JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Oakleaf High School’s Aerospace Academy recently toured U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center (NASOC–J ) in Jacksonville, Florida.
The mission of Oakleaf’s Aerospace Academy is to prepare students for successful careers in the aerospace industry. It is the goal of the academy to create a life-long love of aviation by providing relevant learning experiences.
CBP’s Air and Marine Operations did just that by facilitating the tour. Agents spoke to the students about their mission, operations, and equipment used for their daily duties.
“Anytime I get a chance to spread the word about Air and Marine Operations and our mission to a group of young people is a great pleasure to me,” said Supervisory Air and
Marine Operations Agent Stephen Wood. “Interacting with these students from the Oakleaf High School Aerospace Academy, seeing their interests in aviation and hearing their desire to serve their country in much the way we do, is an honored privilege. I think it is imperative to find young people like them and show them potential career opportunities with CBP for the betterment of our agency. They, and many like them, are the future for our organization.”
The students were able to board a P-3 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) which is a high endurance, all-weather, tactical turbo-prop aircraft primarily used to conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions. Students also toured the Air Traffic Control/Flight Simulation Rooms, and the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.