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

 Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society

Eastern Kentucky Chapter

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

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Chapter Visits Newly Opened 9/11 Museum in NYC

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.

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Chapter Invited to FEMA Headquarters

Members of the founding St. John's University Chapter were recently invited to our nation’s capital to participate in a special briefing at FEMA Headquarters. Attendees were briefed by FEMA leadership on several current programs and initiatives. While in DC, members also visited the National Cryptologic Museum, National Law Enforcement Memorial, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and attended a cyber security movie premier at the International Spy Museum.

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New Member Spotlight

We are very happy to present the premier 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...   

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

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Congratulations to 2014 Inductees Captain Brian David and Firefighter Martin Sedegah of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Captain David, a 25 year veteran of the Department and Firefighter Sedegah, a 4 year veteran of the Department, are enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia.

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

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 5th year of operation. With 32 collegiate chapters, 3 professional chapters, and a vibrant National Chapter, the Society has inducted academically superior students from over 70 schools across the Country. Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD, Professor of Homeland Security Studies, Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University 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 this mini-milestone 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 another milestone this year as it inducts its 800th member.