Former State Trooper Now Oversees Some 450 Airports as TSA's New GM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Mel J. Carraway general manager for field operations, Office of Security Operations. In his new position he oversees more than 43,000 employees nationwide in approximately 450 airports. He previously served as federal security director (FSD) of Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico and as acting general manager of field operations since January 2007. Under his leadership Albuquerque was named TSA's Airport of the Year for 2006.

"Mel's extensive security background and commitment to the TSA mission will enable him to excel in his new position," said Mo McGowan, assistant administrator for the Office of Security Operations. "He has been a great asset to this agency and we are excited for him to manage field operations."

As acting general manager, Carraway played a key role in managing important agency initiatives such as developing an extensive employee screening program now used throughout the nation and implementing TSA airport-specific metrics which enables the agency to collect valuable data and track its progress. Prior to joining TSA, he was a state trooper for 22 years with the Indiana State Police where he rose to the rank of superintendent. He also served as the director of the Indiana State Emergency Management/Department of Fire and Building Services.

During his tenure with the Indiana State Police, Carraway helped form the department's Criminal Justice Sharing Plan to facilitate exchange of information among law enforcement agencies to prevent terrorism or criminal activity. He also was successful in reorganizing the agency to focus on priorities such as violent crimes, crimes against children, white collar crime and cyber crime, TSA said.

Carraway is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and holds a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Heidelberg College in Tiffin OH. He has performed worldwide in operas, weddings and concerts.

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