ISS3 2012

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Interagency Partnering: Assistance to Army Corps Hones CG Reserve Readiness essel rairie u ocherǡ otor essel immswickǡ and the ipeline and afϐle hackǤ he tasks completed included the replacement of engine belts, block heaters, air, oil and hydraulic ϐiltersǡ lube oil renewal on all main propulsion and generator engines, and the fabrication and installation of 95% of all fuel and hydraulic hoses. Welding operations consisted of cutting old dredge pipe out of the coupling ϐlangesǡ removing old wear plates from the discharge bafϐleǡ and the fabrication and installation of new plates, handrails, and exhaust ϐlapsǤ Overall the project was a success for all parties involved. (l. to r.). MK3 Kyle Saunders, Kevin Burton (welder), DC2 Michael Dirksen, MK1 Jarod Statler, DC1 Todd Heigert, MK2 Dan Schlueter, Tom Hannon (tow boat operator and mechanic) and Ted Bielecki (First Mate). Photo by MKCM Richard Sheehy United States Coast Guard Naval Engineering Support Unit New Orleans Reserve Reconstruction Team partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) St. Louis District to perform depot level mechanical and welding maintenance support to several dredgers and crew boats during their Active Duty Training (ADT) period. The relationship between the two entities is rooted in three Coast Guard commands -- Base Support Detachment St. Louis Industrial Division, Sector Upper Mississippi Logistics Division, and the Coast Guard Cutter Cheyenne -- being tenants on the ACOE St. Louis District property footprint located on the western bank of the Mississippi River waterfront. stablished in 1ͺ͵7ǡ the tǤ ouis he amount and type of work was a perfect ϐit for the time allotted and skill sets required for completion. As a result of the manpower provided by the RT, the ACOE saved over $35,000 in labor, resources used to supplement the procurement of material found to be in need of replacement upon initial inspection of the proposed work items. This collaborative environment enabled work to proceed without any delays. Future possibilities for additional projects with the ACOE include increased exposure to diesel electric propulsion plantsǡ ϐilterǡ oilǡ gasketǡ hose and electrical preventative maintenance, as well as opportunities to weld on unique material, equipment and structures. Long Serving Sta. Galveston Reservist Advances istrict encompasses ʹͺǡ000 square miles of landǡ dedicated to maintaining a proper and healthy balance of the varying uses of the heartland's waterways. One of the missions of the St. Louis District ACOE is to maintain a 9 foot navigable channel on the Upper Mississippi River. Dredging in the St. Louis District is accomplished by using hydraulic pipeline dredges. A hydraulic dredge mixes large quantities of water with the excavated material (almost always sand in the St. Louis District) to create a slurry which is then pumped out of the navigable channel. By performing channel reconnaissance surveys, the ACOE is able to identify possible dredging locations. As the primary executing arm of the Deputy Commandant of Mission Support's (DCMS) contingency support plan, members of the Reserve Reconstruction Team -- also known as the Facility Repair Team (RT) -- continuously seek opportunities to sustain their rating competencies at a high level of proϐiciencyǤ he carries out emergent repairs to USCG facilities thus enabling them to resume operations and prevent further damage until longer- term, permanent repairs can be completed. This capability has been essential in successfully responding to domestic natural disasters during the last quarter century. During the initial project planning phase of the ADT period, leaders from both agencies established the requirements, work scope, budget, risk, and capabilities necessary to properly execute, monitor and control the proposed project. The RT performed maintenance tasks on Crew Boat Barron, Crane Derrick 6, Motor 12 RESERVIST ᕇ *TTVF t Reservist BM1 Mike Summers, left, receives his advancement certificate from MEC Mike Bazzrea, Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor, Station Galveston, TX, during a ceremony on Aug. 18. "BM1 Summers has held a number of qualifications during his time here including 41' UTB coxswain and Boarding Team Member. Currently, he is certified as a RB-S Contingency coxswain," reports BMCM Robert "Bob" Milmoe, Officer-in-Charge at Station Galveston. "Mike has been a major asset to ensuring the safety of the Port of Houston/Galveston for many years while patrolling the Houston Ship Channel which leads to the largest petrochemical port in the United States."

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