Paul A. Beeson assumed the duties as Director of Joint Task Force – West (JTF-W) of the Department of Homeland Security’s Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan (SBACP) on Dec. 15, 2016.
Previously Director Beeson was the Commander of the Joint Task Force – West, Arizona (JTF-W Arizona) and Chief of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. As JTF-W Arizona Commander, Director Beeson was responsible for implementing higher level strategic guidance from the Joint Task Force – West and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through command, control and coordination of CBP operational functions within the state of Arizona.
Besides JTF-W Arizona roles and responsibilities, Director Beeson oversaw Tucson Sector encompassing the tactical and strategic operation of eight stations and about 4,200 personnel who secure 262 linear miles of border.
With an increase in infrastructure, officer corps numbers, and force multiplier technologies, the Tucson Sector lead the nation in drug seizures and has realized marked success in reduced flow of illegal entries and apprehensions.
Since joining the U. S. Border Patrol in 1985, Beeson has served in a variety of leadership positions. His experience includes time as an Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at the Border Patrol Academy; Deputy Assistant Regional Director at the Border Patrol’s Central Regional Office; principal liaison to the Border and Transportation Security Directorate; Assistant Chief Patrol Agent and then Deputy Chief Patrol Agent for El Paso Sector; and Chief Patrol Agent for the Yuma and San Diego sectors.
Chief Beeson holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Dallas Baptist University and completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Joint Task Force-West
This joint task force structure focuses cross-departmental and integrated counter-network operations on strategic objectives across four geographical corridors: JTF-W California Corridor, JTF-W Arizona Corridor, JTF-W New Mexico/West Texas Corridor, and JTF-W South Texas Corridor while simultaneously strengthening existing structures within each area.
Area networks within the JTF-W Joint Operating Area (JOA) include supporting components, Department of Defense (DOD) Commands, International, State, Local, and Tribal entities.
JTF-W efforts are designed to extend the border and institutionalize an asymmetric operational agility, effectiveness, and impact against targeted Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) networks.