Travis, does that *Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit Jun2004 28Feb2006*, along with his TS/SCI clearance, mean what I think it does? You’re a good bit closer to the Navy SpecWar ops in that region than I am.
On his Facebook page pictures there’s a screenshot of his degrees and certificates. He was a Naval Intelligence reserve officer, graduated in 2006.
We got a lot of Navy reservists through as augments to existing intelligence programs when I was in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was in SIGINT at the time and had a never ending stream of Naval reservists pass through. (I don’t know him, but I had to give him a good long look to be sure.)
There’s a lot of programs he could have been attached to as a reservist. DOCEX, MEDEX, CELLEX, etc, or analysis shops, fusion cells or ground operations. He referenced some different targeting methods in his full manifesto that would be ineffective against him (IMINT, OSINT, HUMINT, etc) and has a working command of officer/intel lingo.
He’s not a trigger puller. Shoots Marskman with a rifle, Expert with pistol. Uh huh. That’s fine for a weekend warrior desk jockey, but he’s no door kicker. At least, not then. He seems to be giving the LAPD a run for their money.
Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit = fancy name for a radar or sonar operator
Believe me, there is nothing specops about Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Units. They basically set up a com/radar unit on a beach head and monitor seagoing traffic and possibly look for subs using airborne assets and sonar bouys. The members are normal everyday Navy personnel. If I’m not mistaken, they are all reserve units. I don’t think any of them are active duty (although they may have active duty staff assigned).
It’s a grab-bag of port defenses, as far as I knew it. Some are officers who could not win the SWO pin, etc.
Intel Officer (not line). I may be wrong, but I think the Unit he described is for port security. Their personnel are made up of fleet ratings, including divers and EOD. They (or their predecessor) were utilized to ensure Um Qasr and Al Zabair ports were clear of mines and obstructions following up behind the 2003 Iraq invasion forces.