The Secretary’s Unity of Effort Award recognizes outstanding efforts to significantly improve efficiency and effectiveness across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This award acknowledges efforts within the Department and with our interagency partners to further the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative.
This year's winners are listed below, along with a description of their contributions and achievements:
For ensuring the safe and uninterrupted travel of passengers into the United States and safeguarding the Department’s frontline workforce during the Ebola epidemic.
Ebola Worldwide Response
Aaron Firoved, Ph.D., OHA Captain David Lau, ICE Mallory Lowe, FEMA Jamie Johnson, FEMA Elizabeth Harman, FEMA Jeremy Guthrie, FEMA Mike Turner, OIA Pedro Bordatto, TSA
For contributing to the establishment and execution of the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign, the Department’s key border security effort to strengthen of the collective operational efforts across the Department. The establishment of these Joint Task Forces continues to have an extraordinary impact on the Department’s ability to secure and manage our borders.
U.S. Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Efforts
Tara Hardiman, OIA Donald Bathurst, MGMT John Havranek, OGC John Gereski, Jr., OGC Frank Leija, PLCY Ron Salazar, PLCY Thomas Smith, PLCY Drew Kuepper, PLCY Chris Abbott, PLCY Michael Huston, PLCY Carlene Warren, OPS Kevin O’Day, OPS Captain Michael W. Glander, USCG Captain John J. Driscoll, USCG Mark Dolan, CBP Allen Hickox, CBP Commander Robert L. Harris, CBP Carl E. Landrum, CBP Janice Ayala, ICE Captain James Spotts, USCG Vice Admiral William Dean Lee, USCG Captain D. Scott Bauby, USCG Merton Cox, CBP Sue Lane, ICE David Marwell, ICE Robert Hammer, ICE Michael Henry, ICE Captain Peter J. Hatch, USCG
In recognition of the excellence in planning, administrative and logistical support, and flawless execution of operations during the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
United Nations General Assembly Team
Robert Sciarrone, USSS Richard Jolles, ICE Brian Michael, ICE Kevin Greba, TSA William Hall, TSA John Schaal, TSA Scott Johnson, TSA Mike Kimlick, TSA Rose Tancredi, TSA Lieutenant Mark Magrino, USCG Carl McClafferty, CBP Andy B. Gentry, CBP Frank Westfall, NPPD Monty Graham, NPPD
In recognition of the excellence in planning, administrative and logistical support, and flawless execution of operations during the visit of Pope Francis to the District of Columbia, New York and Philadelphia.
2015 Papal Visit
Matthew Lynch, USSS Max Poux, USSS Michael Breslin, USSS Michael D’Ambrosio, USSS Richard Jolles, ICE Brian Michael, ICE Kevin Greba, TSA William Hall, TSA John Schaal, TSA Scott Johnson, TSA Mike Kimlick, TSA Rose Tancredi, TSA William Watrel, FEMA Joe Burchette, FEMA Lieutenant Mark Magrino, USCG Lieutenant Kevin Higgins, USCG Augustine Moore, CBP Carl McClafferty, CBP Andy B. Gentry, CBP Frank Westfall, NPPD John Guest, NPPD Cathy Long, NPPD Monty Graham, NPPD
For piloting the Private-Public Partnership Academy and working to improve shopping center security through training and securing public venues, and improving coordination, security and resilience.
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers – Private-Public Partnership Academy Team
Valerie Atkins, FLETC John Lander, FLETC Kevin M. McCarthy, FLETC Vicki O’Connor, FLETC Dana O’Quinn, FLETC Martin Roddini, FLETC Jennifer E. Tocco, FLETC