ISS3 2012

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Reservists Help Kick-Off Special Olympics 7TH DISTRICT Tropical Storm Unable to Blow Meticulous Planning Off Course n late ugustǡ ϐinal preparations for the epublican ational Convention (RNC) were underway in Tampa, Fla. Deemed a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the United States Department of Homeland Security the U.S. Coast Guard was designated the lead maritime enforcement agency. Yet as Coast Guard crews set 22 federal security zones around bridges and waterways throughout Tampa Bay, a tempest named Tropical Storm Isaac was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. However, meticulous planning proved worthwhile, as forecasted 65 mile per hour winds had no major impact on security. That's largely because heavy weather contingencies had been factored into the process early on. s ampa ay ofϐicials prepared for the arrival of 50ǡ000 delegates, 15,000 members of the media, and an unknown number of protestors - a tropical storm with a possible future as a hurricane approaching the Florida coast barely fazed senior leaders at Sector St. Petersburg. Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson, Commander, Sector St. Petersburg, credits Reserve members from Station Philadelphia participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which kicked off the Special Olympics in Philadelphia. Shown here is MKC Adam Deussing carrying the torch, flanked on the right by BM1 James Gallelli and on the left by MK2 Samson Brown. Generation…Next the planning process. Dickinson also served as the Incident Commander for the RNC 2012. "We started our planning and coordination efforts early. Over a year before the RNC we reached out to our partner agencies, developed our planning team, and began to scope our security requirements and examine our contingency plans," she said. "It really came as no surprise that in late August, we might have to balance the heavy weather response with a massive security operation," she said. "We were ready." With 479 personnel assigned to the RNC, Sector St Petersburg's Prevention Department seamlessly assumed responsibility for standing up an Incident Management Team in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac. Those assigned to the event were told to make personal preparations as leadership discussed the Continuity of Operations Plan, which might force a relocation east toward Orlando. As the weather worsened, the public affairs team issued a series of press releases on port conditions, while RNC waterways were secured by crews from Coast Guard units around the nation and several dozen federal, state and local agencies. That included 133 Auxiliarists. As RNC planners shifted their schedules, efforts included increased coordination with local Emergency Operations Centers in the Tampa Bay area. Within the Maritime Operations Center (MOC) described Seaman Apprentice Josh Ledoux graduated from Basic Training on 17 August 2012. A reservist, he is assigned to Port Security Unit 305 at Fort Eustis, VA. He (center) is shown here (l-r) with his dad Lt. Cmdr. Paul Ledoux, USCG (Ret.), step-mom Cmdr. Jennifer Grzelak-Ledoux, graduation guest speaker Admiral Bob Papp and his uncle DCCM Mike Ledoux, USCGR, (Ret.). as a mobile incident command center, phones were ringing as charts of Tampa Bay were spread out before an array of federal, state and local uniforms poring over them and discussing contingencies. Using the Incident Command System allowed active duty, civilian and reservists members of the Coast Guard to brainstorm about potential issues and threats well in advance and develop a workable plan. Lt. Sharon Grau, a reservist *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 9

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