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Rio Grande Valley Sector agents awarded Newton-Azrak award during promotion ceremony

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – On Friday, September 22, the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol held a promotion ceremony to honor 21

Rio Grande Valley Sector agents received the Newton-Azrak award for heroism.
Rio Grande Valley Sector agents
received the Newton-Azrak award for

Border Patrol agents and support staff with new badges and certificates. Recognitions included Patrol Agents in Charge, Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, Operations Officers, Supervisory Border Patrol Agents and a Management Program Analyst. The dedication and hard work these individuals have exhibited have earned them the honor of leadership roles within the Border Patrol.

During the ceremony, Weslaco Border Patrol Agent Juan Cruz Jr and BPA Marcus Johnson were presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery by a representative of Senator John Cornyn’s Office. The Badge of Bravery is awarded to law enforcement officers or agents who have performed an act characterized as bravery that placed the individual at risk of serious physical injury or death. BPA Fernando Galvan Jr and BPA Arturo Gutierrez were presented the Newton-Azrak Award. The Newton-Azrak Award is presented to agents who demonstrate unusual courage or bravery in the line of duty or a heroic or humane act during times of extreme stress or in an emergency. BPA Humberto Barrera, BPA Hermenegildo Martinez, BPA Jorge Ramirez and BPA Adolfo Reyna were presented with the Commissioners Unit Citation Award for dedication and exceptional law enforcement efforts.

The ceremony included a keynote address from Human Resources Assistant Commissioner Linda Jacksta and concluded with closing remarks by Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector currently has over 3,000 Border Patrol Agents and support personnel. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, you can contact the CBP Recruiting Office at 956.289.4808 or visit

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February 3, 2021