TSA names FSD for LA/Ontario International Airport

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National Press Release
Friday, October 12, 2007

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that Shannon Garcia-Hamilton has been named federal security director for LA/Ontario International Airport, Ontario, Calif.

For the past two years Garcia-Hamilton has been federal security director at Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, Calif., and was instrumental in that airport being recognized for partnership excellence in TSA’s 2006 national awards ceremony. Prior to arriving in Burbank she served as federal security director at Lihue (Hawaii) International Airport.

"Shannon Garcia-Hamilton is a proven leader at TSA and has the skills to help move Ontario forward," said Mo McGowan, assistant administrator for Security Operations. "The security officers should be proud to have someone of Shannon's caliber selected to help them pursue their professional goals."

Garcia-Hamilton began her career with TSA as the stakeholder/customer support manager at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in September 2002. In that position she worked with 102 airlines and the airport authority to establish partnerships to help fulfill TSA's goal of providing world-class security and customer service.

Prior to joining TSA, Garcia-Hamilton worked for United Airlines in Los Angeles for 10 years as a cargo supervisor and rose to the position of operations manager. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 she was United's Emergency Response Coordinator at the LAX Crisis Center, providing compassionate service to families of the victims of United Flight 175, destined for Los Angeles.

Garcia-Hamilton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, Los Angeles.

At Ontario, Garcia-Hamilton replaces Rich Baker, who retired this summer after five years of service. For more information regarding TSA, please visit our Web site at www.tsa.gov.