On Wednesday, DHS hosted an awards ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Miami to recognize employees for their outstanding contributions. Capt. Shawn Koch, Coast Guard Air Station commanding officer, officiated the ceremony, where 20 employees received a Secretary’s Award.
“There is no higher calling than public service. The personnel throughout our Department give so much of themselves to keep our communities safe and to better the lives of others. The individuals we recognize today exemplify the best of our Department and the best of public service,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “I am grateful for their service to our nation and proud to recognize their extraordinary accomplishments.”
The DHS Secretary’s Award is an annual program that recognizes the extraordinary individual and collective achievements of the workforce. There are eight award categories that recognize achievements spanning the previous year. This year, DHS will hold several ceremonies across the country, honoring nearly 900 employees.
“For the first time the Secretary’s awards are presented at regional ceremonies across the country,” said Capt. Shawn Koch, Coast Guard Air Station commanding officer. “Our Air Station Miami crew is thrilled to host these awards that acknowledge the exceptional work of our DHS colleagues.”
DHS Secretary Mayorkas is committed to creating a culture of recognition, engagement, and robust communication at the Department. One of his key priorities is to champion the workforce and transform the employee experience.