Reservist

ISS3 2018

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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Coast Guard reservist takes command of Navy Coastal Riverine Squadron ONE "Charlie" Company In January, Navy Coastal Riverine Squadron ONE (CRS-1) Coast Guard senior reserve officer, Cmdr. Paul Margulies, was selected to be the CRS-1 Charlie Company commander. As the only Coast Guard member among just two other Navy officers in the entire 130-sailor unit, Margulies commands a hi-optempo Navy expeditionary warfare unit the same size as a Coast Guard port security unit. A Coast Guard officer commanding a Navy CRS company is extremely rare and only occurs after out- competing other Navy commanders for the coveted position. Charlie Company is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., and has two platoons with one (seaward) in Alameda and the other (landward) in El Paso, Texas. Charlie Company drill weekends mainly focus on readiness, which consists of underway seamanship, boat maintenance, weapons training and communication equipment instruction. At the company commander level, there's a lot of planning for exercises, mobilization preparations and expeditionary warfare (EXW) qualifications, which concentrate heavily on the navigation, engineering and crewman proficiencies. Success in this very demanding position comes with an open mind and a "ready to work" mentality, said Margulies. A day does not go by that he is not checking his Navy Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI) email account, communicating with his command cadre or keeping abreast of his Navy sailors' status at the company level. One of his primary responsibilities is ensuring his company is ready and prepared for rapid mobilization. Margulies said contrary to popular belief, assignment to a Navy CRS in any position does not increase a member's chances of deploying. In fact, unlike a PSU, a Coast Guard member of any rank or rate will only deploy with a Navy CRS if they volunteer for one of the seven-month WAVE mobilizations to the Horn of Africa. Even then, there's a high likelihood a member will not be selected. Service in a Navy coastal riverine squadron company can be a force multiplier for those with successive tours at a PSU or in a combatant command because of the broad perspective gained through a full tour. It can be daunting at first, said Margulies, but once you overcome the "sticker shock" and find your niche, it's a great place to be. It may take several months to feel comfortable in this very challenging role. The structure between a CRS and a PSU has distinct differences, but the supporting skillsets and general mission parameters mirror one another very closely. Both provide an expeditionary boat capability with landward security and support. Margulies said service in a CRS is unique in that you are working directly in a Navy command, and, while the missions are similar, the overall mechanics behind those missions are different. His key to success is stay flexible, stay relevant and stay involved. For Coast Guard reservists who seek an expeditionary assignment but want a mission or experience different than that of a PSU, Margulies highly recommends a tour in a CRS. There are numerous, rewarding leadership opportunities which will provide any Coast Guard officer or enlisted member an expeditionary warfare adventure of a lifetime. — Submitted by Capt. Evan Galbo Navy CRS-1 Charlie Company commander and Coast Guard reservist Cmdr. Paul Margulies (center, kneeling), takes time out for a group picture with his sailors. 14 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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