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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Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 23 before an RFO [ready-for-operations evaluation]." "I do more things here as a reservist than I ever did on active duty," said Thompson. "I'm more hands on here." The Long Beach native said she was thrilled to be chosen for the Buzzfeed article last summer, and she was surprised to see how far reaching the news of her appearance was. High school friends contacted her and tagged her in social media posts, and old shipmates reached out to congratulate her. Her quote meant a lot to her because of her background, and she said, "I thought it would be a great exposure for the PSU." Thompson's dedicated to her unit. "PSU is a reserve unit, made up of reservists. We only have like six active duty members there, and that's it. There's a lot of opportunities, a lot of funding. In the blue guard, as a small boat station reservist, all my gear would be hand-me-down, but at the PSU, there's opportunities and they support us. We have to be ready, at all times, to deploy within 96 hours." Thompson is torn, because she was just hired by Customs and Border Protection, and she's considering an assignment in Honolulu, yet another facet to her career of law enforcement experience. However, that might mean leaving her PSU, which is based in California. Thompson said she would miss the "green guard." "You know, I'm a very active person, I want to be a boarding team member, boarding officer, and I'm willing to work on my own time to make that happen. I want to be at a station that has those same opportunities for reservists." She might keep the door open to further deployments, volunteering with the Coast Guard's other PSUs as they rotate through Guantanamo Bay on nine-month security duty. "I just like deploying," said Thompson. "I joined the Coast Guard with the intention of being hands on." � Chrissie Edwards CS2, CGRC In-service Transfer Team, Washington, D.C. Some of Chrissie Edwards' earliest memories are of cooking. "I remember my mom making homemade tortillas when I was two or three years old. I can never make them as good as she did," said Edwards, eyes smiling behind her black-framed glasses. "You never let go of that homemade tortilla, you know? But I think that's the secret to it—that it was made by her. It's the way it made me feel when I watched her make it. That's the secret ingredient." Still, she didn't foresee her path as a cook in the Coast Guard. She attended two semesters of college, and drifted toward either being a police officer or joining the military. When a family friend joined the Coast Guard, she called a recruiter and started asking questions. Seven months later and fresh out of boot camp, Edwards reported to a buoy tender, the Coast Guard Cutter Fir . Her days were spent dragging chains and scraping buoys; it's a known fact that black hull sailors work hard. But they also eat well, and Edwards admired the little group of cooks aboard Fir . "They always worked together to create something great for the crew," said Edwards. "They always had so much pride in what they did." Eventually, they welcomed Edwards into the galley to start trying her hand at a few dishes, and she added her name to the FS A-school list (as it was known before the rating's name change). " One piece of advice I would give myself if I could go back in time before joining the Coast Guard would be to never give up and to always put forth the effort to make it to the next level. We are stronger than we think, and we can accomplish anything we put our minds to. Always use positive influences to fuel your passion to become a better person, and always surround yourself with like-minded people who want to be successful. " — Brittny Thompson

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