Note: basically a press release, but interesting. Ex mil types will
enjoy the spin.
Army, Border Patrol partnership provides surveillance and training
Sun, 18/03/2012 - 12:07am
BY BILL HESS
DOUGLAS — For the Border Patrol, they have extra human and
For soldiers out of Fort Hood, Texas, they are gaining extra, almost
real world, training.
Operation Nimbus, which started in February, will have about 500
military personnel supporting the Border Patrol by providing
abilities to detect border incursions, said Armando Carrasco, a
spokesman for Joint Task Force North, the military headquarters which
matches requests from civilian law enforcement agencies with military
On Thursday, soldiers from E Battery, 1st Battalion (Air Missile
Defense), of the 44th Air Defense Regiment showed some of the
equipment being used on the training deployment.
For 1st Lt. David Endter, the unit's 3rd Platoon leader, while the
unit is a missile defense organization, much of what it does can be
used to help the Border Patrol.
As Border Patrol Supervisory Agent in charge and public affairs
officer Steven Passement said, "We gain additional eyes."
For security reasons, every one of the federal law enforcement
officials and soldiers were fairly closed-mouthed about the operation
named Nimbus, which is a type of cloud formation or the halo seen in
renderings over the heads of saints. But they all said the benefit of
this deployment has been in the planning stages for a long time.
When Joint Task Force North, which is part of Northern Command,
receives requests for help, such as from the Border Patrol, it can
take some time in accepting the proposal and planning it. Carrasco
said JTF-N does not have units on hold or standby for such
assignments. Finding a military unit to support a specific request
takes time, he said.
And the mission of JTF-N is not part of the functions of various
National Guard units, which are authorized by different federal laws
than active duty or reserve units fall under, he emphasized.
JTF-N provides active duty and reserve units of all branches of the
military, based on what additional training an organization can
obtain to support their wartime missions, Carrasco said.
Marine Corps Capt. Luke Barnes said he worked on the "nuts and bolts"
planning aspects of Operation Nimbus for more than six months.
As for the military portion of the deployment, there has to be a unit
found which not only matches the needs but will volunteer for a
deployment because of the training edge it will give the military
members of the organization, he said.
You cannot just reach out and tap a unit because that will not work
if the military organization does not have the needs sought by such
agencies as the Border Patrol, and the unit will not get the type of
training they need when deployed to real world areas, Barnes said.
While the current unit involved in the mission in southern Arizona
and New Mexico is an air defense organization, it has not brought any
of its missiles with it.
Rather, a radar system is being used to monitor the sky for incoming
aircraft and to track such intrusions, as well as other types of
surveillance, with all reports being provided to the Border Patrol to
take actions, including interception of illegal activities coming
across the border from Mexico.
Passement said whenever there is a law enforcement aspect of what is
provided by the soldiers, the Border Patrol takes the action, as the
GIs are not authorized to arrest or contact any one.
According to news reports, recently there has been an increase of
ultralight aircraft flying in loads of drugs, with more of it
happening southeastern Cochise County and the southwestern part of
Staff Sgt. John Reich, the senior noncommissioned officer in the 3rd
Platoon said, "We are training as we fight." The area along the
border is similar to Afghanistan, he said.
Reich has deployed three times and said many of the soldiers in the
platoon haven't yet deployed. "They look to me for guidance," he
said. The training is a day and night operation.
While Sgt. Levi Houston, a section chief, has deployed, it has never
been to Iraq or Afghanistan.
His deployments were to Bosnia and Kosovo, where the topography and
landscape is different, with lots of trees and rivers. Thursday he
was working as a team member of a two-soldier group consisting of him
and Pfc. David Stanfill.
The younger soldier has yet to deploy to a hostile environment.
The non-talkative Stanfill concentrated on a remote control piece of
equipment which was some yards away from the Avenger, a system from
which anti-aircraft missiles would be launched in a real situation,
Houston said part of any training is ensuring where the team sets up
is a protected area and out of sight.
sUnlike training at a home post, being deployed elsewhere in the
United States does provide additional reality, Houston said.
The normal work days are 16 hours long, much like it would be when
deployed, he said.
Passement said new Border Patrol agents coming into the Tucson
Sector, and who work with the soldiers who are currently deployed are
also benefiting from the combined
Having additional resources allows not only new agents but those who
have been involved in protecting the border to understand the
capabilities the military has and brings, even though it is a
deployment training scenario, he said.
The synergy of all the parts makes individuals better "at doing
their jobs," Passement said.
Posted March 18, 2012, 2:04 AM
GETS ASSAULTED abscond
Shooting in the city center
The front wheel was removed and rolled with the impact to be about
twenty yards from his place.
The gunmen shot at him in the chase, several vehicles were damaged
Nogales, Sonora - New Day
Several individuals staged a shootout in the heart of the city, in a
chase, which eventually assaulted the driver managed to escape
unharmed in the incident to flee their persecutors.
The person, despite being shot at with guns of different caliber,
managed to evade the suspects in the chase, several vehicles were
damaged, including a pickup truck, late model that was parked, owned
by Mexican tourists, which was more damage.
Around 11:00 pm yesterday, several people reported up to Vasquez and
Obregon Street, the driver of a drive, pick-up truck, was followed by
others who were traveling aboard a white unit .
The reportantes reported that they had heard explosions of gun during
When authorities arrived at the place where the pickup was abandoned,
the Toyota brand, model 1996, people had already left.
The military said cases, apparently for the sizes, nine and forty
millimeters, but found no injured people, mentioned in the first
The driver of the Toyota unit, having impacted the left side rim,
same as off in full, pick up a Chevrolet, Silverado, managed to reach
the parking lot of Banamex, which left the vehicle abandoned with the
keys in the lit.
In the aforementioned parking lot, the officers managed to secure
several cases, which he said were fired from another vehicle in motion.
Who identified himself as Bernardo VIDENA Avear, 42 years old, said
that just before his unit was stationed, Silverado, 2005 model and
plates of the neighboring country while trying to have fun in a
nearby room, the events occurred.
Agents who heeded the call reported that they found it necessary to
close access Obregón Avenue and Calle Luis Torres, preserving the
evidence of what happened.
In their mad rush to catch his victim, hit a couple of cars at that
time moved on Avenida Obregon, but apparently resulted with minor
Publicado marzo 18, 2012, 2:04 AM
LOGRA AGREDIDO DARSE A LA FUGA
Balacera en pleno centro
La llanta delantera fue removida ante el impacto y rodó para quedar
como a veinte metros de su lugar.
Los gatilleros le dispararon en la persecución; varios vehículos
Nogales, Sonora - Nuevo Día