BLAINE, Wash. – On June 10, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol Chief, Michael J. Fisher, transferred command of the Blaine Sector to Chief Patrol Agent Dan M. Harris, Jr. The change of command ceremony, which was held at CBP’s Bellingham Air Branch hangar, was a formal, symbolic passing of command responsibility, authority and accountability for the region. Blaine Sector’s area of responsibility covers western Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
“I am humbled and honored to accept the important responsibilities of this position and lead the men and women of Blaine Sector. We will protect the border, our country and our communities; serving with the utmost professionalism and integrity,” said Chief Harris.
Chief Harris is a sixth generation law enforcement officer, the 14th officer in his family, and is named after his great-grandfather who was shot and killed in the line of duty as a Texas Ranger. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the San Angelo Police Department in San Angelo, Texas. He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1995 as a Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Texas. He has held several leadership positions, including assistant chief at the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington D.C. Prior to his selection as chief patrol agent of Blaine Sector, he was assigned to the Grand Forks Sector as deputy chief patrol agent, covering North Dakota and Minnesota.
Chief Harris is originally from San Angelo, Texas. He is a graduate of Angelo State University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. In 2010, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.
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.