Coast Guard Port Security Unit Training Detachment (PSU TRADET), originally located in Port Clinton, OH, relocated to Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune, NC, in November 1998. The PSU TRADET was tasked with improving the mission effectiveness, unit readiness, and providing pre-deployment support for the Coast Guard Port Security Units (PSUs).
By summer of 2001, the PSU TRADET mission had expanded to include non-lethal weapons and the Fast Boat Center of Excellence, as well as, conducting training for cutter small boats over-the-horizon tactics designed to enhance interdiction abilities in counter narcotics operations.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the PSU TRADET began training the newly created Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSSTs). These teams are designed to meet the need for Homeland Security throughout our nation's ports.
The unit grew and evolved in order to accommodate the broadened responsibilities and growing inter-agency and international training requests. In August 2002, the name of the command changed to Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center (SMTC) to better incorporate the multi-faceted capabilities of the unit, and SMTC was commissioned as a Headquarters unit on July 29, 2003.
In 2003, the U.S. Navy established a training detachment within SMTC to train Mobile Security Force (MSF) personnel as Tactical Coxswains and Crewmen, and in 2004 added crew served weapons training while the Marine Corps established a small boat training detachment (SBTD) to support USMC operational requirements. In 2006, the NAVDET and MARDET commenced a two-year training surge for the Navy's new Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Riverine Force.
In 2008, SMTC completed the move within Courthouse Bay to four new buildings designated as the Joint Maritime Training Center (JMTC). To be clear, the unit is still named SMTC and exists as one of the joint service entities residing at JMTC. JMTC serves as the physical location as appropriated by Congress through a Military Construction (MILCON) project, which created the new buildings to host the USCG, Navy, and USMC elements and more accurately reflect the joint-service military personnel and training centers utilizing the facilities.
The command currently consists of over 230 personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, government civilian employees, and civilian contractors.
Current and Former Commanding Officers:
2016-Present: A.L. West, CAPT
2013-2016: J.N. Riffe, CAPT
2011-2013: M.J. Wilbert, CAPT
2008-2011: S.A. Weiden, CAPT
2006-2008: R. M. Dean IV, CAPT
2003-2006: E. Alexander, CAPT
Established in 2003 as SMTC by F. White, CMDR