David Pekoske

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
David Pekoske
David Pekoske official photo.jpg
7th Administrator of the
Transportation Security Administration
Assumed office
August 10, 2017
President Donald Trump
Deputy Huban A. Gowadia
Preceded by Peter Neffenger
Personal details
Born 1954/1955 (age 62–63)[1]
Awards Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Coast Guard
Years of service 1977–2010 (33 years)
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands Pacific Area
Deputy Commandant for Operations
First Coast Guard District
Group/MSO Long Island Sound
Battles/wars Cold War
September 11, 2001 attacks

David Peter Pekoske[2] (born c. 1955) is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral who currently serves as the seventh Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. He concluded his 33 years of active military service in 2010 as the 26th Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.[3]

Coast Guard service[edit]

26th Vice-Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

Commissioned in 1977, Pekoske earned his Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He is a 1989 graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University with a Master of Public Administration degree. Pekoske graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management with an MBA Degree in 1997.[2] He served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees from 2006-2008.

His 33-year career included a variety of operational and staff assignments and command of six Coast Guard operational units. He served on the west, gulf and east coasts of the United States and on the Great Lakes. Pekoske's operational expertise was in the operations ashore community. His staff expertise is in strategic planning, program analysis and budget development.

Pekoske served Executive Assistant to the Commandant from 2001 to 2004. From 1999 to 2001, he commanded Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office (now Sector) Long Island Sound, based in New Haven, Connecticut.

Flag assignments[edit]

Vice Admiral Pekoske served as Commander, Pacific Area/Coast Guard Defense Forces West in Alameda, California. He oversaw the operation of units performing missions in marine safety, maritime mobility, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security and national defense in an Area of Operations encompassing over 73,000,000 square miles (190,000,000 km2) throughout the Pacific Basin and Far East. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters. From 2004 to 2006 he was Commander of the First Coast Guard District/Maritime Defense Command One headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.[4]

Vice-Commandant[edit]

Vice Admiral Pekoske served as Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from August 7, 2009 to May 24, 2010. As second in command to Admiral Thad Allen and Chief Operating Officer, Vice Admiral Pekoske executed the Commandant's strategic intent, managed internal organizational governance and served as the Component Acquisition Executive.[5]

Administrator David Pekoske being ceremonially sworn in at DHS headquarters by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.

TSA Administrator[edit]

On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he had nominated Pekoske as the seventh Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.[6][7]

On August 3, 2017, Pekoske was confirmed by the United States Senate as the next TSA administrator. On August 10, 2017, he was sworn as TSA's seventh administrator.[8]

Awards[edit]

His personal decorations include, among others, the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Legion of Merit (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (5), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4) and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon.[9]

USCG - Boat Force Operations Advanced BW.pngAdvanced Boat Force Operations Insignia
USCG - Commandant's Staff Badge.pngCommandant Staff Badge

Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal with gold award star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with gold award star
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with four gold award stars and the Operational Distinguishing Device.
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with gold award star
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with three gold award stars
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jansen, Bart (June 21, 2017). "TSA nominee cites priorities including rail and innovation at Senate confirmation hearing". USA Today. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Senate Commerce Committee Announces Hearing For TSA Administrator Nominee". Aero News Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts" (Press release). Office of the Press Secretary. The White House. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Vice Admiral David P. Pekoske Official Biography". Coast Guard News. August 9, 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Aratani, Lori (June 7, 2017). "Trump nominates David P. Pekoske to head TSA". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts" (Press release). White House Press Secretary. June 5, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  7. ^ Aratani, Lori (June 7, 2017). "Trump nominates David P. Pekoske to head TSA". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Burns, Bob (August 11, 2017). "Administrator David Pekoske is Officially on the Job!". TSA.gov. Transportation Security Administration. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ Wadlow, PO1 Kip. "Vice Commandant Change of Watch [Image 2 of 5]". US Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Vivien Crea
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Sally Brice-O'Hara
Political offices
Preceded by
Huban A. Gowadia
Acting
Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration
2017–present
Incumbent