For the 21st consecutive year, CBP is on display at EAA's AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisc. Both the Office of Air and Marine and Office of Field Operations are sharing space inside the International Federal Pavilion. Officers and agents are educating the public about the many missions of CBP and displaying some of the "tools of the trade."
AirVenture 2011 is the largest air show in the world. Thousands of aircraft are on display to the more than 1 million visitors expected this year. Guests will fly in days in advance of the show and camp out under their wings, essentially turning their planes into campers. They will enjoy the seven-day event, pack up their aircraft and fly home. Some of the highlights of this year's show include a celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, daily air shows and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner making its debut to the U.S. public.
New for CBP this year include updated displays, Law Enforcement Explorer participation and providing fingerprint cards for children's parents. Guests are packing in to watch the canine demonstrations given three times a day. As in past years, these are a big hit with the children along with their parents.
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.