During nearly four decades working in law enforcement, Herndon, VA, Police Chief Maggie DeBoard has seen firsthand the mental and physical toll that the job takes on police officers. Now, she has created a non-profit organization (Foundation FRWR) that plans to construct and operate private health and wellness centers dedicated to providing mental health support for first responders.


It all started about a decade ago, flying uncrewed aerial vehicles or drones while conducting aerial photography in far-flung exotic locales such as Iceland for Idaho State professor Angi English, a CHDS alum and subject matter expert. Now, English is one of the leading voices in drone usage and technology.  


North Carolina National Guard Adjutant General Todd Hunt, a graduate of the CHDS Executive Leaders Program, is helping drive a unique cybersecurity initiative that combines federal, state, and local partners.


A multi-billion dollar federal program aimed at expanding broadband internet access for Native American tribes in the U.S. is being led by Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumna Margaret Gutierrez.  

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