US Coast Guard National Strike Force Elizabeth City
National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC), Incident Management Assist Team, Public Information Assist Team, Atlantic Strike Team, Gulf Strike Team, Pacific Strike Team
1461 N Road St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
US Coast Guard National Strike Force Elizabeth City provides highly trained, experienced personnel and specialized equipment to Coast Guard and other federal agencies to facilitate preparedness for and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents in order to protect public health and the environment. The NSF’s area of responsibility covers all Coast Guard Districts and Federal Response Regions.
National Strike Force was established in 1973 and consisted of three teams located in NC, CA and AL. Each of these strike teams had precisely seventeen members. The organization was very strict during the first years, but all these things changed after 1990. Both the organization and the mission were changed. A new law regarding the oil spills showed up, therefore the force had to adapt its objectives and mission. The restructuring process was also part of this change.
The main team in the unit – NSF Coordination Center – went through a few other changes in 1991, as the activities gained more intensity and responsibility. Over the history, the unit has been the main player in a lot of accidents caused by the oil spills and not only.
National Strike Force also played a role during the deadly attacks over World Trade Center in 2001.
National Strike Force has the clear mission to ensure a safe and green environment whenever unexpected situations arise. It is mostly responsible for the issues caused by oil spills. Such problems are very common and they cause a lot of trouble, especially for the marine life. In some situations, the pollution may be so aggressive that it can affect the coastal human communities too. This is when these experts become mandatory. Aside from the oil spills, any hazardous substances that become problematic are also taken care of. The general idea is not just to protect the environment, but also the public health.
National Strike Force aims for the mass destruction weapons that might affect the population. Whether the country is under attack or various tests go wrong, the unit is ready to join and solve the situation. It supports all the Coast Guard units and bases, as well as the Federal Response Regions.
Providing proper facilities for the troops is just as important, especially if they got relocated from other parts of the country. Such things are even more important for the troops who are married and must relocate with their families. Various facilities, such as the housing opportunities, are extremely important.
The National Strike Force at Elizabeth City totals over 200 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary personnel.