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Border Operations Report
Minutemen and supporters:
Today, we completed our last weekend border watch operations in Arizona for the summer. I am happy to announce the presence of 75 Minutemen that stood the lines and showed their vigilance, spotting and reporting. The traffic in the Altar Valley is active, yet we are learning that they are being escorted in much smaller groups than in the past. We had 22 sightings and 2 apprehensions. In one call Saturday PM, it took US Border Patrol 6 hours to respond to one of our calls. We later learned it was due to a downed computer system.
We welcomed the NY State Director and the SW Florida Chapter Director to our lines this weekend. Thank you for taking the time to travel so far for such an important opportunity. We also had our youngest Minuteman on the lines this weekend, Taylor from Phoenix; age 18. He was delighted when asked to open the weekend ceremonies by lighting the MCDC AZ Minuteman Lantern. Its good to see the youth of American take a role in defending our nation.
I had the wonderful opportunity to have arranged a meeting with the National Guard Sector Commander and we met at the ranch Friday afternoon. Captain Watson and his leadership contingent of a 1st Lt and a Sgt. Major met me at the main ranch house to discuss our operations. They were given a full tour and met with many of our Minutemen. As I walked them through the Admin Section, the Communications Section and briefed them on our Training Classes, SOP and line operations; it was soon clear to them that we are a well organized professional body of patriotic Americans. They stayed for 2 hours learning about MCDC, exchanging ideas and comments about border security. At the end of our meetings, they invited me and our Minutemen to tour their area of operations and posts near Sasabee! After several mili-seconds to ponder the idea, I agreed and we made arrangements to caravan down to meet their team Saturday AM.
Saturday 8AM: MCDC AZ met at the ranch house with 2 Lts from the Virginia National Guard. We formed up into a long caravan, and made the 35 mile journey South with them. We arrived and split into two groups, one lead by each of the NG Lts. Each group was taken to an outpost, where we met with NCOs and enlisted men alike. The posts were simple; camouflage shade canopy, some sand bags, a HumVee, boxes of MREs and cases of water about. Each post had aprox 4 Guardsmen. They stood tall with their M16s draped over their shoulders, in pressed uniforms, flack jackets, binos and radios. Each soldier was proud to explain to us why they volunteered to come stand guard on our borders, some explained how they never knew the dangers involved with our open borders, while others explained how they felt limited in their abilities to guard our nation compared to the roles they had when serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The NG leadership explained their Rules Of Engagement to us, "Observe, Spot and Report to USBP". No contact. No detaining. Observe and report. While these well armed soldiers were set up to spot and report, they detailed to us the stories they've collected over the past 2 weeks how the Mexican federales will bring a Mexican HumVee up to the border fence, and the NG would bring 4 to match them. They explained that they learned when the federales brought up a Humvee, that's when the drugs were about to move across the border. The told of the stories of watching groups of illegals come across with children. They also explained that although they are there to help secure that area of the border, admitting that the would-be illegal aliens are now being forced to cross at other locations.
The Virginia National Guard will be in that area until the end of September, then relieved by another State Guard. Some soldiers expressed wanting to volunteer to stay in Arizona for the full 2 year commitment. I can tell you that the Minutemen of Arizona are proud to have them standing vigilant with us. They are well dedicated patriots and theyre motivated by love of country.
Our Search & Rescue Teams operated on both nights. The patrols uncovered new lay up areas and one patrol spotted a small group. Each team performed true to MCDC SOP and proffesional form. This is the start of a new and exciting extension of operations in Arizona.
We are again thankful to the Minutemen that take the time out of their lives to come to the Arizona border. We thank the land owners that give us full access and encourage our success. And I am personally thankful for being surrounded by such a strong leadership team in Arizona that helps make things run and continually looks to the future for improvements.
We are now set to operate for 30 days this October. Over the past summer we have met with and trained a couple hundred new Minutemen volunteers. Our operations are smoother, our logistics are cleaner and the Minutemen are becoming more dedicated by the day. I am hoping that as you read this, you too will consider making time to spend with us this October.
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