| Monday, January 12, 2015 |
Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308, based at Stennis International Airport in
Kiln, Mississippi, has deployed seventy-four members to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
members of the Hancock County unit, deployed on January 5th, will be
working to maintain an uninterrupted maritime protection presence in the Naval
Defensive Sea Area of the Bay. They will
directly support the commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which is the
United States military organization that was created to manage the terrorism
suspects detained at the base.
to Ronzelle Green, Commanding Officer of PSU 308, "For two years we’ve
been preparing for this moment and this time. We look forward to working with our JTF counterparts for mission success.”
duties will include patrolling the water around the military facilities using
32-foot patrol boats equipped with mounted automatic machine guns that are able
to travel at speeds of up to 45 knots, in addition to training alongside and
working with other branches of the military. The assignment will last up to a full year.
308 is an all-reserve unit, ready to be deployed anywhere worldwide within 96
hours in support of maritime security missions. Members of the unit are from across the region as well as from around
is the unit’s second deployment to Guantanamo Bay. It has also been deployed to Kuwait and
Bahrain, where it patrolled the Port of Ash Shuaiba, where U.S. military gear
traveled out of Iraq.
308 is a part of the 8th Coast Guard District, which is
headquartered in New Orleans.