LAREDO, Texas – As America prepares to honor its veterans for their service to the nation this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Laredo Field Office would like to acknowledge the significant amount of veterans within its workforce, including those serving in key leadership roles.
“Our military veterans play a vital role throughout our organization, from CBP officers coming up through the ranks to the top levels of leadership within Laredo Field Office,” said Director, Field Operation David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office. “The unique experiences and skill sets acquired through military service undoubtedly help CBP Field Operations to strengthen our border security and knowing that our veterans help carry out the CBP mission with a strong sense of duty, honor and love of country is a tremendous source of inspiration and pride.”
Of the 2,733 employees within Laredo Field Office, 671 or nearly 25 percent are military veterans. Veterans serve in all ranks of the Laredo Field Office including the following key leadership positions: DFO Higgerson, Laredo Field Office, E-5, U.S. Army; Assistant Director, Field Operations Frank Longoria, Laredo Field Office, master sergeant, U.S. Air Force; Port Director Greg Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry, sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, petty officer 2nd Class, gunner’s mate, U.S. Coast Guard; Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry, staff sergeant, U.S. Air Force.
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.