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DEA agent's work led to capture of 'Merchant of Death'
Tuesday - 8/14/2012, 9:21am EDT
Milione and his team led the high-stakes undercover investigation that took down Viktor Bout, a man who supplied dictators, warlords and drug cartels.
Milione's team has earned a spot as a Service to America Medal finalist.
Federal News Radio asked the Sammies finalists to tell us a bit about themselves.
What's the best piece of advice (or words of wisdom) you've ever received and who gave it to you?
My late father-in-law, Joe Restic, who served in the OSS during WWII and was the head football coach at Harvard University for more than twenty years, often stated: "If it isn't true, don't say it. If it isn't yours, don't take it and if it isn't right, don't do it." Pretty simple but some of the best advice I ever received.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My late father, Vic Milione, who was a great father in all ways and who served 35 years at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (currently in Wilmington, Del.). He spent his life working for a cause he believed in and for the country that he loved dearly "educating for liberty." Most of his work was done "behind the scenes," without self-aggrandizement and with tremendous passion.
What's the biggest challenge you've had to overcome (personally or professionally) and how did you overcome it?
I can't really list one particular professional challenge. In the DEA's work, there are always obstacles in every investigation that need to be overcome. Any that I have personally successfully dealt with always involved great collaboration with co-workers and the entire team's selfless efforts attacking the obstacle.
What's the last thing you read and what's next on your reading list?