Coast Guard TACLET South receives new commander

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MIAMI — A change of command ceremony was held for Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South at Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida Friday.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Michael S. Fredie assumed the responsibilities of TACLET South commanding officer from Cmdr. Robert J. Landolfi.

Cmdr. Michael S. Fredie reads his official orders and accepts the responsibilities as commanding officer the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Friday. Fredie was previously assigned as the Career Management Branch Chief of Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque.

Cmdr. Michael S. Fredie reads his official orders and accepts the responsibilities as commanding officer the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Friday June 6, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque.

During Landolfi’s tenure, TACLET South has been directly involved in 52 major drug interdictions, detained 144 narcotics traffickers for prosecution, and seized more than 32,000 kilograms of cocaine and 17,000 lbs of marijuana with a wholesale value of $1.1 billion. In 2012, TACLET South achieved the first-ever, night-time airborne use of force interdiction from a U.S. Navy aircraft, eliminating a tactical gap in operational capabilities. In the Middle East, TACLET South Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDETs) have enhanced maritime domain awareness in the Gulf of Aden in support of Counter Piracy Operations under Combined Task Force 150 and 151.

Fredie is arriving from Personnel Service Center, based in Arlington, Virginia where he served as the Career Management Branch Chief. Previously, he has served at the Officer Personnel Management Assignments Branch as the Special and Support Assignments Officer and as the Executive Officer of TACLET South.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and impressive and designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization. The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the new officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

TACLETs and their Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDETs) are an armed Deployable Specialized Force under U.S. Coast Guard’s Atlantic and Pacific Area commands. They were created to support drug interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied warships and are capable of supporting the Department of Defense national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction counter-piracy operations.

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