* As Part of Operation Guardian Support.
LAREDO, Texas – On May 3, 2018, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol welcomed over 180 National Guard troops to Laredo, Texas as part of Operation Guardian Support. Operation Guardian Support will include the mobilization of National Guard troops to Laredo, Texas. The troops will fill vital, non-enforcement roles such as pilots, aerial observers, intelligence analysts, communications specialists, camera operators and vehicle mechanics. These duties are critical in supporting the Border Patrol mission.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens, from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, welcomed the troops and affirmed how critical the support role of the National Guard will be in securing the border. In the coming weeks, additional troops will report to Border Patrol stations and programs throughout the Laredo Sector’s area of responsibility. Operation Guardian Support will provide the Laredo Sector Border Patrol the opportunity to leverage the support of the National Guard and return agents to the field to focus on enforcement efforts and enhance situational awareness of potential threats along the border. Every task the Guard assumes, will free up Border Patrol agents to perform their primary mission along the border.
The National Guard has deployed to assist the United States Border Patrol in previous years. In 2006, during Operation Jump Start, the National Guard supported the Border Patrol to accelerate improvements in border security. In 2010, the National Guard was also deployed along the border as part of Operation Phalanx. [Primitivo López/Laredo Press]