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Bridging the Gap from Training to Operations

Spotlight On: Michael Frech

Michael FrechMichael Frech is a Transportation Security Explosives-Specialist (TSS-E) at Denver International Airport. Working as a TSS-E, Frech uses his 26 years of experience in the explosive, security and training fields to support screening operations and TSO training.

TSS-E Frech joined TSA in 2009 after 20 years of service in the United States Air Force as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and Air Force Master Instructor. Frech also spent six years as a Commercial Explosive Blaster and business owner.

“What I do matters because the IED and explosive threat is a significant and continually evolving threat to our transportation system. As part of an eight man TSS-E team at the airport, we are in a position to adapt our training as rapidly as the threat changes. More than that, we have the ability to challenge and encourage the Officers to use investigative skepticism to look for that threat. It is our job to ensure Officers have the training and skills to interpret what they see and ensure a questionable item is thoroughly investigated.

The most rewarding part of my job is training. It’s very rewarding when a TSS-E goes to the floor and sees our training come through in the day-to-day operation. For example, I recently responded to a request for assistance and the Officer identified a smuggling technique she thought was being used based on a class she received five months ago. That’s the moment when we know that we bridged the gap from training to operations.

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 14 March 2014