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David Peter Pekoske[1] (born May 5, 1955)[2] is an American government official and 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]


David Pekoske
David Pekoske official TSA portrait.jpg
Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed office
April 11, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
SecretaryKevin McAleenan
Preceded byClaire Grady (acting)
7th Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration
Assumed office
August 10, 2017
DeputyHuban A. Gowadia
Patricia Cogswell
SecretaryJohn F. Kelly
Kirstjen Nielsen
Kevin McAleenan
Preceded byPeter V. Neffenger
Personal details
Born (1955-05-05) May 5, 1955 (age 64)
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationUnited States Coast Guard Academy (BS)
Columbia University (MPA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Coast Guard
Years of service1977–2010
RankUSCG O-9 shoulderboard.svg Vice Admiral
CommandsVice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Deputy Commandant for Operations
Commander, Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West
Commander, First Coast Guard District
Commander, Group/MSO Long Island Sound
Battles/warsCold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
AwardsCoast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)

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Coast Guard serviceEdit

 
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.[1] He served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees from 2006 to 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 assignmentsEdit

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-CommandantEdit

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 AdministratorEdit

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]

Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland SecurityEdit

On April 11, 2019, Pekokse was designated as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary by Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, making him the Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Pekokse remains TSA Administrator, however, day to day operations of TSA are overseen by TSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator, Patricia Cogswell.[9]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Senate Commerce Committee Announces Hearing For TSA Administrator Nominee". Aero News Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.congress.gov/115/chrg/shrg29976/CHRG-115shrg29976.htm
  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. ^ "Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on the Designation of Administrator Pekoske to Serve as Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary". DHS.gov. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan designated David P. Pekoske, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator, senior official performing the duties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary. Patricia Cogswell, TSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator, will oversee day-to-day operations at TSA[.]
  10. ^ Wadlow, PO1 Kip. "Vice Commandant Change of Watch [Image 2 of 5]". US Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Retrieved 20 January 2014.

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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
Preceded by
Claire Grady
Acting
United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Acting

2019–present