Bangor, Maine— On Aug. 19, Chief Fisher of the U.S. Border Patrol officiated the Change of Command Ceremony in Bangor, Maine, for the new Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent. The ceremony celebrates the transition of authority and responsibility to Chief Patrol Agent Daniel R. Hiebert, who will now oversee all U.S. Border Patrol operations in Maine.
The formal ceremony was held at the 240th Regiment, Regional Training Institute in Bangor for more than 150 colleagues, friends, family and members of the public. The ceremony commenced with the Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums Presentation of Colors, followed by Marla Caughron singing the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Acting Division Chief Tony Barker, and the Invocation given by Rangeley Station Border Patrol Chaplin Benjamin W. Wetherill. The ceremony included Chief Patrol Agent Hiebert’s reaffirmation of the Oath of Office. It closed with the Honor Guard’s Retirement of Colors.
“I believe in being transparent and leading by example. I maintain high standards for myself and expect the same from the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector, and value the efforts and contributions of those around me,” said Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Daniel Hiebert. “I challenge individuals to be the best they can be, for at the end of the day, I only succeed if we all succeed.”
The Change of Command Ceremony is deeply rooted in military tradition, dating back to the Middle Ages and was introduced to the U.S. Border Patrol in 2000. During the ceremony, the Chief of the Border Patrol passes the Border Patrol Guidon, surrounded by 20 streamers representing each of the Border Patrol operational Sectors, to the new Chief Patrol Agent. Passing the Guidon from one Chief to another is a symbolic passing of the trust and well-being of a sector from one to another, and symbolizes the commitment, trust and fidelity represented by the most sacred Border Patrol Symbol.
In assuming command, the new Chief Patrol Agent commits to the highest standards of professionalism in carrying out CBP’s mission. This continuity of leadership confirms to all, that the reins of command are firmly vested in Chief Patrol agent Daniel R. Hiebert’s hands. It also affirms the service and honor for those who serve under Chief Hiebert’s command the oath they took in serving and protecting the American people from all threats.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.