Customs and Border Protection Big Bend Sector Op
December 16, 2019
December 6, 2019 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations UH-1N twin-engine helicopter rests on the bank of the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park during an air-mobility operation. The aircraft is being operated by the Alpine Air unit, which falls under AMO's El Paso Air Branch using the upgraded Bell UH-1N Iroquois helicopters which features extended skids to allow landings in rough terrain, as shown.
The Big Bend Sector includes over one-quarter of the United States' southern border and use of helicopters for air-mobility operations to move Border Patrol agents and supplies in and out of the areas' harsh terrain has increased apprehensions and seizures of narcotics.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Greg L. Davis