The Border Patrol just sent this "open letter" from the new chief of the Tucson Sector, Randy Hill. Hill comes to the busiest sector on the U.S.-Mexico border from the same position in the El Paso Sector. He replaces Victor Manjarrez Jr., who was relieved of his duties earlier this month after just nine months in the position.
(Side note: The agency still has not divulged exactly why Manjarrez left or whether he has been assigned to another position somewhere within the agency. This statement is the only thing that has been said about it from the Border Patrol: "Due to personal reasons, Chief Manjarrez is no longer Tucson Sector Chief. CBP will not elaborate out of respect for his privacy.)
Anyway, here is the text of the letter from Hill:
"On December 15, 2010, six days before officially taking my post as Chief of the Tucson Border Patrol Sector, I heard news no leader ever wants to hear. On that day, I learned that one of my brothers in green had been killed in the line of duty.
As the U.S. Border Patrol mourns the loss of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, I want to thank all of those individuals and organizations that have been so generous with their support from the moment we learned of his death; from searching for the suspects, to arranging for Agent Terry’s journey home, and then finally to the honors rendered him at his funeral in Detroit, Michigan.
While I cannot divulge specific details of the incident due to the ongoing investigation, I can say that Agent Terry was honorably performing his duties as a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, known as BORTAC, when he was shot and killed. My heart goes out not only to his family and friends, but also to those of you who have served with and knew Agent Terry.
This tragic incident has reminded us of the strength of the relationships the U.S. Border Patrol has with its law enforcement partners and the local community. I thank you all; your support makes a difference, and is greatly appreciated by the Terry family and the Tucson Border Patrol Sector.
In keeping with the Border Patrol motto, “Honor First,” we will honor Agent Terry not only by remembering the many noble aspects of his life of service, but also by continuing with our mission to protect our Nation’s borders from all threats, foreign and domestic. There will be a memorial service in honor of Agent Terry on January 21, 2010, at Kino Stadium, which the public is invited to attend.
I had hoped to be able to introduce myself to the community sooner and under better circumstances. When I learned I had been selected to lead the busiest Border Patrol Sector in the Nation, I was honored and excited by the tremendous opportunity. I pledged at the time to do everything in my power to ensure the Tucson Sector continues the traditions of honor and service to the Nation it has followed since its beginnings in 1924. I am determined more than ever to honor that pledge.
Since Agent Terry’s death, the question most often asked of me has been “Are you more committed to securing the border now?” The reality is that we have always been committed to securing the border. For many years, I have witnessed firsthand our agents performing their duties with great bravery and enthusiasm and I know they will continue to do so. The death of Agent Terry, and the deaths of the 111 agents who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1928, only serves to strengthen our resolve. You have my full commitment that we will continue with our mission to secure Arizona’s borders.
Randy R. Hill
Chief Patrol Agent
Tucson Sector "