Shelomo Alfassa Honored with
'Citizen of Mission Award'
Homeland Security Today Magazine
(January 20, 2021) Shelomo Alfassa is a homeland security and emergency management analyst at VIRSIG who donates thousands of hours of his personal time each year to many causes that strengthen homeland security both locally and nationally. He is a 12-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and has been awarded the esteemed Sustained Service Ribbon on four separate occasions for donating over 3,000 hours of personal volunteer time. He also is an active volunteer with New York Rescue Response Team, a nonprofit organization where he is a lieutenant and instructor. Among his annual training courses there, he educates local NYC first responders on how to deal with the casualties of chemical and biological terrorism. In 2018, his coordination and actions led to the rescue team being presented with an Official Citation from the New York State Assembly. Alfassa volunteers with other groups as well, such as the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service where he championed the organization to formally become one of DHS’ National Preparedness Coalition partners, with the objective to help prepare the general public for emergencies such as terrorism.
His volunteer activities directly led to his team being awarded two separate official proclamations from the city of New York. Alfassa has demonstrated that he devotes a significant amount of his personal time, energy, and resources to help both his community and our country to become a harder target against adversarial actors who threaten our nation’s security.