Stone assumes top spot at TSA

Department of Homeland Security

Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Stone is the new acting administrator for the Homeland Security Department's Transportation Security Administration.

Stone replaces Admiral James Loy, the former TSA administrator who officially became deputy secretary for DHS last week.

Since August 2003, Stone had been TSA deputy chief of staff, following an assignment as the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

During Stone's tenure at LAX, Transportation Security officials deployed the largest federalized screener workforce in the United States. TSA officials also implemented an electronically-checked baggage-screening program.

Stone graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974, and retired as Rear Admiral in April 2002. His most recent operational command was the Nimitz battle group.

President Bush nominated Loy to fill the deputy secretary's post at DHS in late October.

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