John W. Hursey was appointed by the Transportation Security Administration as the Federal Security Director at Bismarck Regional Airport in 2007.
He coordinates TSA security activities and regulatory actions for eight commercial airports and serves as the senior federal transportation security official for the state of North Dakota. Mr. Hursey was previously the Federal Security Director for Duluth International Airport and six spoke airports in Northern Minnesota from 2002 through 2007. He was a member of TSA’s first FSD Advisory Council in 2003 and 2004 and served as acting Federal Security Director for airports in Rapid City and Pierre, South Dakota from May through September 2005.
Before joining the TSA, Mr. Hursey spent 27 years on active duty in the United States Air Force where he commanded force protection, law enforcement, and security missions at locations throughout the United States and Europe. He also commanded four force protection operations for combat and contingency deployments in Africa and the Middle East. On 9-11, then Lieutenant Colonel Hursey was the defense force commander for the United States Air Force portion of Operation BRIGHT STAR in Cairo, Egypt.
Mr. Hursey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California.
A native of the St. Louis area, Mr. Hursey and his wife Erica have been married since 1977 and have four grown children and two grandsons.