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Spotlights

Spotlights from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.

Optimism, Enthusiasm in OPR Mission Support
04-25-2022 | Spotlights

“It's OK to say you don't know because you're not supposed to know everything. But you must be helpful, “said U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mission Support Specialist Anna Cruz.


CBP Commissioner Magnus has First Public Meeting with New 16th Term Trade Advisory Committee in D.C.
04-08-2022 | Spotlights
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus delivers his
opening remarks at the March 31 COAC meeting
held in Washington, D.C. From left, Treasury
Deputy Assistant Secretary Timothy Skud, CBP
Commissioner Chris Magnus, CBP Acting
Executive Director Office of Trade Relations
Valarie Neuhart, and CBP Executive Assistant
Commissioner of Field Operations Pete Flores.
Planting Seeds: A Special Agent’s Call to Law Enforcement
04-01-2022 | Spotlights

The seeds that blossomed into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Special Agent David Chin’s decade-long career in law enforcement were planted long before he ever joined the agency. “I really have always wanted to go into law enforcement,” said Chin, who has been with the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Investigative Operations Directorate (IOD) for just over a year.


Protecting Integrity Through Investigation
03-24-2022 | Spotlights

Special Agent Kelly Berwanger relies on her more than 20 years of federal service to protect the integrity of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) workforce.


Super Performance
02-15-2022 | Spotlights
A counterfeit Super Bowl trophy was intercepted for intellectual property rights violations before Super Bowl LVI. The real Super Bowl trophy is
one of the last things CBP scanned before the big game. Photo by Mani Albrecht  

 


CBP International Trade Analyst Combats Forced Labor
01-28-2022 | Spotlights

From social distancing to antigen to PPE, the pandemic has changed our everyday vocabulary. Add to the list another new household term: global supply chain.


Intelligence to Attaché: A CBP Career Path Story
01-27-2022 | Spotlights

The path to becoming a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attaché is rarely conventional. As CBP Attaché Paul Posner put it, “Being an attaché requires a specific combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities.” However, each attaché has a unique journey to success.


Michael Ferguson — Turning Valleys Into Peaks
01-06-2022 | Spotlights

The first thing to know about Michael Ferguson, an information specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology, is that he is a reader. If you ask him to describe the core ideas that inform his worldview, you’re likely to hear a favorite passage from something he’s read, recited by heart.


During Valor Memorial Ceremony, CBP Remembers Those Lost in Line of Duty
10-18-2021 | Spotlights
On Oct. 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
honored 23 employees who died in the line of duty
at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza in Washington, D.C. 
in a ceremony held during National Police Week.  
Candlelight Vigil Ceremony Remembers Fallen Heroes
10-15-2021 | Spotlights
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
addresses thousands of law enforcement personnel, family, and
First Year, Five Classes, Just Getting Started
09-30-2021 | Spotlights
New Border Patrol Processing Coordinators have Early Impact on Operations ​Border Patrol Academy Chief Jason Owens speaks to the
graduating class and leads them on the traditional cover
CBP’s Second Virtual Trade Week Focuses on Partnerships
08-02-2021 | Spotlights
CBP Acting Commissioner Troy A. Miller welcomes
attendees to CBP’s second Virtual Trade Week,
held July 20-22. 
Cherri King: Leading a Movement
07-23-2021 | Spotlights

Chief among the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities is that they work twice as hard as anyone else, says Cherri King, an HR correspondence analyst. “Give us a chance. Be open-minded!” says King.


OFO’s 3L Alliance Program: Retaining and Advancing CBP’s Female Officers
07-01-2021 | Spotlights

Almost two years ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) wanted to understand ways to better attract, retain and advance female officers. Leadership found that female officers thrived when they had visible female leadership, mentorship and support systems.


International Relations Specialist to CBP Attaché: A Career Path Story
07-01-2021 | Spotlights

Have you ever wondered how you can become a U.S. attaché, serving your country while working overseas? For U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché Amy Cloud, becoming an International Relations Specialist (IRS) paved the way.


CBP Acting Commissioner Miller Hosts Last COAC 15th Term Trade Advisory Committee Meeting
06-29-2021 | Spotlights
The U.S. borders have remained open for legitimate
trade during the coronavirus pandemic. Above, a
container ship is docked at the port of Seattle in
Washington state.

From Land to Sea: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Journey to AMO
05-24-2021 | Spotlights

Since his first ride-along with a local police department, Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Cleon Arrington was hooked on law enforcement. By the age of 22, he was pinning on a badge and wearing his passion for protecting his community. His love of safeguarding and serving others encouraged him to start his own security company as a side hustle, which gained the attention of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Passion for the Sky: A Female Instructor’s Unique Flight Path to Air Interdiction
05-17-2021 | Spotlights

Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) Presley Rose recalled her first encounter with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) at a job she had as a flight instructor. After seeing an AMO helicopter land, she introduced herself to the AIAs. The agents gladly answered her questions on becoming an AMO pilot and in two minutes she was hooked. “When someone is passionate about something it compels you to listen and want to know why.”


Chimsakda Uk: A Combat Marine’s Transition from Afghanistan to CBP Success Story
03-30-2021 | Spotlights

My name is Chimsakda “Chuck” Uk. I’m a Marine Corps combat veteran and a proud member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) family. In the Marines we had a saying, “If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” Hard is what we did in the Marines. However, if you had told me 10 years ago that after my discharge from the Marine Corps I would one day become a federal employee, I wouldn’t have thought it easy. Why, you ask? Well, the reason is deadly serious.