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Archive for September 16th, 2022

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TSA Administrator Pekoske Confirmed for Another Term

TSA Administrator David Pekoske

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. Senate confirmed TSA Administrator David Pekoske to serve a second term on Thursday.

The Senate voted 77-18 in favor of Pekoske serving another five-year term. 

“Security demands for the agency are returning, and every day are continuing to grow,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said in a statement. “We know that we need to have continued experienced leadership, and Admiral Pekoske is well qualified for this position. He will continue to make transportation security and its modernization the nation’s number one priority as it relates to this sector.”

Pekoske pledged to “work tirelessly to ensure our nation’s transportation system remains secure and facilitates the movement of people and cargo.”

“It is a privilege to continue serving the American people alongside an incredible workforce of dedicated and highly skilled professionals,” he said in a statement.

In May, Biden said he planned to renominate Pekoske to a second term.

Former President Trump first nominated Pekoske in 2017, and his five-year term began in August 2017. 

The agency has more than 600,000 employees and is tasked with security operations at nearly 440 airports nationwide. 

Pekoske also served as acting secretary of Homeland Security from January 20, 2021, to February 2, 2021. 

Before joining the TSA, he was the second in command at the Coast Guard.

Five Injured During Explosives Training by FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Five law enforcement officers were injured Thursday during an FBI explosives training by the bureau’s Philadelphia Field Office. 

A device “unexpectedly detonated” at the State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in Collegeville, the bureau said in a statement on Twitter.

The detonation wounded three bomb technicians with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, a bomb technician with the Pennsylvania State Police and a bomb technician with the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, NBC News reports.

The law enforcement officers were taken to at least two different hospitals, where their conditions were unknown as of Thursday. 

A 14-year-veteran with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Montgomery County said in a statement. A 13-year veteran and 12-year veteran were taken to Paoli Hospital.