Reservist

ISS4 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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PSU 311 takes role as MARSECDET for GTMO Story by Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Stone, PSU 311 Through professionalism and teamwork, Port Security Unit 311 out of San Pedro, Calif., assumed the mission as the 33rd Maritime Security Detachment under Joint Task Force Guantanamo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Using waterside and shoreside personnel and assets in this critical anti-terrorism force protection mission, MARSECDET provides 24/7 seaward facing security for JTF-GTMO. The operational mission is strongly supported by engineering, weapons, communication and logistics personnel deployed both in GTMO and in garrison. Frequent, daily interactions with members of all branches of the armed services gives everyone a unique perspective on the critical roles each service fulfills in the mission. The commanding officer of PSU 311, Cmdr. Laila Grassley, said, "I couldn't be more proud of the men and women of PSU 311 and the pride and professionalism with which they execute their duties each and every day. It's imperative that we work seamlessly with our Army, Navy, and Marine Corps counterparts for execution of our various force protection duties. The teamwork displayed by all the services is truly impressive and makes for a seamless defense." While PSU members miss their families and loved ones back home, the new friendships, camaraderie and bonds are unique and will extend well beyond the relatively short but memorable deployment. A Port Security Unit 311 tactical boat crew stops for a photo as they ready a 32-foot transportable port security unit boat for a vessel escort off the coast of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, July 26. From left, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rob Balandran, Petty Officer 1st Class Kurt Taylor, Petty Officer 2nd Class William Chestnut, Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Shine, Front row: Petty Officers 3rd Class Krisanto Paragas, and Richard Martinez. Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Emaia Rise A PSU tactical boat crew maneuvers underway on a 32-foot foot transportable port security unit boat off the coast of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, July 23. 10 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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