David Lambrix was sworn into office as the Presidio Port Director on Thursday afternoon.
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.
The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on the change of command ceremony:
New U.S. Customs and Border Protection Presidio Port Director David Lambrix Sworn In During Change of Command Ceremony
PRESIDIO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Presidio Port Director David Lambrix was sworn into office December 6, 2012 during a formal change of command ceremony. Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries attended the event at the Presidio Activity Center.
The ceremony included the CBP Honor Guard posting the colors, the national anthem and remarks from acting El Paso Director of Field Operations David Higgerson. The ceremony also included the passing of the El Paso Field Office guidon from the acting port director to DFO Higgerson and then to Mr. Lambrix. After accepting the guidon Mr. Lambrix was administered the CBP oath of office by DFO Higgerson. The new Port Director then addressed the audience. The event concluded with refreshments including a specially decorated cake to commemorate the day.
"I want to thank all of those who attended to help makes a special day," said CBP Presidio Port Director David Lambrix. "A special thanks goes tout to the members of the Presidio High School Honor Society who helped make the event possible."
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as a way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission. Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation's borders. The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.
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.