ISS1 2018

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in the water, the equipment operating, the security forces properly equipped and the service members mission-ready. A cache of replacement parts and consumables are kept on hand for the engineering department, minimizing downtime for vehicles, equipment and boats. When repair items were needed beyond what the unit stocks, the PSU relied on a five-person crew at Air Station Miami Aviation Detachment Guantanamo Bay to deliver the needed parts. "For the PSUs, the AVDET provides depot-level inventory from the Surface Forces Logistics Center in Baltimore for the transportable port security boats," said Chief Petty Officer David Knapp, AVDET Guantanamo Bay supervisor. "The PSU has their own inventory for small things, but we stage depot-level repair items such as a stern drive or an engine." Beyond managing the forward-staged inventory, Knapp said AVDET crewmembers also supported the PSU by facilitating logistics - getting people on and off the island for emergency leave. "Our job is to make sure they can do their job and they don't fail, which was sometimes hard since the PSU is operating boats 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Knapp. PSU 305's deployment marked the first time a complete PSU deployed to Guantanamo Bay to staff boat forces and shoreside security missions for an entire deployment. Being the first full PSU to deploy to Guantanamo Bay for the complete deployment, the PSU needed additional members to be fully staffed to carry out the missions. A number of members from as far as Alaska volunteered to deploy with PSU 305, McCarthy said. Though the deployment was nine months long, the PSU was staffed with people who wanted to be deployed and were committed to the mission. "I [had] two individuals from Station Valdez, [Alaska], people from Station Seattle, folks from the Great Lakes area, Galveston, [Texas], and others from up and down the East Coast who raised their hand and volunteered," said McCarthy. "It's unique. Coast Guard reservists get called up everyone once in a while to do contingency operations. These are the best opportunities for anyone in the Reserve. It's an opportunity to get exposed to a significant mission and for members to get specialized training, qualifications, educational benefits, health benefits and to take care of themselves and grow professionally and personally." Operating on a naval base with representation from all five branches of the armed forces, the PSU may be the first and possibly the only time other service members will ever interact with the Coast Guard. "We realize this is our chance to make a great impression of our service," added McCarthy. "This is our time to showcase what we're made of, and we're proud to do it." — Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Masaschi, PACAREA Public Affairs a Coast Guardsman with Port Security Unit 305 stands the watch protecting n aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 19. Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 305 aboard a 32-foot transportable port security boat escort the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance and a commercial vessel as the two ships transit into and out of n aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 19. Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 11

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