TSA names three area directors to oversee transportation security nationwide

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National Press Release
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration today named Mark K. Haught, Gerald D. Chapman and David Beecroft as its three area directors to oversee transportation security at airports and in other modes of transportation for the Eastern, Central and Western Areas, respectively.

Area director positions were established to give greater flexibility and coordination in providing TSA support to all federal security directors (FSDs) in the field.  Area directors work directly with headquarters staff in a team approach to resolve issues and respond to incidents affecting the transportation systems in their respective areas.  They not only oversee FSDs but also ensure that security procedures and responses are carried out in an effective manner for the viability of the national transportation system.

“Mark, Gerald and David have all demonstrated strong leadership at TSA and throughout their careers,” said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley.  “Their management and security expertise were especially evident during the recent busy Thanksgiving travel period, when TSA processed high volumes of passengers safely and securely at the nation’s airports.”

Haught will assume responsibly for the Eastern Area. He began his career with TSA in 2004 as deputy federal security director at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and in 2005 was promoted to FSD of ORD.  Prior to joining the TSA, Haught served as deputy assistant director for security and logistics for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that he was a member of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, where he served as the antiterrorism branch director for the Joint Service Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Program. Haught earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s graduate school Executive Program. 

Chapman will assume responsibility for the Central Area.  He was appointed the FSD of Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, S.C. in 2002.  Before joining TSA, he was the corporate safety and security manager at E*TRADE Group, Inc., and east regional security manager of Florida Power & Light Group. Prior to his security posts in the private industry he served at the Drug Enforcement Administration for more than 28 years.  His last assignment at the DEA was as the assistant special agent in charge of the New York field division.  Chapman holds Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Alabama State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Atlanta University.  

Beecroft will assume responsibly for the Western Area.  He was appointed the FSD of Nashville (Tenn.) International Airport in 2002.  He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with more than 26 years service. He was the wing commander of the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The wing was involved in providing security services for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Other military assignments include director of security for the Air Force Material Command; senior assessments officer in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Combating Terrorism Directorate; and chief of police at McChord Air Force Base in Washington state and Dhahran Air Base in Saudi Arabia.  Beecroft holds a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from Western Oregon State College; a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University; and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University at Sacramento.