Employees from each component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security participated in the department’s 14th anniversary during the inaugural celebration held at headquarters in Washington, DC, March 29. This year’s celebration was a motivational 1.4 mile run and/or walk by employees from the National Capital Region.
DHS became operational Jan. 24, 2003, 60 days after the Homeland Security Act was passed. And since its inception, the employees of its many components have worked to prevent terrorism and enhance security, safeguard U.S. borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace and respond to disasters.
“DHS was put together because of a terrible attack against not only our country, but on our way of life,” said DHS Secretary John Kelly.
“Men and women like you have joined together with many agencies and because of your efforts, there has not been an attack like that [9/11]. But we can’t let our guard down. We have to be ever vigilant on our borders and in the homeland protecting America.”
TSA is one of DHS’s 16 operational and support components, which include U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Coast Guard; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Secret Service; Directorate for Management; Domestic Nuclear Detection Office; National Protection and Programs Directorate; Science and Technology Directorate; Office of Health Affairs; Office of Intelligence and Analysis; Office of Policy; and Office of Operations Coordination.
“Everybody in DHS is a hero. You all ought to be proud of the past 14 years and are among the nation’s finest,” said Secretary Kelly.