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'76 Aggie Named To Lead U.S. Secret Service

Scot Walker '90 April 25, 2017 4:44 PM updated: April 25, 2017 4:52 PM

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President Trump has selected Randolph Alles '76, a retired Marine Corps general and acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to lead the Secret Service, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Alles graduated from Texas A&M in 1976 with a bachelor's in accounting. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets in outfits H-1 and H-2, and he served on Fifth Battalion Staff, Fish Drill Team, the Corps Color Guard, and Recon Company. He was also involved with Campus Crusade for Christ.

As reported by the New York Times:

Mr. Alles, who retired from the Marine Corps as a two-star general in 2011, would be the first Secret Service director in at least a century not to have served among the agency’s ranks.

The appointment comes as the storied law enforcement body is straining to keep up with rapid growth in the number of people it protects and to address festering personnel deficiencies that predate the Trump administration.

Mr. Alles, who goes by Tex, will be charged with rebuilding its ranks, which have been racked by high attrition and low morale. But he is likely to face tough choices about the future of its investigative mission.

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