Durst Assumes Command as Area Port Director
Boston - Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees at the Area Port of St. Albans, Vermont welcomed Casey Owen Durst who will assume command as Area Port Director. Area Port Director Durst will be responsible for operational oversight of 18 Ports and Stations in Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as the Trusted Traveler Vetting Center in Williston, Vermont.
"Ms. Durst's expertise and experience make her an important asset to CBP," said Director of Field Operations Kevin Weeks, Boston Field Office. "We are grateful to have a person of such caliber at the helm of our operations in Vermont and New Hampshire."
Prior to her selection, Durst served as the Director of Field Programs, Mission Support for the Office of Field Operations, CBP. In this capacity, the overarching goal was to develop, manage, and sustain the operational workforce of approximately 27,000 by managing and creating headquarters-level policy as well as national programs to meet current and evolving workloads, and operational requirements. Under her leadership, Field Programs was responsible for managing the needs of the Office of Field Operations for overarching programs such as labor-related issues, National Uniform Program, Honor Guard, basic and advanced training, security clearances, and the administration of the Foreign Language Awards Program.
Durst also served as Acting Assistant Director, Trade Operations in El Paso, Texas in Jan. In this capacity, she was responsible for commercial operations within the El Paso Field Office and focused resources on the seven Priority Trade Issues - high-risk areas that can cause significant revenue loss, damage the U.S. economy, or threaten the health and safety of the American people (agriculture, import safety, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, intellectual property rights, penalties, revenue and textiles).
Earlier in her career, Durst held the positions of an Inspector at Washington Dulles International Airport and a Program Manager at CBP Headquarters in Washington D.C. where she was assigned to the Offices of the Commissioner and Field Operations in the divisions of Operations, Field and Resource Management, and Financial Management.
Durst is the recipient of the Commissioner's Ambassador Award, and the Commissioner's Customer Service and Professionalism Award. She also received acknowledgment for Service and Recognition for Service, and commended for her support for the Forward Deployed Operation Command Center during Hurricane Katrina.
CBP overseas operations at 327 air, land and sea ports of entry and along 7,000 miles of border with Canada and Mexico, as well as 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida peninsula and off the coast of Southern California. The agency also protects 95,000 miles of maritime border in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.