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Task force leader speaks at Marshall Center

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel speaks to participants of the Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security Alumni Community of Interest Workshop April 25 at the Defense Department’s George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here. The admiral talked about his work as the director of the U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force South, located in Key West, Fla. The task force “conducts interagency and international detection and monitoring operations, and facilitates the interdiction of illicit trafficking and other narco-terrorist threats in support of national and partner nation security.” The workshop, organized by the Marshall Center, gathered 43 people from 32 countries who attended the center’s STACS course from 2008-2011. The three days of discussion centered on the theme “examining lessons learned: civil security operations in major disasters and national security events.” (DOD Photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED) | Click to enlarge