posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 05:19 PM
Originally posted by nighthawk1954
reply to post by filosophia
NOT TRUE! My buddy who is retired after 30 years of service in the U.S.M.C. known as "Gunny" LOL
He did 2 years of embassy duty in Egypt and 2 years in Iran told me any Marine that is on guard duty ALWAYS has Live Ammo!
Having a sidearm with a magazine in it but not one in the chamber is the standard condition without authorization from the Ambassador or the Embassy
Yes, they have live ammunition much like guards at various locations in the US have live ammunition when guarding certain points - ammunition, or
vehicles prepared to deployment at Green Ramp. However, the ammo (likely one or two shotgun rounds) is firmly locked away at least in an ammo pouch
never locked and loaded without express authorization from the Officer of the Guard. Not Commander of the relief - Officer of the guard. Serious
delay between needing it and using it.
Also, while I am not a Marine - I am retired SF Officer.
Let’s address what the MSG is and is not… The Marines at the Embassy are not the Ambassadors PSD nor are they trained to be. Not to say they are
not competent - they are Marines and being selected for the duty of MSG is an arduous one along with the training. They are professionals and all
good men (and now even women I think) However, their mission is to secure the building, control access points - look sharp in their uniforms and
inspire awe at the might of the US presence there. They are icons of our power – identifiable representations of our might. In the event of a
breach their mission is to destroy the classified communication equipment and documents and delay any attackers so that the Ambassador and his PSD can
get away safely. They are unfortunately expendable.
The PSD is provided in some cases by a special branch of the Foreign Service that was created for that specific function; however, as we can see in
the past few years that function has been contracted out to PSD's, Backwater (no longer called that) DynCorp and a host of others. I got offered a
Team Leader Job with DynCorp after retirement for 250k to do the same thing - not worth it.... These teams are filled by former SF, Seals and Force
Recon types along with some MPs with the PSD training.
I have served on a PSD in Iraq, as a team leader - it is a # job. Long hours, thankless jobs… Our principal treated us like errand boys. We
protected Iraqi Leaders ntil enough PMC contraftors cold be trained. Key individuals mine was a low level Minster of XXXXXX. I lfet it out in case
someone can link my id with him. We had some tense moments since he didn’t listen to our advice and got us in some #ty circumstances.
Never had a big firefight but some tense moments for sure. Rammed a few civilian cars and knocked back a few protesters with a rifle butt. He had a
wife and a mistress, liked to drink and was a borderline criminal thug. We got to see it all. You couldn't pay me enough to risk my life for these
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