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FLETC Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Intermodal Training Facility

FLETC Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Intermodal Training Facility

Photo (from left): TSA Administrator Pistole, Eunice Hanson, DHS Secretary Napolitano, Lee Hanson and FLETC Director Patrick cut ribbon to open the Intermodal Training Facility.

Aug 24, 2011

The FLETC held its Intermodal Training Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the FLETC HQ in Glynco, Georgia, August 23. The facility was dedicated to the youngest victim of 9/11, Christine Lee Hanson.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was the keynote speaker at the event, which is part of the DHS 10th Anniversary of 9/11 commemoration activities. "This facility reflects the intermodal nature of transportation, and the fact that today, getting from one place to another often involves taking more than one mode of transportation. This interconnectedness provides great advantages for travel and commerce, but also creates potential vulnerabilities."

This first of its kind facility significantly enhances the FLETC’s ability to provide frontline law enforcement personnel with advanced, realistic and scenario-based training to better deter and combat evolving threats across major transportation modes.

During the ceremony a photo was presented to the paternal grandparents of Christine Lee Hanson. The child’s aunt and cousin also attended the ceremony. Other attendees at the event included TSA Administrator John Pistole, Congressional staffers and local community leaders.

 "We have not forgotten what happened on September 11th of 2001,"said FLETC Director Connie Patrick. "We’ve taken to heart the 9/11 Commission observation that law enforcement and the intelligence community suffered a "failure of imagination," and vow that we will work hard to train those on the front lines who work to deter and prevent such acts of terror on the Homeland."