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DHS Secretary Awards FLETC Employees

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2006

Officials at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) are proud to
announce that Secretary Michael Chertoff recognized several FLETC employees for
their outstanding achievements at the 2006 Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Secretary’s Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. today.

FLETC employees receiving awards include:

  • Larry A. Deal; supervisory facilities operation specialist, Office of
    Cheltenham Operations; received the received Meritorious Service Award (the
    Silver Medal), the second highest award granted by the Secretary.  Deal
    coordinated and contributed to the design and construction of seven new
    buildings, the world’s largest indoor environmentally safe firing range, a
    2.2-mile vehicle operations range, renovation of 29 pre-existing buildings, and
    the infrastructure to support these facilities for under $50 million dollars.
  • Joseph W. Wright; Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Artesia
    Operations; and Charles C. Whitmire; Acting Chief, Border Patrol Academy;
    were presented with the Secretary’s Award for Excellence.  These men
    accomplished the successful and timely consolidation of the Customs and Border
    Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Academy at the Artesia Training center through
    collective leadership and cooperative efforts.
  • Sandy Peavy; Assistant Director, Chief Information Officer, FLETC;
    received the Secretary’s Team DHS Award.  Peavy was part of a team that
    facilitated the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Transformation
    Plan (ITP) - the backbone of integrating the legacy Information Technology (IT)
    systems into a cohesive and effective DHS IT system.
  • W. Steven Oldaker, information technology specialist, and Jo Ann
    Kaminski
    , program analyst, received the Secretary’s Award for Volunteer
    Service.  For approximately 15 years, Oldaker contributed significantly to the
    Brunswick-Golden Isles community and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
    through his volunteer activities.  Kaminski gave the “gift of life” to the young
    wife of a co-worker when she donated one of her kidneys potentially undergoing
    great personal risk to own life in a truly selfless act.  
  • Joseph Lynn Elmore, travel accounting technician, received the
    Secretary’s Award for Exemplary service.  Elmore established special procedures
    to ensure the accurate and timely processing of Hurricane Katrina and Rita
    volunteers’ travel documents, which allowed the 35 volunteers to focus on the
    relief efforts in the Gulf.