U.S. Border Patrol employees receive a wide rage of recognitions. This page is designed to highlight the outstanding accomplishments and heroism of the workforce that was recognized outside of the USBP Honorary Award system.
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Joseph A. Banco
2011 Outstanding American by Choice Award
Joseph A. Banco, Jr. is the first Border Patrol Agent to have received this award. He has supported the United States for 31 years through combined military and government service. He was born in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on the Istrian peninsula in 1962, which was ceded to Yugoslavia from Italy after World War II. As part of the peninsula’s assimilation into Yugoslavia, all private property became the state's including homes and farms and Mr. Banco’s family was forced to change the spelling of their name from Banco to Banko. The government would also decide who could obtain a higher education, your career, and who could travel internationally. Wanting a better life for their family, Mr. Banco’s parents moved to the United States in 1966. At the age of ten, Mr. Banco stood alongside his parents taking the Oath of Allegiance and pledging his commitment to the United States. With U.S. citizenship, the family returned to their original family name, Banco.
Mr. Banco is an Associate Chief with the Office of Chief at the U.S. Border Patrol within U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, DC. Throughout his 31-year government career, Mr. Banco has consistently demonstrated that he is a distinguished public servant and has held several leadership positions. He began serving his country in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, defending our Nation for over 14 years as a Law Enforcement Specialist and Disaster Preparedness Manager, serving in Operation Desert Storm, and attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He has continued that faithful service throughout his 16-year career in the U.S. Border Patrol serving on our Nation’s southwest, coastal, and northern borders as well as internationally and at headquarters.
Mr. Banco became a naturalized citizen in 1973.
Michael J. Flanders
2011 Performance Award
Clifford A. Gill
2020 USBP Retirement Certificate and Chief's Letter
Congratulations on your retirement! I would like to express my gratitude for your dedicated service to the U.S. Border Patrol. You served with selfless dedication and integrity for more than two decades.
You entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) as a member of Class 377 on May 18, 1998. During your career, you worked in the Laredo Sector and at USBP Headquarters in Washington DC. In your most recent assignment at USBP Headquarters, you served as the Assistant Chief over the Awards and History Programs, You were the founding program manager for each of those programs and through your persistence and tenacity created a legacy that will benefit USBP employees for generations to come. You made numerous significant discoveries through your hours of research at the National Archives. In your previous assignment as the USBP Fleet Program Manager you identified efficiencies in managing the fleet that earned you the Logistician of the Year Award given by the International Society of Logisticians, Washington DC chapter. In addition to your regular duties you have been a member of the USBP Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums (P&D) since 2000 and officially formed the USBP Pipes and Drums of which you were the founding commander. You drafted the P&D internal operating procedures and standardized the music, uniforms, and training. In the Laredo Sector, you served as a Border Patrol Agent and then were promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent. In 2000, you participated in two separate water rescues without regard for your own safety saving lives. In recognition of one of those events, you received USBP's highest honor; the Newton-Azrak Award.
At the U.S. Border Patrol, we count on seasoned agents like you to demonstrate our core values of integrity, vigilance, and service to country. Your extensive experience was a valuable asset to the men and women of the Laredo sector and Headquarters, Iappreciate each and every contribution you made that helped us maintain our high standards and shape the next generation of agents.
Thank you for your 22 years of service and for a job well done! I wish you a long, happy retirement and success in all your future endeavors.
Stanley L. McClung
1996 Keith Connelly Memorial Award
On behalf of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy, I offer heart congratulations to you as a graduate of FITP 703/017 and as a recipient of the Keith Connelly Memorial Award.
This award was donated to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center by the U.S. Border Patrol in memory of Kieth Connelly, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was killed in the line of duty on September 9, 1989. Mr. Connelly had also been a firearms instructor detailed to the Firearms Division. The Border Patrol specified that this award should be presented to that one student in each FITP class who was not only a top marksman but who also won the respect and trust of his/her fellow classmates.
The Keith Connelly Memorial Award recipients is determined as follows. The top five shooters ion the class are chosen based on their aggregate PPC, shotgun and rifle scores. Each classmate then votes via secret ballot for the one shooter of those five that he or she would most want as a partner and a back-up in the field.
Your achievements as a student in the Border Patrol's Firearms Instructor Training Program are exemplified by receipt of this award. It reflects the best qualities of an instructor - - ability and leadership. We are around of you accomplishment.
William N. Purdy
Presidential Letter of Appreciation
Dear Mr. Purdy:
I want to express to you my personal thanks and the thanks of our country for the great service which you rendered on the evening of September 30 in Oxford, Mississippi. Your actions that difficult night were in the highest traditions of the dedicated men and women who serve in law enforcement.
The courage and dedication which you demonstrated while in great personal danger prevented a serious and tragic incident from becoming a disaster for our country. Had you failed, our country would have suffered irreparable damage.
You have my personal gratitude and that of your countrymen.
May I also take this occasion to wish you and your family a happy Christmas.
Inspector Purdy was awarded the USBP Purple Cross Medal for wounds received during this action. See this page for his award.
John W. McEachen
In appreciation for your dedicated service and commitment. 4/30/95 to 11/29/00 U.S. Border Patrol Freer Station Freer, Texas
John W. McEachen
Commissioner's Physical Training Achievement Award
Dear Mr. McEachen,
Congratulations on your outstanding participation in the physical training program of your Session of the Border Patrol Academy. Your excellent participation indicates your awareness that physical fitness is an element in the professional approach to your job.
In recognizing the you scored highest in the physical training program during your Session the Border Patrol Academy, it is a pleasure to present you with this Physical Training Achievement Award.
I extend best wishes for a long and successful career in the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Doris Meissner Commissioner
Hugh J. Brien
Certificate of Appointment
This is to certify that Hugh J. Brien has been appointed Assistant Commissioner, Border Patrol and is authorized and empowered to execute and fulfill the duties of that Office according to the Constitution and laws the Said United States and to have and to hold the said Office, with all the powers, privileges and emoluments to the same right appertaining.
In testimony whereof, I have caused these letters to be made Patent and the seal of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to be hereunto affixed.
Done in the City of Washington this twentieth day of Augustin the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred eighty-six.
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