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Customs and Border Protection opens recruitment center at Fort Bragg

Lynn Velasco, a recruiter for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, talks to Marines about opportunities the agency can offer veterans during a job fair at the Horno Regimental Instructional Facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2018. Velasco was one of many recruiters offering job opportunities to active-duty servicemembers, spouses and veterans.

BETZABETH Y. GALVAN/U.S. MARINE CORPS

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Published: August 31, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will be at Fort Bragg, N.C., for the next month in an effort to recruit transitioning soldiers into one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies.

CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, opened a recruitment office at the Fort Bragg Career Resource Center on Old Stable Lane, officials said.

The office is hosting two-hour briefings each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday.

“We would like to recruit as many servicemembers as possible to come and continue their career with CBP,” said Bob Graczyk, a supervisory CBP officer. “They have served our country with the U.S. military, and now we would like to offer them a career with CBP continuing to defend and protect our nation as CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, Air and Marine agents, and other support positions nationwide.”

A spokeswoman said the recruitment office will remain open at Fort Bragg until Sept. 28.

The office is the latest attempt by the agency to attract transitioning servicemembers. Since Sept. 2016, the agency’s Special Emphasis Recruitment Team has held 29 recruitment events on military installations, gathering more than 940 applications.

Rhonda Lawson, the CBP spokeswoman, said the agency’s goal is to reach as many soldiers as possible.

Veterans make up approximately 28 percent of the CBP’s workforce. And they receive an expedited application process.

Graczyk said the agency is looking for soldiers who are set to end their service in the next six months to one year.

“Many of the servicemembers have obtained valuable knowledge, skills and abilities while serving our country,” he said. “We would love to have them continue serving our country with CBP.”

For more information, visit www.cbp.gov/careers or contact the recruitment office at 910-643-0404 or CBPRecruitmentfortbragg@cbp.dhs.gov.

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