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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER BRIAN MCARDLE SERVES AS INSTRUCTOR FOR THE U.S. COAST GUARD AT THE 2011 CARIBBEAN TRADEWINDS MILITARY EXERCISE IN ANTIGUA FROM 01MAR THRU 17MAR11

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(L TO R): LCDR TOMAS KRINGLE, USCG; MAJOR PETTIBONE, ANTIGUA DEFENSE FORCES; CAPT ALVARO EDUARDO DIAZ, COLUMBIAN NAVY; LT COL R. COATS, USMC; & BRIAN MCARDLE, USCG AUXILIARY.

 Brian McArdle,  a member of Flotilla 33 of The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, recently returned from Antigua where he worked as an instructor for the U.S. Military’s Tradewinds 2011 for 16 days.

Tradewinds 2011, in its 27th year, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual exercise conducted in the Caribbean Basin designed to improve responses to regional security threats.  This year’s joint, combined interagency exercise was held in Antigua & Barbuda from March 2 – 19, 2011.   The security cooperation exercise  focused on regional defense, Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) and Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations through law enforcement, basic infantry and maritime operations. More than 1,000 exercise participants from the United States & 21 partner nations, primarily from the Caribbean Basin, are taking part.

 

“This was the first time that the Coast Guard Auxiliary was asked to provide a core of Instructors for the annual exercise, commented Lt. Scott Parkhurst, USCG.  “They immediately became an integral part of the classroom and field exercises and assisted us in many more ways than originally planned.  We expect and even larger participation next year.”

 

You could find the 20 Auxiliary members participating not only in the classroom, but assisting small boat operations, on Coast Guard Cutters, at firing ranges and at Headquarters. In addition, an Auxiliary Communications Trailer was shipped in to provide communications for the exercise.   Instructors not only taught the classes but developed the courses themselves.  Simultaneously translation to Spanish assisted in personnel getting the same lessons and instructions at the same time.

 

“Six Auxiliary Instructors were asked to participate this year,” stated McArdle.  “We developed subjects and course material based upon requests for information from the Caribbean countries themselves.  The participants were here to learn.  For example, while waiting for transportation, we conducted a Search and Rescue exercise with a group of 10 Guatemalans in the hotel lobby.”

 

“This was a great event for an Auxiliary member to participate in,” said John Cooper, USCG Auxiliary International Department.  “It was a great opportunity to provide a worthwhile service for our military while intermingling with our partners in the Caribbean.   Auxiliary members were recognized for their professionalism and knowledge by Headquarters Staff and we have already been asked to participate in next year’s exercise in an even expanded role.  Mission accomplished.”

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