ISS4 2017

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2016 Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award (600+ members) Pacific Area, Deployable s pecialized Forces s upport Branch Congratulations to the Pacific Area, Deployable Specialized Forces Support Branch (PAC-13) on receiving the 2016 Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award (Category 2). In FY16, PAC-13 deployed two Port Security Units (PSUs) and five Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) members in direct support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). Ongoing PSU support of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, expanded from partial unit to full unit deployments, increasing the number of in-theater reservists from 75 to 115. In a pioneering effort, Coast Guard Pacific Area overcame numerous operational and administrative hurdles to transition responsibility of the seaward-facing defensive fighting positions in Guantanamo Bay from the Army to the Coast Guard, with PSU 307 becoming the first Coast Guard unit to staff these positions. The crew of PSU 307 distinguished themselves during their deployment and received the 2016 Reserve Family Readiness Award presented by the Department of Defense. In addition, one member was selected as JTF's Senior Enlisted Person of the Quarter, and 20 more enlisted members were recognized as JTF Motivators or the Week. Other integrated activities between Coast Guard PSUs and interagency partners included significant support of the annual BOLD ALLIGATOR exercise (PSU 305), JOINT LOGISTICS OVER THE SHORE exercise (PSU 311), and exercise PATRIOT HOOK (PSU 309 and PSU 311). Providing exceptional support, PAC-13 staff effectively managed training resources toward competency attainment and operational readiness spending 99.98% of the $3M allocated for Reserve training. � 2016 Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" s parks Award (<100 members) s tation Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Fla., received the 2016 Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks Award (Category 1) from the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) July 22 in Arlington, Va. Rear Adm. Bennett "Bud" Sparks, a member of the Reserve for five decades, championed the integration of Reserve and active duty work forces to achieve overall unit readiness. This award is presented annually to the unit that is judged to be most supportive of an operationally-ready Coast Guard Reserve force, as demonstrated by its effective use and support of the Reserve force during the previous fiscal year. Station Fort Myers Beach displayed seamless integration and cooperation between their active duty and reserve forces, and the unit served as a strong example for others. The station's reservists play an integral role in the unit's ability to consistently maintain two ready boat crews. A remarkable 92% of reserve members hold boat crew certifications, and 84% are boarding officer or boarding team member certified. The station was able to maintain the highest level of mission effectiveness and fostered unit cohesion. Station reservists were integrated into all facets of station operations and were incorporated every weekend of the year to staff a 24-hour "ready watch." They also provided training to different duty sections each month. Using this model, reservists responded to the SAR bell 33 times, resulting in more than 30 lives saved or assisted. In addition, reservists supported 64 boardings, two agency assists for boating under the influence and 10 terminated voyages due to safety or regulator non-compliance. "I believe this award is due to the cultural change and how active duty and reservists train, operate and interact with active duty personnel," said Chief Petty Officer David Tillman, a reservist at Station Fort Myers Beach. "Our success directly correlates to reservists augmenting active duty operations, and how augmentation is a huge key in becoming mobilization ready. We are actually doing the job we are trained to do." — Submitted by PA1 Michael De Nyse PADET St. Petersburg Issue 4 • 2017 � RESERVIST 33

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