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Part of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST), are an elite security force on standby to respond to threats to Naval, Marine Corps or other US government interests.

The role of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams is to detect, deter and defend against threats, with a focus on antiterrorism. A common task of the FAST Team Companies is the reinforcement of security at US Embassies around the world. They also provide training and advice to other security forces.

Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams maintain forward-deployed platoons at Naval bases around the world. FAST also keeps alert forces on standby to respond rapidly to unforseen events.

U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST) have bolstered security across “several” U.S. embassies in the Middle East ahead of the expected announcement Wednesday by President Donald Trump about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — as well as mulling whether to recognize Jerusalem officially as the Israeli capital.

A U.S. Central Command spokesman, Paul McLeary، “We have contingency plans in place in the event that violence breaks out.”  While the U.S. Africa Command would only say they’re involved in “prudent planning” in the event of violence. U.S. officials said that additional teams of U.S. Marines have been dispatched to several U.S. embassies in the Middle East as a precaution.

United States of America is reportedly deploying additional Marines to join an estimated 300 others in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, located along the Pakistan border.

“We are protecting our embassies and the Defense Department takes very seriously the steps to make sure that we mitigate U.S. personnel and interests around the world.  It is commanders’ job to make sure we have the forces necessary on the ground to meet mission requirements based on threat assessments. We’ve done that at all our embassies and consulates in conjunction with our State Department partners.” ~ Army Col. Rob Manning

Israeli security officials say they’re also preparing for a potential outbreak of violence. “We understand that in any moment the order that we have achieved could change,” said Jerusalem District Police Commander Major Gen. Yoram Halvy about the potential outbreak of violence with moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city. “Any second this place could be set on fire.”

Jerusalem’s status long has been a flash point in the Arab-Israeli conflict, with both Palestinians and Israelis claiming the city as their capital. In 1995, Congress passed a law recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but allowed U.S. presidents to sign a six-month waiver postponing the move to entice both Israeli and Palestinians to the negotiating table.

U.S. defense officials, NBC News reports, “Task Force Southwest, based in Helmand Province in southwestern Afghanistan, requested the additional Marines to help with internal force protection. … There are currently more than 300 Marines assigned to Task Force Southwest, and the total additional force is less than 100 marines.”

NBC News acknowledges that a spokesperson for Marine Corps Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) refused to confirm the deployment, saying, “The repositioning and movement of forces in the CENTCOM [area of responsibility], to include presently deployed Marines, happen at the discretion of the CENTCOM Commander.”

A defense official told NBC News that under President Donald Trump, “the commander on the ground has the authority to move people in theater around.”

U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, is charged with overseeing American military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of CENTCOM, reportedly approved the request for additional forces.

“The officials would not say where the marines would deploy from specifically, with one saying, ‘we are redirecting them from where they’re at now to help with the mission,’” explains the news outlet.

Should U.S. embassies or consulates come under the threat of attack, Marine Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams, known as FAST companies, would be deployed to respond, according to the Marine Corps. The teams are designed to prevent or react to an overrun of U.S. government assets and protect employees and property. FAST units typically deploy as platoons of about 50 Marines.


 Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.



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