I have been the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security
Advisor in Idaho since 2009. In this capacity, I serve as department’s liaison with
federal, state, local, and private sector stakeholders of critical infrastructure located in Idaho.
I am also responsible for the identification of critical infrastructure, analysis of
interdependencies, and mitigation of consequences from potential all-hazard threats.
Prior to working as a Protective Security Advisor, I was the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Vulnerability Assessment Branch Chief. In this role, I was responsible for the development and execution of the department’s vulnerability assessment field teams. I supervised 12 federal security professionals while managing a $28 million annual budget and a $50 million annual law enforcement grant program to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I served ten years
in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Officer and Foreign Area Officer. As an Intelligence
Officer, I served with distinction in several joint service operations with the Defense
Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. Additionally, I served in joint
operations in Turkey and in combat operations in Iraq. As a Foreign Area Officer, I was the U.S. Air Force International Arms Control Treaty Compliance Officer in Turkey. In this capacity, I was responsible for the compliance of U.S. personnel, equipment and
facilities with the Vienna Convention, Conventional Forces in Europe, Chemical Weapons Convention, and Open Skies treaties. During his service, I was awarded the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal.
I earned a Juris Doctor-Law from the University of Idaho’s College of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of Idaho and admitted into the U.S. District Court, District of Idaho. I also received a Master of Arts from the St. Mary’s University, and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My wife and I, have been married for 22 years and are raising their two children, Luke and Sophia. Mr. Puype enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping throughout beautiful Idaho.