HAVRE, MONT.—Culminating a career that spanned over 27 years of dedication to duty and integrity with the U.S. Border Patrol, Havre Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brenna Neinast is retiring on February 23. Chief Neinast, a second generation Border Patrol agent, continued the tradition of service started by her father, who joined the Border Patrol in 1956, later to retire from the Yuma sector in 1984.
Chief Neinast began her career with the U.S. Border Patrol in January of 1986, as a member of class 191, and was the first female agent assigned to the Tucson, Ariz. station. During her career, she served as a supervisory border patrol agent, watch commander, and patrol agent in charge. In 2001, she was selected as the assistant chief patrol agent of the Detroit sector, and in 2002 she was selected as the deputy chief patrol agent of the New Orleans sector, before joining the Havre sector as the chief patrol agent in 2005.
"Chief Neinast has served our Nation with honor, distinction, and a commitment to excellence throughout her career. Her leadership, experience, and wisdom will be missed by not only those of us in Havre Sector, but throughout the Border Patrol," said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke of Havre sector.
Chief Neinast has successfully completed numerous challenging assignments during her career, including leading the CBP response to hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Rita during her time in the New Orleans sector. She has been the Border Patrol's principal leader for anti-terrorism and homeland security missions for Eastern Montana, Eastern Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado during her tenure in Havre. Her leadership skills and ability to overcome complex issues led to the successful implementation of the Northern Border Strategy within the Havre sector.
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.