W.Va. Sen. Rockefeller Among Leaders at Global Borders College Opening
Osama bin Laden was mentioned several times during last Friday's dedication of CBP's new Global Borders College-as a nemesis, as a challenge, and as one whose death illustrated much about our country's resolve.
"It says so much about the American people," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the event's keynote speaker, "and it says so much about the importance of training. People train, and train, and train their whole lives, their whole adult lives, for something like this moment."
The senator was referring to the moment when the U.S. Navy SEALs executed the May 1 mission in Pakistan that killed bin Laden.
"Training really is the only way," said Rockefeller, "that can make people effective to do what needs to be done. They thought it through, they've been through it, and then they do it. And that's what's going to be done here," at the Global Borders College.
The opening of the new Global Borders College building-on the campus of CBP's Advanced Training Center in Harper's Ferry, W.Va.-ushered in the next phase of CBP training vision.
The goal of the college is "to actually provide a place where our practitioners, our operators, can sit with academics and writers, strategists and tacticians and figure out how we should adapt to the world we live in," said CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin at the dedication ceremony.
Bersin outlined the new departments of the Global Borders College:
- Department of Educational Services-providing educational support, including libraries, distance-learning services, and partnerships with other higher-education institutions.
- School of Command Preparation-providing first- and second-line leadership training. The first class, in Second Level Command Preparation-is set to launch at the college on June 6.
- School of Advanced Border Studies-developing and conducting leadership programs to address priorities, processes and other subjects that support CBP succession management.
The opening-day guests at the Global Borders College included Administrator John Pistole of the Transportation Security Administration, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Deputy Director William Hoover, staff from various congressional offices, local West Virginia law enforcement personnel, and other stakeholders.
After the dedication ceremony, guests were treated to a helicopter deployment demonstration and showcase presentations and exhibits from CBP components.
-Susan Holliday, Office of Public Affairs
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.