Charles E. Stallworth II assumed the position of Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security on March 10, 2013. He is responsible for managing a wide range of national and international activities that include CBP's international relationships, and for coordinating and supporting CBP foreign initiatives, programs and activities. Under his leadership and direction, the Office of International Affairs implements programs and initiatives that promote anti-terrorism, global border security, non-proliferation, export controls, immigration and capacity building. The office also provides countries with training and advisory support for broad-based customs reform, border management, and modernization; and ensures CBP is represented at key embassies influencing policy throughout the world.
Between 2005 and 2013, Mr. Stallworth served in several other leadership positions in the Office of International Affairs, to include Acting Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Executive Director of the Training and Assistance Division, and the Executive Director of the Foreign Operations Division. The Training and Assistance Division provided short and long-term assistance in areas of border management, law enforcement and infrastructure-building, while the Foreign Operations Division was responsible for establishing a CBP presence in U.S. Embassies and Consulates and sustaining the extended border strategy of CBP.
Mr. Stallworth joined the legacy U.S. Customs Service in March 1999 as the Executive Director of Aviation for the Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO), where he led AMO's transition into the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003. In November 2004, he directed a merger with Border Patrol air operations to form the world's largest civilian law enforcement air force, with more than 1,200 employees, including pilots, flight engineers, marine and aviation enforcement officers, detection systems specialists and support personnel. Following that merger, he was named Acting Assistant Commissioner for AMO.
Before joining the U.S. Customs Service, Mr. Stallworth spent over 25 years in the United States Air Force, ultimately reaching the rank of Colonel. Mr. Stallworth received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Upon graduation from USAFA, Mr. Stallworth was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He served as an F-111 Aircraft Commander with the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. After a tour as a T-37 Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, and Assistant Section Commander at Mather Air Force Base, California, he served as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and Chief, Capabilities Assessment Team at Royal Air Force Base, Lakenheath, England, while flying the F-111. In 1987, he served as Chief, Programs Basing Branch and Chief, F-15 and F-111 Programs Branch at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He also served as chief of Wing Plans with 8th Tactical Fighter Wing and Operations Officer of the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron while flying F-16s at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Upon his return from Korea, he served as Chief, Wing Safety at Randolph AFB, Texas. In July 1992, he was assigned to command the 8th Flying Training Squadron at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. In August 1995, he was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as Director, Air Force 50th Anniversary Plans and Programs and as Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Environment. During his tour as military assistant he was assigned as Wing Commander 16th Air Expedition Wing where he commanded over 1300 Air force personnel deployed at eight locations in Italy, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, and France.
Colonel Stallworth retired from the USAF as a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-111, and F-16 aircraft. His military decorations and awards include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the NATO medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, with one oak leaf cluster, and National Defense Service Medal, with one oak leaf cluster.
Mr. Stallworth was born in Stockton, California, and graduated from Edison High School. He is married to the former Debra Belton and they have one son.