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Raymond W. Holcomb Named Delaware Homeland Security Advisor

Department of Safety and Homeland Security | Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Office of the Governor | Date Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013



Today Lewis D. Schiliro, Delaware’s Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, announced the appointment of Raymond W. Holcomb as the Department’s Homeland Security Advisor. Holcomb will oversee State homeland security projects working to ensure that all counter-terrorism measures are utilized to protect the people of Delaware.

“Protecting Delaware starts with protecting our families and communities from a vast number of threats,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Because he worked extensively in counterterrorism, Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the State’s homeland security team and is best poised to help our State meet the challenges of homeland security.”

Holcomb, who most recently served as a federal counterterrorism advisor, joins the Department following the retirement of former Homeland Security Advisor Kurt Reuther. As a strategic planner and threat consultant for the National Counterterrorism Center, Holcomb participated in counterterrorism capability assessments for numerous major U.S. and international urban centers in coordination with FEMA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of State. He has studied worldwide terrorist trends, domestic self-radicalization, developments in counterterrorism law and policies, and taught the subject of terrorism on a collegiate level.

“We are very fortunate to have someone on our team with such vast experience to ensure Delaware remains prepared to handle an event that could impact our State,” said Secretary Schiliro.

Holcomb, also a FBI veteran, served in many capacities during his 23-year career including investigator for a number of domestic and overseas terrorist incidents, more specifically terrorist attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen, and the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Holcomb is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he was captain of the football team under the direction of Coach Harold “Tubby” Raymond, and Seton Hall University School of Law. He also practiced law for seven years prior to joining the FBI.

“After almost 30 years of government service as a law enforcement officer and security specialist, I am looking forward to serving as the Homeland Security Advisor to Secretary Schiliro and the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Since my days as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, the First State has been a special place for me.  I am happy to be given the chance to work in concert with our State, local and private sector partners to ensure that Delaware continues to remain a viable and safe place for all its citizens to live and work.  I feel I have come full circle.”

Delaware Rep. Michael Barbieri, a UD teammate of Holcomb, offered the following, “having played football with Ray many years ago I can attest to his work ethic and dedication to being the best.  He clearly carried that work ethic and commitment to his career with the FBI and now brings that to Delaware.  We are fortunate to have someone like him as part of our team.”

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Raymond W. Holcomb Named Delaware Homeland Security Advisor

Department of Safety and Homeland Security | Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Office of the Governor | Date Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013



Today Lewis D. Schiliro, Delaware’s Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, announced the appointment of Raymond W. Holcomb as the Department’s Homeland Security Advisor. Holcomb will oversee State homeland security projects working to ensure that all counter-terrorism measures are utilized to protect the people of Delaware.

“Protecting Delaware starts with protecting our families and communities from a vast number of threats,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Because he worked extensively in counterterrorism, Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the State’s homeland security team and is best poised to help our State meet the challenges of homeland security.”

Holcomb, who most recently served as a federal counterterrorism advisor, joins the Department following the retirement of former Homeland Security Advisor Kurt Reuther. As a strategic planner and threat consultant for the National Counterterrorism Center, Holcomb participated in counterterrorism capability assessments for numerous major U.S. and international urban centers in coordination with FEMA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of State. He has studied worldwide terrorist trends, domestic self-radicalization, developments in counterterrorism law and policies, and taught the subject of terrorism on a collegiate level.

“We are very fortunate to have someone on our team with such vast experience to ensure Delaware remains prepared to handle an event that could impact our State,” said Secretary Schiliro.

Holcomb, also a FBI veteran, served in many capacities during his 23-year career including investigator for a number of domestic and overseas terrorist incidents, more specifically terrorist attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen, and the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Holcomb is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he was captain of the football team under the direction of Coach Harold “Tubby” Raymond, and Seton Hall University School of Law. He also practiced law for seven years prior to joining the FBI.

“After almost 30 years of government service as a law enforcement officer and security specialist, I am looking forward to serving as the Homeland Security Advisor to Secretary Schiliro and the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Since my days as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, the First State has been a special place for me.  I am happy to be given the chance to work in concert with our State, local and private sector partners to ensure that Delaware continues to remain a viable and safe place for all its citizens to live and work.  I feel I have come full circle.”

Delaware Rep. Michael Barbieri, a UD teammate of Holcomb, offered the following, “having played football with Ray many years ago I can attest to his work ethic and dedication to being the best.  He clearly carried that work ethic and commitment to his career with the FBI and now brings that to Delaware.  We are fortunate to have someone like him as part of our team.”

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