- February 3, 2010
Not quitting my day job.
Actually, Bahrain is nice. No complaints here. Of course, that doesn’t diminish the threat of an enemy who wants very badly to take a big wet bite out of us.
Al-Queda Cell Plotted To Attack US Base
U.S. Beefs Up Missile Defenses In Gulf
Although not directly in a combat zone, combating evil doers is still what I do.
Specifically, I am the new 1stSgt of FAST Company stationed out of Naval Support Activity Bahrain. FAST stands for Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team and we are part of Marine Corps Security Force Regiment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Officially our mission is to provide limited duration expeditionary antiterrorism and security forces in support of Commander NAVCENT http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/ in order to protect vital naval and national assets. We can also conduct other limited duration contingency operations as directed by Commander, NAVCENT. We kinda do what he says operationally.
Throughout our Area Of Responsibility (AOR) we may be called upon to support the State Department to secure any one of 24 embassy and consulate facilities. [Bagdad] Or we could be tasked to provide maritime security to American ships, port security, or protect gas and oil platforms. When the USS Cole was attacked it was Marines from my company that responded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Our AOR includes 20 nations with over 25 different ethnic groups, greater than 6.5 million square miles to include 2.5 million sq. miles of sea space. This area contains 80% of proven global oil reserves, 28% of oil production. Additionally, 95% of Gulf oil transit through the Strait of Hormuz.
Nice military jargon 1stSgt but what do you guys DO?
In no particular order…
Deter terrorist attacks.
Detect terrorist operations.
Defend against attacks.
Mitigate effects of terrorist actions.
We also conduct bilateral engagements with engagements with partner nations. In English that means we train with allied countries in the region.
Which is why I occasionally sign off as…
A Living Barrier Against the Forces of Evil