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John C. Gannon '66

left to right: Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox; Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin; Homeland Security Committee Staff Director John Gannon; Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet; Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Jim Turner; and former FBI and CIA Director William Webster

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 Corp.

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 in 2002.

A Worcester native, he now resides in Virginia with his wife, Mary Ellen; they have three children.


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