John C. Gannon, staff director of the Select Committee
on Homeland Security, was honored in June with the National
Security Medal - the country’s highest intelligence
award. President Bush selected Gannon for the honor, in recognition
of his “outstanding contribution to the national intelligence
effort”; he is the first person in the legislative
branch of the government to receive this award.
Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet presented
the medal to Gannon at a private ceremony held in the Library
of Congress. In attendance were members of Gannon’s
family; homeland security officials from Congress and the
department; and members of the intelligence community.
Gannon’s career in intelligence spans 24 years and
includes service as the CIA’s deputy director for intelligence;
chairman of the National Intelligence Council; and assistant
director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production.
He subsequently held the post of vice chairman of the Intellibridge
Following graduation from Holy Cross, Gannon served in
Jamaica as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Earning
his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., he
began his government career as a political analyst, specializing
in Latin America.
Holy Cross honored Gannon with the Sanctae Crucis Award
A Worcester native, he now resides in Virginia with his
wife, Mary Ellen; they have three children.