Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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63 Spring 2015 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings in the District of Columbia. Working in conjunction with the EPA, the United States Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, the United States Capitol Police Hazardous Materials Response Team, and NSF personnel made entries into offce spaces to remove potentially con- taminated materials from all congressional buildings in the Capitol complex. Mustard Gas In June 2010, Sector Southeastern New England received a report of a possible mustard gas exposure on a clam dredger. The National Strike Force worked with person- nel from Sector Southeastern New England, the U.S. Army National Guard 1 st Civil Support Team, the State of Mas- sachusetts, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the EPA to decontaminate the vessel, catch, pier, and adjoining facility. (See related article in this edition.) National Special Security Events Congress enacted the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000, which directed the U.S. Secret Service to plan, coordi- nate, and implement security operations at special events of national signifcance, such as presidential inaugurations, nominating conventions, major sporting events, and major international meetings. The National Strike Force has a long history of supporting the Secret Service to protect the public, event participants, and dignitaries. Presidential Inauguration During the 56 th presidential inauguration in 2009, the captain of the port for Sector Baltimore requested NSF resources, including a hazardous materials response team and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection teams, to conduct watches in the event of a haz- ardous substance release or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response and to perform sweeps of vessels and marinas within designated security zones. During the 57 th presidential inauguration in 2013, the NSF provided air monitoring, technical decontamination for per- sonnel and equipment, radiological isotope identifcation and Level A entry capabilities in the event of a hazardous substance release or WMD incident. The EPA also requested the National Strike Force's assis- tance for this event. The NSF provided a liaison offcer at the command post, as the direct line of communication between the EPA and Coast Guard command posts, and to help coor- dinate the operations surrounding the inauguration. Nominating Conventions The NSF assisted other U.S. Coast Guard units and the EPA with supporting the U.S. Secret Service during Democratic and Republican national conventions. During these events, the NSF pre-staged teams for rapid response during peak convention hours. The teams also trained with their coun- terparts prior to the events to achieve the highest level of readiness and integration. Sporting Events In 2006, the Atlantic Strike Team was asked to provide support during Super Bowl XL. They provided Incident Command System coaching and support to assist the city of Detroit to meet its requirements under the National Response Plan. In 2010, the Pacifc Strike Team assisted the EPA to conduct air monitoring and sampling operations during the Rose Bowl Parade and football game. In 2013, Sector New Orleans requested the Gulf Strike Team to provide advance CBRN reconnaissance and monitoring within the New Orleans port areas and to provide a com- mand and control element for deployable special forces inte- gration during Super Bowl XLVII security operations. One strike team member worked as a liaison and CBRN subject matter expert in the maritime security operations center, and two strike team personnel conducted daily patrols of ferries, ferry terminals, and the New Orleans waterfront, monitoring for chemical warfare agents and radiation. International Meetings At the request of Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, the Atlantic Strike Team worked with the U.S. Secret Service to prepare for and provide technical hazardous material, chemical, bio- logical, radiological, and nerve agent decontamination for the president and international dignitaries in the event of a WMD incident during the 2009 G-20 economic summit. The operational commander also strategically placed a NSF Personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, U.S. Capitol Police, and National Strike Force decontaminate affected suites within the Dirksen Senate offce building. U.S. Coast Guard photo by the Atlantic Strike Team.

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