WASHINGTON – The United States Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed the nomination of Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
President Bush nominated Admiral Stone on April 8, 2004. The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation supported the nomination.
Admiral Stone was appointed as TSA's Acting Administrator on December 4, 2003, after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff since August 2003. He joined TSA as the first Federal Security Director at Los Angeles International Airport after retiring from active duty in the U.S. Navy in April 2002.
"It is an honor to have been nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate for this challenging post," Admiral Stone said. "I am fully committed to working with Secretary Tom Ridge and the rest of the Department of Homeland Security team to strengthen the nation's bulwarks in the war against terror."
Admiral Stone's last operational command during 28 years in the Navy was the Nimitz Battlegroup, where he was responsible for organizing, training and equipping sailors assigned for deployment. Other significant assignments included tours in the Pentagon on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director of Surface Warfare, as Director, Environmental Protection, Safety and Occupational Health, and as the U.S. Commander of NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean during operations in the Adriatic in support of the Kosovo conflict. He is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, and also holds a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College; a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.; and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security.