The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) based on March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new building.
“Today we are celebrating an important milestone. Our critical mission toils silently in the background keeping watch over our national leadership, supporting special events, collaborating with international partners and unblinking over-watch of our nation’s non-commercial air and maritime environments,” said Tony D. Crowder, AMOC Executive Director.
The AMOC is an international, multi-domain, federal law enforcement center that strengthens the execution of CBP’s global mission. The operational role of AMOC is continually expanding to meet emerging national security requirements and support priority missions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The AMOC had an urgent and critical need for additional facility space to support immediate and intermediate expansion needs due to mission growth and concomitant increase in personnel and operational systems. In fiscal year 2015 appropriation from Congress, personnel numbers at AMOC increased by 65 personnel for a total of 273. An additional 121 personnel are expected expand staffing levels through fiscal year 2021.
In an effort to accommodate this growth, AMOC worked with Facilities Management Engineering to design and construct a 22,000-square-foot facility, Building 605C, on the AMOC campus. The new building will house AMOC’s Information Technology staff, equipment, and the AMOC Security element.
AMOC is an operational component of CBP’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities.
AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.