Tag: JIATF South

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., conducts pre-flight checks before departing the air station, Jan. 8, 2019. The crew embarked on a training flight during which mission system operators practiced using the airplane's camera, radar and other sensory equipment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

A Panga boat suspected of smuggling led a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew and a cutter boat crew on a wild chase int he middle of the Caribbean Sea last October. With the Hercules aircrew serving as their eyes in the sky, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley seized 600 kilograms of cocain that night. The crews of voluntarily deploy to Central America each year in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South find a sense of pride and departure from their normal routine.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Caribbean Basin Security Initiative – Technical Assistance Field Team

Assistant Secretary of Defense Logistics and Materiel Readiness, the Honorable Robert McMahon, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Plumley, Caribbean Basin Security Initiative - Technical Assistance Field Team Officer in Charge, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Alisha Johnson, CBSI-TAFT Logistics Branch Chief, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Moore, CBSI-TAFT Watercraft Engineer, and Cmdr. Scott Rae, Joint Interagency Task Force - South Deputy Director of Operations. Courtesy photo.

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative – Technical Assistance Field Team (CBSI-TAFT), a team comprised of nine U.S. Coast Guardsmen and six U.S. Army soldiers based at U.S. Southern Command earned the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award Program. The award recognizes outstanding maintenance units in three categories: field-level, depot-level, and maintenance training, advice, and assistance of foreign security forces.

Closing out 2011 with a drug bust

Bales of cocaine, seized by a Coast Guard law enforcement team, are shown ready for transport off of the USS Oak Hill, Dec. 9, 2011. Working jointly with Oak Hill’s crew, the Coast Guard team, comprised of members from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South and Maritime Safety and Security Team

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