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Faces of Homeland Security: David Aguilar

David Aguilar, Deputy Commissioner, CBP
Washington, DC

As Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), David Aguilar oversees the daily operations of CBP’s approximately 60,000-employee workforce and manages an operating budget of more than $11 billion – leading efforts to ensure that CBP’s responsibility of protecting the nation from the entry of dangerous goods and people is carried out effectively.

Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Aguilar served as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Nation’s highest ranking Border Patrol Agent. Using knowledge of the job and his expertise gained from over 31 years of service with the Border Patrol, Chief Aguilar directed the enforcement efforts of more than 20,000 Border Patrol Agents nationwide.

Aguilar’s field assignments included service as the Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector. With over 2,000 Border Patrol Agents under his command and over 200 support personnel, Aguilar oversaw eight geographically dispersed Border Patrol stations along 261 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border. In 2003, the Tucson Sector was awarded the CBP Office of Anti-Terrorism Commissioner’s Award for operational achievements under Operation Desert Safeguard, an operation planned, designed and implemented in the high-risk areas of the Tucson Sector.

Aguilar first entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in June 1978 at Laredo, Texas, where he held the positions of first line supervisor, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge. He is a recipient of the 2005 President’s Meritorious Excellence Award, and received the Presidential Rank Award in 2008.

CBP is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country. As the guardians of America’s borders, CBP is responsible for securing America’s borders against threats while facilitating legal travel, trade, and immigration.

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