This year our April muster ran seventeen days, starting April 4th and ending April 20th. This was part of an experiment, this year, of running more musters but shortening our traditional long musters (April and October). So far this looks like a promising strategy but we will wait until the end of the year to evaluate the results of this approach.
The opening ceremony took place on the 5th. Al Garza, National Executive Director of the MCDC was the featured speaker. Al's topic was "The MCDC; Past, Present and Future." Phyllis Gross gave the invocation and Maryjean Trosper followed with an Italian dinner that fortified the volunteers for the evening’s work. Many minutemen and women commented on the very delicious spaghetti and meatball meal that came with side salad and garlic bread. They were very appreciative of the brownie dessert as well.
No muster write up is complete without metrics. We had 136 volunteers from 23 states (Alaska being the furthest), and trained 20 new volunteers. We observed and reported 450 illegals and we confirmed that 42 of these were apprehended by the border Patrol. The Border Patrol told us, at the end of the muster, that the apprehensions were probably much higher if we were to get credit for those they tracked and apprehended. [This is due to the fact that the IA's are scattering ("quailing" in BP lingo) at the first hint that they might have been observed thereby making apprehension more time consuming for the BP.]
We had our farewell ceremony on the 19th. The main speaker was Roger San Martin, the Border Patrol’s Principal Agent in Charge of the Tucson area. Roger spent over an hour talking about what has been happening in his area. It was fascinating----clearly the Border Patrol is an evolving organization which has thoroughly thought through its mission. And they are making progress! Working just south of our lines Border Patrol apprehended over 4,000 illegal aliens intruders during our 17-day April operation
| Roger San Martin –BP Agent
We will continue twice monthly weekend operations in Arizona and our Search and Rescue teams will be working to save lives during the treacherous summer months.
Our next long muster will be October 3rd through the 19th. It will be just before the November elections so we are expecting a fair amount of media attention. And, of course, we will be trying new techniques to assist the Border Patrol, and to make the Camp Anvil experience most interesting, effective and volunteer friendly.