Chief Ron Colburn
Chief Ron Colburn (U.S. Border Patrol – Retired) has one of the most extensive backgrounds in border security in the world today, having served for over 31 years in critical operational positions in the field with the U.S. Border Patrol, at the headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and at The White House Homeland Security Council. He has served the past several years as a consultant in border, homeland and national security, law enforcement training and leadership development.
Chief Colburn retired in November 2009 as the National Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Second In Command – aka: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, CBP). While at CBP, Chief Colburn helped lead a workforce of over 20,000 agents tasked with the mission of protecting, defending, and enforcing America’s borders during a time of unprecedented scrutiny of this nation’s border security. As Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol, Ron served essentially as the chief operations officer with oversight of a multi-billion dollar budget.
Ron Colburn is Co-Founder of the Border Patrol Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that supports the surviving families of fallen Border Patrol Agents, to name its core mission. He served as Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma, Arizona Sector area of responsibility. The Yuma Sector is now recognized nationally as having achieved the most significant improvement in border security, in recent history.
Chief Colburn is a founding member of the U.S. Border Patrol’s tactical unit, known as “BORTAC.” As a member of this special weapons and tactics unit, Ron served in numerous Team Leader positions throughout the United States, Canada, South and Central America. Chief Ron Colburn represents the third generation in four generations of family members serving their country as defenders and protectors of our nation’s borders. Ron’s grandfather patrolled the border in the early 1900s with a “Mounted Guard” unit; his father served nearly 30 years in Border Patrol and INS positions, and now Chief Colburn’s youngest son serves as a Border Patrol Agent.