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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BZ to YN2 Wu Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 2nd Class Louie Wu, a member of Port Security Unit 311 who was informally recognized Aug. 16 by Rear Adm. Melvin Bouboulis for exceptional service to unit and community. Wu's command noted that his work is outstanding. He served as one of two approving officers for more than 150 members' travel claims (four times the normal amount), and additionally supported the corpsmen in the medical office. He took time to mentor other members of PSU 311 (of all ranks) in matters of administrative policies and procedures. In addition to earning his masters degree, Wu also completed more than 100 hours of community service. He volunteers twice a week at the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel, Calif., tutoring students in both Chinese and English. In January, Wu is slated to attend Officer Candidate School at the Coast Guard Academy. Wu is pictured with Adm. Bouboulis. Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Robert Espenship Advancement a Family Affair Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal is advanced to chief petty officer. His children (George, 4, and Lucy, 6) took the honor of pinning on his new anchors at Marine Safety Detachment St. Paul, Minn. Photo courtesy of MEC Rofidal Columbia River reservist hangs it up after decades of service Capt. John M. Caraballo retired from Sector Columbia River (SCR) in Warrenton, Ore., July 8 after finishing a tour as the reserve command advisor. Surrounded by friends and family, Caraballo's service was honored in a ceremony hosted by the SCR reserve cadre, and the event was attended by members of both the active and Reserve components, as well as his shipmates from the Navy. The captain's career, which began in 1976 as an active duty aviation electronics technician, included tours in locations from California to Kuwait. Capt. Caraballo is pictured with the crew of Sector Columbia River. Photo by CWO4 Robert Jacobson, USCG (ret.). 58 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2017

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