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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Long Serving Reservist Retires Cmdr. Michael 'Mick' Mulligan retired from the Coast Guard Reserve on January 29th, 2016. Mulligan started his 38 years of honorable service in 1976 when he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in Lancaster, Calif. Commander Mulligan served on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB-11) as a Seamen Apprentice and Plank Owner; U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR STAR (WAGB-10) as a Seamen and 2nd Class Diver during Operation Deep Freeze 1978 to Antarctica; and the Pacific Strike Team as a Damage Controlman and 2nd Class Diver where he deployed to the IXTOC I blowout oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Bay. Cmdr. Mulligan received his commission in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. As a Coast Guard Officer, he ran search and rescue at Group Seattle; worked at Seattle's Office of Law Enforcement in operational intelligence; at Coast Guard's Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., he developed risk based decision making processes post 9-11; he provided policy and oversight at Coast Guard Headquarter"s Offices of Search and Rescue, Contingency and Preparedness, and Performance Management and Decision; and he served at Reserve Unit U.S. Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Va., and at Atlantic Area Exercise Branch in Portsmouth, Va. In 2013, Cmdr. Mulligan was recalled to active duty to lead the team that stood up the Coast Guard's historic 22nd Diver Rating (DV) and Chief Warrant Officer Specialty (DIV). His roles and responsibilities included Diver Rating Implementation Chair, Subsurface Capabilities Chief, and Diving Program Manager. ReseRvist Magazine RetiRee sitRep CGR Retirees Attend Coast Guard Community Ceremony On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Carteret County became the second county in the nation to be recognized for its support of the men and women who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, commander of the 5th Coast District, presented Carteret County Chairman Robin Comer with a framed proclamation at the Crystal Coast Civic Center before a crowd of people from around the county, as well as representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. "On behalf of the Coastal Guard men and women, past and present, we're so lucky to be stationed here," Rear Adm. Metruck said. "Many who are stationed in Carteret County say it's the highlight of their career. Thank you for being our friends and neighbors and making Carteret County a home away from home and a great place to live and work." "While North Carolina's calm waters are an internationally known attraction, there are days the seas grow rough and unfriendly," the admiral said. "On those days, our Coast Guard men and women stand on watch, ready to come to the rescue of mariners in distress off the shores of North Carolina." Rear Adm. Metruck said coastal communities and the Coast Guard are intertwined and have continued to be so over the years. The admiral said Carteret County has always provided a warm welcome to Coast Guard personnel on duty here, with celebrations and support, when they're away from their families while on duty to honoring those who gave their lives. One such example was the death of Senior Chief Terrell Horne III, who was killed in 2012, in the line of duty by drug smugglers off the California coast. "Chief Horne had been previously stationed at USCG Station Emerald Isle," Rear Adm. Metruck said. "The town went out of its way to honor his memory and the Horne family by renaming Station Street to Terrell Horne III Way." County Commissioner Bill Smith was also present at the ceremony. Mr. Smith, who is retired from the USCG Reserve, said it was a great day for the county. "It's a great thing for the county," he said, "especially with all our (military) retirees and active duty (residents)." — Story and photos by Mike Shutak Cg Reserve retirees shown here from left to right are: Bill Smith, County Commissioner, former SKC at Cg Reserve Unit (RU) Fort Macon, Cmdr. John Brooks, Commanding offcer (1989-1992) RU Fort Macon, MK1 Richard green and BMCM Frank Meadows, both former RU aide to navigation Team members where Meadows served as offcer in Charge, and MKCM gary Plough who held multiple assignments between Fort Macon and MSo Wilmington. Plough also served as Mayor of atlantic Beach for several years. Issue 2 • 2016 � RESERVIST 45

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