Many only tend to think of the Coast Guard as rescuers of mariners in peril at sea, however the Coast Guard also has Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF). One of the many DSF teams includes tactical law enforcement teams that are highly trained to integrate with Navy teams to interdict illegal drug traffickers on the high seas.
A member of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET) recently had the opportunity to train at the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA). Master Chief Petty Officer Nathan Davis graduated with honors from the Academy located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
The JSOFSEA strengthens senior enlisted U.S. military members’ abilities to be effective and strategic leaders in the special operations field. It also provides training designed to enhance critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm.
“This course provides the senior enlisted leader with the education to transition beyond serving as a tactics-level leader to being a leader at the organizational level,” said Davis.
The Academy develops students from all U.S. military branches, including Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and Green Berets, Marine Corps Raiders, Air Force Pararescuemen and combat controllers, and senior enlisted leaders for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of special operations assignments, rounding out the joint focus of this course.
Additionally, Davis learned valuable lessons to further the extensive specialized operations the Coast Guard is currently carrying out in the counter trans-national crime mission and joint inter-agency inter-governmental multi-national political environments of the United States.
Davis, a Coast Guard a maritime enforcement specialist, spent six months of distance learning and nine weeks of resident study before graduating with the distinction as one of six honor graduates in a class of 35 students from around the world such as Royal Netherlands Army and the Polish Special Forces.
Even as a seasoned Coast Guard master chief and deployable specialized forces tactical operator, Davis said the course increased his wealth of professional knowledge to serve his current command in the joint service operational environment.
“The most valuable lesson learned was as senior enlisted leaders, we are expected to have an intimate understanding of the enlisted workforce and have a good knowledge of the requirements placed on the senior officer,” Davis said. “This course has prepared me for this role like no other I have ever taken.”
JSOFSEA facilitated professional exchanges with current senior enlisted leaders, and Davis shared the capabilities and current missions of the U.S. Coast Guard’s DSF capabilities with Department of Defense special operations forces professionals.
“He has led the way in figuring out how each department’s abilities could help the other through conversations in leadership, profession of arms, communication, policy to action and joint/special operation force organizational leadership,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kaleb Perez, the executive officer of PACTACLET.
Davis said classroom discussions led to further examination into strong networking, communication, and coordination to understand and identify the complexities of today’s challenges in respective students’ service missions.
Working side-by side with experienced combat tested soldiers, sailors, and Marines from the special operations forces and allied nations, Davis was selected as the class leader, and provided closing remarks on behalf of his class.
“Master Chief Davis is revered as a pillar of the Deployable Specialized Forces community,” said Cmdr. William Arritt, commanding officer of PACTACLET. “His status as only the third master chief petty officer and second maritime enforcement specialist to have accomplished this monumental career and professional milestone will aid in not only his own career, but the lives and careers of many other members of the Coast Guard family. All of us within the DSF community and Coast Guard family as a whole look forward to his application of these invaluable lessons.”