Acting Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Carla L. Provost was named permanent chief Aug. 9, the agency announced, making her the first woman to officially lead the patrol.
“There is no one more suited to lead the Border Patrol,” said Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in an agency news release. “It is my distinct honor to appoint Chief Provost to this position. I have absolute confidence in her experience, leadership, judgment and dedication to lead the Border Patrol, as well as her unwavering commitment to our mission, and our agency.”
Since the agency was founded in 1924, all 19 official and acting former chiefs of the Border Patrol have been men.
Provost, who joined the patrol in 1995, has held a number of senior leadership positions, including deputy assistant commissioner of Internal Affairs and deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. She became acting chief in April 2017.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this position and the challenges that come with it,” said Provost. “The Border Patrol is a family, and I will do everything to live up to this great responsibility and represent my ‘family’ to the best of my ability. I am so proud of the men and women of the Border Patrol. I know first-hand the sacrifices they make every day to protect this country, and recognize the outstanding leadership we have, and the brave and tireless work of our agents. First and foremost, I want to be able to support our personnel with the resources and equipment they need to do their jobs in a safe and effective manner. Our people are our most important resource and supporting them is my primary responsibility.”