Welcome aboard Marines! I am the Chief of Security (VACANT) The Marine Detachment Commander for the Battlestar ARIES- BSR-26 is Command Seargent Major Jesse Gutierrez.
Overview of Duties:
We are, for all intents and purposes, the security force aboard this vessel. The CMC provides many different services aboard BSR-26. We patrol the ship, provide security in CIC, provide personal security for the Commander, the Colonial President, and any other VIP that is aboard the Aries. We act as sentries both in the brig, and at the arms lockers. All Marines assigned to the Aries will learn basic life support. They will maintain proficiency in a number of weapons. They will be trained in Special Operations tactics. We will train, we will train, and we will train some more. Get used to the idea...It will keep you alive.
Company officers are the commanders in infantry and reconnaissance units in Marine Detachment (MarDets). They plan, direct and assist in the deployment and tactical employment of MarDets and any subordinate infantry and reconnaissance units. Infantry officers are responsible for the discipline, morale, and welfare of their unit's Marines. To fulfill these responsibilities, they evaluate intelligence; estimate the operational situation; and formulate, coordinate, and execute appropriate plans for offensive/defensive maneuver, reconnaissance, fire support, nuclear, biological and chemical defense, directed energy warfare, communications and operational logistics and maintenance. The Company CO reports directly to the Ships Commanding Officer.
Before the attack of the Colonies by the Cylons, the Colonial Marine Corps (CMC) provided Marine Detachments (MarDet) on board all operational Battlestars, Gunstars, Troopships, most CDF Tenders and Cargo Ships, at various ammunition storage sites, and at major bases on the 12 Colonies. A total of over 700,000 men and women are assigned to the CMC mission.
On board ship the Marines primarily provide security for nuclear weapons, the ships Magazine, the CIC, the Engine Room/Reactor, the many ships weapons lockers, the ships CO, operate ships weapons, and also serve as the cadre for a landing/repelling force, and performing ceremonial functions.
In this role, they man sentinel posts over designated weapons spaces and provide a powerful reaction force capable of instant response to any situation. This is clearly evident if you ever have been run over by a charging Marine when the security alert (F.A.S.T. or C.A.T.) team is called away.
Led by their officers, this separate command also maintains a constant training program with typically Marine subjects as the syllabus. With all their security and other duties, these busy young men and women are a vital asset to the CDF.
The standard Marine Detachment on a Mercury Class Battlestar is 8 officers (more Officers if Raptor Elements are assigned) and 256 enlisted Marines.
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