Field Security Manager Ed
Job Title: Field Security Manager
Location: District 8, Atlanta
Field Security Managers serve as subject matter experts responsible for USCIS security programs in specific areas of the United States. They oversee programs such as operations security, physical security and administrative security. They advise leadership and serve on working groups and committees to develop policies and improve local security processes. Field Security Managers also serve as security training instructors and assist with continuity of operations and occupant emergency programs.
What does working at USCIS mean to you and your family?
My family story reflects the immigration stories often heard throughout USCIS. As “people without a country,” my birth mother and her family were forcibly relocated during World War II, then expelled from Poland back to Germany following the upheaval of 1945. The entire family was separated during those very desolate times. I gained my citizenship after being adopted from an orphanage in Berlin by an American couple stationed in Warsaw. Years later I found out my birth mother had gained refugee status and immigrated to England. Unfortunately she died not knowing that I was safe and doing well in my adopted country.
Working at USCIS gives me an opportunity to continue serving this exceptional nation, while also witnessing daily the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of other immigrants on their path to citizenship.
How did you end up at USCIS after a career in the Army?
A former member of the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia, I retired as a military police sergeant major in the U.S. Army after 30 years of proud service. Wanting to remain connected with my professional colleagues in some capacity, I joined the Immigration and Naturalization Service team in Atlanta, which became USCIS District 8 after passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
How did you find out about your position at USCIS?
The job actually found me. Upon retirement, I was told about a new position at the district office in Atlanta that focused on security, environmental, and occupational safety and health issues. The job requirements fit my skill set and, after the interview, I was selected for the position. That began my military to civil service transition, which was made easy by peers and mentors, many of whom still work with USCIS right here in Atlanta.
What experiences or training prepared you for the challenges faced by a Field Security Manager?
During the last 40 years, I have been given the opportunity to successfully support various security disciplines and critical positions within the federal security community. I worked briefly for the Federal Protective Service before transferring to the Department of Defense as the deputy director of emergency services at Fort Meade in Maryland. I was responsible for every program related to physical security, security guard operations, law enforcement and emergency services.
You left DHS and the Federal Protective Service in November 2003 to support the global war on terrorism. What motivated you to return to work with USCIS?
After attending a naturalization ceremony and understanding the immigration story, you can’t help but have a positive feeling about what USCIS does every day. I found USCIS to be very people-oriented and also a workplace friendly to military veterans. In early 2006, I was invited back to USCIS by the district director to rebuild the District Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program as a special assistant to the district director. When the Office of Security and Integrity created the Field Security Manager positions, I accepted the new role.
Do you feel like you're having a direct impact on USCIS?
Absolutely! While I may not be an Immigration Services Officer, the work I do helps ensure mission success for my district clients. My specialized focus allows other team members to concentrate much more of their time and efforts on core business operations.