NGA Office of Corporate Communications
NGA Police Sgt. Michael Bransford was named the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Honor Graduate of the Year for Fiscal Year 2013 in a July 30 ceremony in Glynco, Georgia.
Bransford, who joined the NGA police force in 2012, is the first from NGA to receive the award, which recognizes the student with the highest scoring average in written examinations, firearms efficiency and physical efficiency.
“To be recognized as the honor graduate of the year is quite humbling considering the officers who came before me,” said Bransford. “I credit my family for supporting me during the 12 weeks I spent away and the FLETC instructors for motivating us to do our best.”
FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents and annually graduates approximately 63,000 students. FLETC Director Connie Patrick presented the award to Bransford, who was surrounded by family, friends and NGA colleagues.
“In order to receive this award, a student has to excel in all areas of training,” said Patrick. “Sgt. Bransford is typical of these top honor graduates. He is accomplished in many areas, highly motivated and devoted to his agency and his country.”
A U.S. Army veteran and a native of Wichita, Kansas, Bransford graduated from the FLETC Uniformed Police Training Program Jan. 14, 2013 and is assigned to NGA’s west headquarters in St. Louis.
Gregory Torres, director of Protective Services for the Security and Installations directorate at NGA was the keynote speaker at the awards presentation and applauded FLETC as an exceptional service provider and partner.
“I often ask our officers after they return from FLETC how their training was,” said Torres. “Without exception, they describe the training as ‘great,’ ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding,’ and challenging, but in a good way. They come back to us smarter, more fit and motivated to get to work.”