David Pekoske, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.

Pekoske retired in 2010 from the US Coast Guard, in which he served as vice commandant. “Since retiring from the Coast Guard, he has been an executive in the government services industry, leading business units that provided homeland security and intelligence related services,” according to the White House. “Additionally, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at American University and been active in many organizations that advance military, veterans and national security issues.”

Pekoske fills a void left by Peter Neffenger, also a former Coast Guard vice commandant, who stepped down as TSA administrator when Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Huban Gowadia has been acting TSA administrator since then.

“Vice Admiral Pekoske’s solid qualifications and extensive background position him for success in leading the TSA and our country in continued development of our nation’s risk-based aviation security system,” the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said in a statement.

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) added, “Pekoske’s proven track record of mission-focused strategic management is essential in reinforcing the importance of a risk-based approach to aviation security.”

Aaron Karp aaron.karp@penton.com