[Congressional Record Volume 168, Number 189 (Tuesday, December 6, 2022)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1221]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                       RECOGNIZING RANDY J. HOWE


                           HON. HENRY CUELLAR

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, December 6, 2022

  Mr. CUELLAR. Madam Speaker, today I rise to congratulate Randy J. 
Howe on his retirement after 34 years spent protecting our nation's 
borders. I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking Mr. Howe for his 
service to our great nation.
  After graduating from Niagara University in 1988, Mr. Howe joined the 
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Diego, California. 
He went on to work for the newly established U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP), where he held various leadership positions, including 
Preclearance Director, Buffalo Area Port Director, Executive Director 
of Operations at the CBP Headquarters, and eventually Director of Field 
Operations for the Laredo Field Office.
  As a native of Laredo, Texas, and a strong supporter of our law 
enforcement agencies along the border, I know just how demanding Mr. 
Howe's job can be. He and his colleagues are on the front lines of the 
battle against the importation of illicit drugs and human smuggling. 
His work is also critical to supporting trade and unlocking supply 
chains across North America.
  Mr. Howe is responsible for operation and enforcement activities at 
eight international ports of entry that span 450 miles in South Texas. 
He leads over 3,300 dedicated officers across 18 international 
crossings, eight airports, three rail crossings, two dams, a seaport, 
and a ferry. He also leads the Machinery Center of Excellence, which 
manages 37 partner accounts, incorporating 191 importers of records 
representing some of the nation's largest corporations.
  I would also like to recognize Mr. Howe's family. He and his wife, 
Athina, are celebrating 30 years of marriage. His children have 
followed in their father's footsteps to serve the public good: his son, 
Mackenzie, is also a CBP officer, and his daughter, Angelina, is a 
registered nurse.
  On behalf of the 28th District of Texas and on behalf of a grateful 
nation, I want to congratulate Mr. Howe on his well-deserved retirement 
and thank him for his decades of service. I wish him the best in the 
next chapter of his life.