Laredo, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Laredo Field Office says farewell this week to a senior manager who has served with a variety of federal agencies and finishes her career with 37 years of federal service.
Assistant Director of Field Operations, Trade Operations Nancy Becker officially retires in January 2015. Laredo Field Office staff held a retirement luncheon in her honor recently.
“Nancy is a driven and focused leader who has blazed quite a trail by assuming leadership positions in a variety of agencies and CBP components,” said Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office. “Nancy’s vast experience in agriculture, as a port director in Progreso, as an assistant chief with RGV Sector and her work as director of the Machinery Center of Excellence and Expertise have made a lasting impact on protecting American agriculture, improving security and facilitating lawful trade in the region.”
ADFO Becker began her federal career at the age of 18 as a co-op student between Texas A&I University, Kingsville and Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Galveston, Texas. She served 22 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, holding positions of increasing responsibility ranging from quarantine officer to port director over maritime operations at Houston Port of Entry. In 2003 she became a chief agricultural specialist with CBP and advanced to assistant port director, trade operations at Brownsville. While serving as port director in Progreso, she graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute and served a stint as an acting chief patrol agent with U.S. Border Patrol, RGV Sector as part of her curriculum before becoming ADFO for Trade Operations at Laredo Field Office. While serving as ADFO she became the inaugural director of the Machinery CEE.
Her pastimes include travel with her husband Carl and little dog Rita.
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.