Perry Priester is one of six Regional Security Inspectors for Cargo. Based at TSA’s headquarters in Virginia, he supports all Transportation Security Inspectors for Cargo in the Northeast by clarifying regulations, answering questions related to cargo security programs, and providing guidance.
Priester started working for TSA in 2002 as a member of the Mobile Screening Force. In the months following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he helped federalize airports in New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. He set up checkpoints, calibrated machines and trained the screening workforce.
Priester served in the Marine Corps as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, and later as a helicopter pilot in the Army. With that pride of discipline and love for country, he joined TSA.
“What I do matters because the cargo world is a perfect example of effective risk-based security in action. I work with Cargo Inspectors throughout the Northeast to focus on elements of the supply chain that present the greatest risk. The guidance I provide from headquarters helps ensure the free flow of commerce and protect the traveling public.
“The cargo environment is a complex network of screening facilities, shippers, trucking companies and aircraft operators. Maintaining an extensive knowledge and understanding of the laws, policies and regulations governing cargo security programs is of paramount importance and a consistent priority.
“One of the greatest challenges I face is live seafood shipping, which is a major industry in the Northeast. Not only are these shipments difficult to screen physically, but time sensitivities related to the preservation and freshness of the product also increase the complexity of these operations at certified cargo screening facilities.
“The most rewarding aspect of what I do at TSA is being a champion, resource, and support person for the cargo transportation security inspectors in my region and working collaboratively with stakeholders and the traveling public to protect cargo security operations nationwide.”
From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs