Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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64 Proceedings Spring 2015 small boat nearby in preparation for a potential waterside evacuation of dignitaries. Joint DOD Missions The National Strike Force also supports Department of Defense (DOD) operational commanders during environ- mental defense missions that may entail or require environ- mental protection and/or preservation. Operation Iraqi Freedom In 2003, the NSF supported Operation Iraqi Freedom's mili- tary environmental response operations. Working with the Navy supervisor of salvage, they pre-deployed spill response equipment on the USS Comstock. Operation Burnt Frost In 2008, the Department of State requested the NSF to assist the DOD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover a satellite that contained toxic fuel. Shipboard Syrian Chemical Weapons Neutralization In 2013, the United Nations Security Council passed a reso- lution calling for the expeditious destruction of the chemical weapons program in the Syrian Arab Republic. Supporting U.S. Naval Forces Europe, in coordination with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a USCG strike team detachment comprised of personnel from all three NSF strike teams and the Maritime Security Response Team was deployed to Europe. The detachment provided a 24/7 contingency response capability to mitigate potential chemical releases on the National Strike Force Strengths These past cases illustrate the NSF's track record of delivering specialized capabili- ties to assist operational commanders in their prevention and response missions. The key take-aways: ■ Frequent work with the EPA provides NSF personnel with real-world experi- ence mitigating toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, radiation, biological contamination, and chemical warfare agents. ■ Operational commanders are encouraged to engage the NSF early in opera- tional planning to ensure a right-sized response capability and to leverage its strength in preserving Coast Guard maritime jurisdictional authorities during multi-agency deployments. ■ The National Strike Force can be leveraged to support or complement other DSF units. For example, a CBRN mission may require decontamination for deployable specialized forces personnel and equipment after the security threat has been neutralized. The NSF exercises this type of incident transition to ensure the operational commander is fully supported through each phase of a complex maritime security incident. A National Strike Force response trailer is offoaded from a military transport aircraft during Operation Burnt Frost. U.S. Coast Guard photo by the Atlantic Strike Team. military vessel during each phase of the chemical warfare agent neutralization operation. In Sum Depending on the operational commander's requirements, the NSF can be employed with a small or large footprint; either will result in a signifcant positive impact on the over- all event outcome. Whether the mission is protecting the environment, pre- venting terrorism, enhancing security, or providing conse- quence management after a catastrophic incident, the NSF stands ready to provide a broad range of specialized capa- bilities to help operational commanders and interagency partners meet the nation's maritime response requirements. About the authors: CDR Tedd Hutley is the executive offcer of the Gulf Strike Team. His previ- ous assignments include National Strike Force operations offcer and Marine Environmental Response branch chief at Sector Seattle. He has a master's degree in marine affairs and a graduate certifcate in global trade transporta- tion and logistics from the University of Washington. LT Brownie Kuk serves as the marine environmental response branch chief at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, overseeing pollution response opera- tions. He previously served as the equipment offcer at the National Strike Force Coordination Center, where he developed response policy and managed all response equipment in the National Strike Force's arsenal. Additional assignments include assistant operations offcer and response offcer at the Atlantic Strike Team. Bibliography: Homeland Security Act of 2002; Public Law 107–296, November 25, 2002. Coast Guard Publication 3-0; Operations, February 2012. National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Control Plan; 40 CFR 300.145 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, December 2002. Reese, S. CRS Report for Congress National Special Security Events. November 2007. Available at U. S. Coast Guard National Strike Force Standard Operating Procedures, NSFINST M16480.2B, January 2010. Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, August 2013. The Field Hydrolysis System. CBARR News, Vol. 1, Issue 8.

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