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Sr. Representative of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Vice Director, Joint Interagency Task Force South
Mr. Trevor Buhler assumed the duties of Vice Director for Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South in June 2019. As Vice Director, he is a member of JIATF South’s command team, providing operational oversight and direction of the organization and its activities both locally and in the Joint Operational Area. Vice Director Buhler is also the senior representative of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and coordinates Air and Marine Operations aviation support for the U.S. Southern Command anti-drug initiatives in the source and transit zones.
Prior to his role at JIATF South, Buhler was Director, Air and Marine Operations (DAMO), Bellingham Air and Marine Branch. He oversaw aviation security operations along portions of the Northern Region to include oversight of two air units in Spokane, Washington and Great Falls, Montana and two marine units in Bellingham and Port Angeles, Washington. As DAMO, Buhler was responsible for ensuring a secure area of operations along the U.S. northern border covering over 800 miles of rugged terrain between the United States and Canada. His area of responsibility encompassed the maritime border adjacent to the San Juan Islands, Washington, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Strait of Georgia, where he oversaw 12 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and 12 maritime vessels.
Buhler began his aviation career in the civilian sector, accumulating aviation experience as a flight instructor and charter pilot. He began his federal law enforcement career in 1998 as a pilot with the former U.S. Customs Service, stationed at the El Paso Air Unit in Texas. While in El Paso, he served as a C-550 and AS350 Pilot in Command (PIC) and C-210 Instructor Pilot. In 2003, he transferred to the former Albuquerque Air Branch in New Mexico and served as the branch fixed-wing Standardization Flight Evaluator (SFE) and as a PIC in the C-550 and BE-200 aircraft.
In August 2006, Buhler transferred to Montana and assisted in establishing the Montana Air Unit. He continued to serve in the capacity of SFE in the C-550 and PC-12 aircraft until his promotion to Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent in 2011. In September 2012, he was promoted to Director, Air Operations, at the Montana Air Unit. In August 2014, he was selected as the Director at the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch.
MVice Director Buhler has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and 28 years of aviation experience. As a dual-rated pilot, he holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate in fixed-wing aircraft and a commercial rotary-wing with instrument rating. He is also type rated in the CE-550 and holds Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor certificates in single and multi-engine aircraft with over 6,500 flight hours.