FAA Employee Pleads Guilty To Role in Capitol Riot

 - January 17, 2022, 11:40 AM

FAA employee Kevin Strong has pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG).

An investigation between the DOT-OIG and the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that Strong was present at the Capitol without authorization. Video surveillance footage from the Capitol Police showed Strong in the Capitol rotunda, in hallways near House of Representative offices, in the statuary hall connector, and exiting through the Senate wing doors.

According to DOT-OIG, Strong "paraded, demonstrated, or picketed" inside the Capitol without permission or after passing through security checkpoints. Strong, who worked for the FAA in San Bernardino, California, was earlier charged and arrested on January 21 last year.

Strong's LinkedIn page still lists his current occupation as an FAA airway transportation system specialist (ATSS) in Los Angeles. According to the FAA, its team of 4,000 ATSS employees "installs, operates, maintains and repairs more than 74,000 pieces of radar, communications, navigational aids, airport lighting, backup power, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment."