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Marines To Deploy FAST Team To Libya

The AFP is reporting that the United States Marines are sending a 50-member F.A.S.T. Team to the embassy in Libya in response to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and 3 staffers.

What is a F.A.S.T. Team?

According to SpecialOperations.com:

“We are a specialty team, in that we do one thing and we do it well,” said Capt. Andrew Petrucci, physical security officer for Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion in Norfolk, Va. “People hear ‘specialty team’ and then instantly associate it with Chuck Norris and Rambo.”

That’s a bad characterization of the Marine Corps’ high-speed, high-profile Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams.

“We’re not door-kickers by any stretch of the imagination,” Petrucci said. “We emphasize ‘deter, detect and defend’ against terrorist attacks.”

That means that FAST teams usually deploy quickly to a high-threat region to enhance the security already there, such as the Marine Security Guard force at an overseas embassy.

Given the explanation, it appears that the FAST Team is the right contingent of qualified people to head to Libya after the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi that resulted in the US Ambassador and three others being killed.

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  1. barry lennard says:

    FAST Marines are by rapid response doctrine forward deployed with US Naval Forces and there should have been a platoon of FAST Marines deployed with the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet,i.e.within three hours maximun Osprey flight time from Libya.

    That they were not deployed in time to save the Ambassador is gross incompetence on the part of the president.

  2. Scruffy Scirocco says:

    Still, it’s closing the door after the horses got out.

    We need to make Libya pay reparations and formally apologize and prosecute those responsible.

  3. Kazseam says:

    NO, the embassy was not burned to the ground, the consulate was set on fire. A US Ambassador works at a Embassy. If the Consulate is the only Dept of state facility representing the US in that country or region(of that contry)the top official is the Consulate General. Marine Corps Security Forces, FAST Co being sent, will help deter any further attacks

  4. Hammy says:

    Why send them now? Wasn’t the embassy burned to the ground and the staff already killed?