Former U.S. border agents killed in Afghanistan

Ben Monsivais was a long time friend, coworker and DHS-ICE Senior Special Agent, (and former Border Patrol Agent), who retired circa 2008 with at least 20 years in Fed. Law Enforcement Service.  Ben worked both foreign and domestic assignments during his 20 year career.

Services Wednesday, August 1, 2012: Greenwood Mortuary 4300 Imperial Avenue San Diego, CA 92113

Memorial Service 1300-1400
CBP/ICE Honor Guard: 1400-1430 (approx).

Reception to follow at: American Legion Post 255
35 E 18th Street National City, CA 91950

By: Mark Rockwell  gsnmagazine

Herat, Afghanistan Two former U.S. border agents and a British customs officer were killed, and another U.S. border agent was wounded, in a July 22 attack by a lone gunman in Afghanistan as they worked as civilians training local police recruits.

The shootings occurred in the western province of Herat, near the country’s border with Iran, at a NATO training center. A NATO spokesman said an “individual wearing an Afghan National Security Force uniform turned his weapon against ISAF contracted civilian employees…” The men were working as contractors for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).  The gunman was killed as he opened fire, according to reports, but few other details were released.

DHS secretary Janet Napolitano issued a statement of condolence on July 24 for those killed and wounded, as well as commending the reaction of another former U.S. Border Patrol agent in stopping the gunman.

“It is with great sadness that I learned this weekend of the fatal shooting of three contractors stationed at the Herat Training Center in Herat, Afghanistan,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of former U.S. Border Patrol Agent and retired ICE Agent Benjamin Monsivais, retired CBP Port Director Joseph Perez, and retired Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Revenue and Customs Officer David Chamberlain.”

She said Monsivais, Perez and Chamberlain were supporting Afghan Border Police training efforts when they came under attack. “Their tragic deaths remind us of the dangers facing our men and women overseas, and the many sacrifices they make on our behalf every day,” she said.

Two others were wounded in the attack, she said. “We pray for the swift recovery and continued safety of former Border Patrol Agent Dana Hampton and language assistant Aimal Formully.”

She also noted another Border Patrol agent’s valor during the attack. She didn’t name the agent however. “We also applaud the tremendous bravery and heroism of the CBP Border Patrol Agent who responded to the attack and prevented the gunman from causing further harm and injury to others,” she said.