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CBP Formally Installs New Director for Mid-Atlantic Operations

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Virginia Woman Takes Helm of Busy, Historically Relevant, and Strategic Ports

BALTIMORE – In a time-honored tradition, Arlington, Va., native and Annapolis, Md., resident Casey Durst formally assumed command Thursday of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Baltimore Field Office.  She oversees CBP border security and trade and travel facilitation operations throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

CBP's new Baltimore Field Office Director Casey Durst (right) recites the Oath of Office with CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen (left) during the August 17, 2017 ceremony.
CBP's Baltimore Field Office Director
Casey Durst (right) recites the Oath
of Office with CBP Executive Assistant
Commissioner Todd Owen (left) during
the August 17, 2017 ceremony.

Durst previously served as the Area Port Director of St. Albans, Vt,, in command of 18 ports of entry throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  Durst took over for the departed Augustine Moore, who serves at CBP headquarters.

“I am humbled and honored to join the men and women of the Customs and Border Protection Baltimore Field Office as we work relentlessly to secure our nation and our way of life,” Durst said during the ceremony.  “We are the first line of defense against those persons attempting to enter the country to do us harm.  We cannot afford a lapse in vigilance - our mission is too important and our responsibility too great.  I commit to working with our law enforcement partners and the trade and travel community.  Partnerships and collaboration are essential to accomplishing our common goals.”

CBP’s Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen presided during the ceremony.

“I admire all that Casey has achieved throughout her career, and I am confident that she will be a great leader for the Office of Field Operations Baltimore Field Office and a great partner for our security, our trade and our travel partners and stakeholders,” Owen said.  “I am extremely proud of Casey and the men and women of CBP who serve their country with integrity and are ever vigilant as they protect our communities and our nation from those who desire to do us harm.  These are not easy jobs.  They can be dangerous, require long hours in tough working conditions, and often come with personal sacrifice, yet our employees persevere every day and keep our country safe and prosperous."

Owen presented Durst with the Baltimore Field Office guidon.  The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history, dating back to at least the 18 century, and the presentation of the guidon symbolically represents the establishment of a new command authority.

Durst started her career in 1997 as a U.S. Customs Service inspector at Washington Dulles International Airport.  Since then, Durst served in numerous leadership positions, including Acting Port Director at John. F. Kennedy International Airport; as Assistant Director for Trade operations for the El Paso, Texas, Field Office; and during several assignments at CBP Headquarters in Washington, D.C, including in operations, financial management, and in the Commissioner’s Situation Room.

Durst has often played key roles in addressing agency staffing and hiring issues. She served on an Integrated Planning Team charged with developing a plan to hire 2,000 additional officers as required by the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act. A year later, she was selected to be a part of the National Frontline Hiring Team charged with resolving gaps and challenges to fill critical border security positions.

Owen pins the CBP's Director's badge on his daughter Casey Durst during a cermony in Baltimore August 17, 2017.
Richard Owen pins the CBP's Director's
badge  on his daughter Casey Durst
during a ceremony in Baltimore
August 17, 2017.

Durst is highly decorated, having earned the Exceptional Service Award and the Unit Citation, which are the agency’s fourth and sixth highest awards, respectively, and the CBP Ambassador Award, and Customer Service and Professionalism Award.

Durst is a graduate of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, and St Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. She has completed advanced training at the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society, the Senior Leader Program at George Washington University, and the CBP Leadership Institute.

Read more about Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of the Baltimore Field Office.

CBP’s Baltimore Field Office

The Baltimore Field Office is staffed by more than 800 employees responsible for all aspects of Field Operations in southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and northern Virginia.

The Baltimore Field Office is rich in the history of the U.S. Two of the oldest ports in the country are part of the Baltimore Field Office: the Port of Philadelphia, established in 1701, and the Port of Baltimore, established in 1706. Both ports remain major economic drivers and contributors to the economy of the mid-Atlantic and the United States.

The Baltimore Field Office consists of 13 international ports of entry. Annual trade operations total more than $101 billion. The Port of Baltimore ranks #1 nationally for automobile imports and roll-on-roll-off cargo (Baltimore), and Wilmington, Del., ranks #1 in fresh fruit imports. The Ports of Washington Dulles and Philadelphia are among the top-20 nationwide airports for international travelers, and each airport serves as an important hub for a major U.S. carrier.

Visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection to learn how CBP secures our nation’s borders while facilitating the free flow of lawful trade and travel.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. See what CBP accomplished on “A Typical Day" in 2016.

Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021