Thirty six men and women are now officially part the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, ready to take on the duty to protect Guam’s borders.

The 13th CGA training cycle had their graduation ceremony at the Dusit Thani Guam resort late Wednesday afternoon. 

Each graduate, now with the title of Customs and Quarantine Officer I, each received certificates for completion at the academy and their official ranks and badges. They were also pinned by their loved ones. 

With this batch, Guam customs have hit two milestones.

Not only is this the largest cycle in customs history since its first and second cycles in 1995 and 1997, marking the most officers in nearly a decade with 142 sworn officers, the agency has its first officer of Federated States of Micronesia descent, Officer I Hage-ae Paul amongst their graduates.

He was formerly the agency’s records management officer.

Guam Customs Director Ike Peredo said that these batch of men and women are vital to responding to the to the daily threats that meet the island’s borders saying, “Their presence and performance, armed with our core values of courage, quality, and accountability, is exactly what we need to strengthen our effectiveness in keeping our island, residents, and resources resilient and safe from harmful goods and individuals.”

The graduates trained for nine months through the Guam Community College Criminal Justice Academy, the customs and quarantine physical abilities test, firearms qualifications, requirements of the Guam peace officer standards and training commission, and familiarization with local and federal customs laws, regulations, and standard operating procedures.

Before they were dismissed, the new officers underwent a final inspection during the ceremony by Guam customs and island leadership.

These men and women will now serve at all five of the island's ports, the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport Authority, Port Authority of Guam, U.S. Postal Service Main Facility, Andersen Air Force Base, Agat Marina, as well additional sites where Guam customs duties must be executed.

 They will be safeguarding Guam everyday through screening passengers at all five ports of entry for possible threats.