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28oct04_01

Photo caption: Brigadier General Annette Sobel, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, and New Mexico Tech President Daniel López share a light moment during the recent Centinela meeting held on the university campus.

SOCORRO- Brigadier General Annette Sobel, Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, and Daniel Lopez, President of New Mexico Tech will host a two-day conference in Socorro with Centinela, a Mexican Federal Homeland Security group. The conference, being held on the university campus on October 27-28, will help improve border security cooperation.

“Ensuring the safety and security at our shared border with Mexico is Governor Bill Richardson’s top priority for homeland security,” said Brigadier General Sobel.

“It is a source of great pride for me and others here at New Mexico Tech that our university was picked to host this momentous meeting,” said Dr. Daniel H. López, president of New Mexico Tech. “The fact that delegations from Mexico and New Mexico are actively collaborating on programs that are so critically important to both our nations’ domestic preparedness and homeland security efforts is cause for renewed optimism in this strategic area.”

At the meeting, the delegations will work to improve and strengthen bi-national intelligence sharing, cooperative training and cross border exercise opportunities and international agriculture and livestock security programs.

The delegations will work on an agreement to conduct a joint security exercise along the border. This exercise will improve the ability of both nations to work together in response to a border emergency. This meeting will help to continue the strong partnerships to provide safety, security and economic viability to the agriculture industry.

On Thursday, October 28th, New Mexico Tech will be providing the Mexican delegates with a field tour of the Energetic Materials Research Center (EMRTC) and an explosives demonstration.

For further information contact Sean Marcus at 690-0210.

State of New Mexico
Office of the Governor
Office of Homeland Security
P.O. Drawer 2387
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-