ISS1 2016

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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The imPorTance of naTional defense for Today's reserve In a Proceedings article from August 2003, the authors, Vice Adm. James Hull, Cmdr. Cari Thomas, and Lt. Cmdr Joe DiRenzo III, posed a question: "Why, in the face of our current homeland security threats, should the nation's primary maritime security force deploy overseas?" Their answer, which is as true today as it was back then, was, "Because we are good at it. …our authorities allow us to work at home, on the high seas, or in a foreign theater. The Coast Guard is the recognized leader in port security, at home and overseas." The Reserve is a huge part of that overseas presence, adding to the larger national security strategy goals. In the last 25 years, national defense has become almost as much of a priority of the Coast Guard's Reserve missions as it was at our inception. Reservists involved with national defense are serving in places like Cuba, Korea, and Africa. Through its professionalism, and through the mission of national defense, the Reserve force continues to have a significant impact on the future of the United States. � Throughout our 75 year history our platforms and technologies have evolved from men on horseback and on foot defending our shores to highly manueverable small boats. While the methods have changed, the mission remains the same, defending our nation at home and around the globe. Issue 1 • 2016 � RESERVIST 35

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