ISS1 2018

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Securing the State of the Union As the wind screamed across the Potomac River, the assembled Coast Guardsmen put on their cold weather gear, strapped on gun belts and checked their weapons. The pier at Coast Guard Station Washington buzzed with serious conversation, and members looked down river toward the Capitol where President Trump would give his first State of the Union address. Away from the water, a small group of Coast Guard Reserve members gathered around Chief Petty Officer Rick Schiffer, a maritime enforcement specialist at Sector Maryland National- Capital Region, for a mission brief. "We are trying to keep the capital safe during a critical event here," said Schiffer. "It's a big annual event to be at the State of the Union address, and, for obvious reasons, it's a high-profile target, so we need to do what we can to protect the waterfront." A few moments later, they loaded up government vehicles and set out on security patrols along shoreside facilities. About two miles away, on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, Coast Guard members in an Incident Command Post (ICP) worked to keep communication flowing between all of the partner agencies. In charge of this task was Lt. Cecilia Robinson, a reservist on an extended active duty contract at Sector Maryland-NCR as the chief of river operations. Serving as primary liaison officer in the ICP, she coordinated communication between agency representatives. "We have four agency reps. One is at Joint Forces Headquarters National Capital Region. We also have one with U.S. Capitol Police, one with the Secret Service Multi Agency Communication Center and with Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency," said Robinson. "With people sitting in those strategic spots, in addition to us monitoring different databases, we are able to communicate requests upon us or any requests we may have toward other agencies. That's pretty much what the ICP in here is doing – making sure we keep a good common operating picture." Thirteen reservists were given positions between the security teams on and along the river and in the ICP. "I believe it's key to include the reservists because, of course, by nature, they are supposed to be a just-in-case support system for the everyday workings that may be going on at Sector," said Robinson. "You may not want to pull some of your personnel from there, so you'll want to use your reservists during moments like this so you can keep the everyday going, and the reservists can step in and help out with these activities." "The reservists at Sector Maryland-NCR get the opportunity for an experience that maybe other sectors don't offer just because of where we are located," said Robinson. Exposure to the national special security events that are planned using the National Incident Management System provide the reservists vital opportunities to prepare for other contingency responses that are also managed with NIMS. These events enable Reserve personnel to work towards their required qualifications that are critical to major incidents like natural disasters and oil spills. The State of the Union address involves coordination of security efforts on a massive scale, all with the expectation that, in an emergency, first responders can act quickly and efficiently. At the end of the night, the State of the Union address went on without the need for emergency action. Coast Guard crews returned to shore from the freezing cold of the Potomac and packed away their gear, the lights of the Capitol and Washington Monument shining behind them. — Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams Petty Officer 2nd Class Frederick Delaney, a reservist at Sector Maryland- n CR, equips law enforcement gear for his mission protecting the waterfront during the State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 30. a total of 13 reserve Coast Guard members were mobilized to augment Coast Guard security efforts in protecting the Potomac River and shoreside facilities. Lt. Cecilia Robinson, a reservist on extended active duty at Sector Maryland- n CR, works as the incident command post liaison officer coordinating joint agency security efforts for the State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 30. Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 9

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