Nick D. Swanstrom
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Nick D. Swanstrom
Attended NE: Sidney HS (Diploma); KS: FHSU & WSU (B.S.); TX: SHSU (M.A.).
Lives in Sterling, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
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Retired Senior Executive Service (Criminal Investigator)
- Retired Senior Executive Service (Criminal Investigator), present
- U.S. FAA (Flight Services), State of Texas (SHSUPD), R.H. Macy's of New York (Loss Prevention), U.S. Dept. of the Navy (NCIS & Reserves:ONI-CNRIC), U.S. EPA (CID), and U.S. Dept. of the Treasury (OIG-OI).
Sterling, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Sidney, Cheyenne County, Nebraska, USA - Hastings, NE; Kimball, NE; Sidney, NE; Hays, KS; Huntsville, TX; Memphis, TN; Naples, Italy; Crofton, MD; Vienna, VA; Manassas, VA; Wheeling, WV; St. Clairsville, OH; Herndon, VA; and Sterling, VA.
Born in Hastings, Nebraska, my parents moved to Kimball before settling in Sidney, from where I graduated from the public high school (Go Red Raiders!). Baptized and life member of the First United Methodist Church there, I was also involved in all sports (football, basketball, track, and baseball), choir (school and church), band, and civic (Boy Scouts, DeMolay Master Councilor, and recipient of Rotary, Kiwanis, and VFW awards). Made the first 'hardest decision of my life' (ha!), turning down an opportunity to play football at the University of Nebraska (walk-on offer, Go Huskers!) and at the U.S. Air Force Academy - accepting a full-ride football scholarship instead to play at FHSU while completing my B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from WSU (minor in Sociology from FHSU). Scouted in college as a linebacker by the NFL Chicago Bears my 1977-78 season (40:4.7). Got married to the beautiful Cheri Lea Hachmeister (of Hill City, KS), deciding to continue my education by moving to Huntsville to attend SHSU's College of Criminal Justice while working for the UPD as a Police Lieutenant. There our first beautiful daughter (Kitska) was born! Published my first professional article in the IACP's Police Chief magazine. Completed work towards the M.A. degree in Police Science and Administration (having completed all but my thesis and passing oral comprehensive examinations). I went to work for R.H. Macy's (New York) corporate loss prevention program in Kansas City. In May 1985 I got my first federal law enforcement job in Memphis (in HS I worked part-time for the FAA FSS at the Sidney Airport reporting hourly certified federal weather observations via teletype), going to work for NCIS. There we were blessed with the birth of our 2nd beautiful daughter (Alicia). At the same time, I also received a Direct Commission from the Secretary of the Navy (on behalf of the President) to serve as an Officer (intelligence) in the U.S. Naval Reserves (where I did 16 years; attaining the rank of Commander (O5), a position confirmed by the U.S. Senate). I returned to graduate school while at NCIS, passing my oral comprehensive examinations and publishing my thesis (doing a job task analysis project for the Houston Police Department) graduating with the M.A. degree in Dec 1987. In 1993 I transferred to work for the EPA to investigate federal environmental crimes, where I became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2001 upon promotion as the Director of the Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID). In 2003 I transferred to work for the Presidential Appointed Service Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; running the Office of Investigations as the SES Assistant IG for Investigations and serving as the SES Senior Technical Advisor to the Inspector General. In March 2009 I retired from federal service, remaining a CDR in the USNR-2 - receiving numerous performance and service awards along the way. In 2005 I 'caught' the genealogy-history 'bug' and began work towards fulfilling a 1967 promise to my paternal grandparents (Art and Edna (Kapperman) Swanstrom) to memorialize Swedish (Gustavsson-Swanstrom) and German (Kapperman) family history. So, today, I work that religiously while enjoying the blessed company of my friends and family - surrounded by my wonderful wife (Cheri), two beautiful daughters (Kitska & Alicia), son-in-law (Cason, Kitska's husband in 2009), and first grandson (Cason 'Braye' Garrison in 2011)! (NDS/13Jun2011)
- NE: Sidney HS (Diploma); KS: FHSU & WSU (B.S.); TX: SHSU (M.A.).