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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2016 Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer of the Year & Recipient of ROA's CW4 Michael J. n ovosel Award CWO2 Cynthia Oliver, Base Miami Beach, Fla. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America annually presents the Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer of the Year Award to the Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer who has made notable contributions to the Coast Guard and/or ROA, demonstrated leader-ship in civic and profession activities, and shown dedication to lifelong learning, training, and education. The Coast Guard Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer of the Year is also the Coast Guard Reserve's Nominee for the ROA's CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award. According to retired Navy chief warrant officer and ROA Warrant Officer Committee Chair Dale Andersen, the Novosel Award has been presented to the top warrant officer (from any of the five services) who has displayed initiative, character, leadership and community involvement. "I was surprised to be nominated, and certainly never thought I would win," said a humbled Oliver, who accepted both awards June 21. A storekeeper by trade, Oliver served 10 years of active duty, then joined the Reserve to balance career and education. She feels the time spent working with a combination of active duty and Reserve members at the Coast Guard's Special Mission Training Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene, N.C., gave the perspective she needed to succeed as a Reservist. Today, she is regarded as an energetic and caring leader. She prides herself on the successes of her people, and credits her command in Miami for giving her enough latitude to supervise her people as she felt necessary. While at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Oliver was responsible for maintaining the training and readiness of more than 75 assigned Reserve members. In addition, she served as the alternate accountable property officer for more than $31 million in property and supervised 49 property custodians. "CWO Oliver is, without question, one of the most high performing and dependable officers in the Coast Guard," said Cmdr. Mike Vaughn, senior reserve officer for Base Miami Beach. "I can always count on her to get the job done." After only two years in Miami, Oliver volunteered to fill a critical Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) position in Portsmouth, Va. There, she's working on the design and implementation of customer service communication processes to solve the challenges of the service's newly commissioned Financial Management and Procurement Services. "I want to give everything I can give back the storekeeper field because that is the rate that raised me," said Oliver. Despite the distance, Oliver organized an all-hands event for more than 200 South Florida Reserve members. Oliver believes her leadership style was influenced from the network of mentors she has met along the way who have not only knew her worth, but also whom she learned to lean on during tough times. She wants to be there for others in the same way, and to pass that legacy on to the next generation of members. — Submitted by PAC Jennifer Johnson Seventh District At the Reserve o fficers Association (R o A) 91st Annual Convention, held June 21 in Crystal City, Va., Chief Warrant o fficer Cynthia o liver, was honored as the Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant o fficer of the Year and the R o A's Chief Warrant o fficer 4 Michael J. n ovosel Award recipient. Issue 4 • 2017 � RESERVIST 35

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