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What Keeps Me Motivated

myDHS Podcast - Ep. 9 - Patrick Orender, Assistant Port Director, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
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Patrick Orender, Assistant Port Director, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), shares what drives him to work day in and day out to accomplish the DHS mission.  His hope is that the critical role of DHS is never forgotten.


Many employees across DHS have been with the Department since it was established in 2003. Many came from legacy agencies. In their own words, representatives from each DHS Component and Headquarters will share with us their reflections on the last 15 years. Please welcome to the stage, Assistant Port Director Patrick Orender, Customs and Border Protection. Good morning, and thank you, Secretary Nielsen and honorable guests. I'm the Assistant Port Director at the Port of Washington DC, also known as Dulles International Airport. In this capacity, I oversee operations for tactical enforcement, trade agriculture canine enforcement, and port security. As we come here today to celebrate our 15th year as the Department of Homeland Security, I want to share a few thoughts. We, as a Department, are united as one to protect our great nation, defend it from harm, and always remain vigilant. All of us who work at DHS come together every day to protect our homeland. Collaboration is a big part of DHS through good internal and external partnerships, we can ensure our mission is well represented by, including our stakeholders. Therefore, we bring all aspects together through partnership. And as a result, we are more successful at enhancing our nation's security. I'm often asked what keeps me motivated to come to work every day. My motivation is remembering the past to ensure that going forward, our mission will not be forgotten. As a young Customs Inspector in 2001 working in the New York Field Office, I want to remember two key things: 1) to do my best every day and 2) to do not forget the horrific events that occurred on September 11th 2001. In closing, I am proud to say that I began my career as a U.S. Customs Explorer in 1991 and studied at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. The Explorer program was the backbone of my career that led me to where I am today. Being a part of this great organization protecting our great nation. Thank you. [Applause]
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