In 2005, Admiral James M. Loy, USCG
(ret.), completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to the
establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Mr. Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy
Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as
Under Secretary for Security.
Admiral James M. Loy retired from the
U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its Commandant since May 1998. Prior to his service as Commandant,
Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the headquarters management
structure and overhauled the Coast Guard planning and budgeting process to focus more sharply on performance and results.
From 1994 to 1996, he was Commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area, supervising U.S. forces during the mass Haitian
and Cuban migrations of 1994, and leading Coast Guard forces participating in Operation Restore Democracy.
A career seagoing officer, Admiral
James Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including command of a patrol boat in combat during the Vietnam
War and command of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. James M. Loy is the co-author of Character
in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leadership and Architecture of Leadership.
According to the book description of
Architecture of Leadership, it “is a simple but effective toolkit for leaders, whose main
theme is 'preparation = performance.' Using the elements of architecture, they begin with a foundation of character
and values, move to a floor representing a drive to achieve combined with the capacity to care, and continue with the framework
of innate traits and acquired skills to the ceiling and roof of opportunity and performance, respectively. Supporting it all
are the pillars of honesty, integrity, courage, respect, commitment, trust, ethics, and hard work.”