CAMP PATRIOT, Kuwait (NNS) -- Modern day military operations are seldom planned or operated without the supporting, volunteer forces of Reservists.
During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 220,000 Reservists from every branch of military service were recalled to active duty; more than 100 of them belong to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 109.
As part of Naval Coastal Warfare Group (NCWG) 1, Det. 3 along with Inshore Boat Unit (IBU) 11 and IBU-13, MIUWU-109 became a player in the force protection of U.S. shipping interests in area.
Commanded by Cmdr. John Watts, and located aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, MIUWU-109 is a unique part of the Navy community as it, along with other components of NCWG-1, has no active duty counterpart.
According to Watts, MIUWU-109's primary mission is to conduct electronic and visual surveillance of Camp Patriot. "We perform very much like a E2-C Hawkeye would for the F-14 (Tomcat)," explained Watts. "We are the eyes and ears of the harbor."
MIUWU-109 received their call to duty in early January. After an intensive six-week mobilization and training process, the Reserve warriors arrived at their new home - Camp Patriot, Kuwait.
Providing command and control assets for U.S. and host-nation armed patrol boats covering the approaches (outer harbor and inner harbor areas of Camp Patriot), MIUWU-109 uses a vast array of electronic sensors and maintains constant situational awareness of the anchorage, harbor and landward areas in the main pier section of the port.
In hostile situations, MIUWU-109 is trained and ready to respond with a healthy mix of .50 and .60 caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and a blend of other crew-served weaponry, and recently participated in a joint, coalition training exercise with host-nation security forces in the use of such weapons.
MIUWU-109 is comprised of Reservists primarily homeported in Texas, and a smaller contingency from Oklahoma City, Okla., and other areas around the United States. In addition to their primary duties, members of MIUWU-109 also provided watch support to the force security officer, landward security officer, Joint Forces Security Operations Center, joint medical facility, supply department and Camp Patriot Life Support Area (LSA).
As with most NCWG units, MIUWU-109 is built of a unique blend from the surface, aviation, sub-surface and supply communities of the U.S. Navy - many of whom have served in other conflicts such as Vietnam and Operation Desert Shield/Storm. This mix of expertise enables MIUWU-109 and other NCWGs to interact with an array of active-duty and Reserve components in virtually all operational scenarios.
Camp Patriot is a joint-service, multinational base housing more than 3,000 U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsman.
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