Federal agent feels like he ‘never really came back’ from Portland
EL PASO, Texas — He may have returned to El Paso, but US Border Patrol Agent (BPA) Ken Greggs says he doesn’t feel like he ever truly came home from his harrowing 27-day deployment to Portland, Oregon.
“Every time I hear a leaf blower, it’s like I’m right back inside that courthouse,” Greggs said. “I still hear the drum circles when I close my eyes.”
Greggs, 23, enlisted in the US Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC, after completing two years of service as a radio specialist in the Army.
“I never really got my shot at special forces in the Army. I wanted to show what I could do,” he said, absently toying with his riot baton. “But I never expected anything like this.”
Despite his struggle, Greggs still counts himself one of the lucky ones. “Not everyone made it out of there. This is ICE Agent Davis,” he said, holding up a photo. “Everyone called him Dumpster. He was MEDEVAC’d on day 15...he sprained his ankle when he fell off his tactical bicycle.”
Even the familiarity of his fellow BOR…
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