Reservist

ISS1 2019

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These are critical skills in an area with high demand for repair work. Without the civilian skills and expertise of the Reserve force, the Hurricane Reconstitution completion timeline would be extended, potentially impacting unit operation and overall moral and welfare of members and their families. In addition, the RRT is supported by a yeoman and a storekeeper, who help with orders, travel claims, purchasing, tracking, vendor interaction and other administrative tasks, freeing the active duty to concentrate on standard Coast Guard missions. Reserve members have been indispensable to the Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, providing critical infrastructure repairs and recapitalization that will facilitate mission execution for decades to come. Besides their civil engineering backgrounds, they have brought noteworthy organizational and leadership skills to a project that will forever change Coast Guard readiness. Reservists take on pivotal roles in Arctic operations Story and photos submitted by Lt. Nick Traina The Coast Guard has a long history in the Arctic. The Alaskan territory was purchased from the Russian imperial government in 1867. This acquisition added an area twice the size of the state of Texas with over 30,000 miles of shoreline. Soon after this purchase revenue cutters such as the Lincoln and the most famous cutter in the history of Alaska, the Bear, began patrolling the Bering Sea. These patrols have continued for almost 150 years. Why is the Arctic so important? According to the United States Geological Survey, the Arctic region contains approximately 13 percent of the world's undiscovered conventional oil resources and about 30 percent of its undiscovered conventional natural gas resources. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz toured the Arctic twice last summer and was briefed by members of the NANA Development Corporation, owners of Red Dog Mine, one of the largest zinc mines in the world. The Coast Guard facilitates this vital source of revenue by ensuring the safety and security of the nation's northern marine transportation system. Arctic Shield is a relatively new operation intended to support Coast Guard missions in response to the increase in maritime and human activity. This mission has gone from an annual operation to a continuous one, taking place all year. As part of AS, many assets are stood up, including a forward operations location in Kotzebue that houses two MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and three cutters, which rotate patrols above the Bering Strait, along with a sizeable shoreside presence of trainers, inspectors and scientists, all focusing on mission-based activities. The FOL and cutters serve as platforms for search and rescue and various scientific missions. Rear Adm. Mathew Bell, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, said the FOL helps to overcome some of the challenges of the Arctic, including "the environment, vast distances and limited infrastructure." This past summer, cutters, such as the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, patrolled above the Arctic Circle in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2018. The Stratton sent shore parties to remote villages via small boats to conduct training courses on topics like cold water survival. Other shore parties, many from Sector Anchorage, also conduct mission-based activities in the region, including: commercial fishing vessel inspections, gold dredge examinations and facility inspections; along with a host of training courses and seminars, such as Operation Arctic Guardian an oil spill seminar, which included half a dozen partner agencies. "Reservists are an integral part of Arctic Shield," said Lt. Cmdr. Latarsha McQueen, who has been involved in operations as the arctic planner at D17 for the past two years. One such reservist is Petty Officer 1st Class Dave Schaeffer, who hails from Florida and, in his civilian capacity, serves as a captain and state on-scene coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In the high latitudes, Schaeffer conducts commercial fishing vessel inspections, along with Alaska Wildlife Troopers, throughout remote Arctic regions. A key element to the success is building upon reserve talent and integrating that talent alongside active duty colleagues throughout D17; reservists fill positions as yeomen, storekeepers, operational planning, inspections and external affairs. This combined effort, along with partners from tribal, local, state and other federal agencies, continues to protect U.S. environmental interests and facilitate responsible investment in the Arctic. Integration of reservists into these key positions is essential for the success of AS; this enhances America's maritime presence in the high latitudes ensuring safety and security for national prosperity. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain a constant presence in The Last Frontier, and reservists will remain at the forefront of those operations. Petty Ofcer First Class Dave Schaeffer conducting a CFV inspection with Alaska State Troopers. Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 21

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