Dennis Michelini is the Acting Executive Director, Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior.
As the Acting Executive Director, he oversees domestic and foreign aviation and maritime missions, plan operations, formulate requirements, and advises the Executive Assistant Commissioner on operational issues.
Acting Executive Director Michelini began his federal law enforcement career in 1995 as a U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agent assigned to Carrizo Springs, Texas. In 1998, he transferred to the Laredo Sector as a USBP pilot trainee. In 2000, he became an aircraft pilot, later transferring to the Blaine Sector in 2003. In August 2010, he was promoted to Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent at AMO Headquarters. In November 2011, he became Director, Air Operations – Strategy, responsible for oversight, strategic guidance, and foundational planning of key AMO programs.
From August 2013 to March 2016, Acting Executive Director Michelini served as Director, Air Operations, National Air Security Operations Center – Sierra Vista, where he was responsible for UAS operations and the integration and effective employment of new UAS technologies throughout the CBP environment. As a senior component representative within Joint Task Force West – Arizona, he contributed to the evolution of policy, operations, and support to the commander’s vision and strategy.
In August 2016, he was selected to serve as the Director, Northern Region, responsible for coordinating the region’s operations. His duties included requirements planning, assessing the effectiveness of air and marine forces, and organizing operations with military officials and senior executives from federal, state, and local agencies. In March 2017, he was selected as the Executive Director, National Air Security Operations, where he served until his most recent selection.
Acting Executive Director Michelini graduated from Michigan State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2010, he earned a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a master’s degree in security studies from Kansas State University. He is a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security Senior Executive Service Development Program at American University.