With nearly 30 percent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) workforce made up of veterans, the agency has no shortage of employees serving their country. Many employees understand the sacrifice it takes to serve in the armed forces.
However, not all of ICE’s military culture comes from veterans. There are many ICE employees who are currently serving in the National Guard and in all branches of the reserves.
Contributing to that rich culture is ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent, and Army reservist, Norman B. Green, who was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sept. 14.
The Army Reserve currently has approximately 205,000 soldiers and only 130 general officers.
Green, who has been with ICE since 2007, is also the commanding general, 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, based in San Antonio, Texas. The Columbia, S.C., native has served more than 26 years in the Army reserve.
The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran said he would not be where he is today had it not been for the support of HSI.
"My supervisors have been extremely supportive of my military responsibilities," said Green. "With the high op-tempo that today’s Army brings, my supervisors have on numerous occasions, been understanding and supportive when last minute missions call me away from my work."
HSI Houston Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz said that he wouldn’t have it any other way.
"I find it hard to fathom how we could be anything but 110 percent supportive of Norm or any other person who gives of themselves on two fronts to support their country," said Moskowitz. "Green is clearly a leader among his peers; his personality and leadership skills benefit our agency as much as they do the Army."