ISS1 2018

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during a minor reorganization our team recently went through." His employer agreed. "I think his organizational skills and the ability to interface with different groups and getting everyone working in the same direction are invaluable," said Abrams, "He always tries to keep everyone informed [of] what we are trying to accomplish." The strengths reservists gain from their civilian careers can also be extremely valuable to the Coast Guard. "My experience in managing floor processes in a large private business helped give me a better understanding of how to make strong business cases for budgets and resources," said Adams. "Now I'm better positioned to support my team members as we navigate the Coast Guard's budget process." At the same time, ESGR administers an award program where reservists can recognize their employers for outstanding support. The Patriot Award gives reservists a way to recognize the individual contributions and support of a supervisor while the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recognizes entire organizations for their efforts to support the Guard and Reserve. In her nomination package for the 2014 Freedom Award, Coast Guard Capt. Julia Hein took time to recognize what her employer, AT&T, has done for all of its military employees. Among other programs, the telecommunications company provided tablets and mobile phones to deployed service members, sent gift cards to families during the holidays and built calling centers in combat zones. As the old saying goes, "thank you" is a two-way street, and taking the time to recognize supervisors and companies that make fulfilling service obligations easier helps maintain the positive relationship critical to long-term military and civilian career success. "Taking the time to recognize your employer can have some real positive effects beyond the building a strong relationship between you and your boss," Hein said. "Some of these awards, like the Freedom Award, are built into "military friendly employer" ratings, which can help attract even more current or former military members." ESGR also regularly engages each of the Reserve component chiefs to identify situations where the services can help alleviate employer concerns or conflicts. In his role as the Coast Guard's Director of Reserve and Military Personnel, Rear Adm. Scott McKinley recently participated in ESGR's national leadership meeting. McKinley knows the complexities reservists and employers face, having advanced from patrol officer to chief of police over the course of his 21-year civilian career. "Reserve service can put a strain on everyone, especially during periods of unplanned deployments like we had this summer," McKinley said. "ESGR services are meant to be preventative by helping everyone communicate early and often. By working with ESGR, we can effectively address questions and concerns before they become problems." Reservists and their employers can visit to find additional information, request assistance in addressing a conflict or learn how to become an ESGR volunteer. — Story by Cmdr. Alex Foos CG-1313 Health Assessments for First Responders SUBJ: HEALTH ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR COAST GUARD RESPONDERS TO 2017 HURRICANES, ALCOAST 342/17 Summary: All Coast Guard personnel, including SELRES, who participated in a 2017 hurricane response to complete the Significant Event Acute Exposure Tracking Tool (SEAETT), which is found at This tool tracks injuries or illnesses that could have long-term health effects or fitness-for-duty implications. See ALCOAST 342/17 for more details. Boatcrew Seamanship Manual Becomes Series of Boat Crew Handbooks SUBJ: PROMULGATION OF BOAT CREW HANDBOOKS, ACN 135/17 Summary: The Office of Boat Forces announced the promulgation of five Boat Crew Handbooks, which are designed to better manage the information previously contained in the Boat Crew Seamanship Manual, COMDTINST M16114.5C. The five handbooks, below, can be found online at the Office of Boat Forces SharePoint/Portal Site. For more information, see ACN 135/17. Boat Crew Handbook-Boat Operations, BCH16114.1 Boat Crew Handbook-Rescue and Survival Procedures, BCH16114.2 Boat Crew Handbook-Navigation and Piloting, BCH16114.3 Boat Crew Handbook-Seamanship Fundamentals, BCH16114.4 Boat Crew Handbook-First Aid, BCH16114.5

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