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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Well. That was quite a break we had. Sorry for the interruption in your magazines; we had a little shake-up with the government, and our normal February issue went by the wayside. In the meantime, I hope you got time to look at the new Uniform Issue. That was a labor of love for me, and a huge undertaking for Chris, our art director, who did a ton of work from creating a fresh cover to shooting the photos to creating some of the insignia. There's an old quote, usually incorrectly attributed to Buddha: "If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path." For me, working on the Uniform Issue felt like that. While I was checking and reviewing everything in there, I got to know the uniform regulations pretty intimately. Same for writing the story of the history of the uniform. So, onto this month, which is our big move to the new governance structure. Chris and I will move with the magazine from CG-1313 to the Component Policy and Strategic Communications Division, called CG-R55. No impact on your subscriptions, dear readers. But there IS change afoot for the rest of the Coast Guard Reserve. It'll be nice to have a flag officer focused solely on the Reserve agenda. I have a feeling this is going to be big for us as reservists, and that it'll address many of the broken pieces in the Reserve while holding the right people accountable to strategically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our component. You already bring the professionalism and competence. This fix brings the synergy. What's next for the magazine? I'm ginning up something like the old retiree issue, but not solely for retirees. This would lay out the financial side of being a reservist— both before and after they retire. Questions like how does Direct Access work best for reservists? How can I stop my pay from getting off track when bouncing between active duty and drills? What's the Survivor Benefit Plan and how does it work? How can I calculate my estimated monthly retirement? What's the cost of Tricare for retired reservists? I think an issue like that could be a good reference for our reservists. Now, the squeakiest wheels get the oil, but, as Susan Cain, the "Quiet" author, said in her TED Talk, "There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas." If there's something you'd like to see us put into print, you lose nothing by reaching out. Drop me a line at Anastasia Devlin Editor-in-Chief RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM THE EDITOR RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM OUR READERS No, thank YOU! I had the opportunity to read the article you wrote about me in the Reservist magazine and many people tagged me and linked me to it on Facebook. I would like to say thank you and let you know how appreciative I am for you capturing my story the way you did. You left nothing out and I feel as though I can be an example for other members within our community. Again, thank you for your kind words. Very respectfully, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brittny R. Thompson PSU 311 Thank you, ME3! Your story was one of my favorites, and I've been mentioning it to so many people. Don't be a stranger, keep my email handy if you happen to come across a shipmate with a great story. Volume LXV � Issue 4 • 2018 ONE RESERVIST IS HELPING DEVELOP THE SCIENCE BEHIND STORMS THAT'S SAVING LIVES 2 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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