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Molaski Accepts Command of CBP Canine Program in El Paso, Texas

Release Date: 
September 14, 2011

In a formal change-of-command ceremony held yesterday at the Ft. Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum in El Paso, Texas, William H. Molaski became director of the Customs and Border Protection Canine Program.

William H. Molaski enters change of command ceremony.

William H. Molaski enters ceremony where he officially took command of CBP's canine program.

Director Molaski accepted the change-of-command designation from former Director and Chief Patrol Agent Clark P. Larson, who retired from the CBP Canine Program in December, 2010. Director Molaski is now responsible for national oversight and training for the canine program.

Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar provided remarks during the ceremony, alongside Office of Training Development Assistant Commissioner Patricia M. Duffy.

William H. Molaski is sworn in.

William H. Molaski, far right, is sworn in by Patricia M. Duffy, assistant commissioner for training, and CBP Deputy Commissioner David. V. Aguilar.

Photo Credit:Gregory M. Hoiland

During his comments, Deputy Commissioner Aguilar expressed his respect for the contributions made by both outgoing Director Larson and newly appointed Director Molaski - calling them both his friends. Deputy Commissioner Aguilar recognized former Director Larson for his leadership and outstanding dedication to the canine program. He also expressed a high degree of confidence in newly designated Director Molaski's ability to take the Canine Program to new heights.

The canine program is tasked with procuring and training all canine teams for CBP, and is also responsible for coordination and standardization of the national CBP Canine Training Program.

"It is an absolute privilege to be selected for this coveted position," Molaski said. "The hard-working men and women who comprise our national canine facilities are second to none, so naturally I am very proud to be part of it," he stated.

Molaski began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1979 as a canine officer after serving six-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army. He later became a course developer at the training facility in Front Royal, Va. In 1995, he transferred to the Tucson field office where he held positions of canine program supervisor in Douglas, Ariz.; port director at Naco and Douglas, Ariz.; and assistant director for field operations in Tucson, Ariz.

During his career he served as a canine program advisor in Saudi Arabia, and conducted extensive canine program reviews throughout South and Central America. He later worked with the Office of International Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq, where he coordinated the deployment of CBP border security teams assigned to various ports of entry throughout Iraq.

Molaski currently is a chairperson on the CBP canine program executive steering committee.

Douglas T. Mosier
CBP Public Affairs

Last modified: 
February 8, 2017