Bennis to head TSA seaport and land efforts

Bennis to head TSA seaport and land efforts

Rear Adm. Richard E. Bennis, who led the Coast Guard response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, is the new associate undersecretary of Transportation for maritime and land security. He will direct Transportation Security Administration activities at the nation's seaports and in land transport.

His leadership 'during an unimaginable situation was remarkable,' Transportation secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. 'He brings many hard-won skills to a demanding new environment.'

Bennis for 30 years held various Coast Guard headquarters and field assignments and was captain at the nation's three largest East Coast ports. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in energy and environmental policy from Harvard University.

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