ISS4 2017

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard's Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs are self- sustaining active duty units that are primarily staffed by reservists and a handful of full time-staff that support logistical and administrative functions for the entire PSU, similar to Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) staff at a Sector or SERAs at stations. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswains mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard's readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations. Tactical boat crew, tactical coxswain, and engineer billets are crucial in Waterside Security Divisions. These qualifications are an extension of traditional boat crew member and coxswain qualifications with additional competencies and tasks essential for expeditionary missions. Crucial Shoreside Security billets at include fire team member, fire team leader and squad leader billets. These qualifications are comprised of a mixture of traditional law enforcement competencies and tasks, in addition to basic infantry and anti-terrorism / force protection tactics and skills. Capt. Matthew Wadleigh, commanding officer of PSU 309, said "The experiences of PSU members capture an expeditionary culture and pride. An assignment with a PSU guarantees hard work, great opportunities, fun and rewarding teamwork with significant leadership roles at all levels. PSUs receive great support, and interest comes from all areas of the Coast Guard, especially PACAREA, FORCECOM, DOL and SMTC, which ensures a PSU is resourced, trained and ready for mission requirements." If you are interested joining the PSU community, contact a Reserve Assignment Branch (RPM-2) assignment officer for your District, or visit the RPM-2 website. Issue 4 • 2017 � RESERVIST 27 Story Submitted by Lt. Benjamin Gross, PSU 309 photo by PA2 Matthew S. Masaschi, Fifth District

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