September 24 - September 30
Welcome to another This Week in USBP History!
Recognized for Excellence, Upholding "Honor First"
How USBP Awards Reflect Core Values
This week, we're taking a moment to celebrate something incredibly important—the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who have been recognized for their excellence. Whether it's a formal Honorary Award or another form of recognition, each accolade serves as a testament to the core values we hold dear in the USBP, encapsulated by our motto: "Honor First."
Your Stories Matter: If you've received any form of recognition for your service, you've upheld the values of "Honor First." I invite you to share your story and your recognition items with our community. Send your story and any accompanying photos to email@example.com.
The Importance of Awards and Recognition
An organization’s values are codified in its awards system. The U.S. Border Patrol's Honorary Awards demonstrate that the Patrol values:
Explore Honor First in Action
The links below highlight instances where USBP employees have received recognition for performing acts of heroism or otherwise exceeding expectations in the performance of their duties. These are examples of Honor First!
A New Way to Engage: Introducing Facebook's Commenting System
We're always looking for ways to make it easier for you to engage with our content and share your thoughts. While we've tried various commenting systems in the past, including Disqus, we've noticed that they haven't quite hit the mark in stimulating conversation. That's why we're excited to announce that we've switched to Facebook's commenting system. We believe this will make it more convenient for you to share your opinions, ask questions, and contribute to discussions. So, after you've read the blog, feel free to leave a comment. Your voice matters, and we're eager to hear what you have to say.
In Closing: Your Contributions to "Honor First"
The recognitions and awards we've explored today are more than just pieces of metal and ribbon; they are the tangible representations of the values, sacrifices, and commitments made by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. Whether you've been formally recognized or have received a non-traditional award, your contributions matter. They add to the rich tapestry of heroism, service, and dedication that defines the U.S. Border Patrol.
So, let's continue to celebrate and share these stories. If you or someone you know has received any form of recognition, I encourage you to share it with our community. Your story is a part of the larger narrative of "Honor First," and it deserves to be told. Send your stories and accompanying photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for upholding the values of "Honor First." Until next week, stay safe and be proud of the work you do. And don't forget to try out our new commenting system—we're looking forward to hearing from you!
This week, we delve into another chapter of the U.S. Border Patrol's storied past. We kick off in 1918, with Big Bend District's call for manpower. Fast forward to 1925, and we find ourselves in El Paso, Texas, witnessing the first day on duty for Patrol Inspector Edwin M. Reeves—a day filled with action and lessons. By 1927, the concept of Voluntary Return becomes an official policy, streamlining the deportation process. The 1940s see a shift in the INS's administrative home and the introduction of new badges. The 1960s are marked by the Border Patrol's role in quelling the University of Mississippi riots and providing security for Presidents Johnson and Lopez-Mateos. And as we step into the 21st century, we look at the finalization of the BORTAC badge design in 2001. Join us as we journey through these pivotal moments that have shaped the Border Patrol we know today.
This week, in the absence of known anniversaries for Newton-Azrak Award recipients, we take a special moment to honor the inaugural winners from 1973: Immigration Inspector Willard T. Lamade and Border Patrol Agent Michael G. McManus, for their extraordinary acts of bravery and selfless dedication.
We also solemnly remember two of our fallen on the anniversaries of their deaths.
Enjoy and have a great week!
P.S. - As an open and continuous invitation to current and former USBP employees, I am always accepting photos to post in the USBP Photo Galleries and in the Upholding Honor First pages. I sure would appreciate you visiting those pages and sending me anything that you think I could post (just send them to email@example.com). As always, make sure to explore all of the hyperlinks to the documents and pages. Finally, please forward this blog to whomever you think may enjoy it.
The workplace climate resulting from a combination of organizational pride and employee morale.
Esprit de corps is reinforced through the shared goals, mission and values of the organization and its employees.
The definition turns Esprit de Corps into a simple formula and defines parts that comprise organizational pride and employee morale.
Esprit de Corps = Organizational Pride + Employee Morale
Esprit de Corps is the key to a healthy organization and engaged employees.
Honor First is foundational to the Border Patrol's organizational pride and integral to its Esprit de Corps.
THROWBACK PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Chief of the Border Patrol Hugh Brien Presents a Token of Appreciation to a Decorated USMC LT. General
In this memorable snapshot taken between 1986 and 1989, Chief of the Border Patrol Hugh Brien presents a plaque of appreciation to a highly decorated U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General. Both men, adorned with identical-sized stars on their collars—reflecting the USBP's adoption of USMC rank insignia—share warm smiles and mutual respect. The Pentagon, a symbol of our nation's defense, serves as the fitting backdrop to this special moment.
Follow this link to see examples of USBP employees Upholding Honor First.
Willard T. Lamade
San Ysidro, California
Inspector Willard T. Lamade was recognized for his heroic action in assisting Federal agents in capturing a dealer in large amounts of narcotics and alien smuggling, at great risk to himself.
Michael G. McManus
Border Patrol Agent
Border Patrol Agent Michael G. McManus was honored for his extraordinary courage and selfless dedication in saving a man from a blazing inferno.
Initially summoned by the Calais Police Department in the wee hours to interrogate a Canadian national, McManus noticed suspicious activity in his neighbor's yard as he was leaving his home. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the individual was not an intruder but a visitor fleeing from his neighbor's house, which was engulfed in flames.
Undeterred by the peril, McManus bravely ventured into the fiery residence not once, but twice. After being forced back by the intense heat and smoke during his first attempt, he re-entered the house, persisting until he located the unconscious resident and carried him to safety.
But McManus' heroism didn't stop at the doorstep. Exhausted but resolute, he immediately began life-saving resuscitation measures. He further extended his assistance by accompanying the victim to the hospital, where he aided medical staff in the delicate task of removing the victim's charred clothing.
As of March 6, 2023 the U.S. Border Patrol has suffered 155* fallen.
The following names hold a distinguished position, as they have made the ultimate sacrifice in their unwavering commitment to uphold the oath each officer took to protect and defend the United States of America.
The facts concerning each officer are presented with minimal editing to preserve the "language of the day" found in the original reports, providing readers with a sense of historical context.
In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the cause of death for employees who lost their lives in the line of duty due to exposure to lethal illnesses will not be disclosed.
* Please note that despite their deaths meeting the criteria for Line-of-Duty-Deaths at the time, Patrol Inspector Garvis Field Harrell and Border Patrol Agent John Charles Gigax are not officially recognized as fallen by either the Customs and Border Protection or the U.S. Border Patrol. However, HonorFirst.com respectfully recognizes and includes both Inspector Harrell and Agent Gigax among those who have fallen in the line of duty.
David B. Ramirez
Entered on Duty: April 6, 2003
Title: Border Patrol Agent-Intelligence
End of Watch: September 26, 2021
Agent Ramirez entered on duty on April 6, 2003, as part of the 546th Session of the Border Patrol Academy. At the time of his passing, he was assigned to the Sector Intelligence Unit/Joint California Forensics Center in San Diego, California. The circumstances of his passing were reviewed by an executive panel and the CBP Commissioner who determined that this death occurred in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife Rosemary; children: David, Cristian, and Castiel; and father: Modesto.
Alfredo M. Ibarra
Entered on Duty: February 9, 2011
Title: Border Patrol Agent
End of Watch: September 27, 2021
Agent Ibarra entered on duty on February 9, 2011, as part of the 963th Session of the Border Patrol Academy. At the time of his passing, he was assigned to the Blythe Station, Yuma Sector, Arizona. The circumstances of his passing were reviewed by an executive panel and the CBP Commissioner who determined that this death occurred in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife Monica; children: Alfredo, Aydan, and Adrian; and mother: Evangelina.
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U.S. Border Patrol historian and retired Deputy Chief Patrol Agent.
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