Important Update Swap Program

Employees who have submitted an application to the USBP Nationwide Swap Program should review their application before the September 5, 2015 dead line. Employees should ensure that:

· Entered their name correctly and corresponds to their government email address
· Entered a correct EOD date
· Made a selection
· Used only their logon to create an application

Update for Local 2554 members.

Effective August 17, 2015, two (2) new programs will officially begin, effectively becoming available for all Border Patrol Agents.

1. Physical Fitness Program (PFP) : Instructions and information has already been sent out by the Agency via agency information network so that members may participate in the program. Check your government email and look for the instructions. If you have questions regarding this program, you can reach out to the local (sector) Agency coordinator or to the designated union representative, Guadalupe Valenzuela via GOV email and/or via Union email at Local 2554 has reviewed and agreed to the SOP that covers/governs this program.

2. Swap Program is officially open. Information and instructions about this program has been made available by the agency. Check you emails on the GOV network. Remember you need to go to the secure web site within and complete then submit your application. Do not forget that this program will have an opening and closing day. If you have questions or run into problems our union contact is representative David Yglesias. You can contact him via GOV email and/or via Union email server at

3. Verizon Cell Phone plan benefits and service for NBPC Union members. Details will be posted later this week. The program/plan is similar to the one presently employed by our (brother) local in the Tucson Sector. That particular plan is up and running and is only offered to current NBPC Union members. We will post details including information regarding the substantial benefits that this plan has to offer, as well as, any requirements members must meet in order to participate. Local 2554 anticipate that this benefit plan is going to be a huge plus for our members.

Stay tuned in to this and any other communication(s) for additional information, or if you have any other questions, you may submit question(s), via this site, or via email.

Passing of former El Centro BP Robert “Gene” Chesney

It is with great Sadness to inform our fellow members the passing of former El Centro Station Border Patrol Agent Robert ‘Gene’ Chesney.

He passed away on August 4, 2015 at his house. He is surviving by his wife, one daughter, as well other relatives.

Keep his family on your prayers.


Robert E. Chesney, (Eugene R. Collier), 53, known to his friends and family as “Gene”, was born December, 3, 1961, was living in Rindge, NH and went home to be with our Lord Jesus on August 4, 2015 unexpectedly.

Gene struggled for years with a neck related work injury while he was on duty with the United States Border Patrol. This injury, which caused multiple surgeries, changed the course of his future. It took a toll on his body, and ultimately led to his demise.

Gene finished his career by medically retiring from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Centro, California. He also served in the Armed Forces of the United States – U.S. Navy Branch. He loved geocaching, snowmobiling, and boating, but most of all he loved writing. He was gifted and talented with his writing skills. He was working to complete his book “The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and was confident his book would be a big seller. He came up with a phrase and posted it on Facebook that stated “A question can never be answered for a man until it is answered to his own satisfaction.” copyright Robert E. Chesney.

Gene was preceded in his death by his grandfather, Michael Casalla; his beloved grandmother, Virginia Casalla, whom meant the absolute world to him; as well as his nephew, Brandon Putzer.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Wendy Chesney and their beautiful 10 year old daughter Katelyn Chesney, both of whom were the light of his heart and soul; his mother, Bonnie Woodward; his wife’s parents, David and Carol Levandusky that he dearly loved and looked to for guidance; two sisters, Ginny Collier and Lynette Putzer; his dear aunt, Kathleen Thornton, whom he looked to for guidance; his uncle, Michael Casalla; his amazing best friend that always stood by him from the Border Patrol Academy, Neil Brady; along with other Aunts, Uncles, Nieces (notably Ashely Putzer), Nephews (notably Michael Collier and Anthony DeJackome), In-Laws, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7pm at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Neighbor Fund, PO Box 486, Jaffrey, NH 03452


Here is the link for Chesney Obituary page:

Robert ‘Gene’ Chesney Celebrating life