Excellent Road Trip - FBI Academy
President’s Message - October 27, 201
Last week, while doing Society business in the greater Washington area, I had the pleasure and distinct honor to meet again with Director Comey. This was our fourth personal meeting in the last year, and I figure he probably knows my name by now - or at least the gray hair. He certainly knows a lot about the Society and is an enthusiastic supporter.
I was asked to participate with Director Comey and Assistant Director Owen D. Harris, of the Training Division, in the graduation ceremony for the 46 men and women of NAC 14-1. This was the first class to graduate during Director Comey’s term. Throughout the ceremony, the theme of FBI Family and words of respect for the contributions of those who have served before were repeated many times. Along with twenty or so Society members who attended, it was a rich opportunity to recall the days when we ourselves took the oath of office and started our journeys as FBI Special Agents. We remember our graduation days as “crossroads” that changed the course of our lives forever. It was exciting to share that energy with the new Agents of NAC 14-1. Class members elected Justin Slaby to offer remarks. Justin spoke with humility and deep appreciation for the FBI. He closed with these words:
“A lot has been said in the last few years, in regards to what lies ahead for the future of this organization and this country. There is a fundamental change underway, both within the Bureau, and the nation as a whole… What I am about to say, I say with the utmost conviction: the group that is before you today is, without a doubt, the best of our nation. Our strengths are as diverse as they are great. Of our own accord, we will lead in all that is good. We are not fatigued, we are not spent, and we will not be stopped. Great things lie ahead.”
I think it is fair to say it was an excellent day at the FBI Academy. In addressing the graduating class, Director Comey spoke about the excellence and greatness of the FBI. He congratulated the graduates on their achievements and told them that, “in our line of work, we don’t make much of a living, but we sure do make a life.”
As former Agents, we know just what the Director is talking about.