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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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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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JIATF South hosted a family picnic last week. It was a great time to get together with coworkers, friends, and family and enjoy the last days of summer. Work hard and play hard!
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Members of JIATF South got to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Tethered Aerostat Radar System (blimp) located on Cudjoe Key. The blimp provides radar detection and monitoring of low-altitude aircraft and surface vessels along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and a portion of the Caribbean.
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U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney provides the opening remarks during the JIATF South Cyberspace Planning Meeting, last week.
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Argentina delegation stopped by JIATF South last week and met with our Senior Leadership.
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Building on the relationships the task force has with interagency, Director of JIATF South U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney visited the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector in Texas. A Border Patrol agent points to their area of responsibility as the Admiral sees their enforcement operations first-hand.
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JIATF South Foreign Liaison Officers received a firsthand look at how U.S. Coast Guard Key West Sector operates. The anti-drug effort which involves U.S. whole-of-government approach also includes international cooperation and maritime aircraft and ship support from allied and partner nations. Last year, partner nations supported 50 percent of all interdictions and disruption operations.
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Today U.S. Coast Guard celebrate 226 years as "Guardians of National Security Afloat and Ashore." The Coast Guard Element at JIATF South took some time today to say "Happy Birthday!"
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JIATF South Deputy Director U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle was the guest speaker at a Navy League Key West Council meeting. Outreach engagements brings us closer to our neighbors, as we are also part of the community we live and work in.
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In support of Operation Martillo, Shamal’s third patrol assisted in five joint interdictions, resulting in the seizure or jettison of 1,483 kilograms of cocaine. Read more about it: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/205912/shamal-completes-third-us-4th-fleet-patrol
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The 2015 United States Interdiction Coordinator Awards have just been announced, and teams from JIATF South won in three of the eight categories: Interdiction and Intelligence Support Category, Detection and Monitoring Category, and in the Special Recognition/ CN Force Enabler Category. The recognition in each of those categories is well deserved and is a testament to the daily efforts displayed throughout JIATF South. Congratulations!
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Command Master Chief for Sector Key West, NAS Key West, and JIATF South all together in one location! The Command Master Chiefs serve as an advisor to the Commanding Officer/Director and are a valuable resource to any command. They also act as the primary liaison between senior leaders and enlisted members ensuring the development for enlisted personnel.
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Kudos to a group of Navy reservist! Director of JIATF South personally thanked the team for a job well done, after completing facility projects at JIATF South. Committed to Excellence!
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