Speaking: 10/25/2019 10:45 AM
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security: Way Ahead
On February 1, 2016, Governor Matthew G. Bevin appointed John W. Holiday as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. In this position, Holiday serves as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Homeland Security Advisor for the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Director Holiday is responsible for leading and developing a comprehensive statewide homeland security strategy, which coordinates local, state and federal efforts to detect, deter, mitigate, and respond to any terrorist attacks, including nuclear, biological, chemical, electromagnetic pulse, agro-, eco-, or cyber-terrorism or any other incidents that affect the security of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) and its Fusion Center are responsible for leading the efforts to identify vulnerabilities and risks, as well as assess the resources needed to prepare, mitigate, or react to any incidents affecting the security or well-being of the Commonwealth. KOHS and Director Holiday oversee the allocation of state and federal homeland security resources and coordinate efforts to implement both gubernatorial and presidential homeland security directives.
Executive Director Holiday is not new to state government. He has served as the Director of Law Enforcement within the Kentucky Department of Public Protection, and has also served the Commonwealth as a Certified Inspector General (CIG), within Kentucky’s Labor, Environmental Energy, and Public Protection Cabinets.
As an Intelligence Officer and a soldier for nearly three decades, serving in all combat theaters within the U.S. Department of Defense, Mr. Holiday specialized in intelligence and counterintelligence operations as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. The last twenty years was served within U.S. Special Operations focusing on irregular, unconventional and asymmetric warfare. His most recent overseas assignment was in East Africa supporting the global war on terror as a Special Operations Forces advisor and liaison officer. In this role, he was responsible for building Special Forces capacity, increasing capabilities, and providing security assistance in order to increase diplomacy and partnerships to several African nations. Holiday continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve Component as an executive officer within one of only two special operations groups within the National Guard.