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As a Transportation Security Specialist, Henry Budhram knows the importance of establishing and maintaining good working relationships between TSA and mass transit agencies.

Henry Budhram supported security efforts during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration: from left, TSI Frederic Conjur (Retired), STSI Charles Novick (DCA), TSI Jack Bleiberg (DCA), TSI Waverly Cousin (CLT) and STSI George Heilmann (RDU).Budhram joined TSA as an Officer at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2005 and became a Surface Transportation Security Inspector a few years later. The Surface Compliance Branch often relies on local partnerships with stakeholders to help mitigate risk at their transit facilities.

Budhram’s subject matter expertise has been instrumental in identifying programs and protocols to help Surface Inspectors improve surface transportation security nationwide. And his dedication and sense of duty comes from having watched the harrowing events of 9/11 unfold firsthand.

“On September 11, 2001, I will never forget watching from my high school classroom window as the World Trade Center Towers were engulfed in flames and the city covered with thick clouds of smoke. Mr. Ferry, my global history teacher addressed the class in tears: ‘This is a day in your life you will always remember, going forward from this day we will see a change in the way we live our lives.’  I was only 17, but Mr. Ferry’s words never left me and I felt the urge to help. I wanted to make a difference and be part of the unified effort throughout the nation to protect our country. To this day, I am grateful for TSA and the opportunity to fulfill my quest to a make difference and contribute to the protection of our country.

“The most challenging aspect of my job is finding innovative security solutions and cost-effective measures that can be implemented as national programs.  Not only do these programs support our inspection workforce, but they must also support the ability of our surface transportation stakeholders to secure the nation’s largest and most open networks of transportation infrastructure, which moves millions of passengers and millions of tons of commodities each year.

“Each and every day, I am focused on supporting the 300 Surface Inspectors that are dedicated to our security mission. It is rewarding to find processes, procedures, tools and capabilities that create efficiencies and allow Surface Inspectors to more effectively secure our nation’s surface transportation systems.”

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 25 September 2013