April 14, 2016
Akal Security Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support
(April 14, 2016) ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today Akal Security – BWI was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Left to right: Russell Wesley, AKAL Security Project Manager; Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR State Chair; and Sam Peebles, Maryland ESGR Vice Chair. (click photo to enlarge)
“The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve, said Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
AKAL Security joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.
Since its establishment in 1980, AKAL Security has grown from a small local firm to one of the largest contract security companies in the United States. AKAL Security specializes in providing security for critical federal government facilities, state and local government agencies and military installations.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Large Employer National Award
Disabled American Veterans gave Akal at Fort Hood the “Large Employer National Award” for 2004.
Akal Recognized for High Ethical Standards
In February 2003, Akal was chosen as a finalist for the 2003 Better Business Bureau (BBB) Business Ethics Award by the BBB of Central/Northern Arizona. Akal was one of three finalists in the 50-99 Employees Category.
The Business Ethics Award recognizes businesses for their demonstrated high standards of ethical conduct and practices. The program was established to honor outstanding businesses whose commitment to ethical business practices help to uphold a fair marketplace. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of community leaders.
CSO of The Year Awards
Each year the U.S. Marshals Service recognizes outstanding employees for valor, distinguished service, contributions to the Equal Employment Opportunity program, and special acts deserving commendation. We are proud of the dedication of these professionals:
2008 – CSO William Germani of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Akal CSO William Germani of the Sixth Judicial Circuit was awarded 2008 Harry Belluomini CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service for his brave action jumping inside a large, moving, driverless delivery truck, rolling down a hill and headed for a busy intersection, stoppinig a potential accident. CSO Germani was also commended for his keen observation and notification to the bomb squad when he saw a court visitor place a suspicious package of red liquid and wires near the back of the court room. CSO Germani’s actions in both situations prevented potential injury to others.
2007 – CSO John Robinson Akal CSO John Robinson was awarded 2007 Harry Belluomini CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service for his actions stopping an armed man at the entrance to the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland. Robinson found the weapon upon searching an unattended bike parked in the courthouse rotunda and confronted the man who left the bike. The convicted felon punched Robinson, leaving a gash under this eye. Robinson chased the fleeing suspect and caught him in a revolving door.
2006 – CSO Roger McClenny, U.S. District Court Kansas City, Kansas Akal CSO Roger McClenny was awarded 2006 Harry Belluomini CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, for his actions when a defendant suddenly ran to the front of the courtroom and attempted to stab the probation officer with a pen. McClenny confronted the defendant and prevented the attack. Marshals took the defendant into custody.
2005 – CSO Joseph Gese, Western District of Washington (Seattle) CSO Joseph Gese was awarded 2005 Harry Belluomini CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service for heroic actions when a deranged person entered the courthouse then removed a hand grenade from his backpack. CSO Gese was instrumental in isolating and negotiating with the individual in the courthouse lobby while the other CSOs and USMS personnel evacuated the courthouse and deployed their armed response. Eventually the Seattle SWAT Team shot and killed the individual.
2004 – CSO Adrian Perez, Southern District of Texas CSO Adrian Perez was awarded 2004 Harry Belluomini CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service. CSO Perez was honored both locally and nationally for his actions outside the Corpus Christi Federal Courthouse when 81-year-old Walter Kloesel pulled up to the courthouse and left his vehicle with a .410 shotgun. Police say he fired two shots toward the bay then turned around and fired two shots at the courthouse. That’s when court security officer Adrian Perez sprung into action. “I timed my run to where I figured I could stop the man before he reloaded and shot at me,” said Perez. He knocked Kloesel to the ground and took the shot gun from him. Kloesel was then taken into custody.p>
2003 – CSO Robert Booher and LCSO Ronald Tatro Jointly awarded 2003 Harry Belluomini CSOs of the Year.
2001 – Joseph Carrieri For safely evacuating employees and other Southern District of New York citizens from the court structures at Foley Square on September 11, 2001.
2000 – James Carman CSO James Carman, assigned to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded the Harry Belluomini Court Security Officer of the Year award. Carman was honored for saving the life of U.S. District Judge Henry Woods after he collapsed on the way to his vehicle following a meeting at the courthouse. Assigned to escort Judge Woods to his car, Carman radioed for medical assistance, requested additional CSO support and administered CPR until EMTs arrived at the scene.
1999 – Phil Tortorici In 1999, CSO Phil Tortorici of the Southern District of Florida received the Harry Belluomini Court Security Officer of the Year award for effective, courageous emergency medical assistance provided Judge Lenore Nesbitt. When Judge Nesbitt lost consciousness, Officer Tortorici immediately administered CPR, restored her heartbeat and breathing and continued until an ambulance arrived. Judge Nesbitt credits Officer Tortoricic with saving her live.