DETROIT--Detroit Sector Border Patrol held an official Change of Command ceremony today on Selfridge Air National Base. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and U.S Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher participated in the ceremony, which formally installed Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez as the head of Detroit Sector.
The Change of Command ceremony is a long-standing tradition and symbolizes the transfer of responsibility to the incoming Chief Patrol Agent. It also allows Border Patrol agents assigned to Detroit Sector to participate in the transition of leadership. During the ceremony Chief Fisher pinned the Chief Patrol Agent badge on Chief Martinez, who then reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the borders of the United States by reciting the Oath of Office. The ceremony was attended by numerous federal, state, and local partners.
Chief Martinez's Border Patrol career covers more than 24 years of service, beginning in October 1988 in the El Paso Sector. He worked as an Assistant Chief, and later as an Associate Chief, at Border Patrol Headquarters, and as Assistant Chief Patrol Agent and Acting Division Chief in Laredo Sector. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff for the South Texas Campaign and Director of the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats, before being selected as Chief Patrol Agent.
In the opening remarks, Deputy Commissioner McAleenan told Chief Martinez, "we are grateful to you for your dedication to duty and your willingness to take on the broad range of challenges for CBP, the Border Patrol, and our nation." In transferring command of Detroit Sector to Chief Martinez, Chief Fisher told him, "you are now the epitome of, and need to exemplify, the core values of Customs and Border Protection. Never lose sight of the brave men and woman who do this job everyday with countless sacrifices to their family and their friends." In his first official remarks Chief Patrol Agent Martinez thanked Acting Deputy Commissioner McAleenan and Chief Fisher for the honor of leading the agents of Detroit Sector and said, "we will continue to look for ways to integrate operations with our partners in a way that is mutually beneficial in improving the safety and security of our nation and the communities we serve."
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.