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Acting Deputy Secretary, Administrator Pekoske honors employees during Texas stop

Friday, May 31, 2019
Transportation Security Officer Tony Sanchez with Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske at the El Paso International Airport checkpoint.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary and TSA Administrator David Pekoske was the guest of honor during a visit to Texas’ El Paso International Airport, but Pekoske took the opportunity to honor and recognize the achievements of frontline TSA officers during his trip.

Pekoske toured the airport’s newly remodeled checkpoint and Checked Baggage Inline System and took time to chat with officers and observe some of them conduct bag searches.

He was also the guest of honor during a town hall event where he presented service recognition certificates and coins to 12 officers and talked to the team about the future of TSA Pre✓®, new and emerging screening technology, wait times, and employee pay.

Federal Security Director Jared Babin said Pekoske actively engaged with employees during his visit.

“The Administrator genuinely encouraged employees to ask questions,” said Babin. “It was refreshing to hear him validate different perspectives and reinforce how important each of us is to achieving our mission.”

Transportation Security Officer Andrew Ray demonstrates how an alarm is resolved at the El Paso International Airport Checked Baggage Inline System area.

Transportation Security Officer Andrew Ray demonstrates how an alarm is resolved at the El Paso International Airport Checked Baggage Inline System area. (Photo courtesy of Marivel Brambila-Shipton)

From left, Transportation Security Officer April Jenkins, Lead Transportation Security Officers Steven Madrid and Jesus Lopez, and Transportation Security Officer Sally Aguilar with Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske

From left, Transportation Security Officer April Jenkins, Lead Transportation Security Officers Steven Madrid and Jesus Lopez, and Transportation Security Officer Sally Aguilar with Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske at the El Paso International Airport checkpoint. (Photo courtesy of Marivel Brambila-Shipton)