Director Koupash currently leads the Mission Support Division of the Office of Air and Marine within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In this capacity, he is directly responsible for all aspects of national aircraft and marine vessel acquisition, financial management, human resource management, asset management, maintenance and logistic support, and facilities requirements. He acts as the program executive for all CBP aviation and marine capability investment initiatives. CBP Air and Marine is the largest civilian law enforcement aviation and marine service in the world, with over 260 aircraft of various types, nearly 300 marine vessels, and over 1,820 federal law enforcement and support personnel operating out of 84 sites located across the nation.
Over the past 36 years, Director Koupash has held numerous challenging leadership and management positions in the service of the nation. Starting with a career in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, he rose to the rank of Captain and served in several acquisition, finance, and integrated logistic support positions, supporting the F-14 and A-7 Aircraft Programs as well as fleet operations.
In early 1988, Director Koupash joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was assigned to the Operations Development Division of the Space Station Freedom Program and Operations Office in Reston, VA. He subsequently held leadership positions at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, including a two year assignment as the agency’s Communications Security Manager. In early 1999, he was assigned to the NASA Office of Space Flight where he eventually became the Director of Resources for the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs. He left NASA in January of 2006 to assume his current duties with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.