in the vicinity of ground zero, the horrible events of 9/11 are personal to me. This department is entrusted with great responsibilities to protect the homeland and I serve in my role to try to ensure that we don’t see a repeat of that awful day. – Brian Chu, MGMT
  • Public service is in my blood…I help protect precious resources so that every American can enjoy clean air, water and preserved history and culture for generations to come. – Heather Batson, NPPD
  • I’m proud of the strong partnerships and capabilities we have built and how together we are defending the systems that enable the American way of life. – Mark Bristow, NPPD
  • I was drawn to the DHS commitment to accountability and transparency. – Robert Davis, NPPD
  • I serve to enable our cyberspace defenses to have an increased understanding of the entire threat to U.S. network systems. – Deanne Harwood, NPPD
  • After serving 24 years in the Army, I decided to continue to serve, protect our freedom and defend our nation. – Ed Hotin, NPPD
  • I am proud to serve, research, collaborate, share information, and efforts to help my division collect and support the DHS mission. – Custrina Reeves, NPPD
  • Having the capacity to contribute to the safety and security of my country is an honorable task which gives me a great sense of purpose and pride. I serve at DHS because I can make a difference!  – Latousha Leslie, OHA
  • It makes me proud to be doing something significant in service to the community, to my family and friends, and to the USA. – Gary Warkentin, OHA
  • Public service is patriotism in action, executed daily. – Mary Hanson, S&T
  • I serve because S&T provides the ability to work with a broad range of skilled and committed homeland security practitioners. – John Price, S&T
  • I serve because I'm able to put to work all the knowledge and experience I gained during my Department of Defense days to help protect our Homeland Security Enterprise. – Sonja Rodriquez, S&T
  • I serve to ensure that people have access to a country where freedom reigns and physical safety is prioritized. – Adesulu Adewole, USCIS
  • Working for an agency that enables immigrants to become citizens is personally rewarding, and to see their faces when they are told that they are now U.S. citizens is very moving. – Anne Snaidman, USCIS
Last Updated: 09/21/2018
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