ISS1 2016

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exercise participants. In addition to using C/JLOTS 2015 as an expeditionary training environment, the unit was also tasked with providing real world force protection. CG Maritime Enforcement Specialists (MEs) assigned to the Shoreside Security Division provided an armed security presence in conjunction with ROK Marines at two entry control points (ECPs). Two other ECPs were exclusively operated by Coast Guard MEs and included the gate used by U.S. forces at Anmyeon Beach and an adjacent beach where the Offshore Petroleum Distribution System (OPDS) made landfall. On Anmyeon beach MEs engaged in an informal competition with ROK Marines to construct fixed fighting positions. ROK Marines and Coast Guard MEs worked side-by- side digging out the fighting position, filling and placing sand bags and rigging camouflage netting. After this camaraderie was developed, Coast Guard MEs accompanied ROK Marines on perimeter patrols where common hand signals quickly bridged the language barrier. At sea, the Waterborne Security Division demonstrated the ability of a PSU to meet its Required Operational Capabilities (ROC) in Readiness Condition III with multiple boats underway 24x7 for 9 consecutive days. Their mission expanded with the increase in crews to include not just a search and rescue capability, but responsibility for the security for two pieces of critical infrastructure and three high value assets (HVAs). The Army Trident Pier, which bridged the ship to shore gap, and the Offshore Petroleum Distribution System (OPDS) are both critical components of American expeditionary logistics. At sea, the waters off Anmyeon Beach now teemed with almost a dozen ROK vessels plus the HVAs USNS VADM K.R. WHEELER (T-AG-5001), USNS RED CLOUD (T-AKR-313), USNS 2nd LT JOHN P BOBO (T-AK-3008). Rounding out the fleet was a host of smaller water craft including Army Large Tugs, Small Tugs, Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM). PSU 309's TPSBs and their embarked interpreters kept vessel traffic away from the offshore petroleum distribution system pipeline (OPDS) while it was floated over 5 miles into position and then sunk in position on the sea floor. In addition to the security provided to USNS WHEELER, the TPSBs worked with the ROK Coast Guard and Navy to maintain an offshore presence around USNS RED CLOUD and USNS BOBO to keep other vessels from getting too close to the ships, ensuring safety and security. Coordinating the efforts of the landside and seaward security Vehicles get ready to transit the Roll on/Roll off discharge Facility constructed by army personnel at anmyeon Beach. 40 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2016

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