Kiln Coast Guard Unit Returns from Mission at Guantanamo Bay

In this March 29, 2010 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

KILN -- Members of a Kiln-based U.S. Coast Guard unit returned home Wednesday from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Port Security Unit 308 had deployed to Guantanamo Bay to maintain security in the waters surrounding the U.S. military detention camp.

"It was a tough mission in Guantanamo," said Cmdr. Ronzelle Green, commanding officer of PSU 308, "but we rose to the occasion and performed flawlessly. Our members were true to our core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

"We answered the call, stood the watch, and accomplished our mission supporting our nation's national security strategy. I'm very proud of each of them."

The unit provided direct support to the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Naval Reservation as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in the global war on terrorism.

"Our people hit the ground running the day we arrived, and they've kept up the pace throughout the deployment," said Master Chief Petty Officer Kenneth King, command master chief of PSU 308. "They should be proud of the great job they did protecting Joint Task Force and the Naval Station. It is not often you get the privilege of being part of a mission of such historical significance."

PSU 308 is an expeditionary warfare unit specializing in maritime anti-terrorism/force protection and port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide. It was commissioned Sept. 16, 1998, and has mobilized five times since then -- to Kuwait in 2003 and 2010, to Bahrain in 2002, and once before to Guantanamo in 2007. The unit comprises 142 selected reservists and six active-duty personnel. PSU 308 is garrisoned as a tenant command of Coast Guard Pacific Area Command in Kiln.

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