Mississippi's Top Leadership Visits the Southwest Border
Mr. Daniel Szarek (Director of Public Affaris)
|Soldiers from the Mississippi National Guard's C Company, 1-114th Aviation Regiment, with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi, discuss current operations during a state leadership visit to Laredo, Texas June 18, 2019. The Mississippi National Guard, as Task Force Aviation, has been operating in the Laredo Sector of Texas's southwest border as a part of Operation Guardian Support since May 2018.
JACKSON, Miss. – Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi, alongside Governor Phil Bryant, visited Mississippi National Guard Soldiers of Task Force (TF) Aviation during Operation Guardian Support (OGS) on Texas's southwest border earlier this week. OGS is a multi-state-supported mission, directed by the President of the United States, to patrol, control, and protect our nation's borders.
Task Force Aviation consists of elements of C Company, 1-114th Aviation Regiment based in Tupelo and operating in the Laredo Sector alongside Customs and Border Patrol agents. Since beginning operations in May 2018, and with assistance of volunteers from eleven other states, TF Aviation has conducted over 500 missions with some assets logging more than 5,000 flight hours.
Under direction of the Mississippi National Guard and partnering with agents under Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez and Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joel Martinez, TF Aviation has prevented more than one ton of illegal narcotics from entering the U.S., over 3,000 illegal border crossings, rescued more than 200 civilians, and assisted in multiple casualty evacuations.