Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to the Advanced Training Center with Vice President Mike Pence

On March 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Advanced Training Center (ATC) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. During the visit they toured the facility and observed a use of force simulation, mat room training for the Less Lethal Instructor Recertification Training Program, and a border wall presentation.

The ATC opened in August 2005 and is comprised of approximately 224 acres in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. ATC offers a total of 54 residential and exported courses in the areas of emergency preparedness, firearms, less-lethal devices and tactics, leadership, intelligence and targeting, and course and instructor development.

“The work done here is important in preparing our frontline defenders. The Advanced Training Center provides the men and women who have been called to serve with critical training to safeguard our nation,” said Secretary Nielsen. “Training is essential to mission success. And that’s why I’m so proud of the ATC—and the other DHS training facilities—because they are preparing our operators every day to overcome challenges in order to get the job done.”

The tour concluded with Vice President Pence and Secretary Nielsen speaking with current students attending training including frontline agents and officers and those there to attend leadership training.

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