Bruce Sweeney is a Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) Transportation Security Manager (TSM) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). STSM Sweeney is part of a team that oversees more than 100 Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs). Sweeney constantly provides situational awareness and stresses the importance of teamwork with all employees. He has worked hard to bridge the gap between checkpoint screening operations and the SPOT program by regularly attending checkpoint briefings and participating in joint drills/rehearsals.
Sweeney joined TSA in 2008 as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and, noticing many opportunities for advancement, was promoted to the position of STSO in 2009. He saw a new interesting opportunity in the SPOT Program at LAX, and several months later he was promoted to SPOT TSM.
Sweeney started his career with TSA after retiring from 23 years of active duty as a First Sergeant with the U.S. Army, where he participated in numerous peace enforcement and combat operational deployments across the globe. His missions included Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm (Kuwait 1990/91), Operation Enduring Freedom (Bosnia- Herzegovina 1996), Operation Joint Guard (Kosovo 1999), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2006/07).
“Finding something where I could continue to serve my country after retiring from the military was very important to me,” said Sweeney. “TSA offered me the perfect opportunity to continue my service in support of a vital mission.”
“What I do matters because I play an important role in developing working relationships between the SPOT Program, Customs and Border Patrol, Federal Air Marshals, and local law enforcement. I help to ensure we all work to together to provide a safe environment for the traveling public.”
It is an exciting time to be part of the SPOT Program team at LAX. To stay ahead of the threat, the program has seen steady growth, and I take a lot of pride in developing and mentoring the BDO team at the airport. I feel pretty lucky to have such an incredible group of BDOs and leadership support.
“I am proud to have been one of the early Honor Guard organizers here at LAX. The opportunity to help return our nation’s fallen heroes to their family in the Los Angeles area is important to me. I am especially proud of my regular participation in the sendoff of several Iwo Jima heroes to an annual reunion in Japan.
As a retired veteran, I am proud of TSA’s dedication and screening considerations when it comes to our nation’s military personnel and wounded warriors.”
The most rewarding aspect of my job is thanking the numerous uniformed service members traveling through LAX. Being a military man myself, I remember what it meant to me when a complete stranger thanked me for my service and sacrifice for our nation.
From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs