Reservist

ISS2 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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U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Rear Adm. Francis "Stash" Pelkowski, salutes fellow members of the Coast Guard as he departs his retirement ceremony held in West Islip, N.Y., May 19, 2018. In his latest leadership role, Pelkowski facilitated the operational readiness of 7,000 reservists to be prepared to respond to emergencies, domestically and abroad. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael White U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zunkuft, right, presents U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Rear Adm. Francis "Stash" Pelkowski with a citation to accompany the award of the Legion of Merit during his retirement ceremony, May 19. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael White Rear Admiral Stash Pelkowski retires after 38 years of service The Coast Guard held a retirement ceremony for Rear Adm. Francis "Stash" Pelkowski May 19 at the West Islip Fire Station in West Islip, N.Y. The ceremony honored Pelkowski's 38-years of dedicated and distinguished service to the Coast Guard. Pelkowski's retirement was presided over by the Coast Guard's 25th commandant, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, . In his latest leadership role, Pelkowski served as the Deputy Commandant for Operations, Senior Reserve Officer (SRO). Pelkowski facilitated the operational readiness of 7,000 reservists to be prepared to respond to emergencies, domestically and abroad. Prior to that, he served as the Atlantic Area SRO and currently sits on the Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees. He also served as a member of the Department of Defense Reserve Forces Policy Board, an independent advisory board that recommends Reserve Component strategies, policies, and efficiencies to the Secretary of Defense. Most recently, in 2017, Pelkowski helped coordinate the activation and logistics of thousands of reserve personnel in response to an extremely busy hurricane season when three powerful hurricanes hit the American mainland and Caribbean Islands. – Coast Guard news service Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 9

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