I left our dock at 22:00 last night and sailed to Pensacola where we picked up a Army Special Forces Operational Team Alpha that were dressed like oil-patch trash. We put them in our focscle and set off shore for four hours with them thinking they would be doing some free diving exercises off an oil rig. Once on location, a Coast Guard Cutter armed with a pair of Ma Deuce and a RHIB crash boat boarded us with automatic weapons, hand-guns, and short shot-guns. My crew and I were flex-cuffed and put back into the wheelhouse under guard then the A-Team was brought out under gun point and flex-cuffed and made to sit on the main deck in the sun for several hours while the Coasties tested suspected drugs that they had found on board. The A-Teams Cover story was that they were a rig crew being rotated back ashore. The Coasties didn't buy it and they stay aboard us all the way back to Mobile USCG Station where each of the A-Team were taken off in groups of 3 and sent by car to public areas where they would intermingle with the civilian population and try to reestablish contact with their other team members and make their way back to Elgin Air Force Base without being detected. The USCG were told that we were carrying drugs and weapons so they were loaded for bear.Only their Commander knew it was an exercise. The Alpha-Team did not know what was going on either. When they released my crew from the flex-cuffs, I had already slipped mine off. The guard caught me pushing the hair out of my face in the corner of his vision and turned quickly but my hands were back behind me and he convinced himself he hadn't seen anything. When they released us, I handed him my cuffs and told him two things; when restraining people don't be bashful about pulling them tight and crossing them and second, trust your first impression. I told him that he saw me move but didn't register it as a threat.They also missed my keltec in a wallet holster thinking it was my billfold after i told them where my Spyderco was. They were young, but their Senior Chief was directly behind me when I slipped the cuffs off and he didn't see it either. I took a lot of videos and emailed them to RH while this was going on so maybe she can figure out how to post them? Anyway, it was a pretty interesting last 24 hours. These Secret Squirrel Missions are fun. OPERATIONAL DETACHMENT ALPHA Going unnoticed during their missions is critical for Green Berets. It's important for them to be organized in small, highly trained groups. This way they get things done in a quick and effective manner. Special Forces groups are organized in small teams of 12 men — a.k.a. Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA). A typical Green Berets Team structure usually consists of two each of the following: Weapons Sergeants, Communications Sergeants, Medical Sergeants and Engineering Sergeants. A Commander, Assistant Commander (Warrant Officer), Operations/Intelligence Sergeant and Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) complete the team. These teams can change according to the type of mission. Each Soldier in an ODA is specially trained and cross-trained in different disciplines.