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May 16   USCG Reception with VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara
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bernard c webber 
Join us for a dock-side reception
with the
Fast Response Cutter, BERNARD C. WEBBER
Sally Brice O'Hara 
Special Guest:
VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
After a distinguished career in the USCG reaching the uppermost echelons of the service, VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara will retire May 18.  Join us to honor her in a fabulous setting among friends and colleagues.

Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara assumed her duties as the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard May 24, 2010. As second in command and Chief Operating Officer, Vice Admiral Brice-O'Hara executes the Commandant's strategic intent, manages internal organizational governance and serves as the Component Acquisition Executive.  

Vice Admiral Brice-O'Hara's other flag level assignments included: Deputy Commandant for Operations, overseeing the strategic integration of operational missions and the optimization of policy development and mission execution consistent with the Service's national priorities; Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District and Deputy Commander for East Asia - Pacific Engagement, managing operations across nearly 12.2 million square miles of the Central Pacific Ocean; Director of Reserve and Training where she developed policies to recruit, train, allocate, and support over 12,000 Coast Guard Ready Reservists, and oversaw all Coast Guard training facilities; Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, managing operations along the mid-Atlantic sea coast; and Director of Personnel Management, administering an extensive range of Service-wide human resource programs.

At the time of her selection to flag rank, Vice Admiral Brice-O'Hara was the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard's only recruit training program, Training Center Cape May. Previous operational duties include Deputy Commander of Activities Baltimore and Alternate Captain of the Port; Commander of Group Baltimore; Commanding Officer of Station Cape May, New Jersey; and Executive Officer of Station New London, Connecticut. Other positions of significance include strategic planning for the Commandant; Planning Officer at Support Center Kodiak, Alaska; an officer assignment detailer; and Assistant Director of Admissions at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.


A native of Annapolis, Maryland, she graduated from Goucher College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She received her Coast Guard commission from Officer Candidate School the following year. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was named a Littauer Fellow, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.


Vice Admiral Brice-O'Hara's personal awards include a Distinguished Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation.



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May 18:   WHS STEM EVENT -- Bring Your Middleschooler!

Women in Homeland Security is proud to invite you and your middle school child (male or female) to the launch of our 
Science Technology Engineering Math Series
Join your colleagues and your kids for:
U.S. Secret Service Forensic Lab Tour
Deborah Leben
Director, U.S. Secret Service Lab

We invite you to join us for a fascinating tour of the world of forensic science - at the United States Secret Service forensic science lab!


The tour has been designed, and is open to, parents and children (grades 6-8). 




The tour will include the following, as time permits:

-       Forensic presentation of fingerprints, handwriting, ink analysis, and identity documents

-       Forensic photography

-       Computer forensics

-       Dangers of social media

-       Presentation on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children exclusively for parents

-       Electronic fingerprinting of children (parents must sign authorization forms and will receive printed fingerprints)

-       Laboratory tour


The tour will take place at the U.S. Secret Service building at 950 H St. NW Washington, DC from 8:30am to 12pm.  Please arrive promptly to assure a speedy transition through security.


Please contact Cass at cass.prichard@yahoo.com or Lara at Lara.Donato@efiia.com if you'd like to sponsor the tour or add something to our goodie bags!





Thank you to our STEM Team:


Cass Prichard 


Cass Prichard, Co-Chair, WHS STEM, DRG



Lara Donato
Lara Donato, Co-Chair, WHS STEM, 
The Efiia Group




 WHS cook off logo
"Building the Homeland Security Community"
Mark Your Calendar!
July 15 | Bolling Air Force Base 
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This year WHS is inviting teams from the public and private sector to compete in a BBQ Cook-off judged by celebrity chefs front he D.C. area.  The winners will receive the Grand WHS BBQ Trophy to be held at their headquarters...until next year!
Co-Chaired by
Katy Montgomery, The Chertoff Group
Kristina Tanasichuk, GTSC & WHS
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Coast Guard Memorial Enlisted Foundation.
May is Membership Month!

  Help us to bring all the pieces together!  Invite your friends and colleagues to join in May!
May membership drive
We are encouraging existing WHS Members to tell their colleagues about how fabulous WHS is for career growth, networking and sometimes just for fun!


Please tell those you refer to let us know you referred them when they register or you can let us know. We are offering gift cards for members who refer the most new members and a raffle for anyone who brings or refers a new member - so you have multiple ways to win.


Any questions, please contact:




Mary Souther

Membership Chair

WHS Board of Directors

CGI Federal






Laura Bennett, Edaptive Systems
Laura Bennett
Professional Development Chair
WHS Board of Directors
Edaptive Systems 
Support WHS this year!

 Share your pot of gold with WHS!
 Share your pot of gold with WHS!





Thank you for being a valued member of Women in Homeland Security. 


WHS is made up of an amazing group of women like you, committed to securing our nation and improving their professional lives.


The volunteers of Women in Homeland Security work very hard to keep our organization vibrant, exciting and FREE.  We can only do this because of the wonderful sponsors and supporters that contribute to our mission and capacity each year. 
We have started our new fiscal year and would like to reach out to our community, you, for your support. We have an exciting line-up being planned for this year. Our WHS BBQ is scheduled for July 15 at Bolling Air Force Base and will feature a cook-off between some of our friends in the public and private sector.  
Additionally, we will prepare our usual extravaganzas for National Preparedness Month and CIO panel for Cyber Security Awareness Month.  We'd love your input and participation!
We've also launched two new initiatives:  our WOSB Luncheons featuring successful, savvy CEOs from our community and our STEM Talk & Tours that include bringing our children to see the amazing work we all do with science and technology.  

These are just a sampling of the events that are being planned and we could not pull it off without your generous support. We have something for everyone and every budget, large or small business. 


Please contact me for more information on how to get involved today!!






Rosemarie Franz

WHS VP, Development



In 2012, several friends have joined us again:
Charmaine Edwards, BAE
BAE Systems 
Nancy Peters, CACI
Courtney Bromley & Cecilia DeCamp, IBM
May Book Club:  Permanent Emergency
Permanent Emergency

Permanent Emergency:  Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security
By Kip Hawley and Nathan Means
Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this beleaguered agency, and is it really keeping us safe from terrorism? In this riveting expose, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley reveals the secrets behind the agency's ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, illuminating the flawed, broken system that struggles to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing numerous thwarted plots and government actions that have never before been revealed publicly, Hawley suggests that the fundamental mistake in America's approach to national security is requiring a protocol for every contingency. Instead, he claims, we must learn to live with reasonable risk so that we can focus our efforts on long-term, big-picture strategy, rather than expensive and ineffective regulations that only slow us down. 
May Report:  Coordination of Air & Marine Assets for Border Security


Within DHS, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) OAM deploys the largest law enforcement air force in the world. In support of homeland security missions, OAM provides aircraft, vessels, and crew at the request of the its customers, primarily Border Patrol, which is responsible for enforcing border security, and tracks its ability to meet requests. GAO was asked to determine the extent to which OAM (1) met its customers' requests; (2) has taken steps to ensure its mix and placement of resources effectively met mission needs and addressed threats; and (3) coordinated the use of its assets with the USCG, which is to execute its maritime security mission using its assets. GAO reviewed DHS policies, interviewed OAM, Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and USCG officials in headquarters and in 4 field locations selected on factors, such as threats and operating environments. Results from these field visits are not generalizable. GAO analyzed OAM support request data for fiscal year 2010, and surveyed OAM and USCG officials at 86 proximately located units to determine the extent of cooperation between the two agencies. This report is a public version of a law enforcement sensitive report GAO issued in February 2012. Information deemed sensitive has been redacted.


What GAO Recommends

GAO recommends, among other things, that CBP reassess decisions and document its analyses for its asset mix and placement, and that DHS enhance oversight to ensure effective coordination of OAM and USCG resources, and DHS concurred. 

Last thought....

Some fascinating facts from the Drug Enforcement Agency's Museum...some of the nation's first drug addicts were "American ladies" who took opiates and heroin.  Mary Chestnut, wife of a Confederate official kept a diary of her days of drug use and excerpts from it are on display at the DEA Museum.  
The Museum is located in Crystal City, VA and is open to the public.  Click here to learn more about the DEA Museum.