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"Secretary Mineta Names Federal Security Directors For 24 Airports"

Friday, July 19, 2002

Secretary Mineta Names Federal Security Directors For 24 Airports 

WASHINGTON, (U.S. Newswire) -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman
Y. Mineta today announced the selection of federal security directors
(FSDs) for 24 airports that will also assume responsibility for an
additional 40 airports. 

"These FSDs will be our personal representatives, responsible for
ensuring the safety of our skies and fulfilling the Transportation
Department's role in the war on terrorism." Secretary Mineta said.
"These experienced professionals will be on the front lines in the war
on terrorism and are integral in furthering the Transportation Security
Administration's (TSA) commitment to first-class security and
first-class customer service." 

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation
and Transportation Security Act, signed by President Bush on Nov. 19,
2001. Secretary Mineta said the new FSDs will fill a crucial gap in
aviation security by providing, for the first time, a clear line of
authority for security at our nation's airports 

Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, CA: Fred Lau has served more
than 30 years with the San Francisco police department where his last
assignment was as the chief of police. Prior to that he was the chief
inspector in the Criminal Investigators Bureau. Lau holds a Bachelor of
Arts in Community Policing from San Francisco State University. Lau will
also assume FSD responsibilities at the Stockton, CA, Metropolitan

Durango/LaPlata County Airport, CO: Richard Fought served as a senior
instructor for the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. He
previously served as the police chief in Waurika, OK. His career
includes law enforcement service with assignments with the Texas
Narcotics Control program. A veteran, Fought completed a tour of combat
duty with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He will also assume
FSD responsibilities at airports in Alamosa, CO, Cortez, CO, and
Farmington, NM. 

Grand Junction-Walker Field Airport, CO: Rene Dhenin last served as a
supervisory special agent with the TSA's security field office in Denver
where he oversaw security operations for airports in Colorado and
Wyoming. Prior to that he served in many capacities with the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) in Europe and the United States. Dhenin
attended El Camino College and holds a degree in administration of
justice. He will also assume FSD responsibilities at the Gunnison County
Airport, the Montrose County Airport, and the Telluride Regional
Airport, all in Colorado. 

Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, FL: Douglas Perkins
has worked for the FAA for more than 19 years, most recently as the
manager of the Mission and Requirements Analysis Division. Perkins holds
a master's degree in management and business from Webster's University,
St. Louis, MO and a bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Daytona Beach, FL. He is also a graduate of the Defense
Language Institute. Perkins has been a licensed pilot for the past 29
years. He will also assume FSD responsibilities for the Naples, FL,
Municipal Airport. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, FL: Frank Capello served over
23 years with the FAA, most recently as the federal security manager at
the Miami International Airport. He served six years with the
active-duty Navy and more than 18 years in the Naval reserve supporting
the National Security Agency. He holds a master's degree in public
administration. He will also assume FSD responsibilities at the St.
Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, FL. 

Tallahassee Regional Airport, FL: Quinten Johnson has 28 years of
transportation safety and security experience, most recently serving as
the director of the FAA's Office of Security Policy and Planning. He has
also held positions with the National Transportation Safety Board, the
U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. Johnson holds a master's
degree from the Ohio State University and graduated from the National
Defense University. He will also assume FSD responsibilities at airports
in Dothan, AL; Albany, GA; and Valdosta, GA. 

West Palm Beach International Airport, FL: Timothy Brooks recently
retired from the United States Marine Corps. His last assignment was as
the commanding officer of the Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters
Group in Camp Pendleton, CA. During his distinguished military career he
attended the Pakistan National Defence College, and served as the
telecommunications advisor at the Kuwait Joint Headquarters in Kuwait
City, Kuwait. Brooks holds a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War
College and a Master of Science in management from Salve Regina
University in Newport, RI. 

Bloomington-Normal Airport, IL: David Chovancek recently served as a
senior security consultant for government force protection projects. He
served over 14 years in military intelligence for the U.S. Army,
including counterintelligence and counter-terrorism operations. He holds
a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma
and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of
Central Texas. Chovancek will also assume FSD responsibilities at the
University of Illinois-Willard Airport in Savoy, IL. 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, KY: Terry Burgess
last worked for Continental Airlines where he served as the principal
security inspector and as the primary liaison to the federal government
for aviation security. He served with the FAA for many years and was
responsible for reviewing foreign security procedures at airports in
Europe to ensure compliance with International Civil Aviation
Organization standards. 

Bluegrass Airport, Lexington, KY: Lanny Miller recently worked in the
TSA's Security Liaison Division. Prior to joining the TSA team, Miller
worked for the United States Postal Service (USPS) where he recently
retired after 28 years of service. Since 1991, he supervised all
criminal investigations conducted by postal inspectors in the Eastern
Kentucky Federal Judicial District. Other positions he held with the
USPS include fraud specialist, resident agent in charge, and as a member
of the financial audit team. 

New Orleans International Airport, LA: Robert Besal recently retired
from the United States Navy and most recently served as commander,
Operational Test and Evaluation Force. Other assignments in his naval
career include deputy commander of the Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia
where he oversaw daily air operations over southern Iraq in support of
the UN Security Council and Operation Southern Watch. Besal holds a
Bachelor of Aviation Management from Auburn University. 

Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, MI: Ellis Brumbaugh is a retired
detective with more than 15 years experience with the Ingram County, MI,
sheriff's department. A former colonel in the Army National Guard,
Brumbaugh retired after 31 years active and reserve service. He holds a
Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Northwood University,
Midland, MI. Brumbaugh will also assume FSD responsibilities at airports
in Alpena, Sault Ste. Marie, Manistee and Pellston, Michigan. 

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, MO: William Switzer served as a
technical director in the Systems Engineering Group of the Anteon
International Corporation. Prior to working for Anteon, he was the
director of the TRW Systems and Information Technology Group in
Washington, DC. A former pilot with the Navy's flight demonstration
team, the Blue Angels, Switzer has over 5400 flight hours in tactical
jets and 1150 carrier arrested landings. He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in industrial management from the West Virginia Institute of

Eppley Airfield, Omaha, NE: Michael Kudlacz is a former major general in
the U.S. Air Force. His last assignment was in the Defense Threat
Reduction Agency as the director, On-Site Inspection. In that capacity
he oversaw inspections related to mutual confidence in arms control
treaty compliance. Rated as a command pilot, Kudlacz has more than 3,200
flying hours and 220 combat hours. He holds a master's degree in
sociology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in
criminal justice from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Additionally he
will assume FSD responsibilities at the Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux
City, IA; and the Karl Stefan Memorial Airport in Norfolk, NE. 

Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Vincent Amoresano is the former
chief of police for the Paterson, NJ, Police Department where he served
for over 27 years. Most recently he served as a consultant to the
Department of Justice International Criminal Investigation Training
Assistance Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amoresano holds a Master
of Public Administration degree from Norwich University in Vermont and a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Safety Administration from William
Patterson University of New Jersey. Additionally he will assume FSD
responsibilities at the Salisbury/Wicomico County Regional Airport in
Salisbury, MD, and the Trenton-Mercer Airport in Trenton, NJ. 

James M. Cox Dayton International Airport, OH: Jerome Witt has more than
29 years of law enforcement experience including serving as an
International Police Monitor for the U.S. State Department in
Yugoslavia. Prior to that he served for 22 years with the Fairborne,
Ohio Police Department before his retirement. He also served as the
chief of police for a developmental center for mentally retarded
persons, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and

Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, OR: William Hice has worked
in aviation security for 11 years, most recently as the supervisory
special agent for 15 airports throughout Montana and Washington. Prior
to that he served as an interim federal security representative in
Montana and Oregon. Hice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
criminology from Southern Oregon State College and will assume FSD
responsibilities at the Klamath Falls Airport. 

Philadelphia International Airport, PA: James Golden has worked in law
enforcement for more than 30 years, and most recently served as director
of the Trenton, NJ, Police Department. With his police department team,
he helped create the security and terrorist threat investigative unit
following the attacks on New York and the anthrax mailings in the
Trenton area. Golden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management
from Philadelphia University. 

T.F. Green State Airport, Providence, RI: Joseph Salter has served in a
number of airport and transportation security and emergency operations
positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral sciences
from the New York Institute of Technology and will also assume FSD
responsibilities at airports in Hyannis, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven
and Nantucket, MA. 

Greenville-Spartensburg Airport, SC: Mike Tarman most recently served as
a bureau administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections. A
retired Army colonel, Tarman spent the majority of his 27-year career
with the Military Police Corps. He holds a Masters of Public
Administration from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor of Science
degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Tarman is also a graduate of the Army War College. He will also assume
FSD responsibilities at the Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, NC. 

McGhee Tyson Airport, Alcoa, TN: Charles Brockman has worked for the FAA
for more than 16 years, most recently as the manager of the Nashville,
TN, Security Field Office responsible for operational support and
oversight of civil aviation security for 17 airports in Tennessee,
Kentucky, Mississippi, and Northern Alabama. Prior to that he worked for
16 years as a state trooper and patrol officer in Pensacola, FL.
Brockman retired from the United States Air Force Reserve with 26 years
service and will assume FSD responsibilities at the Chattanooga
Metropolitan Airport, and the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in
Blountville, TN. 

Burlington International Airport, VT: George Harkness is a former
commander with 22 years in the United States Navy. His last assignment
was at the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC. Most recently,
Harkness worked in law enforcement with the Dublin, Ohio, Police
Department. He holds a masters degree in defense economics from the U.S.
Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science in education from the Ohio
State University. Harkness will also assume FSD responsibilities at the
Lebanon, NH Municipal Airport, the Clinton County Airport in
Plattsburgh, NY, and the Rutland State Airport, VT. 

Roanoke Regional Airport, VA: Robert Schnekel most recently served in
the Department of the Treasury as a senior advisor for terrorism and
violent crime. A former special agent with the United States Army,
Schnekel served in Laos during the Vietnam War. He holds a Master of
Arts degree in international transactions from George Mason University,
VA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from Upper
Iowa University. Schnekel will also assume FSD responsibilities for
airports in Bluefield, Lewisburg, and Raleigh, West Virginia. 

Spokane International Airport, WA: David Kuper currently works for the
FAA as a security program manager. His background includes 20 years
experience in law enforcement and security. Kuper worked on the design
of security systems for Denver International Airport and is a member of
the American Society for Industrial Security. He will also assume FSD
responsibilities for airports in Lewiston, ID; Moses Lake, WA; East
Wenatchee, WA; and Pullman, WA. 

FSDs serve under the direction of the Under Secretary of Transportation
for Security, and oversee federal security operations at the nation's
airports. The starting salary for executive-level FSDs is $105,000, and
that for non-executive-level FSDs is $55,000. 

FSDs will be directly responsible for a full range of airport security,
enforcement and oversight, including: 

-- The efficient implementation, performance and enhancement of security
and screening standards for airport employees; -- Airport security risk
assessments; -- Supervision of federal law enforcement activity within
the purview of the TSA; and -- Organizing and implementing the Federal
Security Crisis Management Response Plan for each airport. 

This announcement brings the total number of FSDs announced to 71. 

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