Mr. Tony CrowderExecutive Director of Air and Marine Operations Center
U. S. Customs and Border Protection
Tony Crowder is the Executive Director, Air and Marine Operations Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine. The Office of Air and Marine is the world’s largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization with 1,200 Federal agents, operating from 80 locations, with 270 aircraft and over 300 maritime vessels.
Mr. Crowder supervises the AMOC’s operations including law enforcement agents, intelligence analysts, detection enforcement officers, interagency and international personnel. He oversees OAM’s homeland air security efforts and interagency C3ISR operations, based out of the primary center in Riverside, California, and supplemental facility in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center (CAMOC) and the National Capital Region. These centers integrate sensor data and law enforcement information as well as intelligence to support a variety of law enforcement missions.
Mr. Crowder began his career in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 1980, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. An Honor Graduate from Undergraduate Controller Training, he was trained as an Air Weapons Controller, becoming a specialist in air battle management. He is a graduate from the USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor School.
Throughout his extensive military career, he led combat crews throughout Central Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iceland. He served as a Weapons and Tactics Officer, prepared and deployed combat ready units, and served on various NATO staffs. A fully qualified Joint Officer, he conducted air defense, counter-drug operations, and command and control operations in 13 countries with multiple military and law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Crowder joined the former U.S. Customs Service in August 2000. His team orchestrated OAM’s response to the terrorist attacks in 2001 and the winter Olympics air security in 2002. In 2005, he assisted the integration of national security programs into the newly established Office of Air and Marine.