By Maj. Cassandra D. McGinnis
| Aug. 30, 2017
Mobility support missions are executed primarily in El Centro, California; Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Fronton, Texas; Yuma, Arizona; and Nogales, Arizona. The focus and priority of these areas are in direct relation to an operational analysis done by JTF-N, the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Infrastructure Directorate, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facilities Management and Engineering Directorate.
JTF-N mobility support missions enhance Border Patrol agents’ response times to conduct interdiction operations; in many cases, agent response time can be reduced by 75 percent. These missions also allow agents to better patrol the rough terrain and afford access to areas to emplace and maintain persistent sensor platforms. Permanent roads, built with drainage culverts to keep them from washing out, help agents respond faster to drug trafficking activity in the area and provide aid more quickly to undocumented aliens in distress. Additionally, local residents and businesses also benefit from the improved conditions.