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Alex Valera 

Squad Leader

My name is Alex Valera, and I'm the Explorer Sergeant for Alpha Squad in HSI Post 601. I joined Post 601 back in 2019 and what a journey it has been. I'm currently enrolled a Sophmore at Westchester Community College. My favorite memory within the post was wining my first scenario as a Squad Leader in our 2021 Spring Competition in Staten Island. Our competition squad worked very hard practicing the month beforehand, and it proved successful which made me really proud. The best way to describe the post is like an extended family, I get to laugh, learn, and be next to the people that I love and look up to. I wat to give a special thanks to the Advisors and Special Agents at Homeland Security for making this program possible. 

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Saleem Jumai

Squad Member

My name is Saleem Jumai and I am an Explorer for HSI Post 601. I've joined this program in 2019 and it's been phenomenal. Currently I am a freshman majoring in Biology at St. John's University. My favorite memory with this post most definitely has to be winning my first competition along with my team. The work ethic of my squad mates and the sheer amount of work/training we've done led us to success and we are all entirely grateful for the work of our advisors who made our competition successful. This post truly is my family away from home and we've grown from strangers to friends to family, I am truly thankful for the opportunities this post continuously provides and I will continue to represent this post for the foreseeable future. 

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Jack Morrissey

Squad Member

My name is Jack Morrissey, an Explorer in HSI Post 601. I joined the Post in 2021. I am a sophomore at Iona College and had the honor to receive President's Scholarship. My favorite memory is training with Special Agents from HSI Special Response Team (SRT).  We were given the opportunity to practice and train tactical techniques.