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Published May 03, 2012, 03:28 PM

Ceremony Held For New Chief Patrol Agent In Grand Forks

The U.S. Border Patrol's Grand Forks Sector has a new Chief Patrol Agent. A ceremony today gave law enforcement the chance to meet the Texas native.

The U.S. Border Patrol's Grand Forks Sector has a new Chief Patrol Agent. A ceremony today gave law enforcement the chance to meet the Texas native.

The Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol transferred command of the Grand Forks sector to Austin Skero, who took over on January 15th.

In a traditional ceremony, a change of command takes place, and law enforcement from all over the nation come together to celebrate.

"The change of command ceremony started about 12 years ago within our organization and today gave us an opportunity to have a ceremony for chief Skero, the new chief in the Grand Forks sector," Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Mike Fisher said.

Austin Skero has worked for U.S. Border Patrol for over 17 years. The agent took over command in Grand Forks on January 15th after the previous chief retired in the fall.

"I grew up in South Texas, I've never experienced this environment up here. I really wanted to, I missed he opportunity when I was a young agent so when it presented itself I jumped on the opportunity," Skero said.

Skero reaffirmed his oath of office, it was a proud moment as he heard from the Chief of U.S. Border Patrol who traveled from Washington D.C.

"I entrust in him, among other things, the safety and security of the border patrol agents that are protecting this country each and every day," Fisher said.

The new chief also had the chance to meet and talk to those he will be working with in his new role.

"Having a clear and unambiguous change of command for who's in charge is very important for us. In part because aviation, like the ground mission is very risky so this is an important ceremony," Assistant Commissioner Office of Air and Marine Michael Kostelnik said.

"I'm really excited about being here and working with the men and women in Grand Forks," Skero said.

The ceremony was followed by a meet and greet with the new chief patrol agent.

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