YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Eric M. Odden announced today the promotion of a 17-year Border Patrol veteran to the position of Executive Officer. Luis A. Cuevas, formerly a Watch Commander at Wellton Station, began his career with the United States Border Patrol in 1997, and attended the 357th session of the United States Border Patrol Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol Agent was with El Centro Station in El Centro Sector.
Executive Officer Cuevas received a lateral transfer to Wellton Station in 2005, and was later promoted to Field Operations Supervisor and Watch Commander. He was temporarily assigned to Yuma Sector as the Acting Executive Officer and aided in ensuring 24/7 continuity of operations at all stations within the sector.
“I am pleased to announce Agent Cuevas’s promotion to Yuma Sector,” Chief Odden stated. “I’ve no doubt he will contribute greatly to the ongoing efforts of the sector to secure the U.S./Mexico border and the Yuma Sector area of responsibility.”
Executive Officer Cuevas has successfully completed the United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Leadership Academy, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations training, both as a student, and as a certified instructor. Agent Cuevas is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.
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.