U.S. Border Patrol recognizes Coast Guard Auxiliarist

SEATTLE - The U.S. Border Patrol will recognize a Coast Guard Auxiliarist at Coast Guard Station Port Angeles, Wash., on Ediz Hook Road at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday.

Auxiliarist Dick Halsaver is being recognized for his efforts as coordinator of the Citizen's Action Network (CAN).

Halsaver recognized the need to increase collaboration between the U.S. Border Patrol and CAN, which is resulting in a safer border community.

The relationship ultimately resulted in the development of intelligence leads that enhanced the Border Patrol's ability to identify, classify and respond to reported maritime border incursions along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

"The Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection benefit greatly from the relationship as the agencies national security mission is accomplished through mutual intelligence sharing and dissemination," said Jason Carroll, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge for Blaine, Wash., Sector Border Patrol. "Halsaver's leadership and desire to broaden the perspective of CAN volunteers created a greater situational awareness for both the citizenry and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the Olympic Peninsula."

"I think it's important to remember that Mr. Halsaver has donated thousands of hours improving our nation on his own time and for no pay because it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it," said Cmdr. Andre Billeaudeaux, director of the auxiliary for the 13th Coast Guard District. "He's a role model and a leader who's work directly contributes to the safety of this region, while simultaneously helping the Coast Guard and Border Patrol more effectively carry out their missions."

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