Anti-terrorism and physical security specialist
Melchor Becena has been named Security Administrator for Broward County’s Port Everglades, announced Port Director Ken Krauter.
Becena joins Port Everglades after
a search for a top level security/safety advisor to South Florida’s burgeoning cruise, cargo and petroleum seaport. He comes to the South Florida Seaport from the Security and Intelligence Division, Public Safety Business Center, in Fort Bragg, N.C. where he was a Physical Security and Anti-terrorism specialist. He has more than 20 years of experience in security specializing in counter-terrorism, anti-terrorism, intelligence and physical security. He has a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
Highlights of Mr. Becena’s career include serving in a Special Forces Operational Detachment with the mission to conduct terrorism counter-action operations in support of the U. S. Commander in Chief, South. From 1996 -1999, he served as a Senior Operations Manager for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), where he performed duties as the Division’s Security Manager, Information Security and Operations Security Officer
. After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1999, he was appointed as Security Manager for Hecla Mining Company in Venezuela; in 2000, he was recruited as the head of Corporate Security for Visa International, Latin America
and Caribbean Region.
Becena has attended numerous security related training courses such as the Seaport Security
/Anti-terrorism Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Anti-terrorism Officer Course at U.S. Army Military Police School and the Electronic Security System Design Course at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Center in Huntsville, Ala.
He is also a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).