Sean Mc Laughlin

Work History

Work History
Nov 2008 - Present

Lead Transportation Security Specialist - Explosives

Transportation Security Administration

Managed Sacramento International Airport (SMF) Transportation Security Specialist – Explosives (TSS-E) program and subordinate Explosive Specialists including establishment of program priorities and project assignments in support of security operations.  Served as subject matter expert on all issues involving explosives, improvised explosives devices (IED) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  Assessed unresolved security alarms and provided appropriate guidance, recommendations and training to security personnel and Federal Security Director Staff.

Additional Duties: Management Control Program Manager

  • Developed new approach for the creation of dynamic emergency evacuation plans, procedures and associated training covering a variety of natural and man-made threat scenarios.  Created TSA Evacuation Plans for five spoke airports covering Northern California and conducted interactive classroom training, tabletop exercises and evacuation drills for all personnel.
  • Created new format for TSS-E Management Control Objective Plan (MCOP) objectives, including standardized criteria and supporting documentation which was adopted for use in FY14 national MCOP program.  Spearheaded TSS-E MCOP working group to develop revised TSS-E program MCOP techniques.
  • Established SMF Management Control Program to provide oversight of internal audits and corrective actions across entire spectrum of operations and support activities.  Created online database to document and track audits.  Led transition to new national MCOP system and provided feedback which was incorporated into the national database.
  • Collaborated with Office of Technical Training to develop updated Operational Directives pertaining to Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training drills.
  • Established national standards for Explosives Specialist Employee Performance Management Plan and assisted program office in development of standardized Explosives Specialist Records Management System.
  • Developed and provided intelligence-driven training to TSA workforce and Federal Security Director Staff on Biological and Chemical Threats, Mail and Package Security Awareness and Procedures, and Evacuation Plans and Procedures.
  • Conducted a Level 1 inspection of Baltimore Washington International Airport as member of an Office of Inspections team.
Jan 2004 - Dec 2008

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

United States Air Force

Additional Duties: Resources NCOIC, Unit Deployment Manager, Quality Assurance

Resources NCOIC

Supervised the Equipment, Supply, Mobility and Munitions sections of the 509th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. Responsible for the security and accountability of flight's 12 equipment cells and vehicles totaling over $1.9 million in nuclear, conventional, force protection and computer assets, as well as the inspection and maintenance of the base support element of robotics and life support equipment.   Responsible for oversight of all expenditures and assisted with planning for the flight's $125,000 annual budget.  Directly supervised five subordinates across multiple programs, to include prioritizing job tasks based on current operational needs, evaluating performance and monitoring training.  Maintained technical proficiency for myself and three team members on three special weapon systems and their associated delivery platform. Responsible for instructing local area and base populaces on military munitions and explosive safety precautions and requirements.

Unit Deployment Manager

Responsible for all facets of preparation for overseas deployments of flight personnel, including equipment acquisition, pre-deployment training and completing all required administrative actions for deploying personnel.  Provided oversight of all flight participation in field and deployment exercises.

Quality Assurance

Responsible for the maintenance and verification of training and qualifications for all flight members. Responsible for ensuring new flight members were properly trained and certified as EOD members and leaders in accordance with Air Force EOD standards.

Responsible for providing on-scene incident management and subject matter expertise to base incident command staff.  Reviewed policies and procedures and recommended courses of action to provide the best possible outcome in line with those policies.  Provided Secret Service support for the President and Vice President of the United States in multiple venues throughout the country. 

Responsible for executing techniques and procedures to detect, locate, identify, render safe, recover and destroy Improvised Explosive Devices, Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Conventional Ordnance; provided EOD Service and Support to Federal, State and Local Agencies.   Conducted and participated in frequent training and real-world operations focused on emergency response to chemical, biological and nuclear incidents.  Participated in several base-wide inspections and exercises, including one Unit Compliance Inspection, one Operational Readiness Inspection and three Nuclear Surety Inspections.

Dec 2007 - May 2008

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

United States Air Force

Additional Duties: Training NCOIC, Munitions NCOIC

Training NCOIC

Responsible for ensuring all teams were trained on all available equipment and local operating instructions and regulations. Responsible for gathering intelligence on IED and ordnance threats in the AOR and managing a program to ensure all flight members were familiar with these threats.

Munitions NCOIC

Responsible for maintaining all unit explosives accounts and coordinating the acquisition and fielding of explosives for all USAF EOD operations in Afghanistan.

Responsible for responding to any unexploded ordnance or suspicious items located on base, as well as providing EOD expertise and explosive support for Coalition forces throughout the combat zone.Provided EOD support for all military and civilian aircraft operating in the area.

Mar 2008 - May 2008

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

United States Air Force

Responsible for responding to any unexploded ordnance or improvised explosive devices (IED) identified in our team’s area of responsibility, as well as providing EOD expertise and explosive support for Coalition forces throughout the combat zone. Provided IED identification and reporting training for Afghanistan Security Forces as well as the Afghanistan National Security Division. Provided EOD support for all military and civilian aircraft operating in the area.

Jan 2005 - May 2005

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

United States Air Force

Additional Duties: Munitions

Munitions

Responsible for maintaining all unit explosives accounts. Responsible for daily oversight and management of the military munitions storage area, which housed all U.S. military ordnance on the base. 

Responsible for responding to any unexploded ordnance or suspicious items located on base and providing EOD support for all military and civilian aircraft operating in the area.Provided vehicle search training for all U.S. personnel, enabling military and civilian members to identify any suspicious items that may have been placed on or around their vehicles while operating off-base

Education

Education
Aug 2008 - Nov 2012

Master of Arts

American Military University

Concentration in International and Transnational Security Issues

Graduating with Honors  GPA: 3.945

Degree conferral: February 15, 2013.

Nov 2005 - Dec 2007

Bachelor of Arts

American Military University

Concentration in Terrorism Studies

Graduated with Honors  GPA: 3.767 

Courses taken include: History of US Intelligence, US Intelligence Community, Counterintelligence, Global Terrorism, Terrorism and US National Security, Psychology of Terrorism, Forecasting Terrorism

Additional Information

Veteran's Preference: 5-point preference based on active duty in the US Armed Forces

Highest Grade: SV-1801-I, 11/2008-Present

Current Salary: $75,000 Per Year

Military Decorations

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

NATO Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon

Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Professional Qualifications

-Ten years professional experience and educational background in counterterrorism, to include the development and implementation of training curriculum focused on the identification and mitigation of and response to terrorist threats.

-Ten years experience providing classroom and field training to personnel from a wide variety of backgrounds, including students of multiple nationalities, occupational experience and education.

-MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution with a focus in Transnational Security.

-Completed United Nations Institute for Training and Research Global Terrorism course.

-Five years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician in the United States Air Force, including two years as Team Leader and two overseas deployments in support of combat operations.

-Six years experience, including four with TSA, assisting with the development of policies and procedures, affecting both local and national policy.

-Eight years experience providing on-scene incident management and subject matter expertise to law enforcement, military personnel, and local, state and federal government officials.

-Proficient with a variety of computer hardware and software, particularly Microsoft Office and a variety of Adobe desktop applications.

Skills

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

Nearly 15 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to develop web graphics, edit and enhance photos, create animations, produce advertisements and flyers, and publish a variety of printed and online works.

Microsoft Office

Extensive expertise in the use of Word and Excel, including providing classroom instruction on their use to other professionals.  Advanced experience in the use of PowerPoint and Access, including the development of presentation templates as well as the development and maintenance of databases for a variety of purposes.

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2003 - Present

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
2006 - Present

Global Terrorism Course

United Nations Institute for Training and Research
2005 - Present

Advanced Improvised Explosive Devices Training

AT Solutions
2004 - Present

Emergency Response to Terrorism

United States Air Force
2004 - Present

Hazardous Materials Level I

United States Air Force
2005 - Present

Equipment Custodian Block III

United States Air Force
2007 - Present

Airman Leadership School

United States Air Force
2008 - Present

Bomb Appraisal Officer Qualification

Transportation Security Administration
2007 - 2008

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Red Cross

Top Secret/SCI

Department of Defense