ISS1 2018

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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Company commander corps rounded out by reservists By Anastasia M. Devlin The recruits at the Coast Guard's Training Center in Cape May, N.J., spend a lot of time trying to blend in with their shipmates. They may not recognize that two of their company commanders are also blending in with their shipmates, who may not realize their peers are reservists. Last summer, Petty Officers 1st Class Jonathan LaKose and Joseph Spruce both began two- year tours at TRACEN Cape May where they serve as assistant company commanders. The training center is the fifth largest base in the Coast Guard, and it's the sole accession point for the entire enlisted work force. As part of the training to teach and lead new recruits, Spruce and LaKose first attended a rigorous indoctrination course called Company Commander School. LaKose, a member of the Reserve for the last ten-plus years, finished the class in June of 2017, which he said was "no joke." "I've been a police officer for 18 years, but this was the hardest thing I've ever had to do -- physically, academically, mentally," said LaKose, who was the only reservist in his class. "There's nothing they can tell you that will ever prepare you for what [school] is like." Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan LaKose addresses recruits during a session of extra military instruction at t raining Center Cape May, n .J. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm Company Commanders Petty Officers 1st Class Justin Repasi, Joseph Spruce, Jonathan Jarman, and Leonel a bascal, pose behind a makeshift Christmas tree on the beach at t raining Center Cape May, n .J. 40 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2018

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