SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Daniel E. Liddell as the Federal Security Director (FSD) for Syracuse (N.Y.) Hancock International Airport (SYR). As the FSD, he will oversee all TSA operations at Syracuse Hancock and spoke operations at Binghamton, Ithaca, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Massena and Rome airports, all in New York.
"Daniel 's track record indicates that he will provide excellent leadership as the FSD," said Mo McGowan, assistant administrator for Security Operations.
Liddell, a native of central New York, has been the acting FSD at SYR since November 2007. He has been with TSA for five years. Prior to his appointment as acting FSD, he was the assistant FSD at SYR. Liddell developed, designed and was responsible for the SYR Operations Center, which is the communication and coordination center for TSA operations in central New York. Prior to joining TSA, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years, and was the commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Kaneohe, Hawaii and operations officer for the Marine Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. While serving with the Marines in Desert Shield/Storm, he was decorated for heroic achievement as a Commanding Officer by running back into a minefield under enemy fire to save the lives of two corporals when their vehicle struck a mine.
Liddell graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Labor Studies degree. Additionally, he holds a Master of Management (with distinction) from Webster University and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies (with honors) from the Naval War College.
On Nov. 19, 2001, President Bush signed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the TSA and established the authority of the FSD. The FSD is the chief federal security officer at the airport and in the region and the first point of contact when a security issue arises.
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