ISS2 2016

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When reservists report to duty, many civilian employers can only imagine what that duty entails. But on February 19, the 75th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Reserve, several business and civic leaders in the Pacific Northwest experienced what a typical day on duty might look like at Coast Guard Base Seattle. The event was sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization which promotes cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees. Those invited included approximately 25 reservists from different branches of the military and their supervisors. For many employers, the experience was a source of firsts; to see a military base, to hear a variety of perspectives from reservists themselves and to gain new insight as to what an employee does in a Reserve capacity. It also provided reservists with an opportunity to say thank you to their civilian employers' for their support. Throughout the day, employers expressed their own gratitude for the work that continues beyond their employees' civilian duties and, sometimes, outside of public view. "I really enjoyed the day with the members of the Reserve and the other civilian employers," said Chris Loftis, an executive director with the Kent School District. "The skills and maturity the job gives and demands creates very valuable employees and job candidates. I couldn't be prouder to say I have a member of the Coast Guard Reserve on my staff." Additionally, the event allowed for open dialogue of the unique challenges faced by reservists, including the need to fulfill both civilian and military responsibilities while balancing personal and family life. "In today's Coast Guard we ask more than ever of our Reserve members," said Capt. Matthew Stuck, Coast Guard 13th District, Reserve chief of staff. "Members have to balance their full-time careers, their personal lives and the requirements of a military service, most of which cannot be completed in just one weekend a month and two weeks a year. The support of our members' families and civilian employers is crucial for the individual to be successful and the needs of the Coast Guard to be met." Reservists and their employers traveled from building to building on base, hearing about a wide variety of missions. The group learned about search and rescue, law enforcement, and vessel inspections, using underwater photography and technology. The morning culminated with tours of the small boat station and the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter MIDGETT. One highlight of the tour was when Petty Officer 2nd Class James Grant and his four-legged companion, Sonya, gave a demonstration of how canines are utilized to fulfill security needs. A luncheon provided the opportunity for reservists and ESGR staff to present civilian supervisors, nominated by their Reserve employees, with the Patriot Award in appreciation for their unwavering support for the Guard and Reserve. Employers in attendance spanned a range from both public and private entities. What they all had in common was the willingness to do more with less at times of national need and an appreciation for their employees and the work they do, both on and off the clock. 75Th anniversary of coasT guard reserve brings reservisTs and employers TogeTher sTory by pa2 lara davis, 13Th disTricT public affairs Petty offcer 2nd Class James grant, a dog handler with Marine Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle, explains the training of his law enforcement canine, Sonya, to reservists and their civilian employers, Feb. 19, 2016. The employer Support of the guard and Reserve sponsored a tour of Coast guard Base Seattle for the 75th anniversary of the Coast guard Reserve. Photo by Petty offcer 2nd Class ayla Kelley Issue 2 • 2016 � RESERVIST 39

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