ISS2 2017

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A Mission and Vision for the Reserve The Coast Guard Reserve has had to be more strategic in training and employing the currently authorized force of 7,000. The reduction in resources since Fiscal Year 18 has led to a shift from an "All Threats, All Hazards" Reserve workforce to one focused only on a small number of mission sets. In fact, the Commandant codified this change in a decision memo approved in September 2015 which, among other things, focused the Reserve on only four prioritized mission sets: (1) Defense Operations; (2) Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS); (3) Incident Response and Management; and (4) Mission Support. More information on the strategic focus of the Reserve Component may be found in the Deputy Commandant for Operations' Strategic Planning Direction available on the Coast Guard Portal. As the focus for the Reserve evolves so must our understanding of the Mission and Vision of the Reserve Component. In order to provide better clarity for this more narrowly focused mission portfolio, the Director of Reserve unveiled Reserve Mission and Vision statements at Coast Guard Reserve 76th Anniversary Celebration in February. The Mission and Vision Statements build upon the work of the Reserve Component Force Planning Working Group (RCFP- WG) which is currently evaluating the Reserve's contribution to total force contingency response operations requirements. The RCFP-WG is also developing separate Shore Forces and Mission Support Constructs similar to the 2014 Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan. These constructs will help guide resource allocation decisions and ensure sufficient training and support capacity are available to maintain an operationally relevant and ready workforce. The dynamic threat environment of our increasingly connected world will require the Reserve to be even more responsive to the needs of the Service and the country. These statements will serve as the basis for the development of a comprehensive, multi-year strategy for building a workforce that is best prepared for this ever changing world. Mission Provide operationally capapble and ready personnel assets to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the Homeland and abroad Vision The Coast Guard's only dedicated surge force – the Reserve is a contingency-based workforce which is trained locally and deployed globally, providing ready and responsive personnel to meet mission requirements within the prioritized focus areas of Defense Operations; Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security; Incident Response and Management; & Mission Support. Issue 2 • 2017 � RESERVIST 39

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