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.