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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Another transfer season is upon us! Without a doubt, one of our biggest losses is Master Chief Johnson, the outgoing Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve, and a fellow motorcycle rider! You might not know his face well, even though you're likely affected by his efforts to shape policy. It was rare to see a picture of him in the magazine during his tenure, and that's the way he liked it. Master Chief found a way to make sure others were always recognized before himself—a true chief's chief. I'll miss having such a great sounding board nearby, but looking forward to good things from the new MCPO-CGR, Master Chief Williamson. As I tell the Reserve story, I keep meeting the best people. Thanks first to Senior Chief James Krise of Station St. Inigoes and his crew for showing me around last month. Those are some talented professionals with great stories, both in uniform and in their civilian lives. I'm especially indebted to CWO2 Michael Cash who spent hours explaining the new firearms training program (page 18) to me in detail. I love seeing someone who's passionate about their craft nail a project down so well. Next, Chief Donald Wiggins of the Naval Engineering Support Team in Fort Macon stood out as another person passionate about his work. His command views him as a whiz at Coast Guard mechanical systems, and he loves his job as the primary mechanic for one Army unit's worth of boats and firetrucks. He happened to send me a very proud photo of his engineers at a rare Honda engine class, which couldn't have happened without his initiative and some help from his RFRS staff. Great story, see page 34. And last, on page 35, it was wonderful to witness Adm. Zukunft introduce Capt. Walter Handy at the event in March where the captain received a lifetime achievement award from the Reserve Officers Association. He met the officers in the positions he helped create and defend. I've never seen him smile so often, and as I watched him shake hands with one person after another, it was one of those satisfying life moments when everything just clicks. Anastasia Devlin Editor-in-Chief RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM THE EDITOR RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM OUR READERS Moonlighting reservist I read with great interest the story of BM2 Costescu and her saga of completing the coxswain qualification. Congratulations are certainly in order. However... This cannot be used, as may be done by some commands, as a benchmark of what is expected by every BM2 trying to get qualified and advance (and in some situations not be forced out due to HYT). Her circumstances were exceptional and she made choices that cannot be made by other reservists. As it stands now, it is nearly impossible to complete the coxswain process within the bounds of our 48 drills and 12 ADT days, which is actually even less due to all hands and other tasks that take us off the water. In the real world, we deal with boats that are down for maintenance, active duty missions that take priority and the unreliability of reserve coxswains being present at every drill weekend. In the big picture, development of our civilian careers must take precedent over the Coast Guard because that is where the vast majority of our lifetime income and potential lies. Serving our nation is very honorable, but honor doesn't put food on the table or keep the lights on. Petty Officer 1nd Class Robert Artac, USCGR Sector San Diego Dear Petty Officer Artac: As a person who, we note, is extremely close to getting a coxswain pin, we appreciate how seriously you took BM2's story. You're right: that was an anomaly, highlighting her dedication. She trained over many years at multiple units and STILL couldn't seal the deal… until she gave up her nights and weekends, too. Is that what we're asking reservists to do? Depends. We know that in the real world, reservists spend time on things other than training — things out of our control: weather delays, broken/occupied platforms, changes of command, online training and personnel inspections. The RTPOs (reserve training petty officers) and their skill in managing each reservist's 48+12 are the make-or-break links in the CGR system. The folks in the Office of Boat Forces (CG-731) write: "Your point is well made, and we agree: it is not possible to complete the coxswain qualification process in one cycle of 48 drills and 12 days of ADT. Commands should not have this expectation of drilling reservists. It's possible to reduce the number of 48/12 cycles required by providing additional paid training time [ATPs]. In FY18, we collaborated with CG-131 (Office of Reserve Affairs) to provide ATPs to members who were close to earning their coxswain insignia. If the return on investment is as good as we think it will be, some additional training time may be available annually. We commend you on your initiative to take on additional responsibility—as an MK1, you're not only proficient in the MK rating, you're using your years of experience as a boatcrew member to achieve a higher level of qualification. The Reserve needs members like you, and we can see you as a future SERA or silver badge. Bravo Zulu." 2 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2018

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