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Maritime Civil Affairs Team 105 Returns from Seven-Month Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121212-07
12/12/2012

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 105 returned from Bahrain Dec. 7 after a seven-month deployment that took them to three countries in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

MCAT 105 facilitated, supported and assessed civil-military operations throughout the deployment.

Specifically, the team supported U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's security cooperation efforts between the U.S. and host nations, and the United States Embassy's cultural exchange efforts to promote people-to-people understanding.

'This was a great deployment for my team that allowed us to demonstrate our experience and passion for civil affairs,' said Lt. Ronald Kolpak III, the team's officer in charge. 'The team forged new ground in the Kingdom of Bahrain and created lasting relationships to improve understanding and cooperation.'

While working in Bahrain, the team partnered with the Bahrain Capital Governorate and supported public safety campaigns with fire safety and first aid instruction. The team also worked with disabled and at-risk children.

Additionally, along with Sailors from Commander, Task Group 56.9 and Marines from Marine Forces Central Command Forward Civil Affairs, the team conducted a humanitarian aid mission in the towns of Budaiya and Isa Town, where they donated 150 beds to local migrant workers.

Maritime civil affairs teams are dedicated to enhancing international relationships in a maritime environment and are part of Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCASTC).

MCASTC provides effective, flexible and responsive teams of U.S. Navy Sailors to joint task force commanders to establish and enhance relations between military forces, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the civilian populace.



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