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05 ADVANCED INTERDICTION
The MSRT heads to the Big Apple.
11 ME3 SHAUN LIN 19 DOG DEFENSE
A memorial to a fallen shipmate.
Canine Explosive Detection Teams, keeping America safe one sniff at a time.
27 TRACKING ASSETS
How the NSFCC maintains the watch.
31 THE ART OF THE MATTER
Art brings pride and morale to MSST New York
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ON THE COVER Petty Officer Shaun Lin, of Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, is shown in his official picture as a Training Center Cape May Graduate.
01. Reginal Dive Locker East members conduct icedive training near Resolute, Canada. 02. A MSST Anchorage response boat patrols off the coast of Barrow, Alaska. 03. A MSST member takes aim at a firing range at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 04. A Law Enforcement detachment prepares to board a suspected pirate vessel. in the Gulf of Aden.
From Guantanamo Bay to Bahrain, Environmental response to drug interdiction, here’s a snap shot of recent DSF deployments.
05. An Atlantic Strike Team member records water and air quality data following dispersement deployment
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06. Regional Dive Locker East members remove batteries from the Potomac River.
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07. An Atlantic Strike Team member describes the unit’s mini ANDROS robot at the CG Festival in Grand Haven, Mich. 08. A Law Enforcement Detachment moves to interdict a suspected drug smuggler in the Pacific Ocean.
09. A MSST LA/LB canine team conducts a pierside search during Fleetweek 2010 10. PSU 308 conducts weapons training in the Persian Gulf.
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SEATTLE -- A Port Security Unit member tends a control line during remote ly operated vehicle (R0V) training, Sept. 14, 2010. The ROV is an unmanned, highly maneuverable underwater video and data robot used to aid the Coast Guard with pier sweeps, vessel sweeps, search and recovery, and the detection of improvised explosive devices (IED). U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 3rd Class Nathan Bradshaw
SEATTLE -- A Maritime Safety and Security Team member operates a remotely operated vehicle, (ROV) Sept. 14, 2010. Deploayble Specialzed Force members gathered in Seattle from around to the country to recertify ROV qualifications and provide entry-level training to new ROV operators. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty officer 3rd Class Nathan Bradshaw
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WASHINGTON – General James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Ramos, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, with the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs’ Grateful Nation Award at the Ronald Reagan Building, Nov. 15, 2010. Ramos was recognized for his actions in support of the counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, including saving the life of a fellow boarding team member who fell into the water during heavy weather boat operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Anderson
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MSRT & NYPD ESU teams manuever into position to conduct a high risk boarding of the Staten Island Ferry under the control of hostile actors during a joint training evolution.
They deploy around the world, conduct operations with federal, state and local and could be training to protect the country in
By Lt. j.g. Randy Sinclair, MSRT Photographs provided by the MSRT
NYPD ESU members practice Close-Quarters Combat (CQC) techniques during joint training with the MSRT
agencies n a port near you.
NYPD ESU members fast rope onto the target training vessel.
n July, the Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) and the New York City Police Department Emergency Services Unit (ESU) teamed up to cross-train in maritime security tactics. Their mission: To increase the effectiveness of their Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission area and increase interagency cooperation. Sector New York organized the week-long training event, and the significant planning and coordination Sector invested in the week exemplified their devotion to port security and safety. The week’s first scenario tested the
Coast Guard’s response capability, and the MSRT trained together onincluding law enforcement and ad- board the Horizon Discovery, a large vanced interdiction techniques. container ship docked in Bayonne, N.J. Sector challenged the MSRT with a New York Waterways Ferry under Sector New York designed the trainthe control of a small contingent of ing to prepare both teams to work hostile actors. together safely in the event of a waterborne threat to New York City. The MSRT boarding team assaulted the ferry and neutralized the hos- To wrap up the week, the MSRT and tile threats onboard, completing the NYPD ESU conducted a joint exermission and rendering the vessel cise aboard the Staten Island Ferry. safe. The observing members of the NYPD ESU were impressed with the At more than 300 feet long, the demonstration, and both sides were 4,500- passenger ferry poses a sigexcited to kick off the cross-training nificant challenge for boarding opsessions. erations. In the days following the Waterways If the need for advanced law enforceFerry demonstration, NYPD ESU ment action arose, both units would
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have to work together in order to aboard the massive multi-level pas- Capable of interdicting, boarding, protect New York City. senger ferry. and verifying threats, and when required, engaging in offensive opAt 9 a.m. on the final training day, The week’s success is deeply rooted erations against a hostile threat, the two 33-foot SPC-BTD, each carrying in the NYPD and Sector New York’s MSRT represents a scalable and agile a team of MSRT boarding personnel, commitment to maritime safety and force. sped out of an inlet in pursuit of the security. Staten Island Ferry. Operational Commanders may reThe strong, positive relationship de- quest for short-notice deployment An NYPD helicopter, carrying an veloped between the MSRT, Sector or planned security events to deESU assault force, flew overhead of New York, and the NYPD will serve ter, protect against, and respond to the Coast Guard boats. as a model for future training oppor- threats of maritime terrorism and tunities and deployments. high-risk criminal law enforcement For the second time, Sector New threats offshore or in the port enviYork was able to design a challeng- Simply stated, the MSRT stands ronment. ing scenario to test the capabilities ready to support Operational Comof waterborne law enforcement re- manders throughout the Coast We are training. We are prepared. sponse within New York harbor. Guard. We are Semper Paratus. In a show of interagency cohesiveness and teamwork, MSRT and NYPD ESU worked together to safely neutralize the simulated threat The MSRT also provides a ready alert force for conducting maritime threat response unilaterally or as part of an interagency adaptive force package.
A MSRT Direct Action Section conducts advanced interdiction operations aboard the NY Waterways Ferry.
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// Photo by Chief Petty Officer Carl Shipley
HONOLULU (JULY 7, 2010 )
“The operation tempo during RIMPAC was high and at times stressful, but it provided valuable training for our MLE/FP team,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Brosowsky, a fast rope master at MSST Honolulu (91107). “We conducted Vertical Insertion operations and assaults on three separate ships; one of which was the SUPREME, a Singaporean naval vessel. Adapting to and overcoming language and cultural barriers during an assault, like the assault on the SUPREME, is an opportunity we are rarely afforded. When we were not participating in full assaults, we were conducting Vertical Insertion training.”
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Devotion to Duty &
The story of an arm-wrestling champion, a tactical operator, a shipmate and a friend. By Lt. James Mclay, Deployable Operations Group
n Oct. 13th, 2010, the DOG community lost one of its own. Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) Third Class Shaun Lin, 23, assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) New York, was killed during training operations on the James River in Newport News, VA. erator Course (BTOC), was attempting to climb a ladder from a response boat-small to the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew at night when he fell into the water. Immediate attempts to recover him were unsuccessful. After an intense day-long search and rescue operation involving multiple Federal, State and Local organizations, Petty Officer Lin's body was recovered by Coast Guard Divers from Regional Lin, a student in a Basic Tactical Op- Dive Locker East.
Petty Officer Lin, originally from Queens and residing in Staten Island, New York, was a three-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, having served previous tours aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maui and Station Boston. Lin was also an Iraq war veteran, having served honorably aboard the Maui while assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia from 2009-2010. Petty Officer Lin is remembered by
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his shipmates as a quiet, introspective professional who was willing to go the extra mile for others. Wellread and intense when the situation required it, Lin was also remembered for his incredible physical strength. In October 2008, Petty Officer Lin - then a fireman assigned to Station Boston - was profiled in Coast Guard Magazine for winning a national arm wrestling competition. Lin, a left-hander competing in the 175 lb. weight class, bested many other competitors with physical statures and appearances superior to his. Interestingly, he cited the mental aspect of the sport as his key to victory: Full military honors were rendered at his funeral in Queens and subsequent burial at Long Island's National Cemetery on Oct. 21, 2010. The standing-room-only ceremony was attended by hundreds of Coast "Tons of big muscular guys come Guardsmen, as well as members and think they are going to destroy from the New York City's Fire and people, but they lose because they Police Departments and the Marine do not have the mental element" said Corps. Also in attendance were Lin, then 21. "When I was 16 it was childhood friends, including memall about raw strength," he said. "Af- bers from his high school wrestling ter you start to build your technique team. you realize it is more about pressure and how to manipulate hands." Admiral Papp, Commandant of the
“Shaun would do anything for you, that’s just the way he was,” said Reichelt.
“He was always challenging me to read books that expanded my way of thinking. He was great shipmate.”
Coast Guard, and Petty Officer Collin Reichelt - his best friend and shipmate from the Coast Guard Cutter Maui delivered the eulogy. Reichelt shared his fondest memories of his fallen brother, including the time Lin gave him the very shoes off his feet and the many times he encouraged Reichelt to expand himself through books. "Shaun would do anything for you, that's just the way he was," said Reichelt. "He was always challenging me to read books that expanded my way of thinking. He was great ship13 | SENTINEL | dogexternalffairs.com
the New York area whom he deeply cared for. He was also engaged to The Deployable Operations Group be married in December. To them, organized a memorial service in Ar- Shaun was the ultimate son, brother, lington, Virginia on October 28, 2010, fiancé and friend. and efforts are underway to have Lin's name added to the Law Enforcement As Admiral Papp so eloquently stated, Officers memorial in Washington, "there is no greater honor than being D.C. a great shipmate, and no greater cause worth striving for. In every respect, All of these ceremonies and tributes Shaun was a great shipmate." are fitting for a young man who meant so much to so many. Compassionate Rest easy, shipmate. On behalf of all and loyal, Petty Officer Lin had a ex- Guardians, thank you for your service tended family and friend network in and sacrifice.
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ME3 Shaun Lin was laid to rest at Long Island National Cemetary, Oct. 21, 2010.
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.
Memorial photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson, PADET New York
SAN DIEGO – Two boats from the Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego ( 91109) head out to the Coronado Bridge to conduct hook and climb training with members from the Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. Members of MSRT, stationed in Chesapeake, Va., were in the San Diego area for an exercise the week leading up to the training with San Diego’s MSST. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Allyson E.T. Conroy.
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RED SEA --Members of a U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and the visit, board, search and seizure team embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton engage in a mock assault operation in the Red Sea. Princeton is part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established in Jan. 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Herbert D. Banks Jr.
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Who are the Coast Guard Canine Explosive Detection Teams (CEDT) that patrol U.S. ports, waterways and vessels? Here’s a look at a pair of specialized guardians.
In the 10 years since 9/11, terrorists continue to threaten the United States with violence. As their tactics change, the capabilities to deter and defend against their plots must evolve.
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Leake, Pacific Area Public Affairs
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Hartman, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at the Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco (91105) in Alameda, Calif., is part of a two-member team that thoroughly swept the nearby Consequently, a multi-layered bomb de- piers, terminals and boats in San Frantection system has become vital to pro- cisco before, during and after the World tecting the American public and maritime Series 2010, Fleet Week 2010 and other transportation system of the United States. joint agency activities that required bomb detection. One explosive-detection teams deploys around the country, is committed to pro- It’s no shock the nation has needed to turn tecting the public from the weapons of to servicemembers like Hartman to help terrorism and is based in the San Fran- defend and protect the public. cisco Bay Area. What may come as a surprise is that his
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partner, Evy, wears a collar and a leash, Hartman said Evy is a toy-reward dog, and and her tail wags as she roots out traces of the only time she gets to play with toys is explosive compounds. at work. Evy is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois and “When she finds what she’s looking for, German shepherd mix. explosives, she gets rewarded with a toy, and then it’s play time,” he said. “It’s a lot In August 2008, she was trained and cer- of work for the handlers, but to the dog, tified as a bomb-sniffing dog, following it’s a big game of hide-and-seek with her completion of a 16-week K-9 school at the toy.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Training center in Front Royal, Va. Hartman became interested in the Coast Guard’s K-9 program in 2005 when he “Evy’s a great working dog because she has was stationed at Sector Los Angeles and such a high drive to work, which is typical witnessed K-9 teams execute a hoist with of her breed,” said Hartman. “She wants dogs onto a rescue boat. nothing more than to get out and search.” “I remember thinking, wow, that has to be
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“I remember thinking, wow, that has to be the best job in the Coast Guard. “
the best job in the Coast Guard. When I transferred to MSST Seattle in 2006, I saw firsthand what the K-9 teams actually did. Then, a K-9 position opened up at my unit in 2008, and I jumped at the chance to be a handler,” he said. “The command selected me for the K-9 school, and I left that spring.” “Once the teams graduate, the real training begins. Each team is required to conduct 4 hours of maintenance training a week, in addition to trying to run all of our trained odors,” said Hartman. Evy’s training is not limited to varying explosive odors, but also frequent location changes, and the Coast Guard’s K-9 teams also have an excellent working relationship with partnering agencies. vessels, or infrastructures, each coordinates training in their own specific areas. This allows all of the teams to train and become proficient in a wide variety of locations,” said Hartman. “K-9’s are one of the few teams that have been specially trained to search for explosives hidden on people, and they are also one of the few that have been trained to vertically deploy from the helicopter to a ship at sea before it enters a U.S. port.”
Hartman said the training for K-9 handlers is vigorous and constant, but the job is essential and the Coast Guard’s K-9 teams are one of the country’s first lines of defense in the maritime enviHartman and Evy have conducted a ronment. “Each agency has its own working en- variety of missions since 2008, and vironment, whether it is planes, trains, each sweep is different.
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“Most of the missions we conduct are ports and waterway coastal security missions. We’ve conducted sweeps of thousands of vehicles prior to boarding the Washington State Ferry, Alaska Marine Highway ferry, San Francisco Bay ferries and the Catalina Island ferries,” said Hartman. “We’ve done sweeps in support of military out-loads and high-profile maritime events, and have also been called out to assist several federal, state and local agencies for bomb threats, crime scene searches and presidential sweeps.” available. “Canine explosive detection teams can quickly scan large areas and multiple people or objects effectively and less invasively than other techniques,” said Lt.j.g. Ethan Postrel, MSST San Francisco’s maritime law enforcement division officer and supervisor of the canine explosive detection team.
Postrel said there are other methods of detection which are capable of detecting and identifying explosives and narcotics during Canine explosive detection teams are a a single analysis, and X-ray machines, but quick way to help detect for explosives dogs can cover much more in much less and offer capabilities otherwise not rapidly time.
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“A CEDT could sweep an entire ferry, and the line of passengers waiting to board the ferry, in a fraction of the time it’d take to do the same job with another method, and the results are more instantaneous, increasing the chances of preventing an attack,” he said. “Plus, dogs are more passive, and are even quite pleasing to many people in comparison to the others.”
iness of their dogs, and it’s a 24/ 7 job,” said Hartman, who’s been in the Coast Guard for 10 years. “Once Evy reaches retirement, if she becomes sick or can no longer do her job, she will retire.” Postrel said CEDT’s are a relatively new and unique tool to the Coast Guard and the position of a canine handler holds a critical value.
initiative, unwavering dedication and the utmost personal responsibility.” Hartman said the canine explosive detection program is one of the most valuable programs and effective methods of explosive detection the Coast Guard has.
“It’s such a critical asset to have. You can’t turn on the TV without hearing Evy, who was purchased from U.S about a suicide bomber, car bomb or Customs in 2006, is fully funded by “Much of their roles, responsibilities improvised explosive device detonatand belongs to the government, but and standard operating procedures ing somewhere in the world,” he said. lives with Hartman and will transfer are still being defined, and so it falls Part of our job in the Coast Guard is with him from unit to unit, until she on the shoulders of the handlers to to safe guard maritime cargo, passenretires. coordinate training, find work, and ger transit and the American people. learn best practices,” said Postrel. Coast Guard canine explosive detec“Each handler is responsible for the “Because of this, being a Coast Guard tion teams help make this country a feeding, grooming and medical read- K-9 handler requires extremely high safer place for everyone.”
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SAN FRANCISCO --A Port Security Unit 312 member plays with his grandson after returning home from an extended deployment to the Middle East. While in theater, PSU 312 provided security for high value assets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Anderson
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Fleet Week 2010
// Photo by Lt. Todd Vorenkamp
SAN FRANCISCO (OCT. 9, 2010 )
“An Adaptive Force Package (AFP) from the Deployable Operations Group supported Sector San Francisco safety and security activities during Fleet Week 2010 in San Francisco Bay,” said Lt. j.g. Jason Postrel, of Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco (91105). “The AFP was comprised of Team members from Maritime Safety & Security Teams Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Francisco. “
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YOU THINK YOU HAVE A LOT TO TRACK AT WORK?
TRY THOUSANDS OF VESSELS AND SKIMMERS
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF DISPERSANT MILLIONS OF FEET OF BOOM
BY PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS JACLYN YOUNG, PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSIST TEAM PHOTOS COURTRESY DEEPWATER HORIZON
ENTER THE WORLD OF THE NATIONAL STRIKE FORCE COORDINATION CENTER
Guard senior leadership and the National Incident Commander needed to know what resources were available to respond to the spill and what resources remained in the ports to ensure the response industry maintained compliance with environmental law, and they looked to the NSFCC and the Response Resource Inventory to provide the answers. The NSFCC staff worked with the Operations Systems Center in Martinsburg, Va., to make programming changes within the RRI system to convert the planning and preparedness tool into a more dynamic, realtime resource-tracking tool. The NSFCC established an industry working group comprised of oil spill response company executives in an effort to maintain close communication with resource providers.
LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES WERE CALLING FOR ALL THESE RESOURCES DURING THE DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE
Removal Organizations (OSRO). “The RRI is a planning and preparedness program that is much more powerful than it has ever been before,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tedd Hutley, the operations officer at the NSFCC. “It’s been a critical tool for us during the Deepwater Horizon response.”
he ongoing response to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion has called for millions of feet of boom, thousands of vessels and skimmers, and hundreds of thousand of gallons of dispersant as well as many other resources to be deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. These resources were mobilized from across the nation to assist in the response.
The RRI, originally a DOS-based program, was developed in 1992, as How does the Coast Guard main- a result of the Oil Pollution Act of tain a common operating picture 1990. Funding was secured in 2007 of available response resources and to upgrade the technologically obsoensure continued port operations lete RRI system, in dire need of an across the nation? Simply how do upgrade, to a web-based application. they track all of the oil spill response equipment around the nation? “The Deployable Operations Group was very supportive in helping the As part of their preparedness and NSFCC obtain the funding required response mission, the National to update the system,” said Hutley. Strike Force Coordination Center “It would have been impossible to (NSFCC) in Elizabeth City, N.C., support this response using the old maintains the Response Resource system.” Inventory (RRI), a comprehensive, centralized listing of national and When the Deepwater Horizon spill international spill response capabili- occurred, there was a great demand ties, and is used to classify Oil Spill for resource information. Coast
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In addition, the NSFCC staff embarked upon a comprehensive equipment audit across the nation to ensure industry was immediately updating the RRI and to verify that the resources listed in the database matched what was actually in the spill response companies’ warehouses. “Close coordination with industry partners and conducting field verifications were essential to maintaining the common operating picture of the nation’s spill response resources and ensuring adequate resources remained in each port,” Hutley said. “This was essential to minimize impact to maritime commerce and port operations.” As the response to the Deepwater Horizon continues, the NSFCC remains fully engaged in maintaining the national resource picture using the RRI. With an eye towards the future, lessons learned are already being implemented to make this powerful planning and preparedness tool even stronger. 1. A Strike team member prepares a vessel of oppurtunity skimming system (VOSS) for deployment onboard a civilian vessel; 2. A VOSS system collecting oil on the Gulf of Mexico; 3. A crane system clean wetlands around the Gulf; 4. A contracted plane deploys dispersants over an oil patch; 5. A National Strike Team member documents air and water quality following a dispersant deployment; 6. The oil collection point of a skimming vessel.
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// by Dick Kramer
Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) members hold a position during a boarding onboard a training vessel. LEDETs constantly evolve their tactics and training to compete with the changing methods of the drug traffickers, pirates and smugglers.
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THE ART OF THE MATTER
How one unit uses art to bolster unit pride. by Lt. j.g. Daniel Delgado, MSST New York
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rt speaks to us. It conveys a message symbolically, a message that reaches us on an emotional level. In the Coast Guard, artwork, plaques and awards are used to decorate offices and show unit and organizational pride. Pride is a source of unit identity and sets individual units apart. When you walk onto a cutter, into a boathouse or any other Coast Guard facility, you can feel electricity in the air when there is a strong sense of unit pride. Perhaps nowhere in the Coast Guard is the symbol and the unit pride it expresses more visible than at Maritime Safety & Security Team New York (91106). When you arrive on the Quarter Deck of MSST New York, you are greeted by a 9 foot x 12 foot hand-painted mural. Images literally leap out at you: the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a pair of fierce and predatory shrikes guarding the skyline, and the unit crest. The message is unmistakable: MSST New York (91106) is on station and on guard, a deterrent and a response to those who would perpetrate any act of terrorism against America and its citizens. MSST New York’s plank owners chose the shrike as the unit mascot. It is a formidable bird of prey chosen because of the voracity it displays in the hunt for prey. The mural was hand painted by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick M. Mangold shortly before his departure from the unit. Mangold also created a near life-sized mural in the unit boathouse of a 25-foot Response Boat Small engaged in a chase, with its crew manning the guns, ready to take whatever action is required to defend the nation. Mangold’s mural of the New York City Skyline is a constant reminder to the crew and everyone who crosses the MSST New York Quarter Deck that the Coast Guard’s Homeland Security Mission is more important now than ever. Recent foiled terrorist attacks on New York City’s Times Square, and the regular occurrence of large scale harbor events such as Fleet Week and the United Nations General Assembly, show that the port of New York continues to be a prime target for terrorist activity. MSST New York stands ready to protect one of our Nation’s most vital sea ports at this critical time in the nation’s history. Members of MSST New York view the mural as a reminder of why the MSSTs were created in 2002, and the reason every MSST unit number begins with 911. Each day our boat crews get underway with the knowledge that it is our responsibility, our duty, to protect this great city and nation from those who wish to do us harm, and the MSST New York Shrike is a constant reminder of how we should go about accomplishing that mission.
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American Heroes Challenge
// Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson
Las Vegas (NOV. 6, 2010 )
“It’s nice to be able to put your skill set out there and say hey, we are the Coast Guard, and we do this mission too,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jarman, a maritime enforcement specialist at the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET). “The deployable specialized forces are so new that a lot of people ,even inside the Coast Guard, haven’t seen what we do. With events like these, we can reach out, show what we do and say we’re looking for qualified individuals that are ready to put in the hours, maintain the physical fitness standards and manage the stress. Those are the type of people we need at PACTACLET.”
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – A Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami (91114) member observes the sun setting during a patrol of Guantanamo Bay, Nov. 10, 2010. The MSST boat crew was on an area familiarization patrol that was part of the pass down leading up to MSST Miami assuming the role as Maritime Security Detachment for joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Anderson
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