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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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Fleet-footed reservist covers 100 miles in less than 24 hours Coast Guard reservist Lt. Jeff Miller recently spent the day going for a run. This sounds normal for a military officer, but Miller took all but fifteen minutes of that day, and he covered more than 100 miles of northwestern California. Specifically, it took the lieutenant 23 hours and 44 minutes to run the world's oldest 100-mile trail run, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, held June 23-24. Sub-30 hour finishers earn a bronze belt buckle, but Miller's sub-24 hour time jumped him up to the coveted hand-made silver belt buckle. Each year, several hundred runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend 23,000 feet, following a path originally meant to prove that horses could still cover 100 miles in a day. The current race -- just shy of running four marathons back to back -- is so grueling that, historically, 20 to 50 percent of the starters never make it to the finish line, and the weather varies so greatly that alternative "snow routes" are planned. Because less than 400 entries are allowed per year, Miller won his entrance to the race in a lottery. He trained for eight months before heading out to the starting line in Squaw Valley, Calif., but Miller has been running marathons and ultra-marathons for more than a decade, including the 2018 Boston Marathon in April. "What can I say? Toenails come and go," said Miller, who's apparently tougher than an armadillo with a heart of stone wearing a football helmet. Miller, a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, serves as an attorney for the Department of Justice, as well as being a reservist at Coast Guard Pacific Area's Legal Services Command. � PSU petty officer medals in San Diego Police and Fire Championships Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Couto of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 312 represented the Fresno Police Department in the 2018 U.S. Police and Fire Championships in San Diego, Calif. He competed in four individual swimming events including the 100 individual medley, 200 individual medley, 50m breast stroke, and 50m back stroke. Couto medaled in all four events earning a gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Couto, a Fresno police officer, has been with the department for 12 years. He currently serves as part of the Central Investigations Unit, which investigates commercial and residential burglaries. Couto, the grandson of a former Coast Guardsman, joined the Reserve in 2013 and was immediately assigned to PSU 312 in San Francisco. As a maritime enforcement specialist, he's provided security at the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum in San Francisco and deployed to South Korea in support of the Combined Joint Logistics Over the Shore Exercise. � — Submitted by Chief Petty Officer Diana Murphy Issue 3 • 2018 � RESERVIST 35

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