In 2005, Admiral Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as the first Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency. Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Transportation Security Administration as Chief Operating Officer and Under Secretary for Security. He retired from the US Coast Guard in 2002, after a distinguished career, including as Commandant (1998-2002) and
Commander of the Atlantic Area (1994-1996). A career seagoing officer, Admiral Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including commander of a patrol boat during the Vietnam War and commander of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His military and civilian honors are numerous and include four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon; and the Naval Order of the US' Distinguished Sea Service Award. Admiral Loy graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds masters degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island.
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