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New TSA Leader at Bush Airport


January 15, 2013

© Houston Airport System
Girard Phelan is the TSA's new
Federal Security Director at IAH.
Girard Phelan is the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new federal security director (FSD) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.

Phelan comes to Houston from Georgia’s Savannah International Airport (SAV), where he served as the facility’s FSD from December 2009 to December 2012.

Phelan first joined the TSA in 2002 and has served in a variety of positions within the organization since that time.

“I am extremely excited to have this opportunity at George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” Phelan says. “We have a committed and dedicated team in place at IAH and I look forward to making a great operation even better in the future.”

Phelan spent 20 years in the United States Army before moving to Evergreen International Aviation, where he served as vice-president of human resources/facilities/security. Phelan now oversees TSA operations at IAH, a five-terminal facility that handles more than 40 million passengers on an annual basis.

“Both commercial airports in Houston enjoy a terrific working relationship with the TSA,” says Carl Newman, general manager at Bush Airport. “It’s a true partnership that’s proven to be mutually beneficial and I look forward to working with Mr. Phelan in making that partnership even stronger in 2013 and beyond.”

Phelan takes over for former IAH FSD Ann Testa, who recently retired after more than three decades worth of service in the United States military and with various federal agencies.
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