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Spotlights from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.

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  • CBP Acting Commissioner Miller Hosts Last COAC 15th Term Trade Advisory Committee Meeting
    06-29-2021 | Spotlights
    A container ship is docked at the port of Seattle in Washington stateThe U.S. borders have remained open for legitimate
    trade during the coronavirus pandemic. Above, a
    container ship is docked at the port of Seattle in
    Washington state.

    Photo by Jerry Glaser, CBP file photo

    As the first days of summer began to unfold, the 15th term of Customs and Border Protection’s trade advisory committee came to a close. Members of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory…


  • From Land to Sea: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Journey to AMO
    05-24-2021 | Spotlights

    Since his first ride-along with a local police department, Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Cleon Arrington was hooked on law enforcement. By the age of 22, he was pinning on a badge and wearing his passion for protecting his community. His love of safeguarding and serving others encouraged him to start his own security company as a side hustle, which gained the attention of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Arrington was originally contacted by a Border Patrol recruiter and found himself in short order at the Border Patrol Academy, where he began to hear about Air and Marine…


  • Passion for the Sky: A Female Instructor’s Unique Flight Path to Air Interdiction
    05-17-2021 | Spotlights

    Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) Presley Rose recalled her first encounter with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) at a job she had as a flight instructor. After seeing an AMO helicopter land, she introduced herself to the AIAs. The agents gladly answered her questions on becoming an AMO pilot and in two minutes she was hooked. “When someone is passionate about something it compels you to listen and want to know why.”


  • Chimsakda Uk: A Combat Marine’s Transition from Afghanistan to CBP Success Story
    03-30-2021 | Spotlights

    My name is Chimsakda “Chuck” Uk. I’m a Marine Corps combat veteran and a proud member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) family. In the Marines we had a saying, “If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” Hard is what we did in the Marines. However, if you had told me 10 years ago that after my discharge from the Marine Corps I would one day become a federal employee, I wouldn’t have thought it easy. Why, you ask? Well, the reason is deadly serious. Like many combat veterans, I never thought I would survive my…


  • Acting CBP Commissioner Miller Hosts First Virtual Meeting with Trade Advisory Committee
    03-23-2021 | Spotlights
    A CBP officer at the port of Los Angeles-Long Beach in California, awaits a cargo ship for inspection. Photo by Vincent VuongA CBP officer at the port of Los Angeles-Long Beach
    in California, awaits a cargo ship for inspection.

    Photo by Vincent Vuong

    Change was the dominant theme when U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trade advisory group met virtually on March 17, for its first quarterly meeting of 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic marked its first anniversary, members of the Commercial…


  • Naval Aircrewman Mechanic Soars Toward Aviation Enforcement
    03-19-2021 | Spotlights

    Aviation Enforcement Agent (AEA) Alison Garduno has been around aircraft her entire life. Her father was a Naval officer stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and her mother managed a base flying club. Eager to find her own path to the sky, Garduno changed course in college and joined the Navy as a Naval Aircrewman Mechanic.

    Aviation Enforcement Agent (AEA) Alison Garduno Aviation Enforcement Agent (AEA) Alison Garduno
    has her dream job. She set her sights on a career
    as…
  • Jay Bishop - A CBP Veterans Internship Program Success Story
    02-12-2021 | Spotlights

    It is said that if you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give up your time, your peace and sleep for it, that with the help of faith, hard work, and perseverance you’ll get it. Jay Bishop, an Army veteran and current Management and Program Analyst within the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) headquarters in Washington, DC, personifies this mantra magnificently. Bishop explains, “My path to participation in the VA’s Non-Paid Work Experience Program (NPWE) internship wasn’t my first choice upon…


  • CBP Secures Super Bowl
    02-08-2021 | Spotlights

    Agency delivers massive security effort at Super Bowl LV during global pandemic

     

    An Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and crew from Miami patrol the airspace over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in advance of Super Bowl LV. Photo by Jerry GlaserAn Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk
    helicopter and crew from Miami patrol the airspace
    over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in
    advance of Super Bowl LV.

    Photo by Jerry Glaser

    On Sunday…


  • Presidential Management Fellow Success Story: Adam Sulewski
    01-25-2021 | Spotlights

    Adam Sulewski was recently selected to the supervisory position of branch chief of the Trade Agreements Branch for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USCMA) Center. USMCA replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He started his career path with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spring of 2009, when he applied to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program and interviewed with CBP's Office of International Affairs.