CBP TRAINING

CBP TRAINING

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

This past week I was privileged to meet a high ranking CBP officer decked out in full garb.
"Officer Matthew" was both impressive and educational.
CBP stands for Customs and Border Protection;
 Here's a job description:
"United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. It is charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. regulations, including trade, customs, and immigration."
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Officer Matthew has been a CBP officer for 17 plus years and is presently positioned in California.
His bulletproof vest has withstood two bullets:
One in 2007 and one in 2012.
Both times his life was spared but not without the experience of broken ribs on one occasion.
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To think that Officer Matthew would subject himself to a bullet for "me" or any other citizen on any given day is an extraordinary and overwhelming thought.
The vocation he's chosen on behalf of our country's welfare is worthy of stadium applause.
The courage and bravery that identifies "these" men and distinguishes them as highly ranked Officers is what sets them apart, respectively, from the rest of us.
My small token of appreciation was resigned to a freshly purchased box of "Eileen's Cookies," (a bakery in Sioux Falls composed of the most amazing concoctions one can imagine), but which seemed a meager offering for so decorated and dedicated an officer.
Still, I was grateful for the "morsels" had on hand.
Feed a man's stomach ... and it rates as a qualifying, memorable kindness.
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But more that that, dear Reader ...
Intersections and interactions are "messages in disguise" and I have since wondered at the illustration Officer Matthew presented in relation to this passage:
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always ..."
Ephesians 6:10-17
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And the question posed:
How prepared am I to take a bullet?
Hmmm ...