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ISS2 2016

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Coast Guardsman Reaches 40 Mile Goal On His 40th In the early hours of January 15, 2016, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a Joint Task Force Trooper set out on a very unique mission - running 40 miles for his 40th year. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Anthony A. Slowik, engineering officer for PSU 313 Maritime Security Detachment (MARSECDET), completed 41.7 miles in 13 hours, in celebration of his birthday. Slowik came up with the idea around Thanksgiving. "I wanted to do something big for my birthday," he said. The furthest Slowik had ever run in a race, prior to this, was 13.1 miles. Running 40 miles (67.11 km), may seem like a daunting task to some, but in actuality, it is not that long of a distance when you compare it to some distances traversed in the sport of ultra marathons. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, examples of ultra marathons would be 50 km and100 km races. Some extreme ultra races span a few stages and are run over the course of days. Other distances and times include double marathons, 24-hour races, and multiday races of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or even longer. Many ultra marathons, especially trail challenges, have severe course obstacles, such as inclement weather, elevation change or rugged terrain. Slowik began his 40-mile run at 1 a.m. at the entrance to the Windward Loop Housing Area traversing the main roadways of the base before finishing at 2 p.m. at the MARSECDET Headquarters. When asked about his goal of running 40 miles, Slowik said he could not have completed this run without the help of shipmates in his unit. MARSECDET Troopers provided water, safety checks and moral support during all hours of the night and day to help Slowik achieve his goal. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Christopher J. LaRocque, logistics officer of MARSECDET, took supporting Slowik one step farther. He ran the entire route with Slowik. When asked why he decided to run 41.7 miles with Slowik, LaRocque said it came down to supporting a fellow shipmate. "CWO Slowik has been a mentor to me during this deployment and I wanted to help him reach his goal," LaRocque said. "I've run marathons (26.2 miles) before, but could never imagine running 40 miles by myself, so I offered to be his running buddy. It was a huge opportunity and I could not pass this up." The two Coast Guardsmen trained for three months individually and together in preparation for their 40 mile run. Prior to Jan. 15, the farthest Slowik ran was 27 miles and the farthest LaRocque ran was 23 miles. Neither completed 40 miles during their training sessions. During the run, they had backpacks filled with additional water and snacks, as well as each other, to stay motivated. "To get through 40 miles, it really did take a lot of motivation on both our parts," said Slowik. "Our GPS died at mile 33 so the last bit of the route we were guesstimating our distance. Since we ended up walking further than we had planned it really took a lot to get to the finish line." Although they did not run the entire time and ended up completing a longer route, Slowik and LaRocque were proud of their accomplishment. "It feels really good to have done this," said Slowik. "It is a great birthday present." — Story and photo by Capt. Alanna Wood, U.S. Army Coast guard Lt. j.g. Christopher J. LaRocque (right), logistics offcer, and Coast guard Chief Warrant offcer anthony a. Slowik (left), engineering offcer, both members of Joint Task Force guantanamo Maritime Security detachment, run 41 miles, Jan. 15, at U.S. naval Station guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in celebration of Slowik's 40th birthday. West Coast All Hands: Training, Networking and Camaraderie The Annual Reserve All-Hands, held February 20 & 21, 2016, and hosted by Base Alameda included Reserve members from Base Alameda, Surge Staffing and PACAREA Legal, and seeks to have a little bit of everything. Not your typical 16-20 hours of sitting and listening to lectures, reservists took the time to learn about each other, receive readiness training and many worked out together during lunch or in the evening. Members also enjoyed an informal morale dinner at nearby Quinn's Lighthouse. Base Alameda Commanding Officer, Captain Jon P. Hickey kicked off the event with his bold leadership-centered people plan and took the time to answer reservist questions that arose. The Captain highlighted his open door policy and stressed the Coast Guard's reliance on the Reserve Component and its 75th Anniversary. Base Alameda Senior Reserve Officer Cmdr. Ann McSpadden and Base Alameda CMC Matthew Sagendorf led the team through breakout sessions that focused on specialized officer training strategies and enlisted concerns. Reserve Acting Deputy Senior Reserve Officer, Lt. George Cabanas, highlighted the value of the annual event. "Our training focus aligns with Captain Hickey's expectation that reservists maintain readiness to meet potential future surge requirements. But we also recognize the value of learning about each other and having an enjoyable weekend at work." During the All Hands, ME2 Kyle Brewer and IT2 John Edington received CG Reserve Good Conduct Medals. — Submitted by Lt. Katy Howes and Lt. Stonie Carlson Photo by PA2 Prentice Danner Issue 2 • 2016 � RESERVIST 11

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