ISS1 2018

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Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, spent the last few days of November visiting Coast Guard reservists deployed to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. DeQuattro is the first Coast Guard flag officer to visit Camp Lemonnier in support of Coast Guard reservists deployed there. Djibouti is strategically located near some of the world's busiest shipping lanes, and Coast Guard reservists embedded with Navy Coastal Riverine Squadrons (CRS) in both California and Florida forward-deployed to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations. There, the reservists assist with the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Maritime force protection of U.S. naval ships calling on the Port of Djibouti, and sailing through the threat-prone waters adjacent to the Horn of Africa, is a primary mission set of the detachment deployed to Camp Lemonnier. A CRS WAVE deployment has a typical complement of three Coast Guard reservists in this Navy-lead mission that now has an end strength close to 250 personnel. Coast Guard reservists have continuously been deployed with the CRS missions to the Horn of Africa and Bahrain regions since February 2013. The afternoon of Nov. 30, DeQuattro, assisted by Pacific Area Reserve Command Master Chief Andreas Apenburg, took time to present Petty Officers 1st Class Robert Hemenway and Victor Mayhew with their Navy Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) Specialist pins. Hemenway and Mayhew, both members of CRS-1 in Coronado, Calif., had both just completed seven- month deployments. The Navy EXW qualification is similar to the Coast Guard Port Security Badge, but there are subtle differences between the two warfare devices. The Port Security Badge was developed in 1991 and may be earned by both enlisted members and officers. In contrast, the Navy EXW pin was developed in 2006 and may be earned only by enlisted members assigned to Navy expeditionary combat units. (Coast Guard enlisted reservists who wish to earn the EXW qualification should pursue assignment to a CRS [or Group].) Both qualifications are extremely challenging to earn and require a very high level of expeditionary warfare knowledge and experience. For Coast Guard Reserve members hoping to earn a warfare qualification in their careers, both of these warfare devices are excellent qualifications to pursue but do have their own separate, distinct paths to completion. Before departing Djibouti, DeQuattro, Appenburg and Capt. Evan Galbo, Coastal Riverine Group 1 (CRG-1) Coast Guard advisor, attended the transfer of authority ceremony between the previous (Wave 8) and current (Wave 9) mission commanders. — Submitted by Capt. Evan Galbo, Coastal Riverine Group 1 maintains a strong sense of its naval origins. Hiigel said she and Mower spent time with the BAKAMLA counterparts to help define and separate BAKAMLA's roles from their naval counterparts. Mower said, "All the great things we're trying to do [in the U.S.], [BAKAMLA is] trying to do there," like forming area maritime security councils, or working with port counterparts and other agencies to enhance their country's security, preparedness and interoperability. USPACOM's reps at GB17 appreciated the chance to get to know their Indonesian counterparts, who took time to show the Americans around Jakarta. Hiigel said a social event attended by the participants really helped bring the countries together quickly. "There's something about karaoke and dancing that breaks the ice and sets the tone," she said. "The folks that participated formed a bond that lasted the rest of the week." She said the whole experience, from working inside the exercise to exploring the culture of Jakarta, was memorable. "We had a great time getting to see the Indonesian history and culture in Jakarta," said Hiigel, who laughed as she remembered "getting up close and personal with a Komodo dragon, python, and crocodile." Mower said that while it may have been risky, he jumped at the opportunity to get in the cage with the dragon. Through their work in Indonesia, as well as other countries like Australia, Vietnam and Djibouti, Coast Guard representatives at USPACOM continue to support their DOD counterparts by building diplomacy and building capacity for all threats and all hazards, despite diverse military capabilities and foreign cultures. Through shared knowledge and experiences, they are a part of USPACOM's mission to increase understanding and, ultimately, create regional stability and unity in diversity. — Submitted by Capt. Joanna Hiigel and Cmdr. John Mower, CGRU Pacific Command Pacific Area deputy commander visits Coast Guard reservists deployed to Africa, awards warfare pins Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 15

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