Our special forces are rightly respected as some of the most effective fighters within in military forces. Mention special forces and most people will correctly identify Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets as those who are sent on missions that to most of us would seem impossible.
To become a member of one of these elite groups, the training is both arduous and lengthy. Part of the point of this intensity of training is to weed out any who cannot engage in the extreme missions these warriors are called on to perform.
What is far less known is an organization called BORSTAR which is a special operations group that exists within the US Border Patrol. The name stands for Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue, and it performs some amazing missions.
“According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, BORSTAR — Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue — was a unit ‘created in 1998 in response to the growing number of injuries to Border Patrol agents and migrant deaths along our nation’s borders.'”
Specifically, what do those agents who are part of this outfit do?
“The unit is comprised of experienced agents who pass a ‘physically and mentally demanding course in which candidates are evaluated in various search and rescue techniques, tactical medicine, technical rescue, land navigation, communication, swift-water rescue, air operations, and the ability to work in a cohesive unit.'”
That’s a very comprehensive set of skills to be sure. And this group of unsung heroes put them to good use.
“‘Most people don’t realize that the Border Patrol has paramedics, search and rescue capability,’ Welter said in an interview with The Daily Signal. ‘But a lot of times our guys put themselves in a lot of danger, and you end up almost in as bad a shape as the person you’re trying to rescue.'”
It’s quite a testimony to the character and compassion of these agents that they would put their own lives in danger to save the lives of those who are engaging in criminal acts trying to get into the US illegally, or who are engaging in smuggling actions that have gone wrong.
BORSTAR is an outfit that clearly needs more recognition for the valuable service it provides to our nation.
Source: Conservative Tribune