Del RIO, Texas – The Del Rio Sector Border Patrol recently hosted the annual Explorer Academy where 29 young cadets passed an intense, week-long course in order to participate in the Explorers Program.
“The Border Patrol Explorer Program benefits our communities by positively shaping and impacting our local youth,” said Del Rio Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I am extremely proud of our advisors and explorers for the hard work and dedication they bring to the Explorer Program.”
From June 19 through 23, senior members of the Explorer Program and their
advisors from the Del Rio Station (Post 920), Eagle Pass South Station (Post 925), and Eagle Pass Station (Post 921) mentored more than 30 children, ages 14 – 20, from nearby towns. Graduates of the week long training will be able to enter their regional Explorer Program and continue training on a weekly basis.
Comprised of daily physical workouts, classroom instruction, firearms training, and dynamic law enforcement scenarios, 29 cadets were able to successfully pass the rigorous five-day course. Of the participants, recruits from the Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station took the prize as the top overall performers. Jose Flores, representing Del Rio, was awarded top male cadet for physical training. Top female cadet for physical training was won by Lesley Castañeda of the Eagle Pass South team. Participants also competed in firearms shooting where top marksmen honors were earned by Hector Felan from the Eagle Pass South squad and Hannah Hudak from Del Rio.
The Explorer Program, founded in 1973, introduces young adults to the life of a Border Patrol agent and gives them a better understanding of law enforcement as a career choice. As the largest such program in the nation, participants in the program are exposed to a variety of skill sets from dedicated and qualified instructors.
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.