Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate Charts Course to Become CBP Marine Interdiction Agent
Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) Jara Namer started her career in the U.S. Coast Guard, traveling the world working in fisheries, search and rescue, law enforcement and more. While in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she was able to work temporarily with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) AMO, which included time on her now-favorite AMO vessel, the Midnight Express. Namer was grateful for her time and the experience the Coast Guard gave her, but she knew AMO’s mission was calling her.
“The Coast Guard has so many jobs, so many things you have to do. Law enforcement is an entity but not all encompassing. It’s hard to dial in. For AMO your bread and butter is law enforcement, boardings, keeping your team safe, affecting arrests, and assessing the whole situation.”
Namer’s typical workday consists of establishing a presence on the water using area knowledge and investigative skills to identify vessels that could potentially be smuggling narcotics, people or even merchandise. “We talk to boaters to gather information. Also, we try to create relationships with our local agencies and marine industry individuals so that they know who to call if they see something.”
“Our job is very dynamic and never the same. One day we could be on the water jumping from boat to boat doing boardings, and the next we could be assisting other agencies on land.” As she speaks, her sense of pride in what she does is obvious. She was born for this role.
Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Namer grew up on the water and around boats. Her friends and family even jokingly called her a fish. She studied Geography with a concentration in Weather Phenomenon, but Criminal Justice was also in the back of her mind. To many, those interests may seem varied; however, her career with AMO blends them perfectly.
As part of AMO, she is also able to maintain work-life balance – something that CBP is committed to providing its workforce. In 2020, she and her wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl. She is grateful for a role that affords her the time to spend with her wife and daughter while fulfilling her love of being on the water.
Namer is a testament to CBP’s devotion to the development of our employees and is proud to have recently completed many rigorous schools and qualification processes to be where she is today. She is looking forward to what her future with AMO holds. Namer said, “This agency provides you with endless opportunities and I am excited to see where I end up after its all said and done.”
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.