U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Ecaterina Capatina describes how a chance subway conversation with Supervisory CBP Officer Carl Rowe during her normal morning commute has changed her life. Officer Capatina’s family fled a former communist regime for the United States, but she recently took the oath to protect the freedoms and security of her new homeland. The journey wasn’t an easy one; the obstacles included a language barrier and relocation from her family and friends. Supervisor Rowe was determined to pass on his years of experience as both a senior officer and former instructor and trainer. His many hours of tutoring and guidance – combined with her grit and determination – helped Officer Capatina achieve her goal, and she now wears the CBP badge proudly.