Dr. John H. Bridges III

Dr. John H. Bridges III
Semi-Retired (Volunteer)
Volunteer with Stafford County’s Sheriff’s Office (Co-Chair,Youth-at-Risk) and
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
For the past 13 years, I have provided senior executive leadership for government and
private sector entities as Chief Operating Officer, President, and Chief Executive Officer
of an accredited college, former Assistant Administrator and Program Manager at DHS
and FEMA; Director, Incident Management, U.S. Postal Service and Executive Director,
National Preparedness and Homeland Security for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
In these capacities, I directed and manage the development, coordination, linkage
analysis and implementation of a risk-based, all-hazards performance-based strategy
that cultivated an understanding that builds those common capabilities necessary to
respond to operational requirements that pose the greatest risk to an organizations
infrastructure. Over 28 years of emergency management experience, to include being
appointed a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) and serving as the Incident
Commander (IC) and senior advisor for the U.S. Postal Service’s anthrax response from
October 2001 to March 2004.
As Executive Director, U.S. Postal Inspection Service I helped build a full disaster
preparedness capability across the entire country by organizing, managing, and leading
a small Headquarters staff, 9 Regional Managers and 80 District Managers. This
included providing training to over 250,000 employees on the fundamentals of the
National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Plan (NRP) and
National Response Framework (NRF) along with concepts of the Homeland Security
Exercise and Evaluation Program through full-scale and performance-based exercise
programs. Participated in over 73 federal disaster declarations and sponsored over 215
large-scale planning exercises targeting natural and accidental disasters so that field
emergency management teams are acclimated to real-time activities, instilling greater
accountability for implementing the lessons learned from these exercises.