ISS1 2018

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Sector San Francisco's reservists prepare for Fleet Week 2018 Fleet Week first transpired in San Diego, Calif., in 1935 and has since been celebrated in several major cities. For a solid week, this tradition stands to commemorate our country's military forces. San Francisco carried on the tradition this year by putting on their 39th annual Fleet Week celebration. The event featured a parade of ships, vessel tours, and an airshow, drawing more than a million spectators to the bay. Hundreds of vessels crowded around a safety box between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island while hundreds of thousands watched from ashore. Pulling off such an event and maintaining the safety of all involved required 'all hands on deck' and vast multi-agency coordination. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco leveraged its reservists from the reserve Sector Boarding Team (SBT) as a force multiplier for added security and response. The SBT is a crucial part of the Sector's Response Division. "Sector San Francisco reservists welcomed the opportunity to significantly expand the safety and security footprint for this event, both ashore and afloat," said Cmdr. Kevin Lavery, the sector's senior reserve officer. The SBT, through a collaborative effort with the active duty staff, recently achieved 100 percent qualification of its team. As a result, the Sector's reserve boarding officers and boarding team members doubled the strength of their active duty counterparts by adding 11 reservists, contributing to security patrols, base security detail, vessel boardings and security zone enforcement. SBT officers also assisted with communication and coordinating multi-agency assets throughout the enforcement of the airshow safety zone. Although a variety of support took place to assist operational needs during Fleet Week, the team took a moment to acknowledge and celebrate a significant milestone as one of their own, Cesar Umali, advanced to chief petty officer, and bade farewell to the SBT's very dedicated Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Nishikawa. Whether it's a show of amazing human capabilities or a significant milestone, people are worth protecting and celebrating. — Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Roberts, Sector San Francisco Coast Guard Sector San Francisco leveraged its reservists from the Reserve Sector Boarding t eam (SB t ) as a force multiplier for added security and response during Fleet Week 2018. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Heaphy Hands-on experience More than 20 reservists from Sector Miami participated in an Incident Command System oil spill exercise at the Port of Miami Jan. 20-21. The exercise simulated an allision between two commercial passenger vessels, which resulted in 50 injured and two missing people, as well as 11,000 gallons of oil spilled in the waterway. Lt. Cmdr. Regina Adams planned and oversaw the scenario, which stressed the importance of using ICS to work in a uniform manner during large scale incidents. Sector Miami reservists gained experience and completed qualification sign-offs for a variety of ICS positions during the event. With assistance from a Station Miami Beach 45-foot response boat, Reserve members practiced deploying several hundred feet of boom to contain simulated oil. This hands-on evolution was paramount to understanding how containment boom aids in the removal of oil from the water. Through this full-scale exercise, Sector Miami members tested their skills and trained to assist in future large-scale emergency incidents. — Story by Lt. Marco Rodriguez, Sector Miami Photos by Cmdr. Natalie Murphy, Sector Miami Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 17

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