Pentagon Police New Officer Ceremony. Hosted by Dr. Daniel P. Walsh. July 18, 2022.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Pentagon force Protection Agency’s new officers ceremony today, we recognize the newest Pentagon police officers by swearing them in and presenting their credentials? We would like to extend a special PFP. A welcome to the families and friends who are joining us here today and also virtually on this significant occasion, please stand for the arrival of the official party followed by the presentation of the colors by the PFP honor guard, the national anthem by officer, Anthony Brecht and the invocation delivered by chaplain. Kinley. Ready. Thanks Great. All right. Oh say. Can you see by the dawn’s early light? What’s so proud proudly we held at the twilight’s last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight or the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air gay proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave Oh the land of the Free and the home of the brand porter. Let us reverently bar heads eternal! Heavenly Father! We have gathered here this morning to welcome our newest offices into the world of forced protection. We dare not take lightly the awesome task given to these offices who are committed to protecting and serving our soldiers, D. O. D. Civilians and contractors. I execute my grant them keen insight judgment and discernment to neutralize any and all threats, protect the men and women who protect us shield the men and women who shield us with their very lives. You’ve told us no greater love does a man possess than he or she who is willing to lay down their life for others Today, these 18 officers have made such a commitment and sacrifice. So we ask that you may keep them sustained them, watch over them and protect them To this end. We pray amen. Hey, he please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the official party. The director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Dr Daniel P Walsh, the Executive Director for Security, Integration and Technology Dr James Day and the chief of the Pentagon police Chief Woodrow GQ On May three, In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and subsequent Anthrax incidents. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz established the Pentagon force Protection agency since its creation P. F. P. A. Has expanded its law enforcement mission to provide force protection against the full spectrum of potential threats. Our duties include law enforcement, crisis prevention, counterintelligence, antiterrorism, and operational security and surveillance under the direction of dr Walsh. The agency stands as one of the nation’s premier federal law enforcement organizations protecting those who protect our nation. We will open this event with an address from our director. Dr Daniel Walsh. Okay, okay, I was gonna talk here, I think I’m good, everybody hear me. Okay, welcome. Okay. Always miss somebody. So chief regular partners here Hurley, New. Deputy Director, you can’t hire anybody or partners equipping all that well, right, microphone, because we’re broadcasting live. See, I like to walk around, I apologize, we have a new chaplain. Wonderful job. Thank you so much. You just came on board just a few weeks ago. I think the first one we’ve done, um, we rely on a chaplain a lot here in this, in this business. And that’s a great way to start today. It’s an important, important way to start the day. Uh, Bonnie Hamersley, uh, formerly from this in this building now over Secret Service brought one of our Secret Service partners. Welcome. It’s great to have you the partnership that we have with all of our law enforcement partners and people in this building is kind of the secret sauce of how we do our jobs. So, those connections are just so vitally important to us. Uh, and what’s really important is doing something like this today. So everybody, especially the families just relax. Right? Your people are standing at attention. They’re marching around, they’re saying prayers, It’s very serious. And this is serious business. It’s a serious thing we do today, but this is actually us having fun. Right? So, um, enjoy yourselves, Get your pictures. I look forward to meeting you all. We went um, a long time without being able to do this, quite frankly, you’re only the second class that we’ve had where we’ve had family members in and as a, you know, a broader PFP, a departmental family been able to be able to be here, right? And uh, it’s important. Um, you know, if you think about like a wedding, there’s a reason why family comes together and you do things in front of folks and you make those promises. Same thing with being sworn in. We were kinda like Vegas chapel level for a little while. Woody, woody was swearing people in seven at a time. Massed up in the hallway outside of headquarters, right? And accounts, everyone got their paychecks, they all their authorities and it was good and they’re great officers. But it just wasn’t the same. It wasn’t the same as having the family here is having our friends and partners here. So this is an important thing is an important thing and it’s what I like most about this job, right? Um, we also have the folks that got you here, joe stylinski, where is he? Is out there somewhere, joe is our man down in Georgia who make sure that you guys get trained up and you get you get taken care of. We have the most of the training staff, it seems here we have HR folks, the acquisition folks, there are the folks that get your uniforms, get you trained up, make sure that we’re taking care of you. So when you do these speeches, you know, I can, I can give you the mission speech, I think, I think you’ve heard, I think you get it being in this building, you can kind of, you can feel it, right? It’s a serious job. It’s a serious mission. It’s a great place to work. But I think I’ll leave that to kind of your class present. He’ll talk about that a little bit. I just want to mention more about the families and about this class. I got to fly down to Georgia to see their graduation from. Let’s see. And I picked the right class because one award winner after another and one of the highest, the highest award you can get. Very rare. And I think at the time is only three from the whole year from all these hundreds and thousands of officers that go through. There was just a smile on my face the whole time. We are, we are bringing into this organization just outstanding police officers. More importantly, outstanding people. Right? And it was wonderful to see it. Um, so the families, if you don’t know that, you should know that. Um, there’s a great story Officer young here. I’m gonna embarrass him a little, He came here six years ago as a person who works in our mail screening facility, which is a tough job. We get weird mail here. Okay. Um, so there’s stuff in it, you know, threat letters, all that kind of stuff and they, you know, they wear bubble suits all day and they’re opening every piece of mail that goes through, making sure it’s safe because we can’t let something bad. Shut anything down around here, right? Went on to become a contract security officer also working with PFP A out at one of our least facilities and applied. And now, uh, we’re going to swear him in right today. I mean that’s a real, that’s the kind of people we want. Like that’s a commitment that he already made even before a government employee. And uh, we weren’t so bad that you came back twice, which is good. Right? So, so welcome. And you’ll hear all the accomplishments, especially from our class president. I will say, you know, to the mission and um, you know, our values, the vigilance integrity, that service. That’s it, right. Um, law enforcement, when it comes down to it, it’s quite simple in what you say you ask of someone, but the doing is a lot harder. Right? So we can say, hey, you just have to act with integrity and honor above all others. 24 73 65. It’s easier said than done, right? But you’re always a police officer, right? You’re always a PFP, a police officer wherever wherever you go and we’re gonna ask you at times and that’s what we trained you for to put others above yourself. And again, it’s easier said than done, but it’s a hard thing and I think especially today and everything that’s going on. I think hopefully this country is recognizing the sacrifices that you make, which is more what I wanted to talk to the family. So thank you for being here. I’m glad you can be here. Thank you for giving us these folks. They’re tremendous. Thank you for making these folks right. People like this don’t just happen, right? Um, so you’ve done your job and you’re kind of handing them over to us and my message just to you all both to the officers and to the families is um I’m an administrator, right? I don’t I don’t I don’t do any of the cool stuff. I don’t do any of the heroic stuff. I drive a desk every day but myself, my team, the whole headquarter staff, all that we focus about every day is making sure the mission is done and making sure that these people are safe, that they have what they need to do their job. So that’s my promise to you. They’re gonna make a promise in front of everybody about the job. They’re gonna do. My promise to you is I’m gonna do the best I can to take care of this building and those people. Right? So welcome aboard. I’m gonna pause there. Um, if I missed anybody to thank, I apologize, Oh, Officer Brick, I don’t know where we find the singing police officers. Um, but he did a great job in national anthem. Just give him a round of applause with Linda. Thank you DR Walsh as an agency. We recognize the importance of challenging our officers to be their best during their training. All PFP recruits are evaluated on professional appearance and bearing responsibility and accountability. Leadership initiative, communication skills, technical and tactical weapons proficiency. The training is challenging and competitive. The Director’s award is presented to the graduate who demonstrates high performance in leadership and skills during this challenging training evolution. At this time we’d like to invite the Executive Director for Security, Integration and Technology, Doctor Day and Chief Police cruiser, please come forward and I asked Kyle Busch to please join them. The Director’s Leadership award is presented to Kyle Busch who during agency specific basic training at the Pentagon exhibited impressive leadership skill and teamwork. His performance was outstanding and indicative of all the characteristics we seek in all Pentagon police officers. He has been nominated by his peers and selected by the training division as the top graduate signed Daniel P Walsh Director, Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Yeah, thank you Doctor Day. Thank you Chief Officer Bush, the floor is yours. Good morning morning to dR Walsh, Doctor Day Chief and family and friends who are joining us here and virtually on behalf of class 22 08 alpha, we thank you for being here during this important and special milestone for the past six months between family and friends, recruiters, training staff of PFP A and Phil, etc. And our senior agency leadership. You have all shown us unconditional love and support In doing so. We are able to maintain our motivation, focus and drive to accomplish our ultimate goal of becoming Pentagon police officers and for that we all say thank you classmates. Six months ago on January 19th, 2022, at 0445 in the morning We met in North Parking Lot Lane 62 as complete strangers. Our backgrounds range from former military, law enforcement, security and college students. On that day we set off with the goal to become Pentagon police officers. We had no idea what the future was gonna hold before us and we did not know any of the challenges that we were going to face next. During preflight C, we were introduced to our training cadre who had prepared for the rigors of the uniform police training program down in Glencoe. During that time we challenged and pushed each other for greatness to harness our full potential um of each other. We began to build strong bonds while it flexi being away from our home states, our family, friends and loved ones that was definitely sure to create hard times for us all, but we leaned on each other to fill those voids that we were missing Over the course of three months of long classroom sessions, countless hours in the mat room, the driving track, The shooting range completed with endless, endless, practical and delicious and nutritious chow hall food. We have helped keep each other motivated and push each other day after day regardless of how tired we were in long study sessions and fun weekends, either on the base or in town. It evolved these strangers here before you into a family. On May 17, we celebrated with joy when we received our UPTP diplomas and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel was just the beginning of our law enforcement careers. Most of us are probably wondering why we spend so much time in training between here and Maryland and Georgia. If you don’t know the motto of the PFP, a law enforcement training branches, failure to train is training to fail. I believe this to be true to its core. We have been told countless times during situations of high stress, unknown that are exponentially evolving, that our bodies will never go where our mind has not every situation we will face will never be like it was in training, we have to make reasonable split second decisions in situations that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving and bring them to their most logical conclusion. That is why we train and like I told you guys when we graduated from flat C, we’re entering law enforcement in the time we’re taking an oath to protect our nation, Our community and its citizens is unpopular. Law enforcement, no matter what level it is, is not just a job, it is a calling, it takes a very special type of person to see the things that we have seen or well seen and to take the appropriate actions to serve the people. Chief William Bretton said we all have the fundamental right to live free of fear, free of crime and free of disorder. But while we all share this, we also share the duty to secure it. And I admire that quote very much because of the truth that it speaks. An ordinary citizen will want to live free of fear and crime and disorder, but will not answer the call to secure it. However, The 18 of us have made the choice to answer that call to duty, secure it for ourselves and for others. Our duty going forward will not be easy. There will be many times where the general malaise monotony and redundancy of working long hours and many days spent away from our families and friends. They’ll make us ask the proverbial question, why are we doing this? And what for law enforcement is a selfless and thankless profession. And that one day in which we have spent countless hours preparing for will come and we will have to fight or protect to protect ourselves and the people that we swore an oath to take to protect. That is why we’re doing this. So you can make it home at the end of the day and we can protect our community and our citizens from the dangers of the world. When your tourist duty, When your tourist duty is completed. I once again challenge you go work out run spend time with your friends and your family. Read up on case law and agency policies and the changes that we have. I once again challenge you to challenge yourselves to advance your training sharpen your skill set and mindset so that when you were faced with danger you will be able to repel it and come out unscathed. Everything we have learned up to. This point is a perishable skill and I want to make sure that you guys do what is necessary to make it home to your loved ones. We have forever built a family and a bond and a brotherhood that will last forever and we have successfully join the thin blue line, we’re the next generation of officers to hold that line. I know that you will prosper going forth with with your careers and you will serve with pride, honor and commitment to our profession classmates. I’ll leave you with this final quote President Reagan said we can’t help everybody but everybody can help someone. I want you to remember what our duty is to our citizens in our community. Remember the responsibilities that we have been entrusted with. Remember the responsibilities that go along with the badge that we now bear. Everything we do from this point forward is a reflection of our agency, each other, ourselves and the law enforcement profession. I wish all of you the best in your careers, be it here or somewhere else. Stay safe, protect each other and yourselves and always be watching Training cadre. I told you guys that when we left for flat C. I was going down with 15 and I am happy to report. We returned with 15 and we are now graduating 15. Congratulations 22 8 Alpha on your hard work, dedication and motivation. Now let’s go on to protect those who protect our nation. Central vigilance. Thank you again. Officer Bush, it’s one of the best speeches I’ve heard in 26 years. The officer’s creed is now being recited by officer Miguel Cisneros. I police officer. I hold allegiance to my country, devotion to duty and personal integrity Above all, I will wear my badge of authority with dignity and restraint. Will promote by example, high standards of conduct, parents, courtesy and performance. I will perform my duties and a firm courteous and impartial manner, irrespective of a person’s color, race, religion, origin or gender. I have sought a note to protect and defend of the United States and it is my duty to protect and serve the employees of the Department of Defense and all within my area responsibility. And by these I will be strong sir and guardian. So long at this time we will present the credentials to the new officers, graduates. Please take your places dr Walsh and chief. Would you please do the honors. Officer Kyle Busch. Officer Kyle Busch hails from Stafford Virginia. Officer Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the citadel. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency. He served as a police officer for the Federal Reserve Police Officer Bush and the Distinguished Driver and expert shooter awards. He is the Director Leadership Award recipient. Officer Isaiah Abraham. The 2nd officer. Isaiah Abraham hails from Brandywine Maryland. Officer Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Bowie State. He brings two year civilian law enforcement experience having served as a police officer for the Department of the Navy Police Officer Abraham and the flexi sharpshooter award. Mhm Officer David Kay says mhm. Officer David Cay is a native of Houston Texas. He served 10 years with United States Marine Corps and Rose to the rank of staff Sergeant officer Kaia is currently serves as a staff sergeant in the United States Army Reserves Officer Cesar in the flexi expert shooter award. Officer Shakya Lovington Officer, Shakya Covington’s hails from Miami Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Florida State University Officer Covington’s serves six years with the United States Army and rose to the rank of specialist. Her military awards and decorations include two army accommodation medals. Yeah. Officer Brandon lock officer Brandon lock hails from Worcester Massachusetts prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst officer locker and the flexi expert shooter award. Officer Chris Mango hails from Nyack new York he brings to the agency six years of the United States Army military police experience. His military awards and decorations include the army commendation medal, army achievement, medal, combat action badge and expert infantry badge. Officer Mango previously worked as a security officer for the Military academy at West Point Officer john McCormick officer, john McCormack hails from Baltimore Maryland. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency, he worked for Federal Express Officer McCormick earned the flexi drivers award Right officer Thomas miller officer, Thomas Miller hails from Warrenton Virginia. Prior to joining the Pentagon force Protection agency, he worked for the Transportation Security administration as a transportation security officer. Right playroom officer Julio Marino officer Marino hails from Springfield Virginia. Officer Marino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from George mason University. Prior to joining the Pentagon force Protection agency, he served as a police officer in the National geospatial intelligence agency. Officer, William Myers Officer, William Myers heralds from Jericho Vermont. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emmanuel College. He brings to the agency over four years of United States Army Infantry Experience. Having served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency, he served as a police officer in the Department of Navy Police Officer Myers on the flexi academic award officer Hugh fam officer Hugh fam hails from the Bronx new York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from john jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, he served as a police officer with the 46 Precinct new York police. Okay, the real thing, mm officer Kong fan officer Kong fan hails from Hagerstown Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Frostburg State University. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency, he served as a police officer in the Waynesboro Police department, Waynesboro north Carolina. He was awarded the Medal of valor office Officer fan and the flexi physical fitness award Officer Marcus fill a gene Officer Marcus village inhales from Hyattsville Maryland. He currently serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a lance corporal. Prior to joining the Pentagon force Protection agency, he worked for the Transportation security agency as a lead Transportation security officer Officer Golam Rabbani Officer kobani hails from Silver Spring Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Buffalo State University of new York. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency Officer Corbin served as an interpreter for the United States Army in Afghanistan Officer. Mark Wan Russell Officer Russell hails from Bridgeton, New Jersey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morgan State University Officer Russell currently serves in the United States Air National Guard as a senior Airman in security forces, he brings to the agency over two years of civilian law enforcement. Having served as a police officer at the war field Air National Guard base, Middle river Maryland. Okay, officer Daniel Velasquez. Segovia. Officer Velasquez. Segovia hails from port Jefferson new York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in homeland Security from the University of Albany, State University of new York. Okay officer Christian young officer Young hails from Manassas Virginia. He currently serves in the United States Army Reserves and holds the rank of staff sergeant. His awards and decorations include that of the Army achievement medal. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency, he supported the agency as a contract security officer and officer Young earned the flexi honor graduate award Officer Leo Zang officer. Leo Zang hails from Win chew china. He currently is attending post university where he’s studying Homeland Security and emergency preparedness officers and currently serves in the new York National Guard as a sergeant. Prior to joining the Pentagon force protection agency, he worked as a new York city corrections officer and hearing the expert shooter award, congratulations everyone, thank you Dr Walsh and chief recruiting and preparing these men and women for the mission of protecting those who protect our nation is not a task to be taken lightly. I invite our recruiters and trainers to stand and be recognized this time, That’s all of them. Yeah, thank you for your commitment to produce this outstanding class of Pentagon police officers, they are a direct result of your dedication and efforts. Although this agency was officially established in 2002, it is built upon a very long and firm foundation of Defense Department traditions. For this reason we choose to recognize those who have helped support and defend that foundation. We have family members and guests with us today who have served in the military and in law enforcement. We invite all audience members who are military or law enforcement veterans to stand down and be recognized. New officers take your positions for the chief’s address and the oath of office. Chief koo se! The floor is yours. Thank you. We are pledged to you ensure that we are trained, equipped and prepared police report all that is for not people. And that’s where you are joining our ranks to stand blue line. Thank you for answering the call forward to serving. Are you raise your right hand and repeat I I really want to back up, do solemnly swear, do solemnly swear that was important. The Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign, all enemies, foreign or domestic, their true face, very true faith and allegiance obligation freely without any mental reservation, mental reservation or purpose of evasion or purpose of evasion. And that I will well and faithfully that I will faithfully discharge the duties, discharge the duties which I’m about to enter. So how many officers, congratulate Thank you chief and congratulations to all ladies and gentlemen, This concludes today’s ceremony for our guests joining us virtually. Thank you all for attending. Please rise for the departure of the official party, followed by our newest Pentagon. Police officers offers hold the words What? Yeah.