Army, Coast Guard intel troops share experiences to increase harbor awareness

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
HONOLULU — Intelligence troops from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command join members of the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command on a tour of the Honolulu Harbor, here, May 29, aboard one of their small Coast Guard patrol boats during a joint training session covering harbor security and intelligence at Sand Island.

Intelligence troops from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command join members of the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command on a tour of the Honolulu Harbor, May 29, aboard one of their small patrol boats during a joint training session at Sand Island covering harbor security and intelligence .

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Chris Garver
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU HARBOR — Intelligence troops from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command recently embraced the characteristics of their water-locked island home by learning from their Coast Guard counterparts during joint training at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command, here.

The Soldiers worked with the Coast Guard to increase their knowledge of threats to the Honolulu Harbor and to learn best practices for gathering information, developing threat assessments and briefing commanders of possible vulnerabilities in the area.

The 15 Soldiers ranged from lieutenant colonels to privates first class and hold a variety of responsibilities in keeping their units informed on port conditions.

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The Coast Guardsmen took the Soldiers on a tour of the harbor from their point of view aboard one of their small patrol boats.

One participant, Sgt. Kurt Matthews, 8th TSC intelligence analyst, provides weekly briefs for the 8th TSC command on what is going on in the Pacific, including possible threats to the harbor. Matthews said that if called upon to respond to a natural disaster in the region, the unit must be able to rapidly deploy or support, and understand how harbor security impacts that ability.

Honolulu’s harbor features the largest commercial port on Oahu and serves as the central point for ships importing and exporting goods to the state.

The port is also used for auto carriers and cruise ships. It is off-limits to smaller vessels. Understanding the harbor from this perspective could prove vital in providing critical intelligence about operations that depend on the port’s security, Matthews said

“We are the only game in town within 2,500 miles,” said Lee Harvey, Coast Guard intel analyst, Honolulu Sector, who analyzes traffic in the harbor. “We know who comes through the port, but sometimes we still face potential security threats.

“Large ships have to give the harbor 96 hours notice. We will know who they are, how many crew members are on board and where they are coming from,” Harvey explained.

At the end of the morning together, the two groups had built a foundation for future training and relationships that will contribute to the joint nature of operations in the area.

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