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20140411 Chief-Kevin-OaksEDINBURG—Kevin W. Oaks has been appointed as the new chief patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Oaks officially entered on duty in his new position Sunday and replaces Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa, who retired in January.

Oaks most recently served as the Operations Division Chief, Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C. His distinguished career in the Border Patrol has included a variety of supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions, including chief patrol agent of the Buffalo Sector and Commander of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. He has served 29 years with the Border Patrol and a total of 33 years with the federal government, including his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As chief patrol agent of RGV Sector, Oaks will manage more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents and have oversight of nine Border Patrol stations, three traffic checkpoints and an intelligence office.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector encompasses more than 34,000 square miles in 34 Texas counties, shares 316 river miles with Mexico, and covers 317 coastal miles. The sector also incorporates the use of unprecedented technology and tactical infrastructure to help secure the borders of the United States.

“I look forward to working with my fellow local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agencies to secure our border and improve the quality of life in our communities,” Oaks said. “The Rio Grande Valley Sector is the focal point of CBP’s efforts to secure the border and I will continue to take a proactive approach that uses targeted enforcement efforts to degrade the of ability criminal organizations to operate throughout the region.”

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

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