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FLETC The Untouchable Hogs Cooking TeamOn September 9-10, 2016, “The Untouchable Hogs” Cooking Team participated in the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Annual Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS Charity Wild Game Cook-Off, an event sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.
 

Sean Spencer is a sophomore at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. He is working towards a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Sean finished his freshman year with a 3.71 GPA and was on the Dean’s List after the fall and winter semesters. In 2015 he graduated from Washington Township High School, where he played varsity lacrosse and was a member of the school’s DECA chapter. Sean has been an active member of his community through his participation in events such as the Helping Hands Hoagie Sale, and the Laxers' for Life 5k Run. I am 17 years old and have just graduated from the Health Sciences and Medicine Academy at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology. Through this academy I took a full year of Emergency Management Training. As a result I will be sitting for the NJ EMT Certification test this summer. I graduated with a GPA of 4.1 and was number 10 in my class of 312. This fall I will be attending Neumann University to study Athletic Training and play soccer for the women’s team. I have been playing travel soccer since I was 7 years old. I was a three time 1st Team All-Conference defender for my high school, but I am going to be a goalkeeper for Neumann University since I played this position for my travel team. I am looking forward to the next four years of my life at Neumann University and upon graduation I hope to pursue a career in sports medicine. Kelsey Conn is a sophomore attending Pennsylvania State University Berks Campus. She is majoring in biochemistry, in hopes to go to pharmacy school in the future. Throughout her first year of college she has been involved in various clubs and organizations. Some clubs she has been apart of are THON, Campus Activities Board, Berks Cares, and Lion Ambassadors. Besides those clubs Kelsey works on campus as a chemistry teaching assistant, where she helps her peers with various chemistry classes. Kelsey will also be an orientation leader, first year group leader, and first year mentor this upcoming fall semester. She will be assisting the incoming students as they adjust to the college life. She is very excited to start again in the fall as she takes on new roles as a student leader.


Thank you very much for this scholarship, I will keep working hard because it truly does pay off. Kayla Kroczynski is entering her sophomore year at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) as a geology
major. She intends to pursue a career in geology, ideally with NASA - studying planetary geology. She is a member of the Cook Honors College at IUP,  is involved with the Geological Society of IUP, IUP Rock Climbing Club, and enjoys volunteering with the Indiana County Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. 
Kayla lives with her parents and younger brother in State College, Pennsylvania where she's lived ever since she was born. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, pet rabbits and dog. Kayla loves reading, writing, drawing, painting and listening to music. 19 year old, full-time student from Orange County, New York. She graduated from Valley Central High School in 2014 and is currently attending the University at Albany where she is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Business Administration. She plans on getting her Masters in Forensic Accounting from SUNY Albany and then hopes to begin a career in law enforcement. At school, she is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for accounting students, and she also volunteers with the Midtown Neighborhood Watch in Albany, NY. Nicole is looking forward to starting her junior year of college and plans to study abroad in Europe during the spring semester. She was sponsored by her father, Robert Beranger, who recently retired from the IRS. James Martinez recently graduated with High Honors from Dougherty Valley High School.  In the Fall, James will be attending California State University at Fullerton, and will be majoring in Business Administration/Information Systems.  James was able to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and passed the AP Exams in Biology, US History, European History and Spanish.

In addition to his academic success he was able to balance it with playing sports and earning the distinction of being a Student Athlete.  In football James was chosen to be a varsity captain during his senior.  In baseball James was also one of the captains his senior year and he holds the school record for pitching the only “no hitter” in the school’s history. Throughout high school and middle school James was active in the Boy Scouts of America.  James attained the highest rank of scouting, Eagle Scout, and was elected to join the Boy Scouts’ honors society called the Order of the Arrow.  James has an interest in pursuing higher education and earning a law degree, once accomplishing this he would like to become a Federal Law Enforcement Agent like his father, and serve his country in this manner.

 

2017 AFSA Convention

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

St. Simons Island, Georgia

October 29-November 2, 2017

Mark your calendars now for October 29 – November 2, 2017 and write in the words “Have Fun in St. Simons Island”.  That’s because AFSA President Dan Pieschel, along with the AFSA Officers and Board of Directors are proud to formally announce that the 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Convention will be held this year at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Yep, that time of year is rolling around again and will be here before you know it.  Planning is well underway and the registration form and very detailed information will be published in the summer edition of this newsletter that is scheduled to be issued in June.  In the meantime, we can fill you in on the tentative schedule of events and tell you that we fully expect that once again we will be within our traditional budget.  That is very good news considering that the King and Prince is a premium top-shelf location and the only beach resort in the entire State of Georgia that sits directly on the ocean.  Add tours to Savannah and the Okefenokee Swamp, the Annual Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament (and other golf on your own at a number of first class courses), and a veritable plethora of other locations and activities that can be enjoyed both on the island and in the ocean, and you have the makings for an absolutely great time. 

 

But the highlight of this year’s convention is going to be a tour of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.  If you haven’t seen it lately, then forget all the stories you heard from other agents and wipe out all the past memories you have of what it was like.  It is all totally different now.  That’s because FLETC has undergone massive changes since being taken over by the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.  FLETC now provides training for 95 Federal Agencies, as well as State, Local, and Tribal Departments throughout the United States.  The facility is state-of-the-art and it is the largest provider of law enforcement training in the nation.  Since 1970, over a million agents and officers have been trained and FLETC has projected another 77,000 agents and officers to be trained in FY 2017.   The numbers for FY 2018 will surely be similar based on the recent announcement by President Trump that an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are to be hired.  Until the FY 2018 training schedule has been set, we will not be able to announce the exact activities for our tour, but we do anticipate having it finalized within the next 60 days.  Watch for details in the next newsletter.  Here are some of the possibilities that might be included on our tour: 

  1. Stop by the Intermodal Terminal Building that was conceived in 2004 when focus was shifted to the vulnerability of America’s transportation modes following the tragedy of 9-11.  Included are a train station and a subway, a bus station, and an airplane.
  2. Stroll down a street in Danis City, a reality-based residential and commercial training environment that includes many shops that you would see in a typical city.  There is also a fully furnished Federal Building that includes a courtroom. Nearby is a residential street with single-family homes and a rural setting that includes a “meth house”.
  3. Visit the Virtual Firing Range and test your skills with the latest laser firearms.

 

You will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime tour and experience samples of some of the same training given to Federal law enforcement. 

 

 

 

 

The tentative schedule for now is as follows:

 

Sunday - October 29th             Arrival and Registration

                                                Trolley Tour of St. Simons Island

                                                The President’s Welcoming Barbecue Cook-out and Meet-and-Greet

 

Monday - October 30th           The Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament

                                                Trolley Tour of Jekyll Island

                                                Board Meeting for AFSA Officers and Board of Directors

                                                Group Dinner (optional) or Dinner-On-Your-Own

 

Tuesday - October 31st           Tour #1 - Okefenokee Bus Tour, or

                                                Tour #2 - Savannah Bus Tour

                                                Dinner On-Your-Own

 

Wednesday - November 1st      Bus Transportation to FLETC  

                                                Opening Ceremony and Invocation

                                                Welcoming by the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy

                                                Overview by FLETC Public Affairs Specialist

                                                General Membership Meeting

                                                Presentation by/for CI Headquarters

                                                Continued Professional Education Classes

                                                Cocktail/Hors D’oeuvre Reception

 

Thursday - November 2nd      Tour of FLETC

                                                On-Your-Own Activities

                                                Annual Banquet Dinner

 

Friday - November 3rd           Departure

 

 

During the entire week, we will (of course) have our hospitality room which is always a great place to meet up with old friends or make new ones and we will have a number of suggestions for other activities from which you can choose.  The Village of St. Simons is also very close and has lots of shops and dining.  We hope to see you there!!!

 

                                                    Dan Pieschel, President

                                                    The Officers of the AFSA

                                                    The Board of Directors of the AFSA