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FLETC Presents "Honor Graduate of the Year" Award to CBP Officer

Glynco, GA Nov 14, 2005

The FLETC presented its "Honor Graduate of the Year" Award for 2004 to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Daniel S. Rothman today. This award is presented annually to the FLETC basic training honor graduate having the highest academic average.

Officer Rothman graduated from FLETC's Customs and Border Protection Officer Training program on May 6, 2004, achieving a 98.5 percent academic average; besting some 4,957 other eligible basic training graduates during 2004. Officer Rothman also excelled at firearms qualification and physical fitness. At a luncheon in his honor at FLETC's headquarters facility in Glynco, GA, Officer Rothman received a fully functioning Smith and Wesson, Model 637, 38-caliber, revolver.

Guest speaker for the event was Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "Officer Rothman represents the level of excellence that America has come to expect from the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they protect America's borders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Bonner stated.

Past recipients of the FLETC Honor Graduate of the Year Award have included officers and agents with the National Park Service, U.S. Capitol Police; Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Customs Service, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, General Services Administration, Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

FLETC Director, Connie Patrick said, "Honorees for this award are chosen on their strong academic skills, physical training, and leadership ability - specifically, those who exemplify the quality of people in Federal law enforcement. Officer Rothman, as well as those who have been honored in the past, validates FLETC's commitment to providing strong, collaborative leadership in law enforcement training."

Officer Rothman is a graduate of Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School. He is currently an assistant jiu-jitsu instructor in the Bronx, NY, and has participated in several tournaments throughout the country.

Upon graduation from FLETC, Officer Rothman was assigned to port of entry Newark.

The Award is made possible by a generous gift by Aubrey A. "Tex" Gunnels, formerly Clerk to the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Subcommittee, House Committee on Appropriations. Mr. Gunnels was instrumental in the establishment of the FLETC in 1970 and its contribution to a well-trained police and investigative force in this country. He remains involved with the FLETC through the Honor Graduate of the Year program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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