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.