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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER BRIAN MCARDLE ASSISTS WITH U.S. MILITARY EXERCISES DURING TRADEWINDS, 16 TO 31MAY13

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Brian McArdle IN FRONT OF THE COAST GUARD CUTTER "OAK" IN CASTARDIES, ST. LUCIA.

a member of Flotilla 33 & Director of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary International Affairs, MCARDLE recently returned from St. Lucia where he worked as a Public Information Officer for the U.S. Military’s Tradewinds 2013 for 14 days.

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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY MEMBER SERVES WITH U.S. MILITARY EXERCISES

Brian McArdle a member of Flotilla 33 and Director of International Affairs of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary recently returned from St. Lucia where he worked as a Public Information Officer for the U.S. Military’s Tradewinds 2013 for 14 days.

Tradewinds 2013, in its 29th 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 combined interagency exercise was held in St. Lucia from May 16 to 31. The security cooperation exercise focused on Peace Keeping Operations (PKO), cooperation among Caribbean Nations and Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations through law enforcement and basic maritime operations. More than 200 exercise participants and maritime vessels from the United States & 18 partner nations from the Caribbean Basin, took part.

McArdle assisted in the exercise by participation in classroom and on the water training. Interpreters were on hand for the Spanish speaking participants to provide simultaneously translation to Spanish which assisted in personnel getting the same lessons and instructions at the same time.

“This was a great event for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate in,” said McArdle, “It was a great opportunity to provide a worthwhile service for our military while intermingling with our partners in the Caribbean." The USCG Auxiliary members who participated were recognized for their professionalism and knowledge by Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.

 

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