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2017 Secretary's Awards(63)

The 2017 Secretary’s Awards honor the work, sacrifice, and professional excellence of employees from components all across the Department of Homeland Security.  These colleagues highlighted below have performed above and beyond the call of duty, responding in extraordinary ways to the challenges of protecting the homeland.  These individuals have displayed a special dedication to the mission of homeland security, setting a sterling example for all DHS employees who share their commitment to the Department and to the American people.

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  • 2017 Secretary's Awards

    2017 Secretary's Awards

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     A joint-DHS honor guard presents the colors at the 2017 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony before hundreds of award recipients, their colleagues and their families.
    Nov 08, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Customs and Border Protection Volkswagen Customs Fraud Penalty Team receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for securing a $4.3 billion settlement in fines against Volkswagen, the largest customs criminal and civil fraud penalty ever recovered under U.S. Customs Laws. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

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    The Customs and Border Protection Volkswagen Customs Fraud Penalty Team receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Jason O'Doherty, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. O'Doherty was honored for his initiative in managing a recycling program, which reduced hazardous waste disposal costs and preventing millions of dollars in environmental fines. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Jason O'Doherty, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. O'Doherty was honored for his initiative in managing a…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Jenny Bayles, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Bayles was honored for her technical and administrative expertise through creative improvements to better maintain financial reporting in TSA. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Jenny Bayles, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Bayles was honored for her technical…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Mason Camplin, a culinary specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Camplin was honored for his outstanding culinary professionalism and proficiency in support of the Republican National Convention, and successfully hosted more than 40 official events for leaders in the top levels of government. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Petty Officer 1st Class Mason Camplin, a culinary specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Natile Vinson, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Vinson was honored for her participation in the roll out of the Transportation Security Officer Basic Training program and was chosen to represent the Academy in a program called "TSA on the Job: Academy Instructor". Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Natile Vinson, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Vinson was honored for her…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Nora Fuentes, Management Directorate's Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Fuentes was honored for her exemplary work processing the Department's contract files. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Nora Fuentes, Management Directorate's Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Fuentes…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Hunter, Management Directorate, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Hunter was honored for developing a probabilistic budget execution model for the $7 billion Disaster Relief Fund. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Thomas Hunter, Management Directorate, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Hunter was honored for developing a probabilistic…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Timothy Dixon, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Dixon was honored for implementing key administrations policies including Executive Orders on protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the U.S. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Timothy Dixon, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Dixon was honored for implementing key…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Border Patrol Rio Grand Valley Sector Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for providing immediate medical assistance to a Texas State Trooper who was wounded by an armed subject they were pursuing. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    The Border Patrol Rio Grand Valley Sector Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for providing immediate medical…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Charles Rotenberry, a Purple Heart Recipient, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Rotenberry was honored for supporting wounded veterans through his non-profit organization "Walking Point for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury". Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Volunteer Service 2017

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    Charles Rotenberry, a Purple Heart Recipient, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency's Recovery Reporting and Analytics Division Field Deployment Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for providing exceptional outcome-focused analytics to support individual assistance decision making the the field during the response for Hurricane Matthew and 2016 flooding in Louisiana. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency's Recovery Reporting and Analytics Division Field Deployment Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Glen Kessler, U.S. Secret Service, on behalf of the Savannah Resident Office Team receives the the Secretary's Unit Award f at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their Black Gold Resources Investigation, which is one of the largest financial fraud cases in the Agency's history. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Glen Kessler, U.S. Secret Service, on behalf of the Savannah Resident Office Team receives the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Secret Service's Operation Sunset Team receive the Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for developing critical information about targets linked to a transnational organization responsible for the manufacturing of counterfeit U.S. currency in Lima, Peru. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal 2017

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    U.S. Secret Service's Operation Sunset Team receive the Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for developing critical…
    Nov 13, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Capt. Peter Hatch, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Hatch was honored for creating and institutionalizing the DHS-wide nomination, selection, and dismantlement process for Homeland Criminal Organization Targets, the top transnational criminal networks impacting homeland security. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal 2017

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    Capt. Peter Hatch, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Exceptional Service Gold Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Hatch was honored for creating and institutionalizing…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Lt. Cmdr Jennifer Runion, on behalf of the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active, accepts the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The Active crew is honored for their outstanding interagency collaboration in support of team achievements on the front line against Transnational Organized Crime. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Lt. Cmdr Jennifer Runion, on behalf of the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active, accepts the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The Active crew is…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Transportation Security Administration Systems Integration Facility Test Program Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The Team was honored for outstanding team effort to enhance national security through system automation testing piloting of emerging aviation technologies. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Transportation Security Administration Systems Integration Facility Test Program Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The Team was honored…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Management Directorate, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Workforce Development Division receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The division was honored for designing DHS Headquarters Centralized Training Program resulting in the delivery of more cost-effective financial management training. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Management Directorate, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Workforce Development Division receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The division…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement national Criminal Analysis and targeting Center Team, Sex Offender registry Unit receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The unit was honored for its contribution to the public safety thought the Sex Offender Registry Initiative, which resulted in the arrest of 170 criminal aliens convicted of sex crimes. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement national Criminal Analysis and targeting Center Team, Sex Offender registry Unit receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Blue Campaign Support Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for establishing an efficient method to store and distribute outreach and awareness materials that educate law enforcement officials and the public about how to recognize and stop human trafficking. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Unit Award 2017

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Blue Campaign Support Team receive the the Secretary's Unit Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for establishing…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations participants of the Charles E. Rose Benefit Softball Tournament receive the the Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The volunteers were honored for raising money for the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Volunteer Service 2017

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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations participants of the Charles E. Rose Benefit Softball Tournament receive the the Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Timothy Sturgell, U.S. Secret Service receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Sturgell was honored for saving the life of a West Point Cadet who nearly drowned. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    Timothy Sturgell, U.S. Secret Service receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Sturgell was honored for saving the life of a West Point Cadet…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protection Division, Peru Expedition Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for conducting a medical evacuation, while in Peru, of an officer bitten by a venomous snake, while continuing to provide security to their protectee. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    The U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protection Division, Peru Expedition Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Mario Estevane, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Estevane was honored for saving the life of an rock climber who sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell more than 50 feet from a cliff. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    Petty Officer 1st Class Mario Estevane, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Estevane was honored for saving the life of…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Federal Protective Service Region 10 Seattle Command receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The command was honored for helping rescue injured Seattle Police Officers who were responding to a report of an armed gunman. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    The Federal Protective Service Region 10 Seattle Command receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The command was honored for helping rescue…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Federal Protective Service Defense Tactics Instructors Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for saving the life of a fellow instructor, who suffered from a medical emergency during training, by administering life saving measures, which saved the instructor's life. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    The Federal Protective Service Defense Tactics Instructors Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for saving the…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Cmdr. Daniel Broadhurst, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Broadhurst was honored for responding to a vehicle collision where he coordinated medical emergency response resulting in saving two lives and assisting 13 others. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    Cmdr. Daniel Broadhurst, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Broadhurst was honored for responding to a vehicle…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Customs and Border Protection's Guatemala Advisors Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for assisting with the medical evacuation of 10 Guatemalan girls, who were severely injured in fires in March and April 2017, by helping them get emergency passports, and transported to receive specialized medical care and treatment, along with streamlining response to future national eme

    The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2017

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    Customs and Border Protection's Guatemala Advisors Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Valor at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for assisting with the…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Keith Malley, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Malley was honored for his advertising and outreach, which resulted in the readership of several minority-focused publications voting TSA as 7th among the top 20 government employers of whom the would most like to work for or would provide a progressive environment for people with disabilities.

    The Secretary's Award for Diversity Management 2017

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    Keith Malley, Transportation Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Malley was honored for his…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Walkiria Mines, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Mines was honored for high levels of initiative during a staff shortage, which positively impacted the efficient administration of ICE's Office of the Chief Counsel. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Walkiria Mines, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Mines was honored for high levels of…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Secret Service's Office of Human Resources -Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division, Outreach Branch and Performance Management Employee Relations Division Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for developing and implementing programs and initiatives to recruit and retain USSS candidates. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    U.S. Secret Service's Office of Human Resources -Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division, Outreach Branch and Performance Management Employee Relations Division Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • National Protection and Programs Directorate's National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their systems assessments that increased the general wellness of the cyber perimeter for the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and private sector partners. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    National Protection and Programs Directorate's National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services Team receive the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Leslie Rivera, Customs and Border Protection, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Rivera was honored for her outstanding commitment and support of the Field Office administration, for providing customer service to more than 1,400 CBP employees. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Leslie Rivera, Customs and Border Protection, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Rivera was honored for her outstanding…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Lawrence Indyk, Office of the Executive Secretary, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Indyk was honored for coordinating responses to all correspondence addressed to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary from outside the department ensuring DHS responses are through, vetted and responsive to the correspondence received. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Lawrence Indyk, Office of the Executive Secretary, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Indyk was honored for coordinating…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Doran McGuagan, Customs and Border Protection, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. McGuagan was honored for volunteering for additional administrative responsibilities, resulting in improved processes and significant savings for CBP. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Doran McGuagan, Customs and Border Protection, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. McGuagan was honored for volunteering for…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Douglas McCann, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. McCann was recognized for his vast knowledge and understanding of resource and infrastructure management and the development of a database system that replaced many manual process resulting in management efficiencies across the service. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2017

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    Douglas McCann, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. McCann was recognized for his vast knowledge and…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Charles Coletta Immigration and Customs Enforcement, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Coletta was honored for developing databases for removal travel and fleet management contributing to the overall mission of ICE and Enforcement Removal Operations. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Charles Coletta Immigration and Customs Enforcement, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Coletta was honored for developing…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Adam Falise, Transportation and Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Falise was honored for his selfless courage leading passengers, including a child, to safety and providing them with food, and logistical support during an active shooter incident at a Florida airport. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service 2017

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    Adam Falise, Transportation and Security Administration, receives the the Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Falise was honored for his…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Grace Cheng, Office of General Counsel receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Cheng was honored for her work as lead counsel for DHS Freedom of Information Act litigations, ensuring sensitive information was appropriately secured and for establishing a regular quarterly data call to enhance awareness and actions related to the immense caseload across the department. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Grace Cheng, Office of General Counsel receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Cheng was honored for her work as lead counsel for DHS Freedom…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Tinman/C-Lan Merger Team, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Management Directorate receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their cross-component teamwork in merging two different classified DHS network environments to enhance the DHS mission while promoting an enterprise-wide approach to managing classified information technology infrastructure. Official DHS photo by

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    The Tinman/C-Lan Merger Team, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Management Directorate receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The U.S. Border Patrol Consequence Delivery Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for developing the Sector Web Application portal, which helps to significantly reduce data entry errors. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    The U.S. Border Patrol Consequence Delivery Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for developing the Sector Web…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement's San Francisco Secure Communities Program Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team, which covers nearly all the counties in California, all of Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, screened nearly 22,000 immigration alien responses with 3,118 in detainers. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement's San Francisco Secure Communities Program Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team, which…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Richard Conrad, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Conrad was honored for implementing a pilot program using the FBI's Next Generation Identification Rap Back Service, to help protect against insider threats by identifying criminal activity by aviation workers. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Richard Conrad, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Conrad was honored for implementing a pilot…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Mark Singer, National Protection Program Directorate, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Singer was honored for his extraordinary service to DHS components and mission partners in biometrics identity services including facial recognition and iris and fingerprint matching. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Mark Singer, National Protection Program Directorate, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Singer was honored for his extraordinary…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties' Intelligence Oversight Guidelines Development Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for securing the U.S. Attorney General's approval of DHS Intelligence Oversight Guidelines that reinforce the Department's commitment to delivering intelligence to our partners and stakeholders. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties' Intelligence Oversight Guidelines Development Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Reinsurance Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their ingenuity and teamwork in creating and implementing an unprecedented program to purchase reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program, resulting in an additional $1 billion available to the Department for paying the survivor

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Reinsurance Team receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Mark Wrobel, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Wrobel was honored for leading his team in three couples projects that were transformed into viable technologies to be used in operational settings to help make the nation safer from nuclear terrorism. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Dr. Mark Wrobel, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Wrobel was honored for leading his team in three…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Denise Bechtol, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Bechtel was honored for demonstrating exemption leadership, professionalism, and technical expertise in guiding three competing shipbuilders through a $10.5 billion contract for the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Denise Bechtol, U.S. Coast Guard, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Bechtel was honored for demonstrating exemption leadership,…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Demetrios Lambropoulos, Transportation Security Administration receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Lambropoulos was honored for partnering with the United Kingdom Department for Transport and Department of State to draft a U.N. resolution, focused on the threat posed by terrorism to civil aviation. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Demetrios Lambropoulos, Transportation Security Administration receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Lambropoulos was honored for…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Brian Parsons, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Parsons was honored for creating policy and resources that strengthen the access DHS provides to individuals with disabilities. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Brian Parsons, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Parsons was honored for creating policy and…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Alyssa Smiley, Management Directorate receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Smiley was honored for for her outstanding leadership and innovation in creating cross-functional training programs for financial information technology systems resulting in a more efficient workforce helping to eliminate Department-wide IT material weaknesses in the financial statement audit. Official DHS photo by Jetta Dis

    The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

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    Alyssa Smiley, Management Directorate receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Smiley was honored for for her outstanding leadership and…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Science and Technology Directorate's Aviation Security Working Group receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The group honored for their innovation and continuing collaboration in support of Transportation and Security Administration's efforts to counter emerging threats to aviation security. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    The Science and Technology Directorate's Aviation Security Working Group receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The group honored for their…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • DHS Operation Golden Grocery Team, comprised of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team successfully prosecuted individuals engaged in a conspiracy to steal approximately $28 million from the Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children. Official DHS photo by Jetta Di

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    DHS Operation Golden Grocery Team, comprised of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Joint Task Force - West receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. JTF-West was honored for developing and implementing Operation All In, the first synchronized, department-wide operation designed to disrupt human smuggling activities across the Southwest Border resulting in 214 targets with ties to human smuggling networks and face civil and/or criminal penalties. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    Joint Task Force - West receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. JTF-West was honored for developing and implementing Operation All In, the first…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Stacey Rogers from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their response and recovery efforts during Hurricane Matthew, which damaged both FLETC's Glynco, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina's campuses in October 2017. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    Stacey Rogers from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8,…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Eastern Caribbean Regional Integrating Group receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The group, comprised of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard, was honored for working together in support of the DHS mission, to gather intelligence, investigate and interdict criminals. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    The Eastern Caribbean Regional Integrating Group receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The group, comprised of Immigration and Customs…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The DHS Data Act Project Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their work in bringing the department into compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, which requires all federal agencies to transform their financial data into publicly accessible, information. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    The DHS Data Act Project Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The team was honored for their work in bringing the department into…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • The Agent Brian Terry Case Unit Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017, for their work in the arrest of a long-sought fugitive indicted for the December 2010 killing of the U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The team includes members from Customs and Border Patrol Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Border Patrol, CBP Office of Intelligence, CBP Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Coast Guard,

    The Secretary's Award for Unity of Effort 2017

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    The Agent Brian Terry Case Unit Team receive the Secretary's Unity Effort Award at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017, for their work in the arrest of a long-sought fugitive indicted for…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • On behalf of the Coast Guard rescue aircrew who responded to a distress call in June 2016, Petty Officers Ryan Harvey and Jonathan Foss receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. The aircrew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuated a 67-year-old man who was experiencing symptoms of possible life-threatening diabetic complications aboard a sailing vessel approximately 380 miles sou

    The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2017

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    On behalf of the Coast Guard rescue aircrew who responded to a distress call in June 2016, Petty Officers Ryan Harvey and Jonathan Foss receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Customs and Border Protection Detroit Field Office Agricultural Unit receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. They were honored for developing and implementation of an initiative that has expanded across the nation significantly increasing interceptions of undeclared and undocumented biological materials in air passenger and cargo environments resulting in expanding best practices across th

    The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2017

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    Customs and Border Protection Detroit Field Office Agricultural Unit receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. They were honored…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Gloria Chavez and Enrique Tamayo of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Chavez and Tamayo were recognized for developing a strategy and business plan that aids border security efforts through the implementation of temporary holding facilities to help alleviate CBP capacity challenges. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2017

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    Gloria Chavez and Enrique Tamayo of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, receive the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Chavez and Tamayo…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • Allen Blume, management directorate, receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Blume was recognized for executing the Department's nearly $70 billion spending authority, formulating the annual DHS budget and it's submission to Congress, and creating the common Appropriations Structure. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

    The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2017

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    Allen Blume, management directorate, receives the Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Blume was recognized for executing the Department's…
    Nov 07, 2017 Department of Homeland Security
  • 2017 Secretary’s Awards

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    The 2017 Secretary’s Awards honor the work, sacrifice, and professional excellence of 494 employees from components all across the Department of Homeland Security.
    Jan 21, 2021 Department of Homeland Security