ISS4 2018

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Station Apra Harbor reservists take gold in Micro Games Two exceptional reservists from Sector Guam captured medals at the Micronesian Games held in Yap State, in the Federated States of Micronesia in mid-July. They didn't just medal, though, they took center stage. Petty Officer 3rd Class Mary Gillan, a reserve maritime enforcement specialist (ME) at Station Apra Harbor, represented Guam as a member of the women's volleyball team, and Chief Petty Officer Todd Genereux, a reserve member of the Station's engineering department, participated in the spear fishing competition. "This demonstrates the amazing people in the Reserve, including the far reaches of the Pacific," said Master Chief Petty Officer Lucas Pullen, the sector's command master chief. The Micro Games, as they're known, are held every four years, rotating through the countries, commonwealths, and territories in Micronesia (an area west of Hawaii and north of Australia). The participants also take part in the Pacific Games, another quadrennial event, similar to the Olympics. The athletes from these beautiful islands participate in more than a dozen "summer sport" fields, such as softball, fishing, triathlon, swimming, wrestling and volleyball. Mary Gillan, Guam National Women's Volleyball Team, Gold Medal Mary Gillan, born and raised on Guam, is from a family that's always excelled at sports. Her mother Terri had been a member of the Guam National Team in the 1970s, and she continued in the sport, coaching all three of her girls, including Mary. "I started learning about volleyball since as far back as I can remember," said Gillan, who tried other sports like rugby and soccer, but focused on volleyball competitively since elementary school. "Volleyball always meant more to me since it had deep roots in my family." After leaving Guam to attend Chaminade University (and play volleyball at the collegiate level) in Honolulu, Gillan came home to participate in the 2014 Micro Games with her sister Emma, as captain. Gillan overcame old injuries to participate, RESERVIST MAGAZINE SHIPMATES IN FOCUS Petty Officer 3rd Class Mary Gillan (second from left in back row, #3) stands with the women's volleyball team after winning the gold medal in the 2018 Micro Games, the team's fourth gold medal in a row. Photo courtesy of Mary Gillan 30 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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