Frances Fragos Townsend Honored at CIA
December 19, 2007
CIA Director Mike Hayden today presented the Agency Seal Medal to Frances Fragos Townsend in recognition of her service as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. The medal is awarded to people outside the Agency who have made significant contributions to CIA’s work.
“For four-and-a-half years, Fran has helped the President set the nation’s course on some of the most critical issues of his administration—and the defining security challenge of our time,” Director Hayden said. “To those of us who have had the honor and pleasure of working with her, Fran Townsend exemplifies the finest qualities of federal service. Her dedication, focus, and judgment have contributed greatly to America’s security.”
Director Hayden noted that Ms. Townsend’s career had prepared her for leadership in the field of homeland security, “well before it became a distinct field or department of government.” Citing her work as Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Department of Justice and as Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Investigations at the Coast Guard, he said that Ms. Townsend “saw firsthand what it would take to secure our frontiers against terrorism.”
Director Hayden praised her thorough understanding of intelligence and her “thoughtful and perceptive application of [CIA’s] assessments to matters of high policy.” Speaking on behalf of CIA’s workforce, he thanked Ms. Townsend for being “a great patriot, a devoted public servant, and a good friend of our Agency.”
Ms. Townsend received the Agency Seal Medal during a luncheon at CIA Headquarters. Director Hayden was joined by senior Agency and Intelligence Community officials in honoring Ms. Townsend, who last month announced her intention to depart the White House in January.