Reservist

ISS2 2016

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Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 312, based in San Francisco, Calif., took a few moments out of an intensive training schedule on February 19th, 2016, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Reserve. The Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941, signed on February 19th, designated the Coast Guard Reserve as a military branch of the Armed Forces. The officers and crew of PSU 312 marked the occasion with a ceremony reflecting on three quarters of a century of dedicated service by men and women of the Coast Guard Reserve, the distinguished history of Port Security Specialists, and the past eleven years that PSU 312 has been part of that historical effort. Since World War II, Coast Guard Reserve men and woman have served in major conflicts from the beach heads of France and Iwo Jima to the sands of Southwest Asia. PSU 312 proudly continues this tradition, having deployed overseas on three separate occasions since its commissioning in 2005. The unit's first deployment was to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and the GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. In 2010, PSU 312 deployed to Kuwait in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. 2014 saw the unit in Guantanamo Bay once again, returning to San Francisco in January 2015 after a nine-month deployment. "What makes working at Port Security Unit 312 a rewarding job for me as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, is that the reservists play a pivotal role in the unit's success. While this is a challenging assignment, we know that our efforts contribute to the success of the team." said Machinist Mate 1st Class William Hernandez of Concord, Calif. Port Security Unit 312 is comprised of 133 Selected Reserve personnel and six active duty members, accounting for 12% of the 1,115 reservists billeted in the state of California. An expeditionary warfare unit specializing in maritime anti- terrorism/force protection and port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide, PSU 312 maintains garrison facilities as a tenant command of Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco. Joining the unit to celebrate 75 years of patriotism, professionalism, and preparedness were Capt. William Timmons, Pacific Area's Chief of Future Operations, Cmdr. Thomas Evans, Deployable Specialized Forces Section Chief, Cmdr. Sarah Reed, Reserve Deployable Specialized Forces Support Branch Chief, and Cmdr. Michael Campbell, Commanding Officer Air Station San Francisco. Cmdr. Evans stated, "The mission in Guantanamo Bay Cuba performed by Port Security Units is one of most relevant Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security missions in the Coast Guard today." Officers and crew alike are proud to be a part of the Northern California and Bay Area community. PSU 312's Reserve work force includes employees of many local businesses and public agencies, from well known companies such as Google and Walmart to local businesses such as Wheel Works and Heat & Control, Inc. The unit's boat crews are manned by students from UC Berkeley and California Maritime Academy while its medical division is staffed by health care specialists employed by UCSF and Donor Network West. Additionally the Coast Guard and PSU 312 benefit from the talents and experience brought in by the many members of the unit employed in local and federal law enforcement and public service agencies; Oakland Police, Oakland Fire, Alameda Police, Tracy Police, San Francisco Public Library, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Park Service to name a few. Pacifica California resident Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class Chris Obermeyer feels that, "Living and working in Silicon Valley has helped cultivate my entrepreneurial spirit along with an unrelenting desire to continually improve. The adoption of these attributes has proved invaluable for managing the challenges of membership in a part-time service that has full- time demands." san francisco based porT securiTy uniT honors The 75Th anniversary of The coasT guard reserve. sTory by lT. dawn black,psu 312 force readiness officer 40 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2016

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