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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Do you need assistance? Help from CGMA is within reach: "CGMA has gone above and beyond to help my family" - BM1 Chad Sigle Emergency interest-free loans Disaster Response Education Programs Free Financial Counseling This issue of the Reservist continues our year-long focus on the Coast Guard Reserve's 75th Anniversary spotlighting how the Reserve Component adapted from a primarily national defense posture to playing an integral role in the Coast Guard's contingency response capability. In Part II of her 75th Anniversary series, CWO Anastasia Devlin outlines how the component, created in response to the domestic port security demands of the Second World War, transitioned into a vital domestic contingency response capability. CWO Devlin looks at how the 1972 change to Title 14 of U. S. Code authorized augmentation of the active duty Coast Guard for response to natural or man-made disasters. The first use of this authority took place the following year to assist with flooding in the Midwest: a utilization that continues today. Over the next four decades Reserve personnel, both individually and collectively, have adapted to support contingency and surge operations from the Caribbean (Mariel Boat Lift) to Valdez, Alaska (EXXON VALDEZ) and from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf Coast. Today, the Coast Guard Reserve remains as adaptable and ambidextrous as ever. As real world circumstances dictate, reservists shift seamlessly between humanitarian and environmental response providing national defense at home and overseas. In our Shipmates In Focus section you will read about what lighthouse duty was like for a former reservist during the 50s and 60s. Ed Picullel shares his memories and his poem about service in a simpler time. You will also find a story about off- duty heroism which recounts how YN1 Tom Yarbrough was truly Semper Paratus. For a heart-warming story about the human spirit and sacrifice be sure to check out the story on Page 16 and learn how the spouse of a Reserve retiree saved the life of another retired reservist living 3,000 miles away. As always, thanks for reading. Anima est Bonus! Jeff Smith ReseRvist Magazine FRoM the editoR 2 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2016

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