Two Centinela SP employees attend Honor Guard Academy

Eight graduated from the U.S. Border Patrol Agency Honor Guard Academy.

Eight graduated from the U.S. Border Patrol Agency Honor Guard Academy.

By Lt. Jose Salcido, AA/Public Information Officer
Centinela State Prison

Centinela State Prison Sgt. Antoñio Gomez and Officer Jose A. Ruedas recently attended the United States Border Patrol two-week Honor Guard Academy in El Centro.  The academy trained combined law enforcement from CDCR, U.S. Border Patrol Agency and Imperial County Sheriff Department.

The candidates were trained in “drill and ceremony” which included ceremonial honor techniques, honor watch, rifle party, casket detail, flag folding and color guard.  All the skills are necessary when representing their agencies in federal, state and local civic functions, and in providing final honors to fellow law enforcement officers.

The U. S. Border Patrol Honor Guard provided the curriculum used for the Academy training and the facilities.

Frye Chapel Mortuary and Riverview Cemetery, in Brawley, provided the venues for a realistic hands-on training. Eight candidates graduated from the academy on Nov. 13.

“It’s great to see combined local law enforcement come together in this important endeavor.  As guardians of our nation’s colors, the Honor Guard performs a crucial role in the law enforcement community,” said one of the graduates.

The El Centro Border Patrol Honor Guard team has attended the Steve Young National Honor Guard competition during police week in Washington, D.C., receiving first place in 2011, fifth place in 2012 and first place in 2013.  The first place recipients have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the President of the United States.

The Border Patrol Academy is held in November for two weeks at no charge.

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5 Responses

  1. Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Great job Centinela Honor Guard! Training is imperative as we represent CDCR and our institutions at these events. I am proud of you all for going the extra mile. Keep up the great work. Kudos to the The US Border Patrol for hosting and sharing their expertise and congrats on the top honors in Washington DC in 2011 and 2013, Wow! Impressive! Great article Lt. Salcido, AAPIO

    Lt. M. D. Williams
    Central California Women’s Facility

  2. HERRERA SALAZAR Sunday, December 20, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Keep up the good work. Those kinds of actions inspire people to get involved more in our department.

  3. Marion Spearman Friday, December 18, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Way to go, Warden Madden. You are Leading from the front!

  4. Michael.Ramirez@cdcr.ca.gov Friday, December 18, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    There are very few positions within the state that are staffed by volunteers who dedicate their own time and money in support of Departmental functions and in support their fellow law enforcement officers. They stand duty during solemn times when strength is needed most and for that reason alone, I have nothing less than the utmost respect for those of you who serve on the honor guard. Thank you for bringing tradition and honor to our Department.

    Lieutenant Mike Ramirez

    • LISA.MORGAN@CDCR.CA.GOV Sunday, December 20, 2015 / 8:43 am

      I echo the sentiments left by Lieutenant Mike Ramirez. The members of Honor Guards quietly and humbly respond time after time, to support law enforcement officers from all over the country. Their commitment is evident in their after-hours practice and travel on their own time. Honor Guard members should be recognized and honored themselves. While the family members are not always able to vocalize their gratitude and genuine thanks for the prescence of the Honor Guard at funeral services, please know that they are thankful and grateful, as am I.

      Officer L. Morgan

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