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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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Station LA/LB reservists embrace commandant's guiding principles Story by Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice, Headquarters On the southern tip of Los Angeles Harbor's Terminal Island, after driving through a two-mile sea of stacked containers and straight through the center of a federal correctional institution's fence-lined campus, you will find Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/ Long Beach (LA/LB). From the base, you will find scenic views of San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor and the busy channel that borders the west side of Terminal Island. Among the Coast Guard units, you will find Station LA/LB. In July, I had an opportunity to spend a few days with the station's 25 reservists during their two weeks of active duty training (ADT). Petty Officer 2nd Class Venus Hulst, a boatswain's mate at Station LA/LB, described the station's crew as extraordinarily accommodating and welcoming. This was certainly true of my experience while at the station. Upon arrival, I was immediately greeted by Chief Petty Officer Andrea Tole, Station LA/LB's senior enlisted reserve advisor (SERA). During our conversations over the next few days, Tole praised the station's command and active duty crew for their ongoing support of their reserve program, a fact that became more and more evident over the time I spent there. The climate at the station truly supports the idea of duty to people. Petty Officer 3rd Class Tedd Sutton, a boatswain's mate at Station LA/LB, agreed. "The station has been very helpful with family issues," said Sutton. "They're also great about assisting with developing individual and common goals, then helping everyone achieve them." Be ready Achieving success in caring for the members, both for their families as well as helping them attain personal certification goals, helps the station be ready for whatever comes their way. Certification and proficiency readiness is the primary goal of any Coast Guard boat forces job. Many of the reservists at LA/LB hold some level of certification that contributes to the overall productivity of the station. More specifically, of the 25 reservists at LA/LB, there are 12 boatcrew members, two coxswains, four boarding officers and three boarding team members. During the two-week ADT period, both a boarding officer and a boarding team member received their oral boards, a panel of qualified personnel who tests the knowledge of the person seeking the qualification, and became certified. Other members were able to maintain their law enforcement qualifications by completing currency tasks with the help of their active duty counterparts. RESERVIST MAGAZINE AROUND THE RESERVE Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Boyd from Station Channel Islands and Petty Officers 3rd Class David Vela and Dax Chacon from Station Los Angeles/Long Beach create a search pattern during coxswain training. Photo courtesy of Chief Petty Officer A.J. Tole 8 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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