Small Craft Marines provide security in Central America

14 Nov 2003 | Cpl. Shawn C. Rhodes

A detachment of Small Craft Company Marines based here has been supporting Joint Task Force-Bravo in Soto Cano, Honduras, since late May this year.

The detachment, comprised of more than 30 Marines, is aiding JTF-B's mission of supporting U.S. joint, combined and interagency operations.

"(We're acting as a) military police component for overall enforcement and regulations of base policies," said Lance Cpl. George E. Hook, a Marine with the unit and a native of Baltimore. 

Although the small craft unit isn't operating in the water, the Southern Command, based in Miami, Fl., is finding a use for the Marines.  

"We're providing security for the base and doing military police type," said Hook.

The unit deployed from Lejeune May 27.  Scheduled to return later this year, the morale among the troops is high, said Hook.  This, coupled with modernized base facilities has also aided with morale.

"The mail system here is excellent, the Marines are authorized up to 90 minutes of morale calls to the U.S.," said Hook.  "Satellite T.V. is available in all living quarters so news updates and current events are always accessible to the Marines."