Don’t Mess with the Cleveland Browns

On the field, you can kick their ass.  Off the field, watch out.  From the Browns website:

Lewis C. Merletti

Senior Vice President


Lewis C. Merletti is responsible for all stadium operations and directing the design and deployment of security for the entire Cleveland Browns operation, including the owners, coaches, players, Cleveland Browns Stadium, and the team’s Berea training facility and offices.

A 25-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, Merletti served as the agency’s 19th Director immediately prior to joining the Browns organization. Before becoming Director, Merletti served as Assistant Director in the Office of Training, where he was responsible for the curriculum, methodology, and content of training for all Secret Service employees. He served in the Presidential Protective Division under three Presidents, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, and as special agent in charge of presidential protection during the Clinton Administration, was ultimately responsible for the physical security of the President and First Family. Merletti has also held supervisory positions in the New York Field Office, the Baltimore Office and the Liaison Division and Office of Inspection at the United States Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. He joined the agency in 1974 as a special agent assigned to the Philadelphia Field Office.

Merletti has extensive experience with complex criminal investigations, major task force operations, and Secret Service counter-terrorist operations. He testified before Congress on many occasions, and also briefed the President, other top government officials, and world leaders, on a regular basis regarding security as it relates to worldwide situations. He has supervised security arrangements for the visit of the President and First Family to hostile environments such as the DMZ; Cartajena, Colombia; Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield; Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Merletti received numerous commendations and awards for outstanding performance during his government career, including three Secret Service Special Achievement Awards, and the 1997 Rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service. In 2000, the Secret Service dedicated the largest building at their training facility as the Lewis C. Merletti Classroom for the Office of Training.

Since retirement, Merletti has received the following awards: the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the McNulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University; the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the Marine Corp Law Enforcement Foundation; and the 2001 Lex et Justitia Award from Marquette University for Outstanding Service to Our Country and Dedication to Truth and Justice.

Merletti served three years in the United States Army, including a tour of duty with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. Among the citations he earned were the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and Parachute Jump Wings. Merletti, 56, holds a B.A. degree in political science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and is now a resident of Cleveland, Ohio.

You can tell from this lovely photo of Mr. Merletti that he’s put a few folks out of their misery.  If he’s as handy with disinfectant (The Browns lost several star offensive players to staph infection in 2008.) as he is with a gun, they might actually make the playoffs.

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