By Alex Pena
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline, members of the U.S. Coast Guard are playing an essential role in helping international troops pack up and leave Afghanistan.
“We help redeploying units make sure they have sea-worthy shipping containers,” said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Borg, with the U.S. Coast Guard Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment team, or RAID, in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
Borg, along with two others deployed to the NATO-led coalition’s Regional Command North, are responsible for assisting U.S. military personnel in the region properly pack containers for shipping from the war zone.
Borg, who is based at the Chicago Navy Pier, said his experience with containers and vessel inspections has made him the expert the military needed to properly, and safely, pack up their war materiel.
RAID teams first forward-deployed to combat zones in 2003 to Iraq, and then in 2006 to Afghanistan. The RAID office in Mazar-e-Sharif opened in 2012 to assist in drawdown operations.