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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"PSUs are proud to be a part of layered defense wherever deployed," said PSU 312's executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. James Fitzgerald, a 20-year member of PSUs. "We are vital smallboat units to the greater mission, and our specialty in this area separates us from other armed services. We will remain Semper Paratus for the call." The Coast Guard has been involved in every military action from our inception, and the Reserve itself was born out of a need for national defense, here and abroad. We're honored to continue that mission. Changing the System I would like to update your readers on a change to one of the Officer Specialty Codes (OSC) discussed in the article "Officer Specialty Codes and the Reserve Component" (Volume LXIII, Issue 3, 2016). For OAR-12 (Defense Operations/Readiness), through some lobbying and feedback by a number of reservists, the office responsible for this OSC acknowledged the unique challenges that reservists face in meeting the previous requirements. As a result, the requirement for a "permanent operational qualification" (aka a "pin") has been waived for reserve officers. Also, the minimum time at a defense operations SELRES billet was clarified, with a three-year reserve assignment akin to one year of an active duty assignment. This change should allow more officers to earn the "apprentice" designation. A "journeyman" designation requires a second defense operations tour and completion of JPME I; "master" a third defense ops tour in a command cadre position. All of the OSC's have been moved off the internet to the Portal. If there are any other OSC specialties that reservists could earn, but there are specific, inherent barriers that they may be unable to overcome, I encourage readers to reach out to the responsible offices to offer equivalent experiences or education that recognizes the reservists' unique benefit to the Coast Guard. — Cmdr. Lisa VanBuskirk, USCGR Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-ODO-1) CORRECTIONS I absolutely love the Reservist magazine – it is a very high quality publication with great photos and interesting articles most welcomed by this retired reservist. Not to be critical, but I think I noticed a photo that I don't believe. On page 9 of the latest issue, there is a photo of Sector San Francisco reservists posed with the Golden Bridge in the background. That silver/white bridge cannot be the famous orange Golden Gate Bridge. I've been to S.F. many times and crossed that bridge several times. I don't think the photo is even the Oakland Bridge. — CDR Everett Merritt, USCGR (ret..) You're correct, sir, definitely my mistake. That's the Bay Bridge, which I've learned more about than I ever wanted to know in about two-dozen or so letters I received. Apologies, dear readers. I'm definitely a girl from the East Coast, striving for perfection yet unattained! Are You Aboard? 860.439.1790 I I By registering, you will be kept informed of the latest scuttlebutt, including: • Quarterly Newsletters • Upcoming Events • Major Milestones in the design and construction phases Registration is now open to ALL Coast Guard personnel - active, reserve, retired, civilian, auxiliary and family! Visit to register today! STAY CONNECTED!

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