The Academic and Professional Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, and all Protective Security Disciplines.

Congratulations to 2016 Inductee Sergeant First Class James Fergurgur of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chapter.  SFC Fergurgur (pictured with his family) is a member of the inaugural class inducted on May 6, 2016, part of the Homeland Security & Emergency Management Program at the University.

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The Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society - Omicron, Sigma, Sigma, is committed to helping local communities prepare for safety and emergency situations, and sponsors/supports informational events throughout the year.

St. John's University, Adelphi University, and the National Chapter in Action...

Recently, several chapters united to participate in the latest community event geared towards young elementary school children. Members of the St. John’s University, Adelphi University, and the National Chapter held a “safety and emergency” day event at the St. William the Abbot Elementary School in Seaford, NY. “Presenting safety and emergency information to 1-3 grade students was an amazing experience” said Rosemary Hartofilis, an Ambassador of the Society and current graduate student at St. John’s University. Rosemary added, “The team worked really hard in preparing for this event”. Fellow graduate student and Ambassador Willy Gomez added, “The kids were fantastic, they were really into the discussion and understood the importance of the topics”. Joining Rosemary and Willy were Society Intern Patrick Knab, and inducted members Samuel Geffen, Felicia Jaffe-Alleyne, and Raymond Hughes.

Chapters Unite to Teach Young Children About Safety

We are very happy to present the second issue of Primoris Factum, the official newsletter of the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society. Here you will find all the news, events, and happenings of the Society, industry, and the world as they relate to our academic and professional interests.  If you are interested in contributing to this newsletter, please contact the National Office for more information.  Get your issue of Primoris Factum here.

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St. John's University Chapter

Over 450 people gather for annual awards dinner/inductions gala... 

DRI International Chapter

DRI International Chapter gathers at 3rd annual international conference...

National Chapter

National Chapter takes part in FEMA's National Preparedness Month...   

Point Park Chapter

Point Park University Chapter holds black tie induction ceremony...   

Professional Applicants

If you meet our qualifications, we invite you to apply for induction here.   

Chapter Applications

If your school/program is interested in becoming a charter member, we invite you to apply here.   

The Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society Takes the Lead in Recognition of Superior Academic Achievement and More... 


Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management and all Protective Security Disciplines is completing its 6th year of operation. With 36 collegiate chapters, 3 professional chapters, and a vibrant National Chapter, the Society has inducted academically superior students from over 75 schools across the Country. Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD, Professor of Homeland Security Studies and the Founding Director and current Executive National Director of the Society offers, “I think the current success of our Society is the direct result of the Homeland Security Academic Community embracing us right from the beginning.”  

Honoring academically gifted students from more than 25 diverse majors compromising the Homeland Security Enterprise, Prof. Grossmann has his hands full. “We would not be celebrating our tremendous success without the efforts of many talented people from multiple academic institutions and the professional community at large. It is apparent that the key to our success thus far has been the overwhelming interest in becoming involved with the Society, from our Virtual Internship Program, Student Ambassador Program, and the many faculty members who have volunteered to be Chapter Coordinators at our chapter schools, together we make it all work.”

The Order of the Sword & Shield, also known by its Greek designation Omicron Sigma Sigma, will be reaching two other milestones this year as it inducts its 1,000th member and welcomes its 40th scholastic chapter.

Honor Society Reaches Milestone

Student Applicants

If you meet our qualifications, we invite you to apply for induction here.   

Members of the founding St. John’s University Chapter represented the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at the 9/11 Tribute Center and Memorial Museum in New York City on Tuesday October 28th, 2014. After a moving and informative tour of the 9/11 Tribute Center, members received a special presentation from one of the survivors of the 9/11 attacks.  After this special presentation, members of the Society visited the newly established 9/11 Memorial Museum, adjacent to the memorial fountains.

Chapter Honoring a Fallen Hero

Members of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chapter of the Society will be planting a tree in honor of the memory of fallen police officer Ashley Guindon, an alumna of ERAU. Officer Guindon was killed on February 27, 2016, one day after being sworn into law enforcement. This memorial will join a scholarship created by ERAU in the name of Officer Guindon, which will be awarded to a sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in homeland security or global conflict studies. 

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 Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society

A memorial service to honor graduate Ashley Guindon at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 

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Eastern Kentucky Chapter

Eastern Kentucky University Chapter holds its inaugural induction ceremony...   

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