As a TSA Academy master security training instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, I provide training and motivation to seasoned and new officers daily to ensure they are prepared and confident as they head out to the field.
I began my career with TSA in 2011 at Chicago O’Hare. During my time there, I held the positions of a transportation security officer, assistant training instructor and master security training instructor. I transferred to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2015 where I also functioned as a master security training instructor. These experiences allowed me to deeply understand and appreciate the importance of TSA’s mission to protect and secure the nation’s transportation systems and its people.
In 2016, I joined the TSA Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a permanent instructor. I am proud that I took part in the rollout of the TSA officer basic training program in 2016, which requires all new hires to undergo training at the TSA Academy in Glynco, Georgia. This training builds foundational knowledge of TSA’s mission, vision and core values, and instills in participants an understanding of the critical role that they play as transportation security officers in ensuring TSA’s success as a high-performing counterterrorism organization. The training also leverages several TSA Academy resources that are not available at airports, such as fully functional checkpoints to train real-world scenarios and a live explosives demonstration.
Joining TSA has allowed me to merge my passion of helping others reach their fullest potential through training and development, which contributes to officers successfully carrying out our mission. The most important lesson students take away is understanding the terrorist threat. By understanding the “why”, our students have a personal connection on the importance of their role at the airports. They understand that we have to get it right 100 percent of time.
Guest Blogger Natile R. Vinson
TSA Academy Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center