DEL RIO, Texas – The U.S. Border Patrol's Del Rio Sector recently named a new patrol agent in charge for its Brackettville Station.
Robert D. Fuentes, a Chicago native, took command as the PAIC of the Brackettville Station on March 22. As the PAIC, he is responsible for all administrative and enforcement operations in the station’s area of responsibility which includes approximately 3,000 square miles and 16.16 miles of river border. Before transferring to Brackettville, he served as the PAIC of the Carrizo Springs Border Patrol Station.
PAIC Fuentes entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on July 27, 1987, as a member of the 209th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Glynco, Georgia. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol agent was at the Brackettville Station, where he also served as a canine handler/instructor. On Nov. 25, 1995, he promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at the Eagle Pass Station, where he oversaw the special operations unit. On Feb. 2, 2000, he promoted to Watch Commander at the Eagle Pass Station. On May 13, 2007, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the New Orleans Sector where he was responsible for planning, directing and managing all sector programs. On Nov. 6, 2011, he returned to Del Rio Sector as the PAIC of the Carrizo Springs Station.
Throughout his nearly 28-year career, PAIC Fuentes held various positions along the southwest and coastal borders. Prior to joining the Border Patrol, PAIC Fuentes served on active duty and in the reserves with the U.S. Army for more than nine years as an enlisted soldier, non-commissioned officer, and commissioned officer in the Armor Branch and Military Police Corps. PAIC Fuentes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public justice from Saint Mary’s University of San Antonio. He and his wife, Kristine, reside at Fort Clark Springs.
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.