Coast Guard Basic Tactical Operator’s Course students graduate

Coast Guard Basic Tactical Operator's Course students graduate
The Coast Guard’s Special Missions Training Center, located in Courthouse Bay at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, has kicked off the new fiscal year with the start of its Basic Tactical Operators Course. The BTOC is one of the several tactical training courses offered at the SMTC, and has been an active course since 2008.  Students arrive from Maritime Security Response Teams, Maritime Safety...

A Different Kind of Bale Out

It weighs about 50 pounds. It is packaged in white or black plastic woven fabric, much like the material used for a 20-pound bag of rice. Except it’s cocaine, not rice, that’s packaged within 20 kilo-sized bricks each measuring the size of an elementary school textbook are filled inside of what is commonly referred to as a bale of cocaine.