Coast Guard PACTACLET participates in American Heroes Challenge

Members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team apprehend a suspect during an exercise at the Clark County Shooting Park.

LAS VEGAS – A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team participated in the 2nd annual American Heroes Challenge Saturday and Sunday at the Clark County Shooting Park.

Six members of the San Diego based, Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET), performed in the two-day day multi-stage firearms and tactics competition and training, which kicked off the city of Las Vegas’ Veterans Week.

During the two-day competition held at the Clark County Shooting park, the team of five PACTACLET advanced interdiction boarding officers and a backup member used innovative problem-solving methods, teamwork, and their special skill sets to complete tasks in scenarios designed to push the limits of their abilities. The team competed and challenged themselves in events, encompassing low-light operations, manual breeching, building searches, injured operator rescue and rapid deployment skills.

Competing and training alongside the local and federal teams was a valuable opportunity to challenge themselves and try new techniques, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jarmin, an advanced interdiction boarding officer for the PACTACLET.

The American Heroes Challenge is a charitable organization created to pay tribute to members of the military, law enforcement and first responder communities. The goal is to provide a long-term ongoing charitable vehicle dedicated to funding projects that benefit and honor those who give so selflessly to making our country and communities a safer place. The Las Vegas Veterans Memorial is the American Heroes Challenge debut project.

“Even though our team is stationed in California and we are a federal service, it was an honor to have the chance to support our veterans here in Las Vegas,” said Jarmin. “If we can do anything to help this community and support their veterans, past, present and future, we are all for it.”

PACTACLET is a component of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group (DOG). The DOG provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and interagency operational and tactical commanders. This team of men and women maintain one of the largest areas of responsibility in the Coast Guard, from the hostile waters in the Northern Arabian Gulf, through remote atolls in the Territory of Guam and to the resort islands of the Caribbean. In 2009, PACTACLET prevented more than 64 tons of cocaine from reaching America’s shores; detained 132 suspected drug smugglers and rescued 12 stranded fishermen.

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