On 28 May, 2004, Commander Wilson received the order to cease direct action missions and focus on a new, protective mission.  NSW Squadron One, to include Detachment One, was tasked to provide personal security detachments for the interim Iraqi government.  Task Unit Raider was given the task of protecting Vice President Rowsch Shaways, one of two vice presidents, and a Kurd.

PSD had not been part of the Detachment’s training.  The Marines went into overdrive, trying to figure out this new mission (which also hadn’t been anywhere in the February 2003 memorandum of agreement with SOCOM).  The task was made even more complicated by the fact that the Marines assigned would be getting an up-close-and-personal look at not only the politics of the Iraqi interim government, but also Kurdish politics and the workings of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Captain Thompson was assigned as the “agent in charge,” and ended up spending as much time in Erbil as in Baghdad.  Since GySgt Dailey had some previous experience with personal security, he was assigned as the “advance man,” arriving ahead of Vice President Shaways at any venue to check out the security.  He consulted with an old platoon commander who had gone on to the US Secret Service for advice, while Captain Thompson and the rest of the Marines got what pointers they could from the SEALs, many of whom had been formally trained in personal security, and from some of the State Department security personnel.

Captain Thompson would later describe many of the missions run by the Task Unit Raider PSD as “hairy.”  They had to regularly get Shaways in and out of Baghdad at a time when Iraqi security as a whole was not especially good, and every insurgent and terrorist in the country wanted government leaders dead.  The fact that Shaways was a Kurd likely increased his risk.