ISS4 2017

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Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer Award (ROJO) Lt. Benjamin Gross, P su 309 The Reserve Officers Association presented the Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) Award to Lt. Benjamin Gross, a native of Jackson Center, Ohio, during the ROA annual conference July 22, in Washington, D.C. This award is presented to the Reserve junior officer judged to exemplify those characteristics expected of an outstanding junior officer during the past fiscal year. Gross joined the Coast Guard in 2012 and currently serves as the shoreside security division officer at Port Security Unit 309 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The ROA recognized Gross for several notable accomplishments over the last year, including his role as the liaison officer during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He also coordinated and led all the planning operations for PSU members during the high-profile RNC. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the planning and execution of the first ever application of the PSU's unique expeditionary capabilities to a domestic Coast Guard mission set that included anti-terrorism/force protection, food services, communications and medical response," said Gross. Ensuring his members at PSU 309 are trained, qualified and certified to carry out essential anti-terrorism/force protection measures both at home or in an expeditionary environment anywhere in the world the military operates is essential. In addition to mobilization readiness for his division, Gross is also responsible for physical security. "The mission is of vital importance to national security because we live in a volatile world and we must stand ready to protect and defend critical assets and personnel" said Gross. "PSU Shoreside Security Division contributes to the PSU mission by continuously training and standing ready to deploy and operate in a joint operation alongside the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army." Gross also serves as the public affairs officer for the unit responsible for promoting the Coast Guard brand by communicating the PSU missions to the public. After eight years of prior service experience as an enlisted member of the Army, Gross joined the Coast Guard because of the diverse mission set and the positive impact that the Coast Guard has on maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. In his civilian career, he is an IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance Manager at Honda. — Submitted by PA2 Matt Masaschi Fifth District 36 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2017

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