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On March 1, 2012, the FBI’s Norfolk office celebrated Black History Month with special guest Grant Williams, a documented original Tuskegee Airman who shared his experiences which began in the 1940s when African Americans began flying for the U.S. military. “In spite of adversity and limited opportunities,” Williams told FBI employees, “African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years.” Tuskegee Airmen, according to Williams, refers to all who were involved in the so-called Tuskegee experiment, the Army Air Corps Program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. After his presentation, Williams was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Norfolk Special Agent in Charge John Boles (above photo, right) and Special Agent Samuel Robinson (center).
On 2/15/12, the Norfolk FBI office gave 10 young men and women from the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Explorers’ Program an inside look at Norfolk’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. The students, who were between the ages of 14 and 21 and are interested in serving in law enforcement, were briefed by SWAT agents who explained how they train for high-risk situations. The young people were also allowed to try on some authentic SWAT gear (above photo).
It’s hard to compete for basketball fans’ attention when the Chicago Bulls are playing, but the FBI’s new Child ID app got its fair share of the spotlight during the team’s 2/18/12 home game. Just before tipoff, the app for iPhone users was featured on the United Center’s jumbotron (bottom photo) as the game announcer read a public service announcement about the ID program. And on the concourse (top photo), representatives of the Chicago FBI and Chicago Police Department’s “Crimes against Children” Joint Task force demonstrated for the public how the app works on an iPad. FBI Special Agent Nikkole E. Robertson was joined by Chicago Police Officers Traci Walker, Khin Kung, Lisa Wallace and Daniel Rodriguez for the community outreach event. In addition to answering questions about the Child ID app, the law enforcement officers handed out paper Child ID kits.
In January 2011, the FBI Las Vegas Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association sponsored a field trip for the fifth grade class of West Prep School as part of the Bureau’s Adopt-a-School Program. Although the trip to McCarran International Airport was planned months in advance, organizers did not know that President Barack Obama would be in town that day, so when the bus arrived at McCarran, the airport’s director Randall Walker (shown above) told the students they would be able to see the President’s plane, Air Force One. In addition to getting a close-up glimpse of the plane and then touring the airfield, students also met Las Vegas city councilman Lawrence Weekly, airport deputy director Rosemary Vassiliadi, and the airport’s K-9 officers and their canine partners, who gave a bomb sniffing demonstration.
The Chicago FBI office recently teamed up with the NFL’s Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie during a press conference to introduce the FBI’s mobile phone Child ID app to the Chicago area. Chicago Special Agent in Charge Robert Grant and Hanie explained how the app works and why it’s such an important tool if a child goes missing. Grant noted that the timing of the press conference just before the holiday season was intentional, as many people will be heading out to crowded locations like shopping malls and airports with their children. In recognition of Hanie’s support for the FBI’s National Child ID Program, he has received the “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” award from FBI Director Robert Mueller.