Partnerships

Mission at the Border

Oct. 24, 2018

Since the order was given in April, approximately 2,000 National Guard troops have been mobilized by their respective state governors to aid in a joint Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol mission along the southwest U.S border. Below is a look at service members in action:

 

Guardsmen in an aircraft look out over the terrain.
Border Lookout
Task Force Aviation and South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during Operation Guardian Support in proximity of the southwest border with Mexico in in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande valley, July 26-30, 2018. Task Force Aviation includes National Guard personnel and equipment from South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, with a total of 10 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters operating on the Texas-Mexico border, in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement and security operations. Specifically, the South Carolina Army National Guard deployed to Texas a command-and-control element and equipment from the 59th Aviation Troop Command.
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine
VIRIN: 180729-Z-II459-0153X
Task Force Aviation and South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during Operation Guardian Support in proximity of the southwest border with Mexico in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande Valley.

 

Aerial view of the southwest border with Mexico in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande Valley.
The terrain near the southern border is seen from an aircraft.
Border Layout
Task Force Aviation and South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during Operation Guardian Support in proximity of the southwest border with Mexico in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande valley, July 26-30, 2018. Task Force Aviation includes National Guard personnel and equipment from South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, with a total of 10 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters operating on the Texas-Mexico border, in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement and security operations. Specifically, the South Carolina Army National Guard deployed to Texas a command-and-control element and equipment from the 59th Aviation Troop Command.
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine
VIRIN: 180729-Z-II459-0157X

 

Guardsmen in an aircraft fly over a river.
River Flyover
Task Force Aviation and South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during Operation Guardian Support in proximity of the southwest border with Mexico in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande valley, July 26-30, 2018. Task Force Aviation includes National Guard personnel and equipment from South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, with a total of 10 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters operating on the Texas-Mexico border, in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement and security operations. Specifically, the South Carolina Army National Guard deployed to Texas a command-and-control element and equipment from the 59th Aviation Troop Command.
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine
VIRIN: 180729-Z-II459-0141X
Task Force Aviation and South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support near the southwest border with Mexico in McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande Valley.

 

A Texas National Guardsman and a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent discuss the lay of the land on the shores of the Rio Grande River in Starr County, Texas.
A service member and a border patrol agent, shown from behind, talk while standing by a river.
Border Chat
A Texas National Guardsman and a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent discuss the lay of the land on the shores of the Rio Grande River in Starr County, Texas, April 10, 2018. As part of the federal call-up to the Texas-Mexico border, soldiers called to duty support federal partners and primarily serve in observe-and-report roles.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Mark Otte
VIRIN: 180410-A-FP539-103Z

 

A guardsman wrestles with an instructor in a gym as other troops watch.
Texas Training
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agents at the El Paso sector perform nonlethal training with Texas National Guard members from 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment who are deployed to the border region as part of the Joint Task Force Guardian Support mission, Sept. 26, 2018. The week of training includes combatives hand-to-hand combat training and shoot-don't shoot scenarios with room and house-clearing skillsl. CBP instructors enjoyed the enthusiasm and high level of participation from the guardsmen. Border Patrol Agent Firma Pena, with 23 years on the force, said, "These guys are really good participators, they don't hesitate at all. I am really enjoying that part of it."
Photo By: Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Ringle
VIRIN: 180926-A-OY646-492
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agents at the El Paso sector perform nonlethal training with Texas National Guard members from 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment who are deployed to the border region as part of the Joint Task Force Guardian Support Mission.