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Nielsen: 2018 Secretary’s Award Winners ‘Represent the Very Best in Our Department’

Hundreds of U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees who went above and beyond the call of duty were honored today with the 2018 Secretary’s Awards by Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. 

“Today, I had the distinct honor of presenting these awards to the more than 660 employees who received individual or team awards. These employees and their stories—full of honor, courage, and ingenuity—represent the very best of our Department,” Nielsen said in a statement. “I would like to note, however, that these men and women represent only a fraction of our outstanding employees who, every day, commit themselves to the important work of our Department. I want to thank each of you, and your families, for the sacrifices you make in service to our Department.”

William Vogel, a federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was given the top award, the Exceptional Service gold medal, for “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.”

Click on the individual links below to see all the awardees:

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