Chief (retired) George Gunnoe has over 35 years of government service. He was formerly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection where he served in several significant positions including Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol in Washington DC, Associate Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Special Coordination Center, and Director of Resource Management for Operation Alliance. In 2004 George retired as Assistant Chief of the Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector. In 2005 George returned to government service as an Operations and Spanish language instructor at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. He is certified by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute as a Master Exercise Practitioner.
Throughout his career George was a direct contributor to the development of national mass immigration emergency and drug control policies including the National Drug Control Strategy, the Southwest Border Drug Control Strategy, and the Expanded Border Control Operations Plan. While at Operation Alliance he oversaw and coordinated over 300 joint military / civilian law enforcement missions conducted along the United States' southern border. He also served on the Board of Advisors to the Criminal Justice Program and the South Regional Police Academy at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas.
While serving in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974 George saw tours of duty in the Republic of South Vietnam, at the Army Security Agency, and the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland. George completed the Central Intelligence Agency's Middle East Operations course at Langley, Virginia, and designed and conducted exercises involving terrorist events as part of his FEMA designation as a Master Exercise Practitioner. He is a 1978 graduate of the United States Border Patrol Academy.