“I join Acting Commissioner Troy Miller in thanking Acting Deputy Commissioner Benjamine “Carry” Huffman and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz for their invaluable service to our Department and am proud to announce the promotion of Pete Flores to serve as Acting Deputy Commissioner, Jason Owens to serve as the Chief of the Border Patrol, and Diane Sabatino to serve as the Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.
“Acting Deputy Commissioner Huffman and Chief Ortiz embody the ideals of public service. They have dedicated their careers to the safety and security of the American people and the betterment of the great CBP for which they have sacrificed so much. Their legacy of service is enduring and will forever be a part of the fabric of the entire Department of Homeland Security. Their legacy includes the many men and women whom they have inspired to serve and lead with honor and integrity. I congratulate them on their retirement and am profoundly grateful to them for everything they have done.
“Congratulations to Pete Flores and Diane Sabatino for their richly-deserved promotions in the headquarters of CBP. They too are great leaders who will carry forward in the proudest traditions of CBP, building on their remarkable years of service and ascension through the ranks of the organization.
“I am proud to welcome Border Patrol Sector Chief Jason Owens as our 26th Chief of the United States Border Patrol. Chief Owens is a talented, selfless, and inspiring leader who is dedicated to the Border Patrol’s law enforcement mission, the men and women who fulfill it, and the country that we all serve. I have worked with Chief Owens; I am inspired by his commitment to the mission, and am grateful to him for his continued service in this new leadership role.”