GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Standing at more than 6 feet tall, he is easily recognizable from a distance.
The father-of-one wears a Navy Working Uniform Type II, tactical vest and is armed with an M9 pistol. He is a common sight at Camp Aachen, Joint Multinational Training Command, Germany, as he patrols the perimeter. He is a Sailor charged with keeping order and discipline amongst all participating in a multi-national partnership training exercise.
Since Aug. 23, Master-at-Arms (MA) 2nd Class Triston Jointer part of the security detachment attached to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron(MAREXSECRON) Three, San Diego, Calif., has been providing security for Combined Endeavor 2012.
“We are here to provide law enforcement,” said the Indianapolis native. “We are protecting our assets and ensure everyone is having a good time within reason.”
In addition to providing law enforcement, the security detachment is providing anti-terrorism and force protection duties during CE12.
Altogether, there are 26 MAs protecting the population at Camp Aachen said Jointer.
Their efforts provide a safe training environment, free from internal and external threats, for all participants.
To accomplish their mission, Jointer explained the security detachment perform roves both on foot and by vehicle.
“Roves are patrols around the camp to show a physical presence and let people know we are here,” said the 29-year-old.
This is the first time MAREXSECRON Three has participated in the 18 years CE has existed.
“It’s awesome for our Sailors to have an opportunity to do this,” said the six year veteran. “The fact that we get to provide security and mingle with the Air Force, Army and the Marines is always a good thing and then to have the opportunity to talk to 40 different nations and international organizations is really exciting.”
The Sailor said the most difficult aspect for him has been the language barrier.
“This is a communications exercise so you would think communication would be the easiest thing right now but it’s not,” said Jointer. “We just adapt and overcome the language barrier.”
Jointer said his team will remain in place until the exercise concludes Sept. 20. Until then, the security detachment will continue to fulfill their mission.
“We are going to continue to do the best we can and hopefully come back next year and rock it again,” said Jointer.
MAREXSCRON Three is currently deployed to Commander, Task Force Six-Eight at Naval Station Rota, Spain.
According to the CTF Six Eight's website, CTF Six Eight conducts explosive ordnance disposal operations, naval construction, expeditionary security and theater security cooperation in order to maintain strategic assess, develop interoperability with coalition, joint, inter-agency and other partners, and increase security and stability in Europe and Africa.
CE12 is the world’s largest multinational command, control, communications and computer systems exercise designed to build and enhance communications and network interoperability.