Hello there, my name is Edward "Ed" Pelcher and I have been with the Internal Revenue Service for just over three years. I was previously employed for almost three years by the Department of the Air Force, as an Antiterrorism Advisor for a Base in California. Prior to that, I spent a little more than 27 years as an active duty member of the United States Air Force.
I graduated high school in 1982 and at the age of 17, joined the Air Force as a Security Policeman (Law Enforcement Specialist), in pursuit of my dream of being a law enforcement officer serving my community. However, four years turned in 10, which turned in 27+ years and in those years, I travelled all over the United States and the world. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve our great nation and protect not just our citizens, but also those of the countries I served in. I held many positions throughout the years in law enforcement, criminal investigations, physical security, emergency preparedness, training and even in a Naval Consolidated (all military branches) Brig.
These jobs all had one thing in common and that was leading men and women from many diverse backgrounds to accomplish the mission and to motivate the team to focus on the organizational short-term and long-term strategic goals.
In 2012, I applied for a challenging job leading men and women in the Physical Security and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP) branch of the Internal Revenue Service and I was like so many other "outsiders," thinking I do not have a chance to get this job, as I was not currently an IRS or Treasury employee. However, my years of military service taught me to never say I cannot do something that I want. To always try our best, put our best foot forward and let the proverbial chips fall where they may.
Well, here I am, managing a team of highly professional experts responsible for the Physical Security, Emergency Preparedness and Safety responsibilities for almost 5,000 IRS employees in Hawaii and California and I love it! PSEP may have merged and changed our name to Facilities Management and Security Services, but we are one team focused on our customers and working together to ensure the success of FMSS and the IRS as a whole.
The experience I picked up learning security over my military career was important, but it was the core values and self-discipline that the military teaches all of us (veterans) that are the reasons many of us are hired into civil service positions. It is our desire to serve, to be part of something bigger and to lead teams to things they only dreamed of succeeding at; this is what gets us noticed, hired and promoted throughout federal positions nationwide. This is what motivates veterans to serve our nation!