Stone leaves TSA

The Homeland Security Department has announced the retirement of David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the Transportation Security Administration.

Stone has held assistant secretary position since last July but has led the troubled TSA as acting administrator since December 2003. June 3 was his final day at TSA.

Stone had said in April that he would leave in June. President George W. Bush has nominated Edmund S. 'Kip' Hawley to replace him. Hawley is still awaiting Senate approval.

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff praised Stone for his performance in one of the toughest and most demanding jobs in government. 'The weight of accountability and responsibility for protecting our transportation systems from terrorist attack in the post-9/11 era is significant, and Dave handled those challenging duties in outstanding fashion,' he said. Under Stone, TSA has worked to improve passenger screening despite many challenges.

Before taking on leadership of TSA, Stone was the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport. A retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, Stone served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and as commander of the Nimitz Battlegroup and NATO's Naval Force Mediterranean

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