ISS2 2017

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Port Security Unit 307 returns home from 9-month deployment A Clearwater, Florida, Coast Guard unit returned home after a nine-month deployment providing security for the Military Commissions hearings for 9/11 attackers and assisting in detainee transfers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Monday, February 27, 2017. In support of OPERATION FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 was the first Coast Guard unit in 14 years to integrate and coordinate all seaward-focused anti-terrorism/ force protection assets under a single tactical commander and amassed over 8,200 hours protecting Guantanamo Bay. Deployed in April 2016, they reported to Joint Task Force Guantanamo to assume responsibility as the Maritime Security Detachment. PSU 307 was charged with providing maritime defense of military operations, facilities and personnel in support of the Joint Task Force's mission of ensuring the safe, humane, legal, and transparent care and custody of law of war detainees. "I am very proud of the men and women of PSU 307," said Cmdr. Eric Bernstein, commanding officer of PSU 307. "They performed their duties with the utmost professionalism during Military Commissions hearings for the 9/11 attackers and were vital to the success of multiple detainee transfers effected to reduce the population remaining within the detention facilities." PSU 307 maintains garrison facilities as a tenant command of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida. Commissioned on May 8, 1999, the unit, comprised primarily of CG Reserve personnel, has mobilized 10 times since its inception, including to Boston, Massachusetts in 2001, New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kuwait in 2001 and 2004, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002, 2008, and 2016. Port Security units support defense operations worldwide providing waterborne and land-based anti-terrorism/force protection for shipping and critical port facilities, in conjunction with harbor defense and coastal sea control operations, as well as humanitarian operations. Port Security Units are 150-person units organized for expeditionary operations. Each unit has six 32- foot Transportable Port Security Boats. — Story by USCG 7th District PADET St. Petersburg "These scorecards represent where we stand based on the definitions and policies the DoD and DHS direct for cyber/ information security. The scores correlate to real world vulnerabilities in the computer network. If we were subpar and non-compliant in a specific area, it would not only leave us vulnerable, but possibly the entire DoD and DHS networks." Data is collected by several different means and tools. Assured Compliance Assessment Solution and Host Based Security System are tools at the team's disposal to help scan the Coast Guard network. Active Directory is the windows directory service which handles functions such as logons and access control. "Without getting too much into the weeds, our team gathers the data that helps answer the questions for DoD and DHS so they have an understanding of the security of the Coast Guard Network with those and other tools," said Coppola. The data collected and the scorecard are used by analytics to directly brief both the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Deputy Chief Information Officer. Weekly meetings, run by Analytics, go over metrics that show the Coast Guard's progress. "This 'Getting to Green' effort has visibility at the highest levels of the Coast Guard," said Reckner. "The data the Analytics team gathers is briefed weekly to Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, Thomas Michelli, Coast Guard Chief Information Officer, Brian Burns, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Capt. Michael Dickey, Commanding Officer of the C4IT Service Center and the Commanding Officers of Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center, Operations Systems Center, Federal Security Directorates and Telecommunication and Information Systems Command." "Attending weekly meetings with the CIO of the Coast Guard and top tier IT leadership is a major highlight of the job." said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Fries, an Information Systems Technician at CGCC-35. "Working with my fellow Coast Guardsmen to help secure our network has given me a strong sense of purpose and motivation." Getting to green, compliance and cyber security as a whole is a joint effort of the entire Coast Guard. Analytics facilitates cooperation between senior leadership so the Coast can get to green as quickly and efficiently as possible. "Due to the multitude of technological advances, occurring almost daily, it's an ongoing effort. It will continue to be for a number of factors," said Coppolla. "The DoD and DHS are constantly updating definitions and adding metrics to try and stay ahead of the cyber security curve, along with keeping up with the ever changing, constantly updating IT and cyber environments." "I feel that I am doing what I joined the Reserve to do," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jack Rheiner, a Yeoman at CGCC-35. "Doing a mission every day until a permanent solution is created. I have found the cyber community to be a close knit group, even by Coast Guard standards, and it has been my privilege to serve within it." It's not easy being green, but with the Analytics team at CGCC- 35 at the helm, there's no doubt that the work that needs to be done will be done. "If the mission was called off tomorrow, I would have nothing but fond memories of my time served here and would hope that every Reserve member finds their own similar mission to complete," said Rheiner. — Story by PA3 James Connor Port Security Unit 307 members line up in formation during a homecoming ceremony after returning home from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by PA3 Nicole J. Groll Issue 2 • 2017 � RESERVIST 9

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