Corynn Stratton Demonstrated Leadership Following Mumbai Attacks
Diplomatic Security Special Agent Stratton (center) is presented with the Women In Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (WIFLE) Julie Y. Cross International Award by WIFLE President Margaret Moore (left) and WIFLE Vice President Monica Blodgett Rocchio (right), July 13, 2009.
(Photo courtesy of WIFLE)
Corynn L. Stratton, a Florida native and graduate of Melbourne High School, and now a special agent for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, has been selected to receive the Julie Y. Cross Award – International Award by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation.
Special Agent Stratton, 30, was one of 17 female federal law enforcement officers honored this year for superior performance. The awards ceremony was held on June 17, at the Westin LaPaloma Hotel, Tucson, Arizona.
In November 2008, Special Agent Stratton, while assigned to the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), India, was the Acting Regional Security Officer in charge at the time that ten terrorists attacked three hotels, a Jewish community center, and the train station. The attack ultimately resulted in the deaths of 180 people, including six Americans.
According to the after-action report, Stratton directed the security for all Consulate employees, ensured that all U.S. government facilities were adequately protected, while maintaining close coordination with the Consulate community and local law enforcement agencies. According to the report, “Special Agent Stratton worked for the next 60 hours, with little or no sleep, dealing with a chaotic, ever-changing terrorist attack that soon evolved into a hostage crisis. While focusing on the crisis, Special Agent Stratton also ensured that the Consulate community remained updated on what actions to take during this unfolding crisis. It was a bravura performance by one of DS’s finest officers.”
Stratton is the daughter of Gail Green and Kerry Cushman, and a 1996 graduate of Melbourne High School. She is married to Bill Stratton, also of Melbourne. She received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Florida and an M.A. in National Security from Georgetown University in 2002.
In 2004, Stratton became a Special Agent for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since then, she has been assigned to the Bureau’s New York Field Office, the U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, and the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai, India. Her next assignment will be Algiers, Algeria. Stratton was recognized in 2007 with the Meritorious Group Honor Award “for exceptional devotion to duty and superb teamwork during the construction of the new embassy compound in Beijing.”
WIFLE is a non-profit corporation established in June 1999 to recruit and retain more women in federal law enforcement.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.
James J. Finkle