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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kerry P. Rogers
Remote forward operating bases set up in rugged areas of the U.S.-Mexico border to help U.S. Border Patrol agents better protect America against armed drug and alien smugglers are plagued with critical safety, security and sanitary concerns that place the lives of agents using them in jeopardy, says the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).
She said all-terrain vehicles and horse patrol units are deployed and rotated between camps, as trends dictate in the field.
"While FOB construction can vary from location to location, housing generally ranges from trailers to semi-permanent buildings," she said. "Regardless of the size or location of the camp, agents are provided with sleeping quarters, kitchens, grills, bathrooms, electricity, heat and air conditioning."