David Lambrix has been chosen as the new director of the border crossings in the Big Bend area.
Lambrix replaces former Presidio Port Director John Prewit -- who retired over the summer.
Lambrix will now be responsible for the Presidio Port of Entry, as well as the Boquillas International Crossing being put into place at Big Bend National Park.
Lambrix -- an Air Force veteran and certified firefighter -- has been working with Customs and Border Protection since 1988.
Lambrix previously served as Chief Operations Manager in the Office of the Commissioner, Joint Operations Directorate/C.B.P. headquarters.
Lambrix has been in Presidio since November 4th.
Lambrix officially starts as the Presidio Port Director on December 6th.
The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection about Lambrix's appointment:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection names David Lambrix Presidio Port Director
PRESIDIO, TEXAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has named David Lambrix as the new Port Director at the Presidio Port of Entry. Mr. Lambrix replaces John Prewit who retired from CBP this summer. Mr. Lambrix arrived at the port of entry November 4. A formal change of command ceremony is planned for December 6. Before receiving his current assignment Mr. Lambrix served as Chief: Operations Manager in the Office of the Commissioner, Joint Operations Directorate/CBP Headquarters.
"My family and I are very happy to be a part of the Presidio community" said David Lambrix, CBP Presidio Port Director. "We look forward to cementing the relationship between CBP and the Presidio community. My motto is 'Never tire from doing what is right'".
As the Presidio Port Director, Mr. Lambrix will direct operations and enforcement activities at the Presidio port of entry as well as provide oversight on the Boquillas international crossing currently being implemented at the Big Bend National Park. He will oversee CBP employees at these locations including CBP officers, Agriculture Specialists, Canine Enforcement Officers, and other personnel working in other disciplines.
Mr. Lambrix will work to ensure that the agency's primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States is accomplished on a daily basis. Mr. Lambrix is also responsible for all immigration issues related to the admission and exclusion of people applying for entry into the United States. He also is responsible for customs and agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to ensure that all goods and people entering the United States do so in accordance with our laws and regulations, while ensuring that they are facilitated in their processing to support the global market place and the international tourism industries.
Mr. Lambrix began his career with U. S. Customs and Border Protection (U. S. Customs Service) in 1988 in Detroit Michigan. He has also been assigned to International Falls, MN, Calexico, CA and Houston, TX. He has held the positions in the Houston Field Office as Coordinator for Emergency Management, Training and Firearms; leadership roles at the Houston Airport, AT-CET and Houston Seaport. Mr. Lambrix also served as a Customs Instructor at the U.S. Customs Academy, and Instructor assigned to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he started the Antiterrorism/Aviation Safety and Security Training Program. His experience is very broad, extending from his core CBP Field Operations competencies to include but not limited to interagency operations integration, incident management, continuity of operations/continuity of government, business resumption, vehicle fleet management. In addition, he is a Master Exercise Practitioner; an instructor for the International Law Enforcement Academy, FEMA and Lead Field Coordinator program as well as a Primary Firearms Instructor.
While at Headquarters Mr. Lambrix was key in the implementation of the Mexico and CBP Business Resumption. He served as the lead instructor in the very first Bi-national Incident Command Systems training between the United States and Mexico. He was also the lead coordinator for the CBP Lead Field Coordinator program and lead the design of the CBP FEMA Region VI all hazard plan. Mr. Lambrix worked with leadership during Operation Hardline and was the U.S. Customs Inspector, assigned to Border Patrol and DEA, to set up the Law Enforcement Coordination Center (Valley Project) under, U.S. Attorney Alan Bersin. He also served as NTEU President in Detroit and Houston.
Mr. Lambrix is also a certified Firefighter having worked in Northern Minnesota as a Firefighter (Captain/Assistant Chief/ EMT), Minnesota Fire Instructor and also a Department of the Navy Firefighter at the Blue Angels winter Base in El Centro, CA. Mr. Lambrix is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as a firefighter and an air rescue member. Mr. Lambrix attended Thief River Falls, MN Community College for Criminal Justice and the U.S. Air Force School of Applied Aerospace Science for Fire Fighting.
Currently Mr. Lambrix is an integral member of the JOD/Joint Communications Division, overseeing the startup of the WebEOC for all Hazards, the AtHOC communications system - to notify CBP employees during emergencies, incidents, and international communication with CBP, Mexico Customs and Canada Customs as well as State, Local and Tribal offices. This division is currently testing a mobile PC solution (tablets) for both, office and field deployment.
Mr. Lambrix is married and has five children.