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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS FRANS KASTEEL & BRIAN MCARDLE PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-AGENCY STRIKE FORCE OPERATION ON 26OCT10
FRANS KASTEEL (R) & FRED WOODARD (L) OF FLOTILLA 3-10 ASSIST WITH THE INSPECTION OF CARGO FROM CHINA.
FOUR DIVISION 3 AUXILIARISTS ASSISTED THE COAST GUARD DURING A MULTI-AGENCY STRIKE FORCE AT THE PORTSMOUTH A.P.M. MARINE TERMINAL. WITH AUXILIARY ASSISTANCE, CG CONTAINER INSPECTORS CAN CHECK TWICE THE CONTAINERS.
(L TO R) FRANS KASTEEL, FRED WOODARD (F3-10), USCG PO DANIELLE WISER, BRIAN MCARDLE, & HUD DAVIS (F37).
AUXILIARISTS PARTICIPATE IN MULTI-AGENCY STRIKE FORCE OPERATION
It’s a busy day at Portsmouth Virginia’s A.P.M. Marine Terminal. Cranes are hovering over cargo ships and off- loading containers onto trucks waiting on the dock. Before leaving the terminal area, trucks are scanned for any trace of material that could be considered a threat to America’s security.
However, this day in late fall is a little different. A multi-agency task force has been assembled for the purpose of detecting, correcting and deterring illegal or improper shipments of hazardous materials being shipped out of Portsmouth Marine Terminal. The focus of the joint inspection team is to include drug interdiction, vehicle safety and a check for weapons of mass destruction.
Qualified Container Inspectors from the U.S. Coast Guard primarily focus on hazardous materials and vehicle safety. Custom Patrol Officers check cargo while Police Officers verified driver’s qualifications.
Four Auxiliarists from Division 3 participated in the Strike Force. Frans Kasteel & Brian McArdle from Flotilla 33, Hud Davis from Flotilla 37, & Fred Woodard from Flotilla 3-10. This was a meaningful activity as Auxiliarists serve as force multipliers for the Coast Guard.
Auxiliary members inspected containers for stress or integrity issues. “Containers that are not safe could jeopardize other drivers on the highway,” commented Hud Davis. “We found a number that we could not allow out of the Port area due to safety concerns. Any container that was deemed unsafe had stickers applied to it and sent back for repair or transfer of the cargo.”
The Coast Guard Team, led by Petty Officer Danielle A. Wiser, processed the trucks through quickly and efficiently. “We realize that time is money to the truckers,” said Wiser. “We have to do a thorough inspection, but do it quickly while keeping safety as our foremost concern. The Auxiliary assisted in getting the trucks through the Inspection Station faster and quickly got integrated as members of the Inspection Team.”
“I would encourage other Auxiliary members to get involved in this important and rewarding task, urged Frans Kasteel. In addition to assisting the Coast Guard, it helps the safety and security of our friends and neighbors.”
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