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TSA Established 20 Years Ago

Washington—The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recognized the 20th anniversary of the agency’s creation Nov. 19 with a special ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s original Terminal A historic lobby.

The livestreamed ceremony included a written message from President George W. Bush and special remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Former DHS Secretary (2005-2009) Michael Chertoff served as the keynote speaker.

Other aspects of the event included the Colors presented by Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Color Guard, music (National Anthem and God Bless America) sung by a Transportation Security Officer, and videos honoring TSA’s first 20 years.

“TSA was created from tragedy to protect the nation’s transportation systems and as one nation, we must respond to defend and protect the United States of America,” Secretary Mayorkassaid. “As TSA marks the 20th year since its creation, they remain steadfast in the mission, standing firmly on the front lines of our country’s leadership in security, and raising the bar for global aviation security.”

SOURCE Transportation Security Administration