Reservist

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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Welcome aboard new PSU 305 members ME2 Keith Teehan Petty Officer 2nd Class Keith Teehan joined the Coast Guard last fall, bringing with him decades of law enforcement experience from both the military and the civilian sector. After a friend told Teehan about his own reserve military career in the Coast Guard, it sparked Teehan's interest. Research led him to the maritime enforcement specialist (ME) rating, which would use focus on his knowledge of law enforcement and security. (The duties of MEs include traditional maritime law enforcement, anti-terrorism/ force protection, and port security and safety.) Teehan, 42, has more than 21 years of law enforcement under his belt. He's also no stranger to the military, having spent five years serving his country between the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. "I'd been wanting to come back into the Reserve for a while. I missed the camaraderie of it," he said. "I enjoy the structure, too." The friend put Teehan in touch with reservists from the Hampton Roads Sector Boarding Team (SBT) in Sector Hampton Roads, Va. "The people I talked to were very squared away guys. They were cops, so there was a comfort level there." Teehan decided to enlist. In December, he reported to his first unit – the Hampton Roads SBT, where he's now doing maritime law enforcement, adding one more facet to his career of service. � SN Melissa Rideout With family members in the local and state police, Virginia native, Seaman Melissa Rideout, 20, knew since she was little that a career in law enforcement was the only path for her. Though still a college student, she heard about the Coast Guard Reserve through a friend of a cousin. "It made me think, 'I kind of want to look into that!" Rideout said. She did some research and ended up enlisting. Rideout left for Training Center Cape May last summer, and she went through traditional eight-week program alongside active duty members. She said her company commanders were tough. "It was literally the best experience of my whole life," said Rideout. Upon graduation, she was surprised to discover she'd finished at the top of her company, earning both the honor graduate ribbon and the best shipmate award. Rideout continues to attend Tidewater Community College, but she has her sights set on Old Dominion University. She recently reported to Port Security Unit 305 to begin her first tour in the Reserve. "When I graduate college, I want to be a police officer," said Rideout, "so this just gets me one step closer to doing what I want to do." � S n Melissa Rideout during basic recruit training at Training Center Cape May. in black and white. We train, but to actually understand a real-life coordination effort is hard if you're not live. We can go through the steps, but to really know how it works in real time is really different." Costescu pointed out her appreciation for the more experienced members of both components walking her through the "gray" areas of the job, while still operating safely and within the Coast Guard's boundaries. Miller said his newly-minted coxswain's first mission was to take Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, on a tour of the Potomac River. At the conclusion of the AOR familiarization trip, Austin presented Costescu with her coxswain certificate, as well as a district commander coin in appreciation of Costescu's extreme dedication to Reserve readiness. Thought she accepted one more year at headquarters, Costescu hopes to transfer to Station Washington in October 2018, and she'll be walking in the door with a coxswain qualification – a boon to a station with almost 20 reservists who need to be out, training on the water. But first, she had her son pin on her new second class crows. � (* n ote: The name of Costescu's command is an acronym of acronyms: CIO is Chief Information Officer, and C4IT is Command, Control, Computers, Communications Information Technology.) Alexandra Costescu with her then three-year-old son, Lucas. Issue 4 • 2017 � RESERVIST 45

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