first published on January 9, 2019 by Josh
Operation Faithful Patriot is the operational name for troops deployed to the Southern Border of the United States of America. They are a civil contingency operation being utilized to support the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Mexico-American border. The mission is to assist Border Protection operations while blocking any illegal border crossings coming out of Central and Southern America.
This operation was started in April of 2018, and was initially titled Operation Guardian Support. Consisting primarily of National Guard troops from those impacted states, they were an all volunteer force tasked with assisting in the detention of illegal migrants via Military Police Units, and fortifying obstacles around the current standing fence. In October of 2018, the operation was renamed to Operation Faithful Patriot, and now includes active duty troops from around the United States.
Since Operation Faithful Patriot has started, there has been some controversy over the title of the name in the Pentagon and the news. At one point, the Pentagon stopped calling the deployment of troops to the Southern Border “Operation Faithful Patriot,” and started referring to it as just “Border Support Operations.” Media releases coming out of the operation however, still refer to it as “Operation Faithful Patriot,” and showcase a variety of troops from a varying number of military occupational specialties conducting work in support the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The video below is an interview with a Squad Leader from 2nd Platoon with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7. The video was recorded and edited by Lance Cpl. Jared Curtis.