Special Events & Awards

Annual Awards for Excellence in Border Security Initiatives

Awards for Excellence in Border Security Initiatives

Each year Border Security Expo honors and celebrates the accomplishments of individuals from government and industry who have demonstrated tremendous leadership, impacting the border security sector. A Conference Registration pass provides access to the luncheon and awards ceremony.

2014 Award Recipient

Thomas S. WinkowskiThomas S. Winkowski
Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Past recipients include:

2013 Award Recipient

David AguilarDavid V. Aguilar
Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


2012 Award Recipients

William Bratton
Chairman, Kroll Associates and Former Police Chief Los Angeles Police Department, Police Commissioner, New York and Boston police Departments

Ronald Colburn
Principal, Command Consulting Group and Former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

2012 Awardees

2011 Award Recipients

The Honorable R. Gil Kerlikowske
Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Sheriff Larry Dever
Cochise County, and President, Southwest Border Sheriff’s Association

Randy Hill
Chief Patrol Agent, Tucson Sector, accepting award on behalf of ACT- the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats

2010 Award Recipients

Alonzo R. Peña
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Major General Michael Kostelnik USAF (Ret)
Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine

Pennie Gillette-Stroud
Former Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Public Safety

2009 Award Recipients

HIDTA
Terry Azbill
HIDTA Director, Arizona Sector

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Mickey A. Valdez
Assistant Chief of Special Operations for Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, San Diego Sector

Arturo Angulo
Assistant Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Security, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma Sector

Joseph E. Gleason
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent for Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Impact Task Force
Kevin Robinson
Assistant Police Chief, Phoenix Police Department

Commander Joe Klima
Phoenix Police Department

Patricia Schmidt
Assistant Special Agent in-Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Armando Garcia
Assistant Special Agent in-Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dan Wells
Commander, Arizona Department of Public Safety

Tim Chung
Commander, Arizona Department of Public Safety
East Valley Fusion Center

George Gascon
Chief, Mesa Police Department

2008 Award Recipients

Al Peña
Attache-Mexico, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Members of Tucson Sector, U.S. Border Patrol SBInet Team – nominated for this award by David Aguilar, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, DHS:

PAIC Matthew Harris
Technology Team Member, EPT-Intel and Tucson Sector SBInet

SBPA Stephen Sims
Technology Team Member, Tucson Sector SBInet

BPA Christopher Chmiel
Technology Team Member, Tucson Sector SBInet

BPA Oisborne Wilder
Operations Team Member, Tucson Sector SBInet

2007 Award Recipients

Lic. José Luís Santiago Vasconcelos
Deputy Attorney General for International Affairs, Government of Mexico

Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Phillip Calk
U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Salute to Fallen Heroes

Awards for Excellence in Border Security Initiatives

Border Security Expo honors and recognizes law enforcement personnel, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This ceremony inaugurated at Border Security Expo 2012 will continue to honor our fallen heroes each year at a special ceremony taking place during the Expo.

2014 Honorees:

Officer Tim Huffman
Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Police Officer Daryl Raetz
Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

CBP Officer Darrell J. Windhaus
United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations

CBP Officer Kenneth Shetler
United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations

CBP Officer Alvin E. Kinney
United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations

CBP Officer Chad Smith
United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations

2013 Honorees:

Agent Leopoldo Cavazos, Jr.
United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Agent Richard Delaney
United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Agent James R. Dominguez
United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Agent Nicholas J. Ivie
United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Agent Jeffrey Ramirez
United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Deputy Sheriff David Wargo
Maricopa County Sheriff's Department

2013 Honorees

2013 Honorees

2013 Honorees

2012 Honorees:

Agent Jaime Zapata
ICE/Homeland Security Investigations, DHS

Agent Hector Clark
U.S. Border Patrol, CBP, DHS

Agent Eduardo Rojas
U.S. Border Patrol, CBP, DHS

Agent Brian Terry
U.S. Border Patrol, CBP, DHS

Officer Brad Jones
Glendale Police Department

Officer Travis Murphy
Phoenix Police Department

Deputy Sheriff William Coleman
Maricopa County Sheriff's Department

2012 Honorees