Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 to return home Sunday

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard invites media to attend the homecoming for members of Port Security Unit 305 at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Eustis, Va., following their six-month deployment with Joint Task Force Guantanamo at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

While deployed, the 83 Coast Guardsmen attached to PSU 305 performed anti-terrorism and force protection missions, including patrolling the waterways around U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and providing internal security during commissions, the legal hearings for detainees, at the Expeditionary Legal Complex at the station.

“The Department of Defense has a requirement for the expertise and experience that the Coast Guard maintains for their safety and security teams,” said Cmdr. Steve Pope, Commander of PSU 305. “The types of units that the Coast Guard has are perfect for maritime anti-terrorism and force protection.”

During the homecoming event, unit personnel will be recognized for their achievements during this deployment with awards, promotions and advancements. Also, nine of the unit’s reserve members will re-enlist, switching to active duty.

“We’ve been here for six months during this deployment,” said Pope. “As you can imagine, our members have missed birthdays, school plays, ball games, marriages, and other events with our families. We make these sacrifices to serve in this capacity for safety of the people of the United States. We’re definitely looking forward to getting back home and readjusting to life in the states.”

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