New CBP Columbus Port Director Introduced at Change of Command Ceremony
Columbus, N.M. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Columbus Port Director Robert Reza was formally sworn into office this afternoon during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony. Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries gathered as Mr. Reza recited the oath of office during a ceremony at the Columbus Community Center.
"This is a great honor to represent CBP and the port of Columbus as the new port director," said Robert Reza, CBP Columbus port director. "The agency has entrusted me with a huge responsibility and I look forward to working with the local community and with our fellow law enforcement agencies in southern New Mexico."
As the Columbus port director, Mr. Reza will direct operations and enforcement activities at the Columbus port of entry as well as the Antelope Wells border crossing. He will oversee CBP employees at these locations including CBP officers, agriculture specialists, canine enforcement officers, and other personnel.
"I am proud to represent all the dedicated officers assigned to the Columbus port of entry. I am confident our officers will meet the challenge and continue protecting our nation," said Reza. "I am happy I was able to share this day with my family, friends and fellow officers."
Mr. Reza plans to focus the efforts of his employees to ensure that the agency's primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States is accomplished on a daily basis. Mr. Reza is also responsible for all immigration issues related to the admission and exclusion of people applying for entry into the United States. He also is responsible for customs and agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to ensure that all goods and people entering the United States do so in accordance with our laws and regulations, while ensuring that they are facilitated in their processing to support the global market place and the international tourism industries.
Mr. Reza began his federal career as an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service in El Paso in 1991. During his career Mr. Reza's positions and assignments have included serving as a field training officer, contraband enforcement team member, and a dedicated commuter lane supervisor. He has also served as a passenger processing supervisor and the El Paso port of entry training supervisor. Mr. Reza is also a recipient of a Commissioner Unit Citation Award. His most recent assignment was as the assistant port director at the Columbus port.
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as another way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission. Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation's borders. The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.
Although today marked the formal change of command at CBP's Columbus port of entry, Mr. Reza has occupied his new post since Oct. 25. Mr. Reza replaces Charles Wright who is now the Santa Teresa port director.
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.