Gulf Strike Team (GST)

 

Gulf Strike Team Area of Responsibility Map & LogoThe GST is one of 3 Special Teams that make up the National Strike Force. It is a vital national asset comprised of a unique, highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who maintain and rapidly deploy with specialized equipment and incident management skills any time to any place or hazard.

The GST is recognized worldwide as an expert authority in the preparation for and response to the effects resulting from oil discharges, hazardous substance releases, weapons of mass destruction events, and other emergencies on behalf of the American public.

Our area of responsibility covers all or portions of the 5 th, 7 th, and 8 th Coast Guard Districts and Environmental Protection Agency Regions 4, and 6. In addition to these areas we also have international responsibilities for South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

 

 

Services Provided


Command

 

CDR Shaun L. Edwards, Commanding Officer

LCDR Jessica S. Thornton, Executive Officer

CPO James G. King, Command Chief

 


Training Events

 

GST members develop a training curriculum for equipment pallet load-out GST members develop a training curriculum for equipment pallet load-out on CG new medium endurance aircraft
     
GST training on CG medium endurance fixed-wing the new HC-144 (CASA) aircraft GST members inflat seaslug during training  

The GST training division, in coordination with Aviation Training Center and our Reserve component, developed and implemented a training curriculum for equipment pallet load-out on the new HC-144 (CASA) aircraft. This aircraft is the CG's new medium endurance fixed-wing platform, which, in many cases, may be called upon by the National Strike Force to transport equipment and people to responses. The Gulf Strike Team took advantage of their location at ATC Mobile, and developed a program they can share with the other Strike Team's in the near future. The training was successful and members learned the technical and logistical fundamentals of loading and offloading the new aircraft in an emergency response situation.


 

     
  GST members deploy boom during SORS trainingGST members deploy boom  
     

On 30 November 2011, the Gulf Strike Team participated in a SORS exercise with the CGC Cypress in Pensacola, Florida.

 

“The World’s Best Responders: Any Time, Any Place, Any Hazard.”

Last Modified: 9/14/2017