ISS4 2018

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W hile the summer may have started slow, business has definitely picked up! In fact, when I originally started this column, I intended to discuss my impressions after the Reserve Component Leadership Conference (RCLC). The gathering of reserve and active duty senior leaders to discuss current and future priorities for the Reserve was to be the first such conference in many years. It would have been a huge step forward in reaffirming our ability to remain Ready, Relevant and Responsive—our Commandant's watch words. Then Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Olivia and Typhoon Mangkhut happened. As valuable as the RCLC would have been, the time was right to postpone the conference and make sure the full focus of the Reserve was on supporting our nation. Responsiveness. It truly is the hallmark of the Coast Guard Reserve. Some might say it is our stock-in-trade. At our core, we are a response-oriented organization full of highly skilled people who are able to take on any number of potential contingencies. In fact, September has produced a number of memorable storms requiring a substantial Coast Guard Reserve presence including Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and Hurricanes Maria and Irma just last year. Readiness. These storms remind us that we must remain ready to meet unforeseen threats on the horizon. As Lt. Gen. Rex McMillan, former commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve, once said, "Always consider your next drill as the last one before you are activated and deployed." Interestingly, over 1,100 reservists across the nation drilled the weekend before Hurricane Florence made landfall on the east coast. If you were one of these drilling reservists, did you do everything you could in that last drill ahead of a potential activation only days later? Relevance. Of course, you can't predict the future. As we reflect back over the past 20 years, it is clear that the relevance, agility, and flexibility of our Reserve are three of our most valuable traits. Nobody could have predicted the mission needs stemming from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, nor could anyone have predicted the needs related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In reality, given the many political uncertainties around the world, any combination of contingencies is possible. As no plan stands on its own, it's important to recognize our people that create and operationalize these plans. I was honored to do just that at the Reserve Officers Association's National Convention in Omaha, Neb., where I helped recognize two outstanding reservists. Lt. Jeffrey Miller, the 2017 Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pamela Arts-Smith, the 2017 Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer; these two truly represent the best of our Reserve. While assigned to the Legal Service Command, Lt. Miller was instrumental in the production of training guidance covering 17 distinct legal specialties included in the Contingency Missions Lawyer competency. His expert knowledge and hard work will pay dividends to the Coast Guard for years to come as active and reserve lawyers build the skills necessary to respond to any national emergency. Chief Warrant Officer Arts-Smith joined Port Security Unit 305 in the midst of the unit's preparations to deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She rapidly leveraged her prior experience in deployment preparations to increase the readiness of the engineering division for deployment. Further, she volunteered to serve as the deployed engineering officer, which required her to assume responsibilities in the maintenance and weapons divisions. Although she had little prior experience in ordinance administration, she served flawlessly during the deployment. The Reserve continues to build upon its legacy of operational excellence and selfless service. The end of the year is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments, but we don't look to our wake just to see where we've been … we look back to ensure we are moving towards our goals. As I look forward, it is clear to me that we are continuing in the right direction. Semper Paratus. RESERVIST MAGAZINE THE VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE "At our core, we are a response-oriented organization full of highly skilled people who are able to take on any number of potential contingencies." Rear Adm. Matthew W. Sibley Acting Director, Coast Guard Reserve 6 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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