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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Planting the seed for a new generation of future Guardians on St. Croix Story and photos courtesy of Lt. Brad A. Bryan, Sector San Diego When most people imagine taking a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, they think of sandy beaches and relaxation. This wasn't the case for a group of dedicated Coast Guard members who spent their fall on St. Croix following the immense devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. These service members helped reconstruct vital infrastructure on the island, reestablished normal Coast Guard operations, and restored commerce by ensuring that ports and waterways were fully functional. While their recovery efforts will certainly be remembered in the hearts and minds of many Crucians, the humanitarian efforts they took part in may influence a generation of promising children serve in the U.S. military. In their spare time, deployed Coast Guard members partnered with Project Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth on St. Croix. These members met with many of the youth and provided educational outreach by talking about different career paths that the Coast Guard has to offer them. The children were full of questions about what it takes to be a Coast Guardsman, and were completely sold on joining the service after touring our response boats. These deployed men and women continued to support Project Promise over the holiday season by hosting a toy drive and delivering wrapped presents to the children on Christmas Day. I am honored to have served with these Coast Guard members, and I'm proud to know that in a few years, we can expect some young, inspired recruits to apply for our service from a tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. � Deployed reservists on St. Croix assist local residents with cleaning up a park, in the aftermath of two hurricanes that struck the island in 2018. Lt. Brad Bryan, of Sector San Diego, delivers presents to children on the island of St. Croix. Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 43

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