Reservist

ISS1 2019

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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PACAREA visits PSU 311 in Gitmo Story and photos by Petty Ofcer 1st Class Matthew Masaschi, PACAREA Public Affairs Port security has been one of the long-standing missions of the Coast Guard. Over time the mission has evolved, but its roots date back more than 100 years when the Espionage Act of 1917 was signed during World War I, enabling the Coast Guard to oversee the safety of port cities shipping munitions during the war. Since then, Coast Guard port security units have played a vital role protecting Americans at home and abroad. Last week, Commander Pacific Area Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, Master Chief Petty Officer Adwoa Hendricks and Pacific Area staff traveled to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to meet with deployed service members from U.S. Coast Guard PSU 311 and learn more about the men and women serving down range. PSU 311, based in San Pedro, Calif., was midway through a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, where they were providing security forces to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. PSU 311 is one of eight PSUs, all of which comprise mostly Coast Guard Reserve members and operate under the control of Pacific Area. Coast Guard PSUs today serve as anti-terrorism force protection expeditionary units, with boat crews and shore-side security teams capable of supporting port and waterway security within the United States or anywhere in the world. While deployed to Guantanamo Bay, many PSU members took the opportunity to earn specialty qualifications such as tactical coxswain or tactical boat crew member, both of which could take years to qualify for during drill weekends and annual training periods alone. While deployed, the members also used the opportunity to work toward earning their PSU insignia pins. As a self-sufficient unit, PSUs consists of officers and enlisted men and women from a wide range of ratings who deploy worldwide. If you are interested learning more about serving in a PSU, contact a Reserve Assignment Branch (RPM-2) assignment officer for your district, visit the RPM-2 website or check out gocoastguard.com. Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander Pacic Area, meets with Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 service members deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Dec. 14, 2018. Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander Pacic Area, Command Master Chief Adwoa Hendricks and Pacic Area staff pose for a photo with Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 service members during Fagan and Hendricks' visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 10 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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