EAGLE PASS and DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner David Aguilar recognized Border Patrol agents from Del Rio Sector and CBP officers from Eagle Pass for exemplary service at the 2012 Annual Commissioner's Awards Ceremony held today in Washington, DC.
Acting Commissioner Aguilar recognized CBP personnel from across the nation for service to the agency that went above and beyond in a variety of categories, including mission support, enforcement, innovation, community outreach, anti-terrorism, integrity and valor.
In Del Rio, Border Patrol Agent Isaac Barrera earned the Meritorious Service Award for Valor for his heroic actions that saved the life of a female neighbor during a domestic violence attack. Agent Barrera responded to cries from a 14-year-old neighbor, distraught that her extremely intoxicated father would kill her mother with a kitchen knife. Agent Barrera intervened by rescuing the woman, wrestling the knife from the man's hand and subduing him until police arrived.
Also in Del Rio, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector from the Auto Parts Concession Team earned the Excellence in Mission Support Award. The team was recognized for their extraordinary planning and coordination efforts in the opening of an auto parts concession store at the Del Rio Sector Headquarters. The in-house, independently operated parts store resulted in time efficiencies, government benefits from credit card rebates and increased accuracy of budget planning.
In Eagle Pass, Acting Commissioner Aguilar recognized CBP officers from the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team at Eagle Pass Port of Entry, who will go nameless due to the nature of the award, with the law enforcement officer of the year award for their work that led to the seizure of 10,000 rounds of ammunition. On Sept. 18, 2011 an A-TCET member spotted a vehicle that had been previously been examined bound for Mexico. A subsequent outbound examination of the vehicle by the A-TCET team yielded 500 boxes containing 10,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammunition.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.