USCG & CBP Appreciation Dinner 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
6 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – Dinner and Program
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club (3985 Hunt Club Rd N, Jacksonville, FL 32224)
Tickets: $35 per person, includes networking, dinner, program
Diane J. Sabatino
Director, Field Operations
Miami and Tampa Field Offices
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Mrs. Diane J. Sabatino was appointed Director, Field Operations of Miami and Tampa Field Offices (MFO and TFO) effective August 23, 2015. The MFO encompasses all inspectional operations at Miami International Airport, Miami Seaport, Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale International Airport, West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce, and Key West. The TFO encompasses the Area Ports of Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Mrs. Sabatino currently manages a combined MFO/TFO workforce of over 2,700 employees, protecting and serving the entire Florida peninsula. Over 20 employees from this workforce have been embedded in task forces with various missions combatting terrorism, organized crime, narcotics, and illegal immigration. Mrs. Sabatino recognizes the importance of investing in the development of strategic partnerships and has seen those investments pay off firsthand.
Prior to her current assignment, Mrs. Sabatino served as the Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Miami. Mrs. Sabatino has served in this position from September 2011; has managed a complex operation covering all maritime cargo, agriculture, passenger, and trade operations at a busy maritime cargo port and the largest cruise passenger port in the country; and was the primary CBP liaison for all Port of Miami stakeholders. In March 2014, Mrs. Sabatino was honored by World Trade Center Miami at the International Women’s Day event as one of the community’s leaders who has made significant contributions in advancing international trade and business in Florida.
Prior to her appointment as the Port Director, Mrs. Sabatino was the Assistant Port Director, Passenger Operations, at Miami International Airport. In that capacity, Mrs. Sabatino managed a staff of over 900 personnel and was responsible for the oversight of all international passenger inspections and enforcement activities. Prior to her selection as the Assistant Port Director, Mrs. Sabatino served as the Border Security Coordinator for the Miami Field Office following a two (2) year assignment as a Field Liaison Officer, Office of Field Operations (OFO), in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Sabatino has nineteen (19) years of federal service, beginning her career as an Immigration Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport. She advanced through the ranks, initially being promoted to management after just four years of service.
Mrs. Sabatino is a graduate of Fordham University, New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. Mrs. Sabatino is married and has one son and two stepsons.
CBP Officer of the Year: CBPO Orlando Vega
CBP Officer Orlando Vega, was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and was raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Pre-Veterinarian in 2004. After graduation, Officer Vega began his professional career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Puerto Rico and served in this capacity 2005-2006.
In his quest for a change in direction and a greater purpose, Officer Vega applied to become an officer with U.S Customs and Border Protection in 2007. He was assigned to the Area Port of Jacksonville, FL where he has developed into a mentor and a leader.
Officer Vega’s commitment to the CBP mission has been evident throughout his career as he has volunteered to serve in numerous critical positions to include: acting supervisor, Lead Firearms Instructor and Less than Lethal (defensive tactics) Instructor. Officer Vega has been recognized multiple times for his outstanding performance while serving in these positions.
Currently, Officer Vega is assigned as a CBPO Task Force Officer on the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST). BEST is a collaborative effort with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other state and local partners to enhance border security by disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations exploiting critical maritime and air infrastructure associated with seaport and airport operations in Jacksonville. Through his assignment with BEST, Officer Vega has been instrumental in stemming the flow of illegal drugs and criminal activity in the Jacksonville area. Officer Vega’s vast experience has contributed to numerous seizures of cocaine, GBL, stolen weapons, MDMA, Heroin, steroids and other equipment used to manufacture narcotics over the past year. Many of these seizures and investigations expose additional crimes such as marriage fraud.
Officer Vega has also demonstrated his commitment to serve his colleagues and others through his public service by making personal sacrifices in the interest of national security and during times of natural disasters. An unprecedented three Category 4 & 5 hurricanes impacted areas containing CBP employees this past hurricane season and Officer Vega responded to all three hurricanes spanning across one state and four islands. Officer Vega was one of the first to volunteer to respond to assist employees and residents of the impacted areas. As a member of the Disaster and Recovery Team (DART), Officer Vega and a team of emergency responders from Jacksonville and Miami spent two weeks working tirelessly assisting in response and recovery missions throughout Houston. While still deployed in Houston, news spread of Hurricane Irma; her fury set on the US Virgin Islands and Officer Vega’s home island of Puerto Rico. Not even back in Jacksonville yet, he again selflessly volunteered to deploy to Puerto Rico and the USVI to assist in response and recovery missions. Officer Vega had less than 24 hours to prepare his home and family for the potential impact that Hurricane Irma would have on the State of Florida and then deployed with a small team of first responders from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. The response team rallied in San Juan and, once Hurricane Jose passed, boarded a USCG Cutter to St. Thomas. The devastation and destruction were indescribable in St. Thomas; leaving the response team to work and live in austere conditions for extended periods of time. While deployed in St. Thomas, Hurricane Maria formed and put Puerto Rico and the USVI in her path. The team evacuated from St. Thomas and returned to Puerto Rico where Officer Vega and 2 others remained during Hurricane Maria. After Maria passed, without power and water, Officer Vega and the group immediately began assessing the damage on all 4 islands and accounting for employees and their families. Officer Vega’s response efforts took him from Houston to Puerto Rico to St. Thomas and St. John to Puerto Rico to St. Croix and back to Puerto Rico; spending more than 60 days assisting in hurricane response and recovery efforts without basic amenities or communication capabilities for periods of time yet he never complained and was always willing to make the sacrifice to assist others in need. His dedication to the mission showed compassion and gave comfort to those affected and contributed to saving lives.
While exhibiting vigilance and service to his country, he consistently serves as a role model and mentor to his co-workers on a daily basis. CBPO Vega’s actions are a prime example of the hard work that plays an intricate part into uncovering the illicit acts of criminal enterprises and selfless dedication to serving the public. This behind the scenes tedious work often goes without notice, but is equally important and worthy of recognition. His outstanding dedication and professionalism are in keeping with the highest traditions of public service and reflect great credit on himself and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Officer Vega is married to the beautiful Rachelle Gadi.
USCG Sailor of the Year: Machinery Technician Second Class Sean T. Fogarty
Petty Officer Fogarty is assigned to USCG Station Mayport where he serves as qualified RB-M and RB-S II tactical coxswain, officer of the day, and boarding officer.
A native of Monticello, New York, Petty Officer Fogarty Graduated from the State University of NY with an AS in Diesel Technologies and a BS in Agricultural Equipment Technologies. Petty Officer Fogarty followed guidance of his brother by joining the Coast Guard at the age of 23 during the summer of 2010. He attended basic training in Cape May, NJ. as a member of Recruit Company Delta 184.
Petty Officer Fogarty’s first duty station was a 140 Ft Bay Class ice breaking tug, the USCGC
Morro Bay, home ported in New London, CT. During his tour aboard Morro Bay, Petty Officer Fogarty was assigned as a Seaman but quickly realized he wanted to be an engineer. He successfully pursued and struck MK3 in less than 10 months. Petty Officer Fogarty also spearheaded the development and implementation of a Blowdown Containment System for the Fairbanks Morse Engine Starting system. This system contains the hazardous byproduct caused from the blow down process. Petty Officer Fogarty received the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for all of his hard work and dedication aboard the USCGC Morro Bay.
In June of 2013, MK2 Fogarty reported aboard USCG Station Mayport, FL. where he advanced to the rank of Machinery Technician Second Class in March of 2014. During his time at Station Mayport Petty Officer Fogarty has achieved every qualification available to him including the certification of Tactical Coxswain. Petty Officer Fogarty has set an outstanding example for all of his fellow shipmates and as a leader at Station Mayport.
Furthering his professional knowledge, he volunteered to attend many additional schools to help ensure that Station Mayport remained a highly successful unit. Some of those were the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking courses and the Federal Law Enforcement Academy (FLETC) in Glencoe, GA. In 2017, after significant consideration, he applied for and was selected to the 2019 OCS class. While maintaining a high level of proficiency at Station Mayport, Petty Officer Fogarty also took the time to obtain his captains license.
Petty Officer Fogarty is married to Madison Fogarty from Monticello, NY. They are proud parents of their son, Brayden Fogarty.