ISS1 2019

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Phase II This phase begins approximately 36 months prior to the anticipated deployment. This step in the phase focuses on the gradual shift from basic qualifications to more specialized and specific courses. In this phase, they must also accomplish mandated training requirements such as rate/rank specific training for advancement and training for collateral duty assignments. Phase III This phase begins approximately 24 months prior to deployment and focuses on advanced qualification and unit- level training. Examples of advanced training include class "C" schools, tactical coxswain and tactical bow gunner course, weapons qualifications, and shore side security tactics, as well as achieving qualification in all assigned watch positions. Phase IV The fourth phase of the cycle starts 12 months prior to a scheduled deployment. This phase focuses on combining advanced qualifications and skills with full-scale field exercises and mobilization training, mirroring the "Ready for Operations" inspections conducted by the SMTC. During this phase, units participate in joint mobilization and training exercises aimed at increasing operational proficiency in a joint environment. Phase V This is the phase when the unit deploys, or is preparing to deploy within an ordered time frame. Units mobilized for a scheduled deployment must maintain all readiness measures. Deployed units must shift their focus from readiness to achieving mission objectives. The Port of Tampa exercise that PSU 301 took part in was an example of the fifth phase of the readiness process, which builds on the previous phases to ensure a more organized pre- deployment mobilization. "Today we conducted both waterside and landside security operations together, as it would be in a real environment, and we tested that capability using the Special Missions Training Center instructors to verify that we executed it correctly," said Thach. "The new approach allows the unit to progress through the process more naturally." The phased training approach may be new, but for PSU 301, deployments are just part of the job. While the operational roots of PSU 301 stretch back to the early 1990s, PSU 301 in its current form was recommissioned in 2005. Since that re-commissioning, PSU 301 has deployed three times: twice to Guantanamo Bay and once to Kuwait and Iraq. This upcoming deployment be the unit's fourth since 2006, and the members of PSU 301 are determined to be prepared. "There is a great sense of pride and tradition that comes with being a part of a PSU," said Thach, "and the people of PSU 301 and the families that support them are ready to carry on that tradition and accomplish their mission." PSU 301 deploys to GTMO Story and photo submitted by Petty Ofcer 1st Class Emaia Rise, Ofce of Reserve Affairs Family members gather in Cape Cod, Massachusetts for the departure of Coast Guard members assigned to Port Security Unit 301, March 24, 2019. Coast Guard Port Security Units deploy to provide anti-terrorist force protection and coastal defense support to the Department of Defense force mobilization joint operations in the U.S. and in expeditionary operations overseas. Members of PSU 301 aboard a 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boat patrol waters within the port for a real-time Field Training Exercise in the Port of Tampa Bay. ABOVE: Family members gather in Cape Cod, Mass. for the departure of Coast Guard members assigned to Port Security Unit 301, March 24. LEFT: Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301 members board a plane as they departs on deployment from Cape Cod, Mass., March 24. Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 13

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