DHS Releases 2018 Secretary’s Awards

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the honorees who will receive the 2018 Secretary’s Awards, which are intended to “honor the work, sacrifice, and professional excellence of …employees from components all across the Department of Homeland Security.” This year’s awards will be presented to 673 different agency employees.

The awards are given across ten different categories to DHS employees who “have performed above and beyond the call of duty, responding in extraordinary ways to the challenges of protecting the homeland.” The categories are Exceptional Service, Meritorious Service, Leadership Excellence, Valor, Unity of Effort, Exemplary Service, Excellence, Diversity Management, Volunteer Service, and a Unit Award.

This year’s Exceptional Service award was awarded to William Vogel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for demonstrating “stable and unwavering leadership in guiding the work of thousands of personnel in Federal Response and Recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, after Hurricanes Irene and Maria.”

Recipients of the Meritorious Award include the team at the National Protection and Programs Directorate tasked with reining in “the cyber-threat to Federal networks and critical infrastructure posed by Kaspersky Lab products.”

The 2018 Valor Award will be presented to Brendan T. Kiley of the United States Coast Guard “for serving as a helicopter Rescue Swimmer during the historic flooding by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, an unfamiliar urban area, saving 112 lives and assisting countless other persons.”

The full list of awardees, their photos, descriptions of their accomplishments, and a video of the awards ceremony is available here.

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