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BOSTON (AP) _ A 30-year veteran of the Army and CIA who served in some of the world's major trouble spots was hired Wednesday to oversee security at Logan International Airport, where the first hijacked plane took off Sept. 11.

As Massachusetts Port Authority's first director of corporate security, Dennis Treece, 53, will also oversee security at the Port of Boston. The position was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to coordinate protection of the agency's assets, which includes two regional airports and the Tobin Bridge.

Treece, who was a decorated colonel when he retired from the Army two years ago, served in Vietnam, Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait.

``Like most Americans, I wanted to do something constructive after the attacks of 9/11,'' Treece told the board Wednesday. ``As a security professional this opportunity to pilot the Massport security operations gives me the chance to get on the security front lines once again.''

Treece will work closely with Logan's federal security director, George Naccara, who works for new Transportation Security Administration, created to safeguard aviation after the attacks.