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One of the most enduring myths about Independence Day is that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The myth had become so firmly established that, decades after the event and nearing the end of their lives, even the elderly Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had come to believe that they and the other delegates had signed the Declaration on the fourth. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776. In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the United States and the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become president, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the United States' 50th anniversary.
Now that we've cleared THAT up...(thanks Wikipedia!).. on to the news!
N E W S
JULY 16 Dr. Tara O'Toole, Undersecretary of the Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
AUGUST 21 WHS family BBQ (See below for latest special events!)
SEPTEMBER 10 Millicent West, Director, District of Columbia Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
SEPTEMBER 14 Quarterly Happy Hour at McCormick & Schmick's in Crystal City
WHS has launched an EVENTS committee!
Chaired by Mitzi Mead of Accela Consulting, the group currently consists of Amy Scheuer of Booz Allen Hamilton, Christina Hamann of Ingenium and Lynda Burroughs of Mantech. These ladies have engaged to help add value to our events and enrich your experience. If you want to help WHS and love to plan a good party....let us know! We need all hands on deck!
S P O N S O R S H I P
Welcome & Thank you to CACI for becoming WHS' first Homeland Security Silver Sponsor!
Our gracious sponsors are the source and foundation for our free membership and free events. If you can pursuade your company to support an event you help propel the entire organization forward! Give us a call to learn more about sponsorship!
J O B S & O T H E R M E M B E R N E W S
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|Dr. Tara O'Toole, Undersecretary S&T, U.S. DHS July 16|
WHEN: July 16; 11:00 - 12:30 Mark your calendar!
Join us for lunch with
Dr. Tara O'Toole
Science & Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
WHERE: Roosevelt Conference Room
1920 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE RSVP ASAP
Dr. O'Toole represents the best of the best -- join us to hear about the S&T Directorate, its future direction and priorities at this important discussion in July.
Dr. O'Toole was confirmed on November 4, 2009 as the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security.
From 2003 to Nov 2009, Dr. O'Toole was the CEO and Director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Professor of Medicine and of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC is an independent organization dedicated to improving the country's resilience to major biological threats.
Dr. O'Toole is internationally known for her work on biosecurity and on health and safety issues related to the US nuclear weapons complex. Her publications in the biodefense field include articles on the response to anthrax, smallpox, and plague biological attacks; containment of contagious disease epidemics; biodefense research and development strategies; and hospital preparedness. She is Coeditor-in-Chief of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. She was a principal author and producer of Dark Winter, an influential exercise conducted in June 2001 to alert national leaders to the dangers of bioterrorist attacks. She was also a principal writer and producer of Atlantic Storm, an international ministerial-level biosecurity exercise held in January 2005. Prior to founding the UPMC Center in 2003, Dr. O'Toole was one of the original members of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies and served as its Director from 2001 to 2003. Read more here.
Special thanks to our sponsors & supporters:
Nancy Peters, Vice President, CACI
Ellen Howe, Director, L-3 Security & Detection Systems
|WHS Summer BBQ August 21|
Come one, Come all!
August 21 with your family and friends for a pig-roast extravaganza with live music, games and a massive capture the flag adventure for the kids! Volunteers are needed to help plan and organize so if you're in the mood to plan some summer fun, let us know!
Join WHS for Our BBQ Extravaganza
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Know a great Mixologist? A Great Band? Another fun activity for the BBQ? Do you have a cool technology or some "chachki" for our goody bags? Pitch in and let us know!
WHEN: August 21, 2010; 1:00pm - 7:00pm
WHERE: 10614 Samaga Drive, Oakton, VA 22124
BBQ PHD Don Scott of the USCG!!
Don joins us after serving 20 years active duty in the CG as a Boatswains Mate. On the side, he had one hot hobby! He ran "Smoke and Spice BBQ" in Deale, Maryland after learning the smokin trade from BBQ master in Texas.
We're honored to have Don dress our pig for the dance and cook up some savory, spicy, smoky fabulousness for our annual BBQ! Don Served at Coast Guard Cutter Drummond, Port Canaveral FL.; CGC Manitou, Miami Beach, FL.; CG Station Curtis Bay, MD; Coast Guard Recruiting Office Newark, NJ; Coast Guard Recruiting Command Arlington, VA and we are honored to have him!
Live Band * Pig Roast * Badminton * Summer Libations
2:00 - 2:30pm -- Tips for Great Summer BBQ from Master Chef Don Scott
Get our your smoke and BBQ grill in time for some sweet and spicy advice from Scott on how to make the best ribs, pork and beef north of Texas!
2:45 - 3:15pm -- Custom Gun Demo from Delta Firearms
Learn how to Duracoat your firearm -- the crew from Delta Firearms will show us how to make a hot pink weapon but there are many other colors to choose from! Learn some firearm facts and some options on how to build and customize your weapon.
3:30 - 4:00pm -- Summer Drinks with the Marvelous Mixologist!
Sophisticated jello shots, delicious summer concoctions, learn a few new tricks for your next dinner party or just dinner!
FOR THE KIDS:
Ages 0-4: Kiddie pool, two playgrounds
Ages 5+: Squirt gun Capture the Flag
Beach tote bag or Beach towel
: your logo and recognition all year as a sponsor and supporter of WHS
Activity sponsor: your name in lights as we entertain our guests
BBQ sponsor: don't want to pick one thing but want to support the cause? Join us as a BBQ sponsor!
CHACHKI: have some fun useful chachkis to include in our gift bag? Let us include you to make our BBQ the best, most memorable event for the homeland security community.
| Millicent West, DC OHS/EMA September 10 |
SEPTEMBER is National Preparedness Month!Join us for lunch with
Director, District of Columbia Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
WHEN: September 10, 2010; 11:30am - 1:00pm
Join us early for National Preparedness Month
with a conversation with Millicent West about the Preparednes efforts in the District of Columbia. Responsible for one of the highest risk targets in the country, Ms. West has initiatied and oversees many innovative programs designed to make the city more prepared long-term.
Ms. West worked closely with the Emergency Management Agency to provide critical volunteer and shelter management support as the District of Columbia "stood up" a shelter for evacuees in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, in response to the need for a comprehensive, DC-centric emergency preparedness message and curriculum for the District's children and youth, the emergency preparedness superhero "Commander Ready", developed under her leadership as a complement to the American Red Cross's "Masters of Disaster" and the Department of Homeland Security's "Ready Kids". That curriculum, rolled out in the 2007/2008 school year, and continues even now to be introduced to students in elementary schools throughout the District.
|Quarterly Happy Hour -- SEPTEMBER 14|
|September Happy Hour McCormick & Schmick
September 14, 2010
5:00pm - 7:00pm
McCormick & Schmick Crystal City
2010 Crystal Drive
|Book of the Month: The Atlantic Magazine on Terrorism|
Known as a hard-hitting, perceptive assessment of all types of issues, this month's book of the month is not a book...it's a series of articles in The Atlantic magazine. Next month, we'll feature Bernard Lewis' What Went Wrong but as an introduction to Lewis and some other thinkers focused on terrorism, please read through this important issue on the Hard Questions facing the nation.
CONTENTS: The Hard Questions (Click on The Atlantic to read)
The first war of the twenty-first century demands unsentimental thinking about many subjects. Here are five:
A New Grand Strategy by Benjamin Schwarz and Christopher Layne
What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis
The Gospel According to Osama bin Laden by Reuel Marc Gerecht
A Nasty Business by Bruce Hoffman
The Futility of "Homeland Defense" by David Carr
|WHS University: Paper of the Month|
WHS Included in DCAF Study of Female AssociationsGeneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) to map female staff associations in the security sector (military, police, corrections, judiciary, legal, national security, private security etc.) globally, and then to analyze a select group of those associations as agents of change. Findings are intended to be a resource for persons and groups interested in obtaining a clearer picture of existing female security sector staff associations, establishing female staff associations, and/or looking for promising practices in meeting needs of female staff and supporting and enhancing the role of women in the security sector.
WHS was interviewed and selected as one of the organizations to be included in this study. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is one of the world's leading institutions in the areas of security sector reform (SSR) and security sector governance (SSG). DCAF provides in-country advisory support and practical assistance programmes7, develops and promotes appropriate democratic norms at the international and national levels, advocates good practices and conducts policy-related research to make recommendations to ensure effective democratic governance of the security sector. To learn more about the DCAF, click on their logo.
Women in Homeland Security made front page news on GSN's JUNE print magazine. Click to your left to read the article!
Featured Members include: Nancy Peters, CACI; Kimberly Purlia, ASRC Management Services; Christina Hamann, Ingenium; Lynn Ann Casey, arcAspicio; Kim Nguyen, State Dept.; Sarah Foster, USCG; Doris Reeve, NCI; Alissa Knight, WHS' Chair of Asymmetrical Warfare; and sponsors ASRC Management Services, arcAspicio, Hassett & Willis and DSCI, Inc.
JOB Seeker of the Month: Regan Miller An Opportunity to Put Your Mentoring in Action!
I earned my associates in Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness from Onondaga Community College. The program was amazing and after doing a table top drill I knew this was the field I wanted to be my career. I am currently at SUNY Oneonta pursuing my bachelors in Criminal Justice. My teachers have always told me to get my foot into every door and opportunity I can and that is exactly what I have been doing. My first internship was at the Herkimer County 911 Center working on a mitigation plan for Herkimer County with a teacher from Onondaga Community College. I also worked at the American Red Cross doing odd jobs around the office and learning about their disaster response. I am currently interning at the NYS Preparedness Training Center working on their needs assessment and helping to clean up their data base. I would really love to be doing something along the lines of pre-planning for natural disasters. I have also been interested in jobs that involve being a research analyst assistant. Anything along the emergency management line is something I have always been interested in but I am completely open to any job opportunity.I am also certified in ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800. Working for Homeland Security has been a dream of mine for almost four years now and any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. To become a mentor or simply do an informational interview with Regan please contact us.
|NEWS about the Honor Your RSVP Club|
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|Make it a Great Week!
|Flash back to School House Rock -- click on the photo for their version of the story of our nation's Declaration of Independence!
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