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

Akal Security Exceptional Service

Akal and its employees have received important awards that reflect unlimited commitment to quality, compliance, and the integrity of our clients’ security programs. Akal has been honored as an employer and Akal employees have received awards for answering the call of duty by protecting and saving the lives of Government employees and members of the public.

BWI Head of the Airport Security Division Commends Akal

In an open leter, Jose Santiago Chavez said an able Akal team, led by Project Manager Russell Wesley, backed by a strong company, has made the five-year venture very successful. Akal security officers, willing to go “above and beyond,” has helped create a stable, reliable, and professional guard force at the BWI Airport in Maryland. “During the time Akal has provided airport security, no post has been left unattended and airport management has never had to mediate a conflict between the public and a guard. I believe this to be nearly unheard of the this industry,” Chavez wrote in 2009

Officer Fran Greager and the Akal FPS Team in Hawaii Commended

Akal responded quickly with a well-trained staff when the Island of Oahu was hit with back-to-back storms. FEMA officials turned for help to other federal agencies, including the Federal Protective Service and its Akal Security contract officers. Despite the holiday weekend, Officer Fran Greager and the Akal team provided a rapid response with officers who were ready for the challenge. Akal is to be commended for the professionalism of your staff, wrote Richard Kuny of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)in a Letter of Commendation in 2009.

U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Achievement

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Department of Justice gave Akal a Certificate of Achievement for its accomplishements with Small Business for 2009

Scottsdale Police Department Praises Akal Officers for Diligence

Akal patrol guards earned the praise of Scottsdale, Arizona officials after discovering and resolving 31 incidents of unsecured premises at city water sites over a two-month period. Scottsdale police department says the officers efforts prevented potential loss and liability for the city, and he praised the officers diligence and initiative in 2009

Akal Supervisor Commended by FBI for Helping to Arrent an Armed Law Enforcment Officer

Special FBI Agent in Charge Nathan Thomas Gray wrote in a letter in 2009 to Akal CEO Sat Nirmal Khalsa that Kenneth E. Johnson, Site Supervisor for Akal in North Carolina, worked with the FBI on a successful plan to invite the Chief of the Triad Municipal Alcohol Beverage Control Law Enforcement Agency, Danny Burton, to a meeting at the Federal Courthouse. Once Burton arrived, Johnson coordinated a thorough screening to ensure Burton was unarmed and then escorted the still unsuspecting Burton to his nearby office, where Burton was arrested and chaged for crimes by the FBI agents, Gray said.

Akal’s Chief Compliance Officer Wins National Certification

Dev Suroop K. Khalsa, Akal’s Chief Compliance Officer, received national certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in 2009. Khalsa received the certification by meeting required education and work experience standards and passing a national exam. As CCO, Dev Suroop oversees Akal’s commitment to contract compliance, ethics, and quality.

CSOs Commended for Capturing Runaway Horse

U.S. Marshal James Roberts commended CSOs L.K. Green and R.J. Nichols for their actions during an incident in front of the Federal Courthouse in Savannah, Georgia in 2008. A horse-drawn tour carriage with six passengers was passing the courthouse when a rod and bolt broke and the front wheels to the carriage snapped, startling the horse to a wild gallop, flipping the carriage, and spilling the passengers onto the road. Galloping and still harnessed to the front wheels, Green and Nichols positioned themselves to intercept the frightened animal and grabbed the reigns, taking control of the horse. No one was seriously injured, thanks to the actions of the CSOs. Both the local police and the tour company management commended the officers for the actions.

U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Achievement

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Justice gave Akal a Certificate of Achievement for its accomplishements with Small Business for 2008

CSOs Praised for Their Efforts During a High-Profile Civil Rights Case

CSOs Gary Wilzbacher, Gary Johnson, Michael Palermo, and Thomas Jesinski were commended by the U.S. Marshals Service in 2008. Acting U.S. Marshal Leonard Boyer for the Eastern District of Wisconsis stated in a letter that “We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with each of the the officers. You can take pride in how these CSOs represent your office and kinow that each is welcome in this district at anytime.” The case attracted intense media and public attention because it involved five police officers accused of beating a biracial man outside an off-duty police party.

CSOs Help Vermont District Win National Award

CSOs of the Federal District Court in Vermont have been honored for helping the Vermeont District of the U.S. Marshals Service win the Small District of the Year Honor for 2007. U.S. Marshal John R. Edwards, upon receiving the award, thanked Akal Contract Manager Robert Siegnious in a letter that noted their (CSOs) professionalism in greeting and inteacting with judges, court staff, lawyers, and the puglic is truly outstanding.

U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Achievement

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Department of Justice gave Akal a Certificate of Achievement for its accomplishements with Small Business for 2007

Deputy U.S. Marshal of Cleveland, Ohio Commends CSOs during Gang Trials

Deputy U.S. Marshal Ross Wilber commended CSOs Stan Difford, Jim Edens, and Bill Hammond for their strict enforcement of tight security measures during volitile trials of a Cleveland gang and one of its leaders. “Their initiative and consistency kept violence from erupting at the trials and put a stop to any and all problems that may have been planned for the courtroom,” Wilber wrote.

U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Achievement

The U.S. Department of Justice gave Akal a Certificate of Achievement for its accomplishements with Small Business for 2006

Large Employer of the Year Award

Akal was given the Large Employer of the Year Award by the Disabled American Veterans Association for 2005

Akal Security Named “Employer of the Year” by State of Texas

Akal Security, Inc. was named the 2005 Texas Workforce Employer of the Year at the Ninth Annual Texas Workforce Conference held from November 2 through 4 in Houston. Akal, nominated by the Central Texas Workforce Board, also won an Employer Award of Excellence.