President Donald Trump appointed Randolph D. "Tex" Alles as the 25th Director of the United States Secret Service on April 25, 2017.
Mr. Alles previously served as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In this role, he served as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Alles has previously held several leadership positions at CBP. In October 2016, he was named Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services provides specialized skills, resources, equipment, and other tools that enable CBP's frontline personnel to safeguard America's borders and enhance economic competitiveness.
Prior to being named to that position, Mr. Alles led CBP's Air and Marine Operations (AMO), a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With 1,200 federal agents, 256 aircraft, and 286 marine vessels operating from 74 locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, AMO conducts its mission between ports of entry, in the air and maritime environments, and within the nation's interior.
Mr. Alles joined AMO as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner in March 2012 and was appointed as the Executive Assistant Commissioner in January 2013. Prior to joining AMO he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General. He served in numerous leadership positions in both the Marine Corps and joint commands. Throughout his military service he gained extensive experience in flight training, standardization, operations, quality assurance, logistics, and aviation maintenance.
Mr. Alles received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 1976 and his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in
1999. His squadron (VMFA-312) was awarded the 1997 Robert M. Hanson Award for Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year. His military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with Combat V and Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral 3, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star.