Reservist

ISS2 2016

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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All Hands and Functional Training Exercise Held for Atlantic Area and 5th District Reservists Reservists assigned to the Atlantic Area Command (LANTAREA) and the Coast Guard's 5th District staff recently gathered for an eventful and informative All Hands weekend that included a Functional Training Exercise (FTX) designed to practice key planning and organizational skills for several Incident Command System (ICS) positions. Capt. Julia Hein kicked off the All Hands training session by delivering opening remarks to more than fifty Area and District reservists. She emphasized that all reservists need to carefully read and understand the Coast Guard's published Strategic Plans and the Commandant's Strategic Intent, because these strategies intimately affect how the Reserve force will be used. Fifth District Commander, Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, then addressed the group to express gratitude for the contribution and sacrifices made by reservists, particularly in the midst of continuing reductions to the Coast Guard's budget. He highlighted his leadership principles of People/Performance/Partnerships and detailed how these critical components encompass leadership at all levels. Rear Adm. Stash Pelkowski, LANTAREA Senior Reserve Officer, followed Rear Adm. Metruck in addressing the group and asked each member to take time to introspectively assess his or her reasons for continuing to serve as a reservist, stressing the importance of personal readiness. Rear Adm. Pelkowski emphasized that the current mission of the reserve force is contingency response, noting that augmentation of the active duty force should only be for the purpose of improving training for a contingency response mission. He also challenged all Reserve members to communicate better with their active duty counterparts. Both Admirals took questions from the audience that ranged from members' frustrations with a lack of reserve program funding and training opportunities in "C" Schools, to cybersecurity issues and anticipating the next major contingency operation. Following the question and answer period, awards and promotion ceremonies were performed and several training presentations were given. Cmdr. Rebecca Drew led training on Diversity and Inclusion, and the regional ombudsman coordinator, Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Rene Gonzalez, provided important information to members about family support networks, including the CG SUPRT Program benefits for reservists. The weekend culminated with an FTX in which 20 Reserve members participated. The Reserve Incident Management team staff, in coordination with active duty counterparts, spent nearly three months planning the event. Led by Lt. Cmdr. Laura Decena, the exercise kicked off early Sunday morning. The coaching staff directing the "players" included Cmdr. Lynn Capuano and Cmdr. Patrick Petrarca, who are both currently assigned as senior team leaders to LANT-35 Incident Management (IM) Reserve, and Cmdr. (sel.) Mike Byrnes and Lt. Cmdr. (sel.) Dan Donovan, who are both currently assigned to the 5th District Planning and Force Readiness Contingency Branch. Lt. Cmdr. (sel) dan donovan reviews the SiTL display during the FTX. (Photo by Lt.j.g. erica Berrigan) 14 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2016

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