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62 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings • tactical law enforcement teams, • port security units, • the National Strike Force, • the Incident Management Assistance Team , • the regional dive locker. Though the term may be new, the concept of small, deploy- able, highly trained Coast Guard units providing unique capabilities to operational commanders is not. Arguably the grandfather of the present day DSF, the National Strike Force (NSF), is one of the oldest deployable units Coast Guard leaders specifcally created to provide specialized marine environmental response capabilities to operational commanders. Each DSF unit brings specific response capabilities. The NSF is most recognized for oil and chemical environmental response, but it has a long history of supporting operational commanders in a variety of incidents. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Events Capitol Hill Anthrax Response On October 17, 2001, the National Strike Force received a request for assistance from the Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA) following the inten- tional release of the deadly biological agent anthrax in the District of Columbia. The NSF response team helped the EPA collect more than 8,000 samples from 21 Senate and House of Rep- resentative offces and remediate fve contaminated buildings. Capitol Hill Ricin Incident On February 3, 2004, the EPA requested NSF assis- tance with the decontamination of a ricin-contami- nated suite inside the Dirksen Senate Offce Building The Coast Guard conducts operations throughout a vast and dynamic maritime environment through a multi-dimen- sional framework of authorities, capabilities, competencies, and partnerships. However, operational commanders do not always have the capacity or specialized capabilities within their command forces to meet diverse and constantly evolv- ing maritime threats. This is where the deployable specialized force (DSF) comes in, to augment and support the operational commander by rapidly deploying with a broad range of specialized skills in maritime law enforcement; joint operations; boat operations; port security; marine environmental protection; and chemi- cal, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive detection and response. DSF units include: • maritime safety and security teams, • the Maritime Security Response Team, National Strike Force CBRN Operations Specialized teams with specialized capabilities. by CDR tedd Hutley Executive Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team LT BroWnie KuK Marine Environmental Response Branch Chief U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach HAZMAT Response Threat spectrum for deployable specialized forces chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear joint operations. Figure by LT Brownie Kuk.