ISS4 2015

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Kenner performed admirably. He kept power, light, and cooling supplied to the berthing and operations tents without failure, while responding quickly to daily quality of life issues such as minor leaks in the tents exposed by the North Carolina summer storms. Careful planning also ensured that the Engineering Department kept up with maintenance of the TPSBs so that they were available for training, and demonstrated their capabilities to the Director, Reserve and Military Personnel. Working into the night, and occasionally the early morning hours, the Engineering Department completed the routine maintenance and emergent repairs to keep the Waterborne Division where they belong; underway. TPSB maintenance is tracked and scheduled through Asset Logistics Management System. This system was developed for Coast Guard Air Stations and is not well-suited to field operations, but through careful preparation, the Engineering Department was able to project the maintenance requirements of the TPSBs in the field and update the ALMIS database upon returning to Fort Eustis. The inclusion of an underway Machine Gun Boat Course placed a heavy demand on the understaffed Weapons Division who had to load, track, and distribute 200 training weapons and more than 25,000 rounds of ammunition. During the three days that the MGBC was conducted, members of the Division awoke before dawn to retrieve weapons from the armory and assign the necessary ammunition to each TPSB, oversaw the day's courses of fire, and worked into the night to record ammunition expenditures, clean the weapons for the next day, and prepare ammunition for issue. Due to their efforts, sixty crewmembers completed the Machine Gun Boat Course. Port security units often deploy in support of U.S. Navy overseas operations and two Coast Guard Reserve officers stationed with DDE-Group 2, the headquarters unit for U.S. Navy's Coastal Riverine Units, attended the exercise to evaluate the opportunities for joint training exercises. Lt. j.g. Kyle Pope, one of the liaisons and a former PSU 305 crewmember, also found it useful to evaluate how the skills and experience he has gained from the US Navy applies to PSUs. The deployment exercise was demanding on every member of PSU 305, but there was also time for morale. Lt. Mark Whisenant, Petty Officer 2nd Class Adolfo Rodriguez, and Petty Officer 1st Class Eliud Garastegui worked with MCAS Cherry Point's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation staff to provide a large grill, and each Division took advantage of it to grill out, providing a welcome break from MREs. Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Gresham organized several challenging morning workouts and many of the crew participated in evening games of football and volleyball. conclusions Planning and executing this deployment exercise challenged every member of PSU 305 and provided a unique opportunity to test training, plans, and operating procedures in a field environment. Cmdr. Michelle Watson, PSU 305 Commanding Officer, notes that "The crew gained a real appreciation for the level of effort it takes to mobilize, execute a mission, and redeploy a unit the size of a PSU. That knowledge, coupled with intangibles such as the camaraderie that developed, will be invaluable to the newest members of PSU 305 as they prepare for future deployments. I'm extremely proud of the entire crew for coming together to plan and execute this exercise in such a short period of time. I have no doubt that when the time comes, they will live up to our mantra, 'whatever it takes,' and execute their mission flawlessly." — Story by Lt. Ian G. Brosnan, PSU 305 active Duty and Reserve Personnel Part of Joint task force - West In February 2015, a team of Coast Guard Active Duty and Reserve members joined the newly formed Joint Task Force-West (JTF-W) in San Antonio, Texas. JTF-W is one of three Joint Task Forces to address the objectives laid out in the Southern Borders and Approaches Campaign (SBAC). The remaining Task Forces are JTF- East in Portsmouth, Virginia, and JTF-Investigations in Washington, DC. Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard members are participating in all Task Forces. JTF-W is a first-of-its-kind DHS joint task force designed to specifically address migration on the southwestern border. The team of five Coast Guard members that joined in February became part of a team from the Border Patrol (BP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working to prevent and respond to potential mass migration events, disrupting and degrading Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), and integrating and aligning intelligence resources and information across the Joint Operating Area (JOA). The Task Force Director is Robert L. Harris of the United States Border Patrol, and the two Deputies representing the components of the task force are Ms. Janice Ayala from Homeland Security Investgations and Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio for the USCG. The Task Force will be fully mission capable on July 31, 2015, and will have a final strength of eight Coast Guard members. The Coast Guard members assigned to the Task Force are filling important positions as Section Chiefs, Deputy Section Chiefs, and Maritime Operations, Planning and Intelligence Officers. Currently, the mix of Active Duty and Reserve members are fulfilling 180 day temporary duty assignments away from their permanent duty stations. Future positions will continue to be advertised on the MRTT and via message traffic. — Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Albert, JTF-W Deputy J2, Maritime Intelligence Officer Pictured here are members of the Coast guard team during a visit by Rear adm. Servidio (11th district Commander and JTF-W deputy) and Rear adm. david Callahan (8th district Commander). in the back row from left to right are: Rear adm. Servidio, Maritime Planning offcer Lt. Kyle Stone, USCgR, Maritime operations offcer Lt. Rob ornelas, USCg, Maritime operations offcer Lt. Michael Starnes, USCgR and Rear adm. Callahan. in the front row from left to right are Lt. Pablo Prado, USCgR, Maritime operations offcer Lt. gary demetreon, USCgR, deputy intelligence Section Chief/Maritime intelligence offcer Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca albert, USCgR, and Planning Section Chief Capt. Jerry nauert, USCgR. not present intelligence Section Chief Capt. Jim Spotts. Issue 4 • 2015 � RESERVIST 15

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