TSA names new federal security directors for Washington-Dulles and Philadelphia Airports

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National Press Release
Friday, March 19, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named two Federal Security Directors (FSDs) -- John F. Lenihan at Washington-Dulles International Airport and William P. Leahy at Philadelphia International Airport.

"These FSDs will be our personal representatives at those airports, responsible for 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.

Washington-Dulles International Airport: John F. Lenihan has served as the Director of the Container Security Division at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and prior to that as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Border and Transportation Security (BTS) at the Department of Homeland Security. Lenihan has more than 26 years experience in Inspections and Control, working in a variety of positions that include Assistant Director of that division at John F. Kennedy International Airport and at Charleston, S.C., Seaport, and as Program Manager of Inspections and Control and as a Customs Inspector at JFK. Lenihan graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Philadelphia International Airport: William P. Leahy has worked for the past two years as the Deputy FSD at Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional airports in the Boston area. Leahy has more than 35 years experience with the U.S. Coast Guard as a Commander of the Second Coast Guard District, Commander of Joint Task Force Five, Chief of the Office of Law Enforcement and Defense Operations, and as the Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District. Before joining TSA, he was the Ombudsman for the California Department of Transportation and prior to that was the Senior Vice President for the Chicago Transit Authority.

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