Arlington Emergency Management Planner Completes Intensive Homeland Security Training
By Office of Communication
Posted on March 19, 2018, March 19, 2018


Shawna Lemley, Emergency Management Planner for the City of Arlington Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management, recently completed the Emergence Program at Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

The goal of this program is to enhance young and future leaders' capacity to develop policies and strategies while strengthening working relationships across the jurisdictional boundaries of regions, agencies, local-state-tribal-federal governments and the private sector. Students study the interdisciplinary concepts comprising homeland security.

Lemley was chosen because of her experience and recognized vision in the disciplines comprising homeland security.

Participants met for two intensive one-week sessions at the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. The 32 participants represent a snapshot of homeland security across the country and include professionals from the Department of Homeland Security, and agencies within it, as well as emergency management, law enforcement, fire safety, state and municipal governments and public health.

The Emergence program is based on the CHDS Executive Leaders Program, which was launched in August 2006 and aimed at senior leaders.

ABOUT CHDS: CHDS, established in 2002 and located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), is the nation's homeland security educator. Master's degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during a rigorous 18-month program. The Center has developed a cadre of education programs complementing the master's degree curriculum. The CHDS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For information, visit

ABOUT NPS: The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide unique advanced education and research programs in order to increase the combat effectiveness of the U.S. and Allied armed forces as well as enhance the security of the United States. For information, visit

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