WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration today announced John W. Halinski will serve as the new Deputy Administrator beginning July 1, 2012. Halinski replaces Gale D. Rossides, who last month announced her retirement after more than 34 years of dedicated public service.
"Since joining TSA in 2002, Gale has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the organization and its employees," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. "We thank the Deputy Administrator for her untiring efforts in public service and wish her well in her retirement.
"I welcome John to his new role as Deputy Administrator. He has proven his abilities not only as a strong leader, but also as an innovator and a person who understands the critical importance of our security mission," said Pistole. "John's military background, his deep insight into intelligence matters and his ability to build a diverse team will strengthen our capabilities."
Halinski currently serves as TSA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Global Strategies. Since joining TSA in 2004, he has served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Global Strategies; Area Manager for Europe; and as TSA Representative covering 38 countries. He also served as the Department of Homeland Security lead for the 2006 Olympics and the DHS lead for the evacuation of Americans from Lebanon.
Previously, Halinski served 25 years in the United States Marine Corps in a variety of positions in intelligence and infantry communities.
Halinski holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the TSA Senior Leadership Development Program and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.