Air Interdiction Agent Christopher D. Carney passed away on November 16, 2020. The circumstances of his passing were reviewed by an executive panel and the CBP Commissioner who agreed that his death occurred in the line of duty. AIA Carney will be remembered for his diligent service to the nation and for his bravery in the face of danger.
AIA Carney entered on duty with CBP in January 2018 where he served as a pilot at the McAllen Air and Marine Branch. He began his aviation career with the United States Army in 1993. He flew the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and served in Iraq as a medical platoon officer. While serving in the military, AIA Carney was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for exceptional valor and extraordinary heroism while serving as a medevac pilot overseas, saving 11 lives and flying missions in often hostile and austere environments. He ended his military career as a company commander before transitioning into civilian life. Prior to joining Air and Marine Operations, he was the chief pilot and lead instructor for several civilian companies specializing in aeromedical evacuations and tactics training.
He is survived by his daughter, his mother, and four siblings.