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Background: Noel Engels/Longbreak

I spent over two decades working for the US government in intelligence, law enforcement, and military combat operations.

In May of 1997, I joined the US Border Patrol following a harrowing experience surviving a violent armed robbery that resulted in multiple fatalities in Tucson, Arizona, in 1996. I would become a member of the Border Patrol’s first tactical search and rescue team, BORSTAR, and later became a Supervisory LE Ranger for the DOI/BLM in California.

1. EMT : Sororan Desert 2001
Border Patrol – Sonoran Desert 2001
Time Magazine June 2001 – photo by James Nachtwey

My career eventually took me to Afghanistan in 2005 and Iraq in 2006, where I advised and mentored the Afghan and Iraqi Border Police in embedded positions with the US Army and Marines. I continued to support the Department of Defense as an Operational Advisor for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, a Battlefield Criminal Investigator embedded with various military units conducting, among many tasks, sensitive site exploitation and tactical questioning in Afghanistan from 2008-2010, as well as a Forensic / Biometric Senior Advisor in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2012.

Khyber Pass 2005
Afghanistan 2009

After various roles in the intelligence community for the National Ground Intelligence Center, National Targeting Center, and the DIA as a Sr. Intel Officer, I left the U.S. government in early 2022 after filing a whistleblower disclosure while serving as a Criminal Analyst for DHS/HSI.

I graduated from the University of Arizona after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Native American Studies.

Noel and Maho