John Voorhees

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COL John Voorhees
Director of Security

John Voorhees was inducted into the Senior Executive Service on January 23, 2017 following a distinguished 28 year career in the U.S. Army. His most recent Army assignment was as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) in Quantico, VA where he was responsible for the command’s operations conducted around the world, criminal intelligence capabilities, and leading strategic planning efforts. Mr. Voorhees also served as a member of the Executive Board for the FBI-led National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF).

While serving as the USACIDC Deputy Commander, Mr. Voorhees maintained oversight responsibility for the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) located in Forest Park, Georgia which provides forensic expertise and investigative support to all military criminal investigative organizations. DFSC also provided an expeditionary forensics capability to support Department of Defense (DoD) Combatant Commanders efforts to fight terrorism inside their areas of responsibility, especially in countering the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

From 2012 until 2014, Mr. Voorhees commanded the 701st Military Police Group (CID) which is the Army’s Special Investigation and Executive Protection Unit. In this position, Mr. Voorhees led the Army’s Cyber Crime Unit, the Procurement Fraud Unit, the investigative support to the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions, investigative operations within all the Army’s Special Access Programs (SAPs). Additionally, he led the DoD Executive Protection Unit that provided protection to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army and all visiting foreign Minister-level Defense Leaders and Chiefs of Defense Forces.

Mr. Voorhees served over four years in the Pentagon on the Army Staff and has served overseas in Germany, Korea and during operational deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan. He has had the unique opportunity to serve under both Canadian and British leadership. In all of his overseas deployments, he worked closely with the local police forces through mentorship and close partnerships. This included working with German Polizei, the Kuwaiti National Police as they reestablished operations following Operation Desert Storm, the Korean National Police, the initial development of the Iraqi Highway Patrol, and a very close partnership effort to improve the capability of the Afghan National Police in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

In May 2011, Mr. Voorhees was recognized for his leadership in defending the Kandahar Provincial Police Headquarters against a complex attack that occurred in February 2011 and his leadership in responding to the April 2011 Sarpoza Prison escape located in the west of Kandahar City.

Mr. Voorhees holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management and Administration from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts degree in Education (Organizational Training) from the University of Louisville and a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College, National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington, DC.