Coast Guard Sector Detroit Member Returns From Iraq

DETROIT — A Coast Guard Sector Detroit member of the Redeployment, Assistance and Inspection (RAID) Team VI returned home from Operation Iraqi Freedom Sunday just in time for Thanksgiving.

Port Security Specialist 1st Class James R. Wetherington assisted the U.S. Army in ensuring the safe and expedient redeployment of containerized cargo and hazardous materials and was awarded the following: WETHERINGTON1.jpg

  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal

One of two members to have served previously in combat, Wetherington and his fellow RAID members were assigned to Army Re-deployable Support Teams (RST), which involved work training Army Unit Movement Officers (UMO) and Hazardous Material Officers.

During his tenure, Wetherington inspected more than 800 containers as one of the only qualified sea-worthiness inspectors in Balad, Iraq.

RAID teammembers experienced constant mortar and rocket attacks on their missions.

They operated under a variety of conditions such as rat-infested containers and a Mausoleum.

RAID VI members were the first Coast Guard team to augment the 322nd Terminal Transportation Battalion at the Seaport of Debarkation, where HAZMAT containers meet regulation guidelines before being uploaded onto vessels for shipment.

In addition, RAID VI assisted the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Unit with redeployment from Afghanistan and deployed additional members to Manas, Kyrgystan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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