Coast Guard Post Security Unit Deploys to Middle East

SAN DIEGO, Calif., – Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 311, based out of San Pedro, Calif., departed from the North Island Naval Air Station today on its way to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Unit is comprised of reservists specializing in port and land security missions.

On Sunday, the members and families of the PSU were treated to a picnic and Family Day at the Coast Guard Air Station in San Diego. The Commanding Officer, CDR Ken Stefanisin presented awards to a number of unit members and praised the unit for their dedication and service.

The unit will conduct joint security missions with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army in and around the Country of Kuwait.

Families and members of the Coast Guard Port Security Unit enjoy a picnic lunch during a family day Sunday, at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego prior to the units deployment.

Families and members of the Coast Guard Port Security Unit enjoy a picnic lunch during a family day Sunday, at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego prior to the units deployment.

BM2 Aaron Insko enjoys time with his family during the Coast Guard Port Security Unit's family day on Sunday. The Families and members of PSU311 gathered at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego for a picnic prior to their deployment.

BM2 Aaron Insko enjoys time with his family during the Coast Guard Port Security Unit's family day on Sunday. The Families and members of PSU311 gathered at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego for a picnic prior to their deployment.

PS2 Christian Lavender poses for a picture with his daughter during the Coast Guard Port Security Unit's family day on Sunday. The Families and members of PSU311 gathered at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego for a picnic prior to their deployment.

PS2 Christian Lavender poses for a picture with his daughter during the Coast Guard Port Security Unit's family day on Sunday. The Families and members of PSU311 gathered at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego for a picnic prior to their deployment.

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