Benjamin “Carry” HuffmanChief of Strategic Planning & Analysis
Benjamine “Carry” Huffman is the Chief of the Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate (SPAD) at the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington D.C. and his expertise lies in the overall improvement, design and implementation of DHS/CBP component wide multi-dimensional initiatives. SPAD’s mission revolves around developing, managing and improving the overall efficiency of U.S. Border Patrol’s strategic systems and processes through guided principles. Insightfully, he oversees the complexities of six divisions within this Directorate that are the focal point for the future, as well as the development and employment of Strategy, Analytics, Data and Systems Management, gathering of Operational Requirements, Policy and Doctrine developmental review/oversight, Planning and Accountability and Emergency Preparedness. Under his steadfast directional guidance, the Directorate’s leadership constantly strive to create a performance culture, by using several goal oriented models and methods, that evaluate the People, Processes and Performance; thus, enabling the U.S Border Patrol to protect the Nation by securing America’s borders. Chief Huffman’s career with the U.S. Border Patrol began 32 years ago on February 3, 1985, when he entered on duty with U.S. Border Patrol Academy Class 173. His first duty assignment was at the Imperial Beach Station in the San Diego Sector. In July 1996, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Office of Intelligence at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, DC, overseeing a comprehensive five-year strategic plan for the intelligence program. In May 2000, he assumed a field command position as the Patrol Agent in Charge of the Marfa Station in the Big Bend Sector. In February 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at Big Bend Sector Headquarters where he was responsible for several Border Patrol stations and had oversight of the Special Operation Unit, Intelligence Unit, and the Training Unit. He also had oversight over firearms, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, recruiting, and was the Immigration and Customs Enforcement liaison. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent at the Big Bend Sector Headquarters in May 2007. On January 27, 2014, he was selected into the Senior Executive Service and commenced a tour of duty serving as the Deputy Chief of the El Paso Sector, headquartered in El Paso, Texas. In that capacity, he was second in command and responsible for oversight of more than 125,500 square miles of territory which consists of the entire State of New Mexico, El Paso County, and portions of Hudspeth County, Texas. Throughout his nearly 32 year career, Chief Huffman has had numerous temporary duty assignments. In particular, Chief Huffman previously served as the Acting Director, State, Local and Tribal Liaison under the office of the Commissioner. He was responsible for advising the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and program offices on the impacts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policies and initiatives on state, local and tribal stakeholders to ensure that state and local concerns are considered during the development of new policies and procedures. He was the Acting Director of the Special Operations Group (SOG). SOG was the global response team for CPB and consisted of Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) and Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Units. In 1987, he became a member of BORTAC and has served on various missions in the Western Hemisphere including; Operation Green Blanket, operations in South Africa, and Operation Snowcap in Bolivia. Chief Huffman earned a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He has also completed the Capstone General and Flag Officer Course at the National Defense University and the Senior Executive Managers in Government from Harvard. Chief Benjamine “Carry” Huffman is 56 years old and a native of West Texas. He and his wife, Kristi, have been married for 34 years and have three children.