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LAREDO — Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) announced his support July 5 for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Department of Defense joint training operation. South Texas residents can expect to see an increased law enforcement and military presence in the region as CBP and DoD join forces for this limited duration coordinated training operation. The joint-training venture will provide real-world training opportunities for DoD military personnel while also serving to enhance the Border Patrol’s ability to counter threats along the border.
“I welcome this training operation to South Texas and extend my best wishes to all CBP and DoD officials participating in this productive and beneficial exercise,” Cuellar said. “When it comes to securing our borders, it’s crucial that agencies collaborate to share information and skills, and I strongly support cooperative operations like the one CBP and DoD are embarking on together. This is a win-win situation that allows DoD personnel to gain valuable real-world training experience while also lending their specialized skills toward CBP’s mission of maintaining the strength of our border and security of our communities.”
Communities in South Texas may see additional military personnel, vehicles and aircraft throughout the border region during this operation. Approximately 250 military personnel from the DoD’s Joint Task Forth-North will be participating in this training venture. The military personnel executing these missions operate strictly in a support capacity and will not be employed in a law enforcement role.
In addition to receiving training, DoD personnel will also benefit Border Patrol by enhancing Border Patrol’s ability to counter threats along the border by providing limited intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to Border Patrol.
DoD has regularly utilized training missions to support the nation’s federal law enforcement agencies. As with all CBP operations, this training operation will be closely coordinated with the Government of Mexico.
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