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Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Military | 0 comments

It’s not just a job…


Remember when Navy sailors actually went to sea on ships?

These days, you’re just as likely to end up ground-pounding in a hot & sandy place as you are power-puking over the rail of a guided missile destroyer.   From

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – Sailors from the East Coast, West Coast and everywhere in between, make up Navy Group 4, the next unit scheduled to leave for Afghanistan from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC), Camp Shelby, Miss.

The majority of the Sailors of Navy Group 4 are mostly active duty, but some are mobilized Reservists. Some came from shore duty, and others from ships. Several came from squadrons and many from training commands.

Despite the widespread diversity within Navy Group 4, they have managed to come together to prepare for their mission, which is to conduct detainee operations in Afghanistan. The high-profile mission is aimed at the security, housing and transportation of detainees.

“This is not a typical mission for the Navy,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Matt Lacy, who serves as the non-commissioned officer in charge of Navy Group 4. “We are individual augmentees, brought together to support the Army in its mission.”

Lacy stated that although this is the first deployment for these particular Sailors as a unit, many have been on several deployments. For Lacy, this will serve as his eighth. Many of the senior non-commissioned officers have served on more than 12 deployments.
Although there are differences in the Army and the Navy, CSJFTC has been able to tailor the training to their mission, and the sailors are adjusting well.

“The facilities here have mirrored what we will see overseas, especially with the addition of civilian role players, making it very realistic every day,” says Lacy.

The Sailors are trained to maintain order among the detainees in the facility. One way to do this is to keep them on a schedule.

“If we aren’t doing our job by keeping them on schedule, it can cause a disturbance in the facility,” said Lacy.

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Amber Taylor and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Damon McGinty, both
volunteers for the mission in Afghanistan, are very excited about the deployment.

“I’m most excited about doing something I’ve never done,” said Taylor, who is from Fallon, Nev.

“The training has been really fun and really hot,” said McGinty. “I was born and raised in San Diego, California, and I’m stationed there as well, so I’m definitely looking forward to the new experience.”

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