Posted on Apr 28, 2015
CPO Engineering Geologist
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After over 12 years, the RAID team mission in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait has finally come to an end. For those who don't know, the RAID Team works in a combat theater to assist the Army, and other service branches as needed, in moving containerized cargo and hazardous materials out of theater. The Coast Guard's expertise here is movement by vessel. They have saved the Army millions of dollars in fines, port costs, and delays but now, with the winding down of operations in Afghanistan, the program is over. Is there still a need for the RAID Team expertise? Should the RAID mission be expanded to assist the Army and other services to all around the world? Would love to hear back from other Coasties that worked with the RAID or other service members that worked with us.
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LCDR Chief, Investions Division
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The RAID Teams will be reactivated at some point in the future. They are being decommed right now because there is no work for the Team to do. Everything is out of Afghanistan except the small amounts the units are brining in. There is nothing in Iraq except small unit material. The Army has closed their door in 2 of the old major ports. It would waste money right now to have a team in place. Wait to the next surge in troop movements and we will be asked to help out.
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CMC Robert Young
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Given the proven track record, I think we're just one crisis from seeing the program return.
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LCDR HR Management
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It depends if there is OCO funding? The CG can't afford to fund this on its current 11 statutory missions.
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LCDR, it boils down to priorities...but I agree. The DOD mission has rarely been a big priority for the Coast Guard. Fortunately our funding came from the Army and would probably have to come from them again.
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