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ISS3 2018

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New Orleans reservists test ICS skills on mock hurricane Almost two dozen New Orleans-based Coast Guard personnel participated in a functional exercise May 5-6 to help members work toward Incident Command System qualifications and prepare for and respond to what is projected to be a higher than average hurricane season again this year. This Hurricane Kathy Reserve/Auxiliary Exercise took members through an ICS Planning P and gave the participants an opportunity to prepare an incident action plan and respond accordingly to injects presented throughout the scenario. Participants worked on five different ICS qualifications and verifying officers were able to sign off on approximately 309 PQS items. Overall, this exercise was a big success and directly supports personnel training and preparation for mobilization. � — Story by Cmdr. Kevin M. Tyrrell North Carolina reservists test HURREX skills In May, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reservists prepared for the season by executing a Reserve-led functional hurricane exercise, organized by the reserve Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Department. Reserve members assigned to Sector North Carolina and Sector Field Office Fort Macon, N.C, alongside their active duty counterparts, filled all ICS roles during this exercise. Simulating a category four hurricane, the Fifth District 2018 hurricane exercise (HURREX) occurred the week prior to the reserve event and, at its conclusion, 43 reservists immediately began their exercise, relieving the existing ICS command. "We set out to achieve seamless integration, and one of the greatest successes of this year's hurricane exercises was when I looked around the table during the morning and afternoon planning meetings, and saw a reservist, an active duty member and a member of the Auxiliary sitting next to each other and contributing their experience and expertise," said Sector North Carolina's commanding officer, Capt. Bion Stewart. "I feel confident this exercise highlighted not only the deep bench of incredible and diverse talent we have at Sector North Carolina, but the true value we all bring to the table during a crisis whether we are active duty, reserve or auxiliary. No matter how high I set the bar, this team jumps right over it every time." Lt. Cmdr. Ted Caliga led the reserve force through the exercise as planning section chief. "It was the perfect take-over from beginning to end," said Caliga. "All positions worked to create a new incident action plan." Realistic exercise injects including search and rescue, pollution response, navigation concerns, port functions, property damage, and medevacs sharpened the skills of all players involved, proving effectiveness in a dynamic disaster environment. Not only were members able to become more proficient in their craft, but many obtained multiple signoffs, demonstrating task competency. To date, more than 36 ICS qualifications that have been attained from the time the HURREX took place. Logistics Section Chief Lt. Cmdr. John Garr said, "The process was highly effective. It provided an outstanding way for reservists to obtain ICS qualifications and get real experience. It's a strong model for other sectors to follow." The HURREX provided significant training opportunities to practice and demonstrate ICS procedures at all levels of the process, allowing members to complete their respective ICS qualifications. Sector North Carolina reservists enacted and tested the severe weather plan to remain effective and always ready this hurricane season. � — Story and photos by Lt. j.g. Jessica Tull, Sector North Carolina RFRS Issue 3 • 2018 � RESERVIST 39

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