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Located at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) conducts detection and monitoring (D&M) operations throughout their Joint Operating Area to facilitate the interdiction of illicit trafficking in support of national and partner nation security. 

JIATF South coordinates with the interagency and international partners to illuminate transnational organized crime networks and support interdiction and apprehension by U.S. and Partner Nation law enforcement agencies.
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Admirals from Indonesia Navy visited JIATF South to understand on how it coordinates and partners with military, federal, law enforcement and international partners in countering illicit trafficking.
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This go-fast vessel known as "GOTCHA" was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1990's in the Caribbean Sea, the suspects on board were apprehended - the boat is now used for training. GOTCHA fits the typical profile of a go-fast in the Caribbean Region carrying anywhere from 500kgs to 750kgs of cocaine per shipment. JIATF South’s mission to detect and monitor illicit trafficking in the Region assisted in stopping more than 191.8 MTS of cocaine in Fiscal Year 2015 and on track for a historic year in 2016.
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JIATF South is in the local paper today, The Citizen. Read the story by clicking on the link below: http://keysnews.com/node/77620
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Today, on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, JIATF South hosted a ceremony to remember our servicemen and women who never returned home. The keynote speaker, JIATF South Director U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Christopher J. Tomney read the six articles of the Code of Conduct for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and reflected on the hardship experienced by prisoners of war and by the family members of those who have gone missing in action. Our guest of honor, Mr. Raymond Blazevic, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, endured captivity for two years and three months during the Korea War. Despite the hardship he experienced, he chose to continue to serve his country with honor in the Vietnam War and ultimately retired. We Remember.
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Can you spot our very own Command Master Chief Shawn Marchinek? The 22 Push-Up Challenge is to raise awareness that over 8,000 U.S. veterans will take their own lives this year. #oneistoomany. If you or someone you love is or may be suffering from PTSD, do not be afraid to seek help. The brave men and women who have served, sacrificed their own safety, and risked their lives for our country and their families deserve more. #22pushupchallenge
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Over 72 Students from the College of International Security Affairs Counterterrorism Fellowship Program from the National Defense University stopped by JIATF South to receive an understanding on how it coordinates efforts among multiple international agencies.
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We will never forget the lives of the Americans lost on this day. #NeverForget
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This Sunday will mark 15 years since the September 11th attacks. In memory of those we have lost, never forget. NAS Key West conducted a Remembrance Ceremony today, in the Truman Chapel.
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#TBT JIATF South Deputy Director U.S. Navy Rear. Adm Cedric Pringle met with the General Commander of the Dominican Republic Navy, Vice Adm. Edmundo Néstor Martin Félix Pimentel during his visit to the Island in March 2016. JIATF South is committed to building and sustaining enduring partnerships.
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#prepare Hurricane season is still here, make your emergency plan today.
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Congratulations! JIATF South’s military and civilian members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and service for the month of August. Committed to excellence!
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Last week, JIATF South Deputy Director U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle and staff members met with Costa Rican Servicio de Vigilancia Aerea Airport Security members and posed for a photo at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. The JIATF South group also met with members of the Costa Rican Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Airborne Early Warning aircraft currently in Costa Rica.
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Commander Naval Air Station Key West has ordered the setting of Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Five for all Naval Air Station Key West Departments and Tenant Commands. Which means we are in our normal condition of readiness during hurricane season.
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Early this week, Paraguay Delegation received first-hand information regarding JIATF South’s mission and organizational structure. This visit encouraged cooperation and collaboration between partners to eliminate common threats.
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Team JIATF South: The NAS Key West Commanding Officer is holding us at COR (Condition of Readiness) 4. The storm is currently off Cuba right now and has weakened to a tropical wave. We anticipate a heavy rain event with some gusty winds during thunderstorm activity Sunday afternoon into Monday evening. The wave is expected to strengthen as it reaches more favorable conditions in the Florida Straits, but this is expected to occur after passing the Keys. Predicted rainfall totals have been reduced to 2-4 inches with winds less than 25 knots and gusts at times up to 40 knots. NAS Key West will station fire and emergency equipment at Sigsbee Saturday night for the duration of the storm. However, there are no plans to close the Sigsbee Causeway unless it floods. All services and schools on the Air Station and in Monroe County will remain on normal schedules Monday morning. JIATF South will remain on a normal schedule Monday morning. All personnel are to report for work at their standard time. If localized flooding or storm conditions will delay your arrival, please contact your supervisor. We advise all personnel to remain vigilant to potential changes to this weather system. It is now entering more favorable conditions for tropical cyclone formation in the coming days and could still present a threat to the Lower Keys. If conditions change over the weekend, you will be notified immediately. As we are expecting wind and rain above the norm Sunday and Monday, I ask that you continue preparations for the storm by securing loose items around your home and take actions against flooding due to high tides and storm surge. Respectfully, JIATF South Command
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JIATF South Families, We are expecting a significant weather event in Key West this weekend. The command at JIATF South would like to give you general information to help clarify the current warnings you may have been receiving via text, phone and social media. As of noon Thursday, there is a very disorganized storm system expected to be over Key West Sunday evening into Monday morning. This system is expected to bring a lot of rain (5-7 inches over a 48 hour period) that will cause significant flooding in Key West. This will be accompanied by Thunderstorms. Though the initial forecasts do not support a major tropical storm, this event will impact all of the Lower Keys. No evacuation is expected. As always conditions may change but it is not expected at this time. The main impact to our families will be those living on Sigsbee. This rain will happen during high tides and the causeway will be expected to flood. Emergency services will be positioned on Sigsbee to provide immediate assistance if needed. The expectation is that Sigsbee will be closed from Sunday night thru Monday. Weather is expected to improve Tuesday. All families, but especially our Sigsbee families, should ensure gas tanks are full and you have food and water in your home to last at least 24 hours. As always there is potential for power outages, so consider ready to eat meals. As we watch the storm progress we will have additional information by tomorrow midday. If you have questions you may contact the command OMBUDSMAN or our Command Master Chief Marchinek. (Phone numbers can be provided via FB Private Message) It has been noted there is some concern regarding text/phone notifications. This is controlled by the JIATF South Military member or employee and the numbers included are updated by them on the Master Roster. The same information is also being distributed via social media. If you are not getting the texts or messages at this time you can check our facebook page for the same information. Be assured you are not missing out on information if you are not on one of the networks. We are distributing the same information to all networks. Respectfully, JIATF South Command
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For individuals in the local area: The Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Key West has ordered the setting of Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Four for all NAS Key West Departments and Tenant Commands. COR Four means sustained destructive force winds of 50 knots or greater are due on station within 72 hours. Be prepared, stock up on supplies, gas and cash now. Don't wait until the last minute! www.ready.gov/hurricanes
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The Joint Interagency Task Force South foreign liaison officers participated in discussions in support of Operation Martillo. The contributions of partner nations are critical to the task force's goal of countering illicit trafficking, these types of participation improves upon JIATFS' coordination and interaction efforts. Last year, partner nations supported 50 percent of all interdictions and disruption operations.
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