Reservist

ISS1 2019

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and preventative maintenance on the cutter's lifesaving equipment, such as P6 pumps, P100 pumps and SCBA compressor. The team's efforts saved more than $17,000 in labor. "The NEST's support allowed Maple's technical work item inspectors to devote their attention to contractor oversight," said the Maple's engineering officer, Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Ellis. "Their assistance with fabricating hoses, preventative maintenance and casualty repair will have a direct impact on MAPLE meeting her operational demands at the conclusion of the dockside availability." Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Kellee Nolan said she looked forward to "furthering this burgeoning relationship with our local reservists and will look for additional underway opportunities with us in the near future." "I can't begin to tell you how appreciative I am of the support from the RFRS staff toward the NEST," said Wiggins. "Honestly, the active support we have is really putting the NEST at the top. I didn't think things would move as quickly as they have. Our accomplishments all boil down to having leadership that's passionate about setting up junior engineers for future success, while providing a professional and valuable service and establishing a trustful relationship with the active duty. It's really that simple." MK RFMC takes note of NEST "Through the professional input from the reserve supervisor of the NEST, MKC Donald Wiggins, Station Oak Island reservist MKC Theodore Gittings, and Lt.j.g. Jessica Tull, the NEST is not only rendering maintenance to cutters, facilities and small boats; their leadership is seeing to the development of the engineering reserve staff throughout the Sector North Carolina reserve program. I can say from the seat that I am in is that I have heard nothing but positive accolades on the hard work the NEST in NC is doing. BZ and keep it up!" — Master Chief Petty Officer Josh McKenzie, Rating Force Master Chief – Machinery Technician Reserve engineers •x damage to Miami cutter Story and photos by Senior Chief Phillip Short In the early morning hours on March 10, the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge was moored outboard of another cutter when it encountered heavy waves. The ship took heavy damage to its portside stanchion, which was nearly broken off from a brow shifting back and forth. After hearing from the ship's commanding officer, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald Tobin from the Maintenance Assistance Team in Miami Beach, Fla., made an early morning phone call to the reserve members of the team who were drilling that weekend. The RMAT assembled a repair team for emergency repairs to the vessel. Working together, Petty Officers 1st Class Brent Neely, Sergio Lopez, and Christopher Kalavsky removed and replaced the damaged stanchion. In less than four hours the fix was complete, including the fabrication of a new stanchion, and the Richard Etheridge got underway immediately after. This was all made possible due to the training and experience of the RMAT members. Station Sandy Hook all-reserve boatcrew saves 4 lives Submitted by Master Chief Petty Of•cer Justin Knudsen, Sector New York Coast Guard Sector New York received a report of a distress call Saturday Nov. 11, relayed from Station Sandy Hook, N.J., that a 21- foot vessel was taking on water in the New York Lower Bay. The station dispatched an all-reserve boatcrew, and the command center diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Shrike to respond to the case. After arriving on scene within minutes, the boatcrew rescued the four people. They tried to dewater the vessel, but the craft ultimately capsized and sank. Coxwain Petty Officer 1st Class Felix Moreau and his crew, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Schnorrbusch and Petty Officers 3rd Class Mike Borowy and Craig Montgomery, safely returned the four uninjured passengers to the station. Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 17

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