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Bolen Letter Signals Strong Support for Hawley Nomination to Top TSA Post

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to Consider Nominee Today

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, June 16, 2005 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today sent a letter to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, strongly recommending the confirmation of Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley to the position of assistant secretary of homeland security. Hawley's nomination is expected to be considered by the committee this afternoon.

"Mr. Hawley's government and private sector experience uniquely qualifies him for this demanding and vital national Homeland Security position," Bolen's letter stated. "His strong organizational skills and depth of experience with transportation issues will provide the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with strong and capable leadership. NBAA strongly supports his confirmation and urges the committee to act favorably on his nomination."

The full version of Bolen's letter follows.

June 16, 2005

Honorable Ted Stevens
Chairman
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Stevens:

On behalf of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), I would like to express our strong support for the confirmation of Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley to the position of Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security at the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Hawley's government and private sector experience uniquely qualifies him for this demanding and vital national Homeland Security position. I have had the pleasure to work closely with Mr. Hawley during the days and months following the tragic events of 9/11 as he worked diligently at the Department of Transportation with Congress and industry to "stand-up" the Transportation Security Administration.

His strong organizational skills and depth of experience with transportation issues will provide the Transportation Security Administration with strong and capable leadership. NBAA strongly supports his confirmation and urges the Committee to act favorably on his nomination.

Sincerely,

Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association

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