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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I can count on some great mentors in my life, the first and strongest being my mother. After her, Master Chief Buck Ward (leadership), Master Chief Jeff Smith (editing), CWO Luke Pinneo (writing), Maj. Antony Andreas (self-discipline). I soak up these brass-tacks discussions with my friends and mentors, people who challenge me to be better. When I was little, I spent a lot of time working with my dad in his woodshop in the basement. When we'd get into discussions, I remember him telling me that what mattered was that I gave everything to the effort. He'd ask, "Were you the best Stacey Burns you could be?" Such a simple strategy for helping a child be the best version of herself. As Coast Guardsmen, we need to keep that mentor in our lives, constantly challenging us to be the best versions of ourselves. Blaine Meserve-Nibley works in Coast Guard recruiting, training recruiters in how to recruit reservists. He helps them understand where the applicants are coming from, and how to connect an applicant to the "why." As in, "Why do you want to serve?" He showed me a part of his presentation, which involves a video of a talk given by Simon Sinek entitled, "The Millennial Question." Now, don't let the title throw you off. I appreciated Sinek's points about millennials, but one of the more salient points he made toward the end of the talk was about technology. I used to think technology was making me into the most efficient version of myself, and thereby, the best version. My calendar appointments were set to chime, keeping me on track. My gps app got me from A to B in the fastest time possible. My phone conversations were reduced to a single line text message. But efficient isn't always best. My sons have never seen me page slowly through a newspaper, stop to ask for directions or randomly pop by a friend's house for cup of coffee—interactions that make life slower and more meaningful. On top of that, Sinek points to the dopamine effect of social media and technology (the happiness of getting a message or a "like") as an addiction. "If you're at dinner with your friends, and you're texting someone who's not there, that's a problem. That's an addiction. If you're sitting in a meeting with people you're supposed to be listening and speaking to, and you put your phone on the table, that sends a subconscious message to the room: 'you're just not that important.' The fact that you can't put the phone away, that's because you're addicted. If you wake up and check your phone before saying good morning… you have an addiction." I'm guilty of checking my phone as I wait for a meeting to start, rather than looking around the table and starting conversations. "THAT's where trust starts," said Sinek, citing the need for the opportunity to form relationships slowly. When he goes to dinner, he leaves his phone at home, because he said, "Ideas happen when your mind wanders. That's called innovation, but we're taking away all those little moments." Trust. Relationships. Innovation. Things we all need to be a better version of ourselves. Thanks, Blaine, for being a great mentor, to me and to countless recruiters I know you've inspired. Thank you to those of you who reach down to mentor others. It's our duty to make ourselves better as Coast Guardsmen, and to pass that knowledge on to others. Wrap a rubber band around your phone and put it down. Enjoy your summer, friends. Anastasia Devlin Editor-in-Chief RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM THE EDITOR RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM OUR READERS New admiral I had the honor and privilege to drill at Sector Lake Michigan for most of Adm. Sibley's tour as commanding officer. I had talked with him about a star in his future as I was retiring, and he assured me that it wasn't in the cards, yet my prediction came true. I have no doubt that he will serve the Reserve component and its members well. Congratulations Admiral... MCPO Peter J. Vickerman, USCGR (RET) Roger that, Master Chief. We're looking forward to great things from the admiral. He's off to a running start, and we're happy to have him writing the View From the Bridge for this issue (page 6). Retired commander honors fallen in Gettysburg During this summer in Gettysburg, they are doing what they call "100 nights of taps" where, every night at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a bugler will stand at the base of the Soldier's National Monument— the spot in the Gettysburg Soldier's National Cemetery where President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address— and sound taps. I was there with my family the evening of June 30, the eve of the 155th anniversary of the battle (which lasted from July 1-3, 1863) when retired Coast Guard reservist and TRACEN Yorktown civilian, Lt. Cmdr. Rich Stoud, happened to be the selected bugler for the evening. Prior to his performance, he was introduced, and his 2 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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