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Carl Landrum Takes Helm at Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector

Carl Landrum, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector in Texas.

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. Border Patrol welcomed Carl E. Landum as chief patrol agent of the Laredo Sector in Texas. 

Landrum began serving as the sector’s deputy patrol agent in December and was appointed to the permanent position in February. 

His appointment was made officials during a ceremony on Friday.

“I want to take this time to thank the men and women of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Matthew J. Hudak our local, state, and federal partners, visiting chiefs from surrounding sectors, local and state leaders, and my family and friends who were in attendance with me at today’s Change of Command Ceremony,” Landrum said. “I consider myself a Laredoen, this is my community and I vow to support and work together with our leaders in this community. We are all here together for a reason, together we will take America to a better place.”

Since joining Border Patrol in 1996, Landum has served in numerous supervisory and command positions, including special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service in New York City and assistant chief patrol agent at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington D.C.

In 2011, Landrum was promoted to patrol agent in charge of the Cotulla Border Patrol Station in Texas, and in 2012, he became patrol agent in charge of the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. 

In 2014, Landum was promoted to division chief at the Laredo Sector. He also created the Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force West in San Antonio. 

In 2016, he became deputy chief patrol agent of the Yuma Sector. 

Before joining Border Patrol, Landrum received a bachelor’s degree of science in information systems from the University of Phoenix. He earned a master’s degree in strategic studies form the U.S. Army War College and became the first civilian to attend the school’s Advanced Strategic Art Program.

The Laredo Sector covers over more than 84,000 square miles in 96 counties from the U.S.-Mexico border to the borders of Texasand Oklahoma and Arkansas and has more than 1,900 employees. The Laredo Sector has nine stations: Laredo North, Laredo South, Laredo West, Zapata, Cotulla, Hebbronville, Freer, San Antonio, and Dallas. 

Robert Danley Named Chief Patrol Agent of CBP’s Detroit Sector

Chief Patrol Agent Robert Danley

By Steve Neavling

Robert B. Danley has been named the new chief patrol agent of CBP’s Detroit Sector.

Danley succeeds Douglas Harrison, who retired after leading the sector for five years. 

Danley’s career with CBP began in 2001, when he entered the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. His first assignment was at Brackettville Station in the Del Rio Scgtor in Texas. 

Since then, Danley has held a variety of leadership positions on the northern and southern borders, the Border Patrol Academy and USBP headquarters. His positions included patrol agent in charge, associate chief and acting deputy chief. 

He’s earned numerous distinctions during his career. He’s a two-time recipient of the CBP Commissioner’s Award for Mission Integration and Partner and Stakeholder Engagement. He also received the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Meritorious Service Silver Medal for Leadership for his creation of migrant pathways in 2020. 

Danley graduated from northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s of science in justice studies. 

The Detroit Sector has five Border Patrol stations along 863 miles of the border with Canada and encompasses Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. 

William J. Maddocks Becomes Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine

Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks

By Steve Neavling

William J. Maddocks has been named chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine. 

Maddocks replaces acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason Schneider, who had been serving since May 2020. 

Maddocks joined Border Patrol in 1997 and served in sectors on the northern and southwest borders. He has had multiple leadership command assignments during his career. 

Maddocks most recently served as deputy chief patrol agent of the Swanton Sector in Vermont. 

Maddocks previously served two assignments with the Houlton Sector. 

“Returning to Houlton Sector is like coming home for me,” Maddocks said in a statement. “No matter where my career has taken me, it seems that all roads always led back to Houlton. It’s good to be home, and I am both proud and humbled at the opportunity to lead the fine folks that make up the USBP Team here in Maine”

Maddocks, a native of Connecticut, served in the U.S. Army from 193 to 1987. 

Aaron Heitke Named Chief Patrol Agent for San Diego Sector

Aaron Heitke, chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Aaron Heitke, a 22-year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been promoted to chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector.

Heitke most recently served as the sector’s deputy chief patrol agent. In 2015, he served as the chief patrol agent for the Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota.

Heitke joined the Border Patrol in 1998, serving at the Wellton Station in the Yuma Sector. In 2004, Heitke became supervisory Border Patrol agent at the Grand Marais Station in the Grand Forks Sector and was named its Patrol Agent in Charge in 2005.

In his current role, Heitke will manage more than 2,400 agents and mission support staff and oversee the sector’s eight Border Patrol stations.

A native of Minnesota, Heitke earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He then earned a juris doctorate at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Before joining the Border Patrol, he practiced law for a short period.

Head of U.S. Border Patrol in Blaine Was Removed from His Position

Steve Neavling

John C. Bates, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine Sector, was removed from his post Monday after serving for six years as chief patrol agent for the sector, the Bellingham Herald reports.

The reason, however, remained a mystery this morning after authorities declined to say what happened.

Bates was in charge of protecting the borders of Washington, Alaska and Oregon.

He had been with the agency since 1985.

Blaine is the second leader to be removed from the Blaine sector in the last five years. A deputy chief was arrested for having sex with an underage girl, according to the Bellingham Herald.