Federal 100 winner: George Bressler

George Bressler
Supervisory border patrol agent
Customs and Border Protection

Bressler successfully mobilized representatives of 150 organizations — including state, local, federal and tribal government agencies — as lead coordinator for the Operation Golden Phoenix anti-terrorism training exercise in San Diego in July 2008.

The drill, which also included private organizations, simulated a biological threat at the border that evolved into a major medical disaster. The goal was to quickly mobilize cross-organizational collaboration. Golden Phoenix used new tools and technologies, including the Common Alerting Protocol for exchanging emergency alerts and messages.

“George’s initiative and perseverance … made this demonstration a huge success,” said Kevin “Spanky” Kirsch, director of the Office of Special Programs at the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate.

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