President Donald Trump has selected another former senior U.S. Coast Guard official to become the next head of the Transportation Security Administration. The White House last week announced its intention to nominate retired Coast Guard vice commandant David Pekoske as assistant secretary of Homeland Security, TSA. In that role Pekoske would succeed Peter Neffenger, also a former Coast Guard vice commandant, who led TSA for 18 months under the previous administration.
Pekoske had a 33-year career with the Coast Guard, retiring in 2010 as the second-in-command and COO of the service. He held numerous leadership roles while with the Coast Guard, including commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Defense Forces West.
More recently he held leadership roles with government mission support specialist PAE and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at American University. “Throughout his career, he worked closely with the men and women in federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety organizations to protect the American people,” the White House said.