Brig. Gen. David Clary assumed leadership of the Air Force's homeland security directorate at the Pentagon March 28. Clary previously was commander of the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base, South Korea.
The directorate was activated Jan. 2 and falls under the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Kohler, director of operational plans for the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Musfeldt, the mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, had been acting directors.
"The responsibilities of this office will be to develop policy and guidance and to participate in the development of doctrine for homeland security," Clary said. "There's a growing inter-agency out there, and Gen. Jumper is looking for us to communicate Air Force interests, issues, concerns and capabilities with regard to homeland security."
The "widening inter-agency" encompasses organizations such as the Office of Homeland Security and the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Homeland Security Office, which is scheduled to begin operating June 30. A new joint command — Northern Command — is being established as well. "We will be the air staff liaison with these folks," Clary said.
Clary's office also will support homeland security planning and budgeting within the Air Force, and will interface with major commands.
William Hall has been selected as federal security director for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, John Magaw, undersecretary of Transportation for security, announced April 12.
The federal security directors are a new category of law enforcement within the Transportation Security Administration who will oversee federal security operations at the nation's airports. The position was created Nov. 19, 2001, with the signing of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which also created the TSA.
Hall previously was police chief for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He joined the Port Authority in 1971, holding every uniformed rank during his 31-year career. He directed early search and rescue operations following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Melanie Sabelhaus was sworn in April 12 as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration. The Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination April 8.
After a 15-year career at IBM Corp., where she was a pioneer in developing the IBM Product Center, Sabelhaus started Exclusive Interim Properties Ltd. in Baltimore in 1986. The company provided furnished rental properties for relocated executives and individuals on temporary assignment. At its peak, EIP had offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., employed about 75 people and generated $10 million annually.
In 1997, the company merged with four others to become Bridgestreet Accommodations Inc. Sabelhaus was vice president of global sales at Bridgestreet until 1998.
She has spent the past three years actively supporting several civic and professional organizations.