Yuma, Arizona - Yuma Sector is pleased to announce the promotion of Mario Villarreal to division chief for Operations. Division Chief Villarreal brings some 26 years of knowledge, leadership and field experience to Yuma Border Patrol Sector.
Assuming his new post at the Sector early in July, Villarreal will oversee the operational deployment, tactical and strategic planning of 1,000 agents for one of the most complex Border Patrol Sectors in the country.
Prior to his assignment inYuma, Villarreal served as an Assistant Chief Patrol agent in Rio Grande Valley Sector and at Border Patrol Headquarters inWashington,D.C.
With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003, Villarreal established the Border Patrol’s Office of Public Affairs within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters, becoming the first national spokesman for the Border Patrol under the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.
From December 2003 to December 2004, Villarreal served as acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Public Affairs, directly supervising 75 employees and managing an annual budget of $7 million. He served as an advisor to the CBP Commissioner and was responsible for managing staff media activities at every CBP field office, Border Patrol sector and program nationwide.
Villarreal graduated from the 191st session of theBorderPatrolAcademyin 1986. During his career, he held many field and headquarters leadership positions, including:
Before pursuing a career in law enforcement, Villarreal attendedTexasSouthmostCollegeandPanAmericanUniversity. He is a graduate of theCommandLeadershipAcademyandGeorgeWashingtonUniversity’s Senior Leader Program.