The Defense Department recently highlighted the career and work of Pentagon Force Protection Agency Director Steven Calvery, who is nearing retirement after a 40-year career with several federal agencies.
Calvery’s mother left Tokyo for the safety of the U.S. in 1945 and has served as an inspiration throughout his life. Calvery's federal law enforcement career began with the Secret Service, where he served for 21 years before becoming a senior law enforcement adviser at the Treasury Department. Calvery then moved to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and took on a vital role in national security after 9/11.
“There was no culture of security in DOI, and I was tasked by the secretary to look at the department’s critical assets and come up with a plan to protect them, such as the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore and major U.S. dams such as the Hoover (in Nevada), operated by DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation,” Calvery said.
Calvery began working with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency in 2006 and is responsible for the safety of 25,000 people who work in the Pentagon, as well as 30,000 Defense Department employees who work in National Capital Region facilities. During Calvery's tenure, the agency has grown from 340 employees to more than 1,200.
“I’m very proud of the people who work in the agency, of their dedication to the mission and protecting the Pentagon,” Calvery said. “They work very hard – it’s difficult and challenging work.”