Monday, September 22, 2014

Guam - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working in Guam were recently invited to speak to students at the Astumbo Middle School.

The school held a career day event on April 30.

CBP officers met with the middle school students, who were anxious to learn about what they  do.

The officers discussed the history of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as the different environments that officers work in. CBP officers work at ports of entry across the U.S. at land borders, airports, and seaports, as well as various posts abroad. 

The students viewed a slide show presentation and videos about CBP, and discussed the different aspects and requirements of becoming a CBP officer. After the presentation, CBP officers fielded questions from both the students as well as the faculty.

CBP Assistant Port Director Gerald Aevermann stated “it is always a pleasure to reach out to our island’s youth and motivate them to do their best.” He went on to say that “CBP is looking forward to further reaching out to the local community to inform them of CBP’s role in protecting our island.”

Officers also reinforced the importance of staying in school and furthering their education through college studies, emphasizing that learning does not stop after completing college but also continues on throughout their chosen careers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry.

CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.