Wednesday, May 8, 2013

TO AFRICA: 500 MARINES to "offset whatever challenges there are to [US] national interests"

[The "crisis-response force"] comprises a rotational contingent of approximately 500 Marines, sailors and support elements sourced from a variety of Marine Corps units.

It will report to the head of Africom, Army General David Rodriguez.

"The intent for the crisis-response force is just that.

"… It's to move in and offset whatever challenges there are to our national interests," said Marine Lieutenant General Richard Tryon.

The SP-MAGTF CR could respond to events like the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The SP-MAGTF CR may also support Marine expeditionary units and Fleet Anti-Terrorism Support Teams (FASTs).

[What else does a FAST team do?

On December 21, 1989 the US launched Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama.

US forces were to secure the country and remove Panamanian military strongman, and the countries defacto leader, from power.

Although primarily a US Army, and special operation forces mission, a select number of USMC units were to participate.

One of the USMC units selected for the operation was 1st FAST Co.

1st FAST had been operating in Panama for some time providing security at US naval installations; conducting training exercises; and gearing up for any possible terrorist attack directed at USMC or USN facilities in Panama.

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