Los Angeles Airport Police Assistant Chief Ethel L. McGuire was recently honored with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 10th Annual Achiever’s Award for “Women in Leadership, Shattering the Glass Ceiling.”

McGuire was recognized for her 23-year career achievements at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and current accomplishments as assistant chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city department that operates Los Angeles International Airport.

The awards ceremony was held March 12 at the University of Southern California Town and Gown Banquet Hall.

“We congratulate Chief McGuire on this exceptional, well-deserved recognition from NOBLE,” Airport Police Chief George Centeno said. “I feel privileged to have her on my team of chiefs protecting the hundreds of thousands of passengers, visitors and employees who come daily to our three airports.”

McGuire previously served as assistant special-agent-in-charge and executive manager of the Counterterrorism Branch of the FBI field office in Los Angeles. She later became section chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she managed crisis response, preparedness and staffing for all major events for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China; the Republican and Democratic national conventions and events of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Also in attendance at the awards ceremony were Los Angeles Airport Police Assistant Chiefs Brian A. Walker and Michael Hyams, LAWA Deputy Executive Director for Airport Operations and Emergency Management Jacqueline Yaft, and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security Eileen Decker.