ISS2 2017

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taking up powerlifting and finding success in that endeavor, including winning first place in her weight category in a tournament. Now in graduate school, her schedule remains just as jam packed. She has continued her commitment to serving others in her hometown of Winchester, where she volunteers with children and helps with a law enforcement explorers program. She credits her father, a former soldier who became a community police officer, as being a role model who instilled a love of service in her. Paying it Forward Her time serving in the Coast Guard and volunteering in the community has exponential payoffs, she explained, saying she is happy to pay it forward: "Without the people who helped me when I was younger, I would not be where I am." Minifield said she feels proud and humbled when young people reach out to her for advice. "It means a lot because I can think back to when I was in their shoes," she said. She said she believes strongly in seeking opportunities to help the younger generation. People might underestimate young people, she said, but in them she sees unlimited potential and the ability to bring fresh perspectives and new approaches to tackling challenges. Her advice to young people is: Give it your best shot, work hard and put in 100 percent. Don't let a bad experience hold you back or get you discouraged. Keep moving; keep persevering. While Minifield admits her schedule is a lot to handle, she said effective time management, along with some trial and error, prove to be a successful formula in getting it all done. Besides, she said, she wouldn't want it any other way. Reprinted from Article/1065256/face-of-defense-coast-guard-reser vist- succeeds-through-hard-work-dedication — Story By PA2 Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity Sector Lake Michigan SERA and RTPO Personnel Improve Readiness During the Fiscal Years (FY) 2015 and 2016, Sector Lake Michigan reprogrammed over 91% of the targeted billets associated with the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan (BFRMP). The plan consolidated Reserve Component personnel from 18 small boat stations to eight. In addition to the reprogramming, six of the eight remaining units with reservists assigned currently have a Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor (SERA) and Reserve Training Petty Officer (RTPO) billet. Finally, in FY17, Sector Lake Michigan will reprogram another 5% of the targeted billets resulting in an end state of six stations with 84 Reserve billets out of Sector Lake Michigan's total of 166 Reserve billets. Since the incorporation of a SERA and RTPO at each of the six end state boat force units, the Reserve Command Cadre has increased Sector Lake Michigan's attainment of Boat Forces Reserve competency objectives from 23% to over 51%. The primary reason for the Sector's success in implementing the SERA and RTPO programs has been the forward thinking of senior leadership and the coordination between the Active and Reserve Components. In addition to the billet reprogramming, Sector Lake Michigan has initiated several mitigating strategies to improve its alignment with Boat Forces business rules. This includes 51 Position Based Competency changes, billet/body alignments and lastly, TMT/DA/CGBI competency data enhancements and verification. Sector Lake Michigan's SERA and RTPO personnel are a model for the 9th District and other units across the Coast Guard. Their combined efforts resulted in Sector Lake Michigan receiving, for the first time, the 9th District Commander's Trophy for Reserve Operational and Administrative readiness in FY15 and FY16. Based upon the initiatives and strategies to be implemented in FY17, Sector Lake Michigan's Operational Readiness will continue to improve readiness throughout the Sector. — Story by Lt. Jesse Webster Shown here displaying the 9th d istrict Nine Commander's Reserve Readiness Trophy (l-r) are: BMC Janzer (SERA, CG Station Milwaukee); ETC Church (SERA, CG Station Michigan City); BMCM Hinga (SERA, CG Station Calumet Harbor); BMCM Wheeler (Reserve Silver Badge, Sector Lake Michigan), BMCM z arbok (SERA, CG Station Sturgeon Bay), BMC Koran (RTP o , CG Station Sturgeon Bay) and MKC Roberson (SERA, CG Station Grand Haven). Issue 2 • 2017 � RESERVIST 11

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