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Raul Ortiz Named Deputy Chief of U.S. Border Patrol

Deputy Chief of Border Patrol Raul Ortiz.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Raul Ortiz has been named the new deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Ortiz, who joined the Border Patrol in May 1991, most recently served as the agency’s Del Rio sector chief.

The announcement Tuesday comes a few days after the Trump administration chose Rodney Scott to serve as the Border Patrol chief.

Ortiz’s career with the agency began in the San Diego Sector. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the assistant patrol agent in charge and patrol agent in charge of the Comstock Station, as well as patrol agent in charge of the Del Rio Station. In 2005, Ortiz was promoted to assistant chief patrol agent in the Del Rio Sector.

In 2009 and 2010, Ortiz served as director of the Border Patrol Management Task Force in Afghanistan. Later in 2010, he served as the senior advisor to the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan for Homeland Security. In 2011, Ortiz was promoted to the Senior Executive Service position of Homeland Security Attaché in Kabul until he began serving as deputy chief of operations at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, DC.

Ortiz was promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector in 2013, and became chief patrol agent of the sector in 2019.

“Deputy Chief Ortiz is an ‘Agent’s Agent’ and epitomizes the core values of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol’s motto, ‘Honor First,'” Acting Border Patrol Commissioner Mark A. Morgan said in a news release.

Border Patrol Appoints Its First Woman to Serve As Deputy Chief

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has its first female deputy chief.

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan has selected Deputy Assistant Carla Provost to serve as deputy chief, which makes her responsible for more than 23,000 employees, El Paso Proud reports. 

Provost, who will lead daily operations, is now the highest-ranking woman in the 92-year history of Border Patrol.

“I am deeply honored,” said Provost. “I realize it’s historic but I wasn’t aiming to do this. I never set out to be in this position, I’ve just focused on doing the best job in the position I’m in, and not looking at the next one. Doing my best has always led to that next position.”

Women only account for about 5% of the Border Patrol agent force.

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Border Patrol Gets New Chief for Tucson Sector

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Manuel Padilla Jr., a native of southern Arizona and long-time federal authority, has been appointed chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Padilla, who has worked with Border Patrol for 26 years, was serving as the acting chief at the office since October 2012; before that he served as deputy chief.

The Tucson Sector is critical to border safety because it has more than 4,500 employees who are tasked with securing 262 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Padilla replaced Chief Richard A. Barlow, who took a job as chief of Strategic Planning, Policy and Analysis Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Tucson Sector remains committed to serving the communities” and “our agents are dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure border environment,” Padilla said.

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