ISS3 2018

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New leader takes charge of CG Reserve Unit U.S. Southern Command Story and photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray Rear Adm. James M. Kelly, commanding officer of Coast Guard Reserve Unit U.S. Southern Command, transferred command to Capt. Steven J. Hill during a ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach June 25. Kelly assumed duties as the commanding officer in July 2016. He is currently assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, as the Reserve Forces Chief of Staff. Hill's prior unit was in Coast Guard 8th District Headquarters where he served as deputy chief of staff and senior reserve officer. He supported multi-mission operations to safeguard 900 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland navigable waterways in an area of responsibility encompassing 26 states, and supported by 870 reservists, to protect the Gulf Coast and the Heartland. Coast Guard Reserve Unit SOUTHCOM provides a ready-reserve force of deployable Coast Guard expertise, prepared and equipped to conduct intelligence, operations, planning, and other specialized duties in garrison and throughout the Americas in support of U.S. diplomatic, defense and homeland security goals. SOUTHCOM is one of nine unified combatant commands in the Department of Defense. SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates the continuity of command will be maintained and is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted members, civilian employees and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption. CG Reserve Unit NORTHCOM changes command Story and photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jenn Loth Capt. Alan Tubbs, commanding officer of Coast Guard Reserve Unit U.S. Northern Command was relieved by Capt. Ronald Catudal in a time-honored change of command ceremony held at Peterson Air Force Base June 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The presiding official was Rear Adm. Melissa Bert, deputy director of operations for NORTHCOM. Catudal, the incoming commanding officer, previously served as the Chief of Reserve Incident Management for Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Tubbs assumed command in August 2017, serving as the principle advisor to the Director of Reserve Forces NORTHCOM on all Coast Guard Reserve matters. He was mobilized as the J9 Interagency Chief to support U.S. Army North, coordinating recovery efforts in response to Hurricane HARVEY. After an outstanding performance of duties in Texas, Lt Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan personally requested him again as J9 interagency liaison officer in Puerto Rico for the Hurricane Maria response efforts. Captain Tubbs was instrumental in demonstrating the significant advantages of integrating Coast Guard Reserve personnel to support combatant commanders in coordinating Department of Defense response operations and mission assignments with federal, state and local agencies. Through his leadership and initiatives, 55 percent of the unit activated to fill critical roles in the response to the 2017 hurricane season. Tubbs retired June 30 after more than 40 years of exceptional service to the Coast Guard. Capt. Steven Hill and Rear Adm. James Kelly, incoming and outgoing (respectively) commanding officers, pose with the members of Coast Guard Reserve Unit Southern Command. Capt. Ron Catudal and Capt. Alan Tubbs, incoming and outgoing (respectively) commanding officers of Coast Guard Reserve Unit Northern Command. Issue 3 • 2018 � RESERVIST 13

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