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Raul Ortiz, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent (left), talks about the Border Patrol’s mission with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officials invited Laughlin leadership on a tour of operations and a goal to build partnership between the two local agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Raul Ortiz, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent (left), talks about the Border Patrol’s mission with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officials invited Laughlin leadership on a tour of operations and a goal to build partnership between the two local agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

The U.S. Border Patrol tour group rides in a diamondback air boat Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. The command team got a tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector on the Rio Grande river, which marks a portion of the international border between the U.S. and Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

The U.S. Border Patrol tour group rides in a diamondback air boat Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. The command team got a tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector on the Rio Grande river, which marks a portion of the international border between the U.S. and Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol sits in a diamondback air boat Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. Laughlin leadeship was invited on tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector to get a firsthand look at Border Patrol operations as well as strengthening community bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol sits in a diamondback air boat Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. Laughlin leadeship was invited on tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector to get a firsthand look at Border Patrol operations as well as strengthening community bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, are briefed by Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officals Oct. 4, 2019, in Del Rio, Texas. Laughlin leadeship was invited on tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector to get a firsthand look at Border Patrol operations as well as strengthening community bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, are briefed by Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officals Oct. 4, 2019, in Del Rio, Texas. Laughlin leadeship was invited on tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector to get a firsthand look at Border Patrol operations as well as strengthening community bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief ride horseback along the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas Oct. 4, 2019. Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officials invited Laughlin leadership on a tour of operations and a goal to build partnership between the two local agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief ride horseback along the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas Oct. 4, 2019. Del Rio Border Patrol Sector officials invited Laughlin leadership on a tour of operations and a goal to build partnership between the two local agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, ride horseback along the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. "Chief Zackery and I had a great day out here with the men and women of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector and we were really impressed with the professionalism and patriotism of all our friends over in the Border Patrol," said Gentile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, ride horseback along the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. "Chief Zackery and I had a great day out here with the men and women of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector and we were really impressed with the professionalism and patriotism of all our friends over in the Border Patrol," said Gentile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief saddle up in preparation for the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector immersion tour Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. "Today was all focused on being able to build partnerships, demonstrating to Laughlin's leadership first-hand the hard work the men and women of the Border Patrol do," said Raul Ortiz, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio sector chief patrol agent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief saddle up in preparation for the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector immersion tour Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. "Today was all focused on being able to build partnerships, demonstrating to Laughlin's leadership first-hand the hard work the men and women of the Border Patrol do," said Raul Ortiz, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio sector chief patrol agent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief saddles up during the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector immersion tour Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. "Interagency cooperation is super important," Zackery said. "One of the elements of power is the military, so understanding the other agencies such as the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, is vital to our national security." (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja

Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief saddles up during the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector immersion tour Oct. 4, 2019 in Del Rio, Texas. "Interagency cooperation is super important," Zackery said. "One of the elements of power is the military, so understanding the other agencies such as the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, is vital to our national security." (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja)

A U.S. Border Patrol vessel commander talks with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. The command team got a tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector on the Rio Grande river, which marks a portion of the international border between the U.S. and Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

A U.S. Border Patrol vessel commander talks with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. The command team got a tour with Del Rio Border Patrol Sector on the Rio Grande river, which marks a portion of the international border between the U.S. and Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

A Del Rio Border Patrol Sector agent explains Border Patrol mission capabilities with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Eagle Pass, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. "Chief Zackery and I had a great day out here with the men and women of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector and we were really impressed with the professionalism and patriotism of all our friends over in the Border Patrol," said Gentile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)
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A Del Rio Border Patrol Sector agent explains Border Patrol mission capabilities with Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief during a Border Patrol immersion tour in Eagle Pass, Texas, Oct. 4, 2019. "Chief Zackery and I had a great day out here with the men and women of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector and we were really impressed with the professionalism and patriotism of all our friends over in the Border Patrol," said Gentile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Laughlin leadership met with U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector officials for an immersion tour, Oct. 4, 2019, in Del Rio, Texas. The immersion covered Border Patrol’s mission, capabilities and most importantly the ties Laughlin and Border Patrol share.

“Today was all focused on being able to build partnerships, demonstrating to Laughlin’s leadership first-hand the hard work the men and women of the Border Patrol do, because we know that those partnerships will pay huge dividends for us in keeping our nation secure,” said Raul Ortiz, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent.

From land, air and sea, Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief, got a first-hand perspective of what their community partners do to stay mission-ready.

“It takes a collective team to protect our great nation and keep our fellow Americans safe, so I really appreciate everything our Border Patrol partners do day-in and day-out to make that happen,” Gentile said. “Chief Zackery and I had a great day out here with the men and women of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector, and we thank them for what they do.”

Laughlin and Del Rio Border Patrol interact on a weekly basis with events ranging from training and exercises to real-world situations.

“The partnership between the U.S. Border Patrol, Laughlin Air Force Base and our joint communities is outstanding,” Ortiz said.

 “It’s important to develop our interagency partnerships,” Zackery said. “One of the elements of power is the military, so understanding the other agencies such as the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, is vital to our national security. Our local relationship has national implications.”             

“We’re really impressed with the professionalism and patriotism of all our friends over in the Border Patrol,” Gentile said.