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ISS4 2018

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Genereux's flexible schedule allowed him to spend much of his free time training for the Micro Games, researching equipment, improving his physical fitness and educating himself on fishing styles. "Every country has its own rules; there are size limits, catch limits and endangered species," said Genereux. "You have to be able to catch all types of fish, not just the ones you're used to catching at home. The best training is to actually fish. When I get free time after work and the water's calm, we all jump on my boat and head out." On a typical day of free diving and spear fishing, he'll do close to 200 dives, each one around two minutes long. "The more you do it, the less you have to hold your breath," he said with a laugh, though he wears a dive computer to remind himself of his body's need for oxygen. "You can't let your adrenaline take over." Despite stormy weather July 16, Team Guam left the dock on their support boat, loaded up with cases of diving and fishing equipment. It was the second day of the Games, and things were off to a rainy start. Despite rough seas, Genereux and his teammate got to work, each individually attempting to secure the heaviest weight in fish within the six-hour time limit. The spear fishermen came up with their shiny, water- slicked catch, pulling massive, dog-sized tropical fish over the gunnels, each one in vivid, beautiful color: bright orange, olive drab and speckled turquoise. In coverage of the event, Genereux was reported to be "machine-like": out of seven, two-man teams, Genereux netted the heaviest, gold-winning catch: 177.5 pounds, blowing past the silver medalist by more than 30 pounds. Team Guam shared their catch with the boatmen, area scouts, members of Guam's teams and the dockworkers who help at the competition measuring each man's catch. Though the day was about the sport, every fish would end up as dinner. Genereux's already looking forward to the 2022 Games. "I believe most of my success comes from being in and around the ocean my whole life," said Genereux. "It's where I go to work, play and relax, and I never stop learning something new from it." � Twin petty officers form charity foundation supporting public servants; help supply teachers Last year, twin brothers Sean and Christopher Pascoe noticed the country's continual loss: loss of homes, loss of lives, and a lack of support for its public servants. Along with a collective of law enforcement officers, nurses, educators and others with a passion for public service, the Pascoe brothers sought to rework the narrative of the American public servant. With the intention to serve the individuals that have selflessly assisted their communities and country, the group formed the Heroes of America Foundation last fall. With the founders' multiplicity of skills, the organization sought to provide support and assistance for public servants who are faced with their own personal challenges. A month into this mission, Hurricane Harvey was expected to hit the Southern coast with an aggressive force. Anticipating Houston's need for support, HOAF, in partnership with Las Vegas schools, organized a local donation bank. Shortly after, the Pascoe brothers and co-founder Justin Williams traveled to Houston to deliver the donations to devastated schools and educators. Upon returning home, HOAF members responded to other environmental disasters and tragedies, including the October 1 mass shooting in their home city. As of 2018, the Foundation is continuing to grow and has launched ongoing projects to serve dedicated public servants, including educators and active military members. For educators, HOAF has created "Heroes Helping Hands," a program designed to reimburse teachers for school supplies and relieve the acquired financial burden of being a teacher. Additionally, the Foundation has launched "Holidays Overseas," which will provide deployed soldiers with a memorable holiday season. As deployed military members themselves, the Pascoe brothers recognize the negative emotional response to missing important holidays. Therefore, they wish to provide decorations, presents, entertainment, and other seasonal festivities for active military members to enjoy while separated from their loved ones. With such programs, the Heroes of America Foundation is expected to gain widespread support and foresees continued growth with the mission to serve. � Heroes of America Foundation leaders Petty Officers 2nd Class Chris Pascoe, Joe Scholss and Sean Pascoe were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with their unit, Port Security 311. 32 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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