Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen accompanied Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday to visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Advanced Training Center (ATC) in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. During the visit they toured the facility and observed a use-of-force simulation, mat room training for the Less Lethal Instructor Recertification Training Program, and a border wall presentation.
The ATC opened in August 2005 and is composed of approximately 224 acres in Harpers Ferry. ATC offers a total of 54 residential and exported courses in the areas of emergency preparedness, firearms, less-lethal devices and tactics, leadership, intelligence and targeting, and course and instructor development.
“You know, the men and women of CBP and DHS do extraordinary work every day to protect our country. I’ve heard today, in briefings with your senior leadership, that they couldn’t do it without the world-class instruction that you have here at the Advanced Training Center. It truly is remarkable to have witnessed,” Pence said. “For 14 years, this training center, I’m told, has given specialized training to senior Border Patrol and federal law enforcement personnel. Some of you who are with us today are receiving that training, and I have no doubt you’ll use it — use the lessons that you learned here to make the men and women that you lead even more effective, make our nation more secure, and make it more possible for them to do their jobs and come home safe.”
“The work done here is important in preparing our frontline defenders. The Advanced Training Center provides the men and women who have been called to serve with critical training to safeguard our nation,” said Nielsen. “Training is essential to mission success. And that’s why I’m so proud of the ATC — and the other DHS training facilities — because they are preparing our operators every day to overcome challenges in order to get the job done.”
The tour concluded with Pence and Nielsen speaking with current students attending training including frontline agents and officers and those there to attend leadership training.