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New Contributor, Scott Winegar, Has Diverse Background in Homeland Security!

2012 September 17
by Jason Nairn, CPP, CISSP

We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to HLSR who has seen the evolution of security from the military, police and now homeland security education angles.  Scott Winegar comes with experiences from a varied background.  Scott has a BA from Portland State University in Administration of Justice.  He was later selected by Department of Homeland Security to attend the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.  There he was awarded an MA in Homeland Security.

Scott retired from the Portland Police with more than 27 years of service, achieving the rank of Police Captain.  During his tenure with this agency, he served in a variety of roles, including patrol operations, investigations, gangs, hostage negotiation, personnel, and emergency management.

Scott also served 34 years in the military, most of which in the National Guard. He started his military career as a military policeman.  Upon receiving a commission as a second lieutenant, he attended the Army’s Engineer School.  During his years of service, he commanded a humanitarian aid mission to Jamaica, where his team built schools for several of the underprivileged villages in the country’s interior.  He finished his years of service at National Headquarters in Washington DC.  While there, he worked on a variety of issues, including critical infrastructure protection and intelligence.  His duties also included deployment as the National Guard representative to almost all of the National level disasters occurring over the last few years.  He helped coordinate the response for 4 hurricanes, 2 major wildfires, and finished by working at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

After retiring from the Portland Police, he accepted a job as second in command of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.  He retired from that job to join the faculty at Concordia University-Portland, where he is Director of the Homeland Security degree program.  We are thrilled to have Scott as a new contributor.  The only problem will be deciding what sector with which to associate him!  Welcome Scott!

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