Wednesday, January 25, 2006


I was honored a short time ago with an invitation to speak at a meeting of the Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated - a wonderful group of people who care a lot about America. The theme of the evening was “Ronald Reagan’s Life and Legacy”: one of my favorite topics.

Also attending the event was Ventura County's Sheriff Bob Brooks. He was there, with his wife, to receive an award for outstanding service to the community.

Just following my speech, the Events Chair (and my good friend), Rosemary Licata, introduced Sheriff Brooks, and presented him with the award.

In thanking the group, Sheriff Brooks shared that he had recently been selected out of a nationwide pool of applicants in a highly competitive process to attend the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), an 18-month Master's Degree program in Monterey, California. Needless to say, everyone in the room cheered!

According to a press release on the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department website: “CHDS attendees are comprised of subject matter experts from the military, law enforcement, public health and fire services from across the country. The central mission of CHDS is to expand the capability of government to prevent and respond to terrorism.”

Sheriff Brooks certainly deserves this opportunity. For more than 30 years he has devoted his life to serving his community as a member of the Sheriff’s Department. I am grateful that all of us in southern California will, in turn, benefit from his knew experience, knowledge, and training.

It was an honor and a privilege to share the podium with him that night. I wish him only the best in this new endeavor.

Congratulations again, Sheriff Brooks!


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