Reservist

ISS1 2018

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shipmates to do something to help her out, but we'd have to do it on our own time and on our own dime. So we set to work. Luis went back, made some final measurements and priced the supplies and resources we'd need to get the job done. We estimated that it would cost close to $1,600 to get the work done. Luis set up a fundraising webpage, and Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Leyman reached out to his construction company back home, which donated more than $1,000. The local chiefs mess pitched in $300, and, after contributing some of our own money, we raised over $1,700 to buy the supplies. The first day was spent buying and transporting the supplies, tearing down water-damaged walls and removing debris from the house and yard. Afterward, we got to work rebuilding what she'd lost – eight hours in the open sun. Her family even came to thank us – her father was in tears, and he couldn't believe how much we were helping his family. Even with all the destruction and loss surrounding them, the family found time to celebrate a cousin's birthday, and, of course, shared some cake with us. We finished the walls the first day and began repairing the roof. We came back the next day, and the following weekend. As work and duty obligations permitted, we made several trips back over the next four weekends to reconstruct three walls, replace the torn-off roof and re-shingle the entire home. It wasn't back to pre-hurricane status yet, but we fixed it so the rain stayed out, and the lady and her son could start to recover a bit easier. We pitched in and bought her son some much-needed school supplies, and a Coast Guard T-shirt and hat. He wore it every day that we were there. As the project went on, we went back for more supplies, including a window I bought. We all spent a little more out of our pockets than we intended, but it was worth it. I'm thankful to Luis, who was the planner, interpreter and the heart and soul of our team. In the end, nine Coast Guard members worked on this project, donating their own money, as well as hundreds of man hours and thousands of dollars of free labor. Petty Officers Stephanie Daley, David Schaeffer, Pete Hidalgo, Charles Stewart and Sarah Kessler all helped out, as well as Luis, Mike, Kyle and me. Not everyone helped out every day, but they all played important roles. We all have since returned to our units and homes, but we formed a bond and stayed in touch, checking on each other and creating a family out of helping another family in need. We went to Puerto Rico and did our jobs – did them well – but we did more, worked more and learned more than we ever thought possible. � Anchors for Eagles Story and photo submitted by PSU 313 Lt. Jasmine Barnard of Port Security Unit 313 was recently designated by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell as an honorary chief. Her local chiefs mess cited her genuine care, honest feedback, job expertise, humor and humility as reason for the honor. Barnard's motivation and support of her people has led to high morale, and she's propelled almost a dozen members toward the officer corps. She's cemented the officer/chief relationship, participating in six Chiefs Call To Initiation (CCTI) ceremonies in the last 10 years. "Lt. B. is a wonderful person," said Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Hooper, Command Master Chief of PSU 313, "and her advancement to chief is a real honor for those of us that have had the privilege to know and serve with her. The lieutenant's track record of persistence in problem- solving, non-profit fundraising, personnel support and camaraderie with the chiefs mess has followed her from the east coast to the west coast units, on deployments from Hurricane Gustov to Deepwater Horizon to Guantanamo Bay. "Lt. Barnard is an inspirational leader that embodies the meaning of the anchor," said Chief Petty Officer Joel Burkhardt, Chief of the Mess, Port Security Unit 313. "It's rare that an officer is made an honorary chief, but she's one of us." The Chiefs Mess of PSU 313 surprised Barnard with honorary anchors and certificate, presented during PSU's all- hands gathering Jan. 21. � Deployed reservists begin work to repair the roof, destroyed during the hurricane, on the home of a local resident in a recibo, Puerto Rico. Lt. Jasmine Barnard poses with the Chief's Mess of PSU 313 after being designated an honorary chief by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell. 42 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2018

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