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