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Jeffrey Kleinsmith - Alumnus Achievement Award Recipient

by Chris Vilag, Published April 17, 2012


Jeffrey Kleinsmith ('86) served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1990. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the 3/327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault. Since 1990, he has been employed by the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division. Kleinsmith currently is a sergeant.

Over the past 21 years, he has achieved an outstanding reputation with the Secret Service for strong leadership and dedication to service. Between 1993 and 1997, Jeff was nominated for and presented with six Officer of the Month awards and two Officer of the Year awards, the most given to date. Jeff has received numerous Letters of Commendation as an officer. He provided lifesaving first aid to a diplomat who was struck and dragged by a vehicle, assisted with the extraction of two victims in an overturned vehicle partially submerged in icy waters, and located and apprehended multiple armed robbery suspects.

In early 1998, because of his outstanding service, Jeff was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the White House Branch. For the next five years, he supervised officers within various protective sectors of the White House. Kleinsmith ensured the protection of four U.S. presidents, the first family and White House staff. He has returned to EMU to speak to and motivate ROTC cadets on military and police careers, staying drug free and being successful.

According to his wife Emily Kleinsmith, time and time again she has heard Jeff tell others about the positive impact Eastern made in his life. Outside of work, Kleinsmith competed in three International Law Enforcement Olympics. He won four gold, six silver and four bronze medals in swimming events. He presently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

Join us for the 51st Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, to celebrate Jeffrey's accomplishment. more information can be found at: