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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018

The 2018 Secretary’s Meritorious Service Medal recognizes exceptional individual leadership or service that is distinguished by achievements of marked significance over time to the Department of Homeland Security. This award will recognize a body of work characterized by superior performance related to significant accomplishments, business improvements or notable resourcefulness and diligence that significantly improved the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security in one or more program areas.

The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Todd F. Porinsky - U.S. Secret Service

Todd F. Porinsky

U.S. Secret Service
Washington, D.C.

For coordination and execution (as part of Operation Caribbean Fury) of the indictment of multiple individuals form organized crime groups on charges of conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft in the Ohio area.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Joanna B. Hall - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Joanna B. Hall

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Washington, D.C.

For defending and vindicating the Department's mandatory custody authority through many years of litigation, up to the Supreme Court, which impacts national public safety by limiting the release of criminal aliens.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Kasperky Lab Team - National Protection and Programs Directorate

Kaspersky Lab Team

National Protection and Programs Directorate
Washington, D.C.

Brian C. Scott
Michael J. Duffy
Traci L. Knight
Gabriel L. Slater
Gabriel Taran
Michael O. Halas

In recognition of the tremendous efforts to rein in the cyber-threat to Federal networks and critical infrastructure posed by Kaspersky Lab products, by issuing the Directive that led not only to federal agencies but other countries, removing these products.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Julie K. Koller - U.S.Customs and Border Protection

Julie K. Koller

U.S.Customs and Border Protection
Washington, D.C.

For vigilance and dedicated work in immigration legal matters, including Terrorist Watch List cases that will continue to advance key departmental priorities while preserving public trust in the works of DHS.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Christopher E. Shelton - Transportation Security Administration

Christopher E. Shelton

Transportation Security Administration
San Antonio, Texas

For implementing multiple initiatives to advance the DHS mission, to include the Third- Party Canine-Cargo Program, and the creation and enhancement of multiple partnerships within the private canine industry.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Jeremy Schaefer - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Jeremy Schaefer

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Denton, Texas

For coordinating the response of all Federal Responders, to include 1,000 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue members, deployed for Hurricane Harvey, and for working after Hurricane Maria to place an air bridge to send supplies to Puerto Rico.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Daniel W. Green - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Daniel W. Green

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In recognition of leading FEMA's demanding fuel mission for multiple operations for all three hurricanes in 2017, executing a fuel plan that far exceeded FEMA's catastrophic fuel plan.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Michael D. Hoefer - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Michael D. Hoefer

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Washington, D.C.

In recognition of leadership and contributions to strengthen the effectiveness of programs, processes, and personnel to effectuate excellence in delivery of data analyses to meet the needs of internal customers and external stakeholders.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Mitchell D. Rose - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Mitchell D. Rose

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Santa Clara, California

For sustained leadership, innovation, resourcefulness, and significant contributions to the mission of securing the integrity of our lawful immigration system.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Russell S. Hall - United States Coast Guard

Russell S. Hall

United States Coast Guard
Savannah, Georgia

For leadership in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, in coordination with the Department of Defense, and for developing and implementing a GeoSuite application to aid aircraft commanders in tracking persons in distress all across the Gulf Coast.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Traveler Compliance Division ADIS Team - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Traveler Compliance Division ADIS Team

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Washington, D.C.

Jay Hart
Matthew Schneider
Matthew Queior
Rodney Perkins
Yiu W. Chan
Jun Kong
Michael Gorman
Michael Hysong
David Byler
Jeni Best
Tyson Walker

In recognition of outstanding teamwork for refining and improving the Arrival and Departure System (ADIS) consolidating electronic entry, exit and status information into a single data repository.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - To Catch a Predator Team - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

To Catch a Predator Team

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Swanton, Vermont

Brandon Dixon
Ryan Dunlap
Brian Rossi

For work, while off duty, resulting in a known criminal alien being arrested for child molestation and processed for deportation from the United States.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - ICE Cyber Crimes Center Extortion Scheme Team - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICE Cyber Crimes Center Extortion Scheme Team

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Washington, D.C.

James R. Grundy
Thomas E. Miller
Jacqueline D. McBride
Robert V. Harley
Michelle Bednar
James M. McMahon
Christina R. Downes
Stirling A. Campbell
Paige V. Barry
Kyle A. Chase

In recognition of teamwork in the investigation of a nationwide criminal organization impersonating ICE agents and other law enforcement officials, to extort individuals purportedly involved in child sex abuse resulting in many arrests, guilty pleas and indictments.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - David P. Higgerson - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

David P. Higgerson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Laredo, Texas

For serving with distinction as the Director of Field Operations, Laredo Field Office, responsible for enforcement activities at eight international Ports of Entry and the Machinery Center of Excellence, also an integral part of Joint Task Force-West, working to inhibit transnational criminal organizations from operating in South Texas.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - John L. Bragaw - United States Coast Guard

John L. Bragaw

United States Coast Guard
Curtis Bay, Maryland

For managing the largest expansion since 1945 at the Coast Guard Yard, the only DHS shipyard and largest industrial facility, for establishing innovative recruitment and training programs and bolstering cost and schedule performance that ultimately boosted national fleet readiness.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Staci A. Barrera - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Staci A. Barrera

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

For executing a budget of nearly $2 billion, and ensuring the 8,600 agents, analysts, and mission support personnel of ICE-HSI received the needed training and equipment to execute the mission of safeguarding the Homeland.
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The Secretary's Meritorious Service Silver Medal 2018 - Sidney Aki - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Sidney Aki

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

For highly effective leadership at the San Ysidro Port of Entry that motivates and inspires staff to stay focused on mission priorities while navigating highly controversial political issues.
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Last Published Date: November 15, 2018

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