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November 25, 2009

In Memoriam: David Stone, Former Administrator of TSA

Filed under: Aviation Security,General Homeland Security — by Jessica Herrera-Flanigan on November 25, 2009

CQ and AviationNews.net reported late this afternoon that David Stone, a former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, passed away this past weekend in Arlington, VA. He was 57. 

Read Admiral Stone was a graduate of the Naval Academy and spent 28 years in the Navy before retiring in April 2002. He then became the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport, where he oversaw the creation of a 2,700 federal security workforce for passenger screening checkpoints at the airport.  At the end of 2003, he was named the third administrator of TSA.  He resigned that post in June 2005 and has since served as a security consultant. Recently, he was based out of Bangalore, India, working for Cisco.  He had come to the U.S. in the past week for an awards event honoring TSA employees.  He is survived by his wife Faith.  Cause of death is unknown.

In a statement, TSA said “The TSA community is deeply saddened to share the news that former TSA Administrator David Stone has passed away… We are grateful for his service to our country and his dedication to the mission and people of TSA.”

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 30, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

Apparently the Admiral was well regarded and great sympathy to his family and friends.
What I do find interesting is this love affair of the US government that only those with vast military experience can run civilian organizations! I suspect it in part relates to the fact that they have held clearances and their private lives are relatively circumspect. Having twice recommended to CO’s and the Chain of Command that felons convicted of major crimes in their youth should after 20 plus years of devoted and sometimes decorated service be worthy of a TOP SECRET despite that derogatory material I do know that the personnel security system in the military often yeilds to military necessity although I would argue that from my point of view the recommendation by me was fully supported. What I do resent is the notion that qualified civilians are not available to lead what should be civilian organizations. This creeping militarism and its culture is eroding our democracy (republic) IMO! Athens fell for many reasons. But Sparta fell for one principal reason. Governance and command in warfare are often very different species.

Comment by Troy Wikle

July 12, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

I have just learned of Admiral Stones passing, I am deeply saddened by this. I worked as A Federal Screening Manager during the Federalization and Roll out under FSD at the time Stone and he was an incredible man to work for and with. He had such a great head on his shoulders as well as his presence of being and I could have easily seen him one day win the Presidency this was a great loss for our country for surely we could use someone of his caliber in the Whitehouse right about now. Gods Speed David until we meet again.

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