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WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today salutes Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, upon his resignation announcement.

“Secretary LaHood has been an extraordinary leader. He worked to restore fair collective bargaining rights for air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals, fought hard for furloughed FAA employees in 2011 and strongly supported the birth, growth and success of NATCA’s collaborative relationship with the FAA,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. “Secretary LaHood has served during the safest period in aviation history. His leadership and his intense focus on safety has been an inspiration to all of us and we have been proud to serve in the DOT during his tenure. We thank him, congratulate him on a job very well done and wish him the best in his future plans.”