TSA names Michael Robinson federal security director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

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National Press Release
Thursday, March 4, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Michael D. Robinson as the Federal Security Director (FSD) at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Robinson will assume leadership of all TSA activities at the airport. Robinson has served the past two years as the Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations for the TSA in Arlington, Va.

"Michael Robinson is a professional and will now be on the front lines continuing his part in ensuring the safety of our skies and carrying out the TSA's mission in the war on terrorism," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, TSA's Acting Administrator.

"After spending two years in Washington, D.C. establishing the TSA, I was compelled to work on the front lines where I could directly interact with our screeners and those who we protect, the traveling public," said Robinson.

Following the attacks of September 11th, Michigan Gov. John Engler appointed Robinson as the state's Homeland Security Director. He was responsible for coordinating Michigan's resources and developing strategies at all levels to prevent losses due to acts of terrorism.

Robinson has more than 33 years of experience with the Michigan State Police and worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Director. As head of the Michigan Department of State Police, Robinson directed all components of the state's Fire Marshal, Police and Firefighter Training and Standards, the Forensic Laboratory System, Criminal Records and the state's Public Safety Wireless and Computer Information Systems.

Robinson has chaired the U.S. Department of Justice Global Justice Information Network federal advisory committee and served as a member of the Public Safety Wireless Network Senior Advisory Panel. He also is a past member of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on the Regulation of Encryption Export. He is also a past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the world's oldest and largest non-profit organization of police executives.

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by President Bush on November 19, 2001.

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