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the View from the Bridge rear Admiral william "dean" lee deputy for operations policy and Capabilities ���d like to thank Rear Adm. Day for the opportunity to author ���The View��� for this edition of the Reservist, which focuses on the competency and proficiency of our Reserve force. Being asked to contribute demonstrates the high level of collaboration that exists between the Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) and Director of Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13) here at Headquarters; as well the ongoing teamwork of the Active and Reserve components right down to field-level commands. My previous assignments as Deployable Operations Group Commander, District Commander, Sector Commander, and Station CO have provided me the opportunity to work with a broad crosssection of reservists. Along the way I have gained an astute appreciation for the capabilities and surge capacity they bring to bear. Clearly, the past decade has shown that--whether at home or abroad-- the Reserve is critical to mission success. Currently, the DCO programmatic portfolio has nearly 6,800 Reserve billets embedded within sectors, stations, Marine Safety Units, Port Security Units, and Maritime Safety and Security Teams. With active duty personnel focused on meeting day-to-day missions, the Reserve is our ���force in-garrison." It is vital that we continually evaluate and identify the most effective manner by which to train and maintain this proven surge capacity. In his FY2013 Strategic Planning Direction, VADM Neffenger (DCO) noted, ���The focus of Reserve augmentation and training should be on building critical competencies in boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, law enforcement, and mission support. Reservists should be assigned responsibilities that clearly link to contingency and surge requirements and the member���s expected role in contingency operations.��� In recent months several developments with regard to management of the Reserve force have occurred. One of the more significant was a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Rear Adm. Day outlining the roles and responsibilities between the Office of Reserve Affairs (CG-131) and the Office of Boat Forces (CG-731). This delineation of roles and responsibilities is key to facilitating the organizational changes that will, over time, improve competency and proficiency through increased training efficiency. In this issue, you will read about Boat Forces initiatives that incorporate the Commandant���s Reserve Policy Statement with the Concept of Reserve Employment and represent a more focused method of conducting business. These concepts may well serve as models for developing Reserve force competency training in other areas. The Commandant���s Reserve Policy Statement declares that, ���The Coast Guard depends on the Reserve to be always ready to mobilize with critical competencies������ Let me take a moment to focus on the phrase ���with critical competencies." Competency is defined as: ���A collection of tasks with the associated skills, knowledge, abilities, and wherewithal needed to perform the tasks to a predetermined, measurable, performance standard. The tasks are���in support of or contributing to the goals of the organization...��� Simply put, achieving a competency demonstrates proficiency in tasks that contribute to accomplishing a mission. Clearly, for the Reserve, the objective is being ready with those ���critical competencies��� necessary to support the CG���s maritime homeland i 6 RESERVIST ��� Issue 1 ��� 2013 for a video of the event, click above or visit our on-line edition security, national defense, and domestic disaster operations. From the Deputy Director of Operational Capability perspective, operational readiness entails being able to perform the functions expected of your position. It includes the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the mission. It means you are trained, qualified, and certified or working toward the qualifications expected of your rank, rate or billet. It implies you are in good physical condition and able to perform the functions associated with your job. Operational readiness also means you are ready and able to mobilize when needed. As you can see, competency proficiency and operational readiness are two sides of the same coin. Getting reservists ready is an all-hands evolution. Deck-plate leadership, both active and reserve, must strive to ensure focused training is a priority. In my experience, long-range planning generates positive results and is the hallmark of a good command. Acquiring and maintaining new skills requires significant effort by the member and the unit. Training plans that take into account individual development plans and unit workload stand the best chance of attaining success. Our former Commandant, Admiral Jim Loy, coined the phrase, ���Preparation equals performance.��� Admiral Papp has expanded this theme even further in Shipmates 23: Focus on Proficiency. I ask that each of you reflect on your individual and collective roles in ensuring that the Reserve force is properly trained and truly proficient to provide the surge capacity upon which we have come to rely and as Admiral Papp states will be able to ������hold fast in the uncertain and stormy seas we are facing.��� Recognizing that no one person has a monopoly on the best ideas, I strongly encourage you to read and learn more about the various Reserve force competency and proficiency initiatives. Discuss them with your shipmates and where appropriate provide feedback through your chain of command. After all, we all have a dog in this fight. Finally, I wish to convey the admiration and respect I have for each of you. You are the ���Ace in the Hole��� upon which we rely ��� to serve and train with us and to be at our side when natural or manmade disasters necessitate an operational surge. To that end, you have continually risen to the occasion, and for that we thank you. It is indeed an honor to call you shipmate.