Del Rio, Texas - Three employees of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector were recently presented with awards in recognition of their hard work, dedication, and achievements during 2009. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Lute joined Acting Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar to officiate the CBP Annual Awards Ceremony at Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Border Patrol Agent Camden Snow and Special Operations Supervisor Billy Joe Steelman were presented with the 2009 Commissioner's CBP Ambassador Award in recognition of their participation in the Iraq Reconstruction Project from Jan. 4 - July 29, 2009. During this time Snow and Steelman were responsible for coordinating the day-to-day security and support of CBP personnel in Iraq. Additionally, they served as advisors to, and assisted the Iraqi government in improving and modernizing their border control operations with the goal of disrupting cross-border support to insurgents and terrorists. Their service and dedication in support of the mission and courage in willingly putting themselves in harm's way to assist the Iraqi people in their efforts to secure their borders represented the CBP with honor and distinction.
Patrol Agent in Charge Calk Philip Calk received the 2009 Commissioner's Excellence in Mission Support Award for his participation in the development of the New Enforce 3 (e3) processing program. During an 18-month period, the contributions and field expertise PAIC Calk provided were instrumental in the design, development, and deployment of a new biographic processing and identification system.
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.