SSgt B. S. Hasty

SSgt B. Steve Hasty
NCOIC Can Tho Detachment

Historian Fall of Saigon Marines Association

Colonel Steve Hasty USMC
 One of our own Fall of Saigon Marines is now the
former Commanding Officer of Marine Security Guard Battalion


Colonel Hasty enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968 and subsequently served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, the last as a Staff Sergeant commanding the Marine Security Guard Detachment assigned to the U.S. Consulate General in Can Tho, Republic of Vietnam.  His small unit fought the last U.S. ground action in Vietnam during the evacuation of that country in April 1975.

Selected for appointment as a Warrant Officer in 1976, he completed the Basic Course at Quantico, Virginia followed by the Naval Intelligence Officer Course at Lowrey Air Force Base, Colorado.  He reported for duty as the Chief Analyst in the G2 (Intelligence) section of the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California in January 1978.  In May of 1978 he was chosen to be the S2 (Intelligence) officer of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  During this time he completed numerous specialized military courses, and graduated as the honor graduate of his classes at Scout-Sniper School, Remote Sensor Operations School, and the Political Warfare School.  While with the battalion he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program, and commissioned a First Lieutenant.

After serving as the 1st Marine Division G2 Special Projects Officer, he transferred to the Headquarters, Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF) at McDill Air Force Base, Florida in 1982 for service as Senior Indications and Warning Watch Officer in the J2 (Intelligence) Directorate.  When the RDJTF transitioned to become Headquarters, U.S. Central Command he was promoted to Captain and assumed duties as the Chief, Counter-terrorism Intelligence Branch, with concurrent duties as the CINCís Intelligence Briefing Officer.

In 1988 he graduated from George Washington University, Magna Cum Laude  with degrees in Middle East Studies and in International Relations.

He reported to the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Okinawa, Japan in August 1988 for duty as Deputy Chief of Staff, G2.

Colonel Hasty was transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC in August 1989 for duty as a Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collections Officer, serving concurrently as the Directorate Briefing Officer.  He was then assigned as a National Military Intelligence Support Team (NMIST) Commander and deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  In April 1991 he was assigned NMIST Commander to Combined Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT conducting operations in Turkey and Northern Iraq.

Upon completion of the Defense Intelligence Collegeís Postgraduate Intelligence Course in September 1992, he reported for duty in Okinawa, Japan as the Officer-in-Charge of the III Marine Expeditionary Force G2 All-source Analysis Center.  In December 1992 he joined the Headquarters, United Task Force (UNITAF) in Somalia for service during Operation RESTORE HOPE as the UNITAF J2 Current Intelligence Officer until redeploying in May 1993.

Following graduation from the Defense Language Institute, he was assigned as a Foreign Area Officer in January 1995 to the U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt.

In August 1996 he reported for duty to Headquarters, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as the Commanding Officer, 2nd Intelligence Company. 

He was then selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College, where he graduated with distinction in 1999, earning a Masterís Degree in Strategic Studies and National Security.  In August 1999 he transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC for duty as Deputy Director of Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff J2 (Intelligence) Directorate, where he was promoted to Colonel.  He was subsequently selected to attend the Department of Defense National Security Studies Executive Training Program at Syracuse University, New York, graduating in November 2000.

He served as the CJ-2 (Chief of Intelligence) for the NATO multinational KFOR (Kosovo Force) in Kosovo and Macedonia from January 2001 to July 2001.

Colonel Hasty most recent assignment was assuming command of the Marine Security Guard Battalion (State Department), Quantico, Virginia, on 17 August 2001.

Colonel Hastyís decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor Device and Gold Star, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with Star.

Now Colonel Steve Hasty (L)
and Colonel Hurley, CO MSG Battalion (R)

Colonel Hasty talking to some active duty Marines and Doug Potratz

 Colonel Steve Hasty relieved Col Dave Hurley, Commanding Officer, Marine Security Guard Battalion, as the Commanding Officer, Marine Security Guard Battalion.  Colonel Dave Hurley (Right)  is a supporter of our organization.  While Colonel Dave Hurley was the CO of the MSG Battalion he honored us with his presence at two major reunions. Thank you Colonel we are a fan of you to. 

August 2003; Washington, DC: Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Francis X. Taylor, left, presents the Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award to Colonel Boyette S. Hasty, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Security Guard Battalion. State Department Photo/Darlene Kirk.
Colonel Boyette S. Hasty, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Security Guard Battalion, was presented with the Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award by Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, during a recent ceremony at the Department. Colonel Hasty was recognized for his exceptional service while commanding a battalion which trains, assigns, and supports over 1,200 Marines for the internal security of 132 U.S. embassies, missions, and consulates worldwide.

The award's citation read: "In recognition of your sustained outstanding dedication, professionalism, and support to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security while serving at the Commanding Officer of the Marine Security Guard Battalion. Semper Fi! August 2001-August 2003."

In the early 1970s Col. Hasty had served as an enlisted Marine Security Guard (MSG) at our embassies in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand, and he later served as Detachment Commander at Can Tho, Republic of Vietnam Detachment.

On August 29, during a Change of Command Ceremony at  Quantico Marine Base, Colonel William E. Rizzio, Jr., USMC, assumed command for the MSG Battalion from Colonel Hasty.

[Released August 29, 2003]

Front Row (L-R): Gary Mellinger, J.D. Sneed, Lamar Holmes, John Ghilain, Doug Potratz,  R.C. Smith, Terry Bennington, Duane Gevers, Ken Crouse.  Second Row = Ted Murray, Kevin Maloney, Steve Moore,  Larry Killens, John Kirchner, Bill Newell,  Colin Broussard, Mike Sweeny, John Valdez, Steve Stratton, Dean Kinzie, John Moya and Chris Woods.

30th Reunion photo - Quantico, Virginia
Can Tho Detachment

Front Row:  Colonel Steve Hasty
Second Row (Left to Right) Lee Johnson and Steve Moore
Third Row (Left to Right) Larry Killens and John Kirchner