Robert Mac Lean - Biography


After four years of active duty, FAM Robert MacLean (born on March 8, 1970, in Torrejon Air Base, Madrid, Spain) elected not to reenlist and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1992. In the Air Force, MacLean was awarded the Basic Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, Outstanding Unit Awards, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal

MacLean's Air Force Specialty Code AFSC was a nuclear weapons maintenance technician for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). At the age of 18, MacLean was required to have a TOP SECRET clearance and be certified under the Department of Defense's Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) in order to have direct access to nuclear weapons components.

Among one of the PRP's main goals are, (Quoting from Department of Defense Directive 5210.42):

Only those personnel who have demonstrated the highest degree of individual reliability for allegiance, trustworthiness, conduct, behavior, and responsibility shall be allowed to perform duties associated with nuclear weapons, and they shall be continuously evaluated for adherence to PRP standards.

After his discharge, MacLean entered the U.S. Border Patrol as a border patrol agent and served almost six years in its San Diego Sector as a trainer. MacLean was recruited by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) tiny, but elite Federal Air Marshal program immediately after the September 11 attacks. MacLean was in the first air marshal class to graduate after the September 11, 2001 Attacks. After subsequently hiring a significant amount of new air marshals, the FAA program was moved under the new Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration and called the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). In MacLean's Federal Air Marshal Service termination notice, it cited his 14-year unblemished record of honorable service to his county:

I considered your combined 14 years of military and civilian federal service, including your 5 years as a Federal Air Marshal. I also considered that you have no previous discipline with the and that your previous performance appraisals were satisfactory.

MacLean's deciding official for his termination gave him the highest praise for his service as a Federal Air Marshal:

had a clean record, no disciplinary issues ... He got along well with his other ... He showed up to work on time. And he did his job, and he did it in an exemplary manner

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