LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol Chief Mario Martinez announced the selection of Jason D. Owens as Deputy Chief Patrol Agent, Laredo Sector. As the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent, Mr. Owens is the second in command and is responsible for directing U.S. Border Patrol operations along the 171- mile stretch of the U.S./Mexico Border and commands over 1,700 agents and support personnel combined.
“His achievements at station, sector, and national program levels have demonstrated the leadership skills and operational experience that will continue to develop and enhance Laredo Sector’s operational posture and the traits necessary to lead employees of the Laredo Sector,” said Chief Martinez.
Deputy Chief Owens entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1996, with the 325th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. After graduating valedictorian, he was assigned to the El Centro Sector’s Calexico Station. Deputy Owens came to Laredo from the Rio Grande Valley Sector, where he served as Patrol Agent in Charge of the Rio Grande City Station commanding one of the largest and busiest Border Patrol Stations in the nation. Throughout his 19-year career, Deputy Owens has held pivotal positions as Assistant Chief, Patrol Agent in Charge, and Field Operations Supervisor and also in an acting capacity as Associate Chief, Executive Officer, and Director of Mission Support. His experience spans from Headquarters Office of Border Patrol, to both Southern and Northern border sectors in operational and administrative capacities.
He is a 2001 graduate of Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) Selection Course XV and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) Selection Course III. He served as an active member of both teams, and deployed on various high-profile operations including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the Tucson Sector’s Operation Desert Risk in 2003. In 2004, he was promoted to Field Operations Supervisor at BORTAC headquarters in El Paso, Texas. During this time, he led several counter-narcotics and counterterrorism operations including deployments to Honduras and Iraq.
He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and holds both a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Shorter University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is a graduate of the CBP Leadership Institute (CBP LI) and the American University Key Executive Leadership Program. He is currently attending the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
Deputy Owens and his wife Doris have two children, Blake and Zach.
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.