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ISS1 2016

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forces was the Tactical Operations Center operated by Coastal Riverine Group 1 staffed by a mix of Navy and CG personnel. CG and Navy Officers and Chiefs stood the force protection watch while CG Operations Specialists implemented a complex communications plan, managed cryptographic keying materials and maintained radio guards for boats and shoreside security teams across the exercise area. The breadth of capabilities a PSU brings to bear was also highlighted by what PSU 309 was able to do in addition to waterborne and shoreside security. Utilizing two mobile kitchen trailers (MKT's) CG Food Service Specialists, led by FSC Craig Olszewski, ensured high quality meals were available to over 800 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen at Anmyeon Beach each day. Augmented by Army enlisted personnel who held specialties outside the food services field, Coast Guard FSs seamlessly integrated into the Army logistics system and provided food services expertise and essential leadership in the dining facility. Exercise participants at Anmyeon Beach commented on the dramatic improvement in food quality following the Coast Guard FSs assuming management of the dining facility. The C/JLOTS Battalion Aid Station provided emergent and preventative medical care for over 800 exercise personnel at Anmyeon Beach as well as the ships and watercraft offshore. The aid station was staffed 24x7 by CG and Army medical professionals who utilized the CG's new expeditionary medical system. Operating out of a tent, the CG expeditionary medical brought significantly increased medical capabilities to the field. CG Intelligence Specialists assigned to both PSU 309 and CRG- 1 were embedded in the J2 (intelligence) staff working alongside career Naval and Army intelligence officers. In addition to managing the overall C/JLOTS intelligence picture, Coast Guard IS personnel provided a critical linkage between CRG-1/PSU 309 and the larger Korean intelligence picture. Suspicious activities observed during shoreside and waterborne patrols were relayed to an IS for processing just as theater intelligence reports were disseminated back to CRG-1 and PSU 309 by the ISs. The professionalism of the CG Intelligence Specialists is exemplified by the selection of IS2 Malstrom to deliver the daily intelligence summary to the entire C/JLOTS 2015 staff during the exercise. CG administrative and supply personnel made significant contributions to the success of the exercise as well. YN2 Jarrod Duncan, embedded with the C/JLOTS Joint Reception Center as part of the ADVON, was recognized for his efforts in supporting the in-processing of all 5 military branches. Coast Guard Yeoman in theater and in garrison (Port Clinton) managed the daily personnel status report and handled two emergency leave situations for deployed members. Supply personnel, led by SK1 Felix Monzon, ensured unexpected procurement needs were handled in a timely manner, maintained a comprehensive inventory of engineering spare parts and coordinated retrograde transportation. Finally, the Engineering Department did an exceptional job keeping the 6 TPSBs fully mission capable, maintaining generators and the power distribution system and keeping CG tents cool from the damp heat of South Korea. One significant accomplishment by the MKs and ETs working aboard USNS RED CLOUD was the validation of sea basing elements of the PSU aboard ship to mitigate the lack of space ashore or when access to the Trident Pier was limited. Engineers also took the lead on unit mobility shortly after arriving in theater, planning ahead to the return of PSU 309's equipment to Busan for shipment back home. After 12 long days, the crew of PSU 309 made the return trip to Port Clinton proud of its accomplishments. After 16 months of preparation and two intense weeks of operations in an unfamiliar environment, PSU 309 completed all assigned tasks and forged strong working relationships with the Army, Navy and our ROK allies. The success of C/JLOTS 2015 marked the first time U.S. and ROK forces were able to conduct LOTS operations across a west coast beachhead on the Korean Peninsula. For the Coast Guard, C/JLOTS 2015, and the austere environment it was conducted in, validated 20 years of doctrine, policies and procedures some considered to be outdated in a post-9/11 environment. PSU 309 personnel met each of the challenges they faced head on and came away with important lessons that will assist future PSU's in being Semper Paratus for OCONUS defense readiness mission. � Rear adm. daniel Fillion, Commander of CJLoTS 2015, addresses the combined staff consisting of members from CRg-1, PSU 309, and other dod personnel. Issue 1 • 2016 � RESERVIST 41

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