Reservist

ISS1 2019

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Reserve engineers give the CGC Maple a manpower boost Submitted by Lt.j.g. Jessica Tull Last spring, Chief Petty Officers Donald Wiggins and Theodore Gittings teamed up with the Sector North Carolina Reserve managers (RFRS) to discuss how to best continue to maximize the talents of their Naval Engineering Support Team. The NEST collaborates monthly with Sector North Carolina's assistant engineering officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer Heather Friedrich, and it provides assistance to tenant units within the area as well. This benefits the machinery technicians, damage controlmen, and electrician's mates currently attached to the NEST by giving them hands-on experience and training for advancement, but it also provides much-needed manpower. "I didn't think I would see the result of the NEST this quickly," said Friedrich. "In less than two years' time, the drive and work from this team, from top to bottom, to provide outstanding customer support for all units, train its members, and engage with the active duty component to strengthen our partnership was designed, implemented and produced results. This team is saving operational units valuable man-hours while, in turn, creating a better trained reserve engineering work force." They contacted afloat engineering chief petty officers from the Coast Guard Cutters Diligence, Maple, Nathan Bruckenthal and Richard Snyder to solicit volunteer man-hours. Immediately, Chief Petty Officer Michael O'Neal from the Maple responded, saying he was ready to take whatever help they could send. "This was an opportunity to groom a junior MK reservist who's not afforded an opportunity like this, while providing us with the needed assistance," said O'Neal. A week later, Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Hahn had orders, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Faver had rearranged his civilian work schedule and secured a bunk onboard Maple to do five days of training. Gittings and Wiggins worked extensively with O'Neal to ensure Hahn and Faver had a robust worklist, along with those MKs, DCs, and EMs conducting training during the drill weekend. "From my perspective, this was an excellent opportunity for reservists to learn and be exposed to new and different machinery and propulsion systems," said Faver. "We were given the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in maintaining these systems—systems we're not as familiar with. It was an enjoyable and educational experience, and berthing on the cutter is always insightful." Over the next 12 days, the NEST spent 135 man-hours completing projects, including: a cooler change out on the controllable pitch propeller; changing vital filters on the reduction gear and CPP system; fabricating new hoses for reduction gear, main diesel engines and ship's service generators; The Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrives at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Photo by Petty Ofcer 2nd Class Barry Bena "This team is saving operational units valuable man-hours while, in turn, creating a better trained reserve engineering work force." — Senior Chief Petty Of•cer Heather Friedrich Sector North Carolina's assistant engineering of•cer 16 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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