We hope you had a great year and are ready for the New Year. In anticipation, the Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to provide you with a snapshot of our yearly wins in this 2013 Year End Report.
The Lint Center has had a tremendous year and we are excited by what lays ahead in 2014. We know that it is because of individuals like you that the Lint Center continues to grow and extend its impactful reach. Our successes are directly correlated to your support and our incredible team of dedicated volunteers.
2013 was a busy year for the Lint Center mentoring team and I am proud to report that we awarded our 30th scholarship.
We ramped up our volunteer outreach efforts and external affairs endeavors, which have provided the infrastructure necessary to continue our important work to enhance, enable, and empower the next generation of counterintelligence and national security workers.
For the last six month, our new Director of External Affairs, Jessica Crawford, has been managing 19 volunteers (including three interns) while also working on various vitally important projects for the Lint Center. A special thanks also goes out to our dedicated intern, Bre Wexler, for her assistance in growing the volunteer program. We truly appreciate all the incredible work our volunteers do for our operation, especially with virtually connected members stretched across the USA and around the world.
The Lint Center continues to make use of the Presidential Service Award program (www.presidentialserviceawards.gov) to recognize volunteers for their service. Starting in 2013, the Lint Center is excited to now offer a new volunteer recognition tool – Reward Volunteers. This program offers a chance for individuals to win prizes just by logging their volunteer hours. Logged hours are shared via Facebook allowing the Lint Center to increase its social media presence. We can use the widget on our website, or at RewardVolunteers.coop, and volunteers can even download the iPhone app to upload hours from anywhere. In turn, we would like to remind all volunteers that we appreciate the donation of your time and want you to be recognized for your assistance and service, so please utilize one or both of these programs – you’ve earned it!
Our winners continue to receive the support of our longest running corporate sponsor, Stratfor, a leading provider of strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs. Stratfor graciously provides all Lint Center winners with a free annual subscription to its online subscription services.
Additionally, the Lint Center also has a new corporate sponsor, which has been a significant base of support for Lint Center winners. Teaming with the OPSEC Professionals Society has afforded our winners an invaluable introduction into Operational Security methods and its fundamental importance.
In mentor news, one of our most seasoned mentors just went to Afghanistan in a very well placed job. We wish the mentor well – Godspeed.
The Center is a well-rounded group of talented individuals helping to support and defend this nation while also finding time to give of themselves to educate and elucidate with effect, a younger crop of dedicated individuals seeking to leave their mark in the national security arena. In the middle of it and keeping the Lint Center afloat, we are backed by a truly inspiring team of very gifted administrators, managers, and even a scientist that have kept us operational for more than six years.
Perhaps the most important tangible benefit of the Lint Center’s work is reflected in the caliber and quality of the individuals selected to receive scholarship support and mentoring tutelage. The Lint Center is pleased to provide a quick run-down on this year’s winners for your review.
Scholarship Winners from January and July 2013
Four scholarships were awarded this year to another group of accomplished and deserving individuals. In January, the U.S. Counterintelligence Agent, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Scholarship was awarded to SSgt Thorpe. SSgt Thorpe is stationed at United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). During his military career as an Intelligence Applications Specialist, SSgt Thorpe has deployed four times in Afghanistan, Africa, and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the past, he served within Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) on Hurlburt Field from Sept 2006 – Sept 2012, and United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) from May 2003 – Sept 2006. Currently, he is pursuing a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security through Pennsylvania State University.
Megan Rosenberger was awarded the First Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert Scholarship in January of this year. Megan is currently attending the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Class of 2017, and studying engineering. During her two years of research and development, she successfully engineered a hydroelectric generator to her rain barrel in her backyard, which she is currently patenting. On April 16, 2012, she was invited to attend the White House Summit on Environmental Education where she was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award for her state and six-state region, one out of more than six thousand applicants. Megan was also honored to speak at the Summit about her research
In July, Denae Ford received the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship. At NC State University, Denae is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and is Vice President of Women in Computer Science and a student athlete on the Varsity Track and Field team, she has found a way to challenge herself in multiple venues. She has also had the opportunity to work at SAS Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina as an InDatabase Development Testing Intern.
Also in July, the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Alana Perez. Alana is currently a sophomore at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and East Asian Studies with an emphasis on Chinese.
The whole Lint Center family would all like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. More information about these winners, including biographies and essays, can be found here.
On a personal note, I have doing a bit of writing these past few months. I am pleased to report that I published some articles on the impact of furlough/sequester on the Army and espionage. I was co-author with a great friend and the Lint Center’s COO, Tim Coleman, which was published in an industry-leading magazine Homeland Security Today and reprinted by the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin. The articles have been well received, as they were timely, especially as they highlighted the impact of budget cuts, furloughs, and sequester on opportunistic espionage.
In addition, I published my first book on Leadership and Management Lessons Learned, A Book of Management Vignettes. All proceeds go directly to the Lint Center scholarship fund so I encourage you to take a look and give it a read.
On behalf of the Lint Center team, I wish to thank you for all that you do and for your continued support. We wish you all a very happy and blessed new year!
Jim Lint, Chairman
Special Agent (Retired)
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We hope you have had a good year and we will see you on email or social media.
Have a great New Year!