TSA names Thomas Charlson federal security director at Myrtle Beach International Airport

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National Press Release
Monday, June 28, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Thomas L. Charlson as the new Federal Security Director (FSD) for Myrtle Beach (S.C.) International Airport. Charlson, who has served as the Deputy Federal Security Director for the past year and a half, will assume leadership of all TSA activities in Myrtle Beach.

"Tom Charlson has already proven himself to be a skilled and experienced leader in both the military and with the TSA," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), TSA's Acting Administrator. "We are pleased Tom will be able to create a seamless transition as we continue our work to protect the nation's air travelers."

Prior to joining TSA, Charlson was an active duty officer serving with the Third U.S. Army as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Engineer in Kuwait and Afghanistan. In this position he was responsible for facilities and camps in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This assignment culminated a 29-year career as an Army officer.

Charlson possesses a Bachelors degree from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., and dual Masters degrees from Syracuse (N.Y.) University and the National War College in Washington, DC.

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