U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger is set to be nominated by President Barack Obama for the assistant secretary role at the Department of Homeland Security‘s Transportation Security Administration.
“The talent and expertise Vice Admiral Neffenger brings to his new role after more than three decades at the U.S. Coast Guard will be valuable to this administration’s efforts to strengthen transportation security,” Obama said in a statement published Tuesday.
Neffenger, who is the 29th vice commandant of the Coast Guard, assumed his duties in May 2014.
He previously served as deputy commandant for operations and director of strategic management and doctrine and has experience in port security and oversight on the commercial maritime industry.
He also worked on crisis management as deputy national incident commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Neffenger has also commanded Coast Guard forces in the Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Los Angeles and Long Beach regions.
The vice admiral is currently a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.