Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswain’s mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard’s readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations.
Tag: Coast Guard Reserve
In the past five years, 10 Coast Guard reservists have died by suicide, an average of two a year. That percentage is lower than that of other military branches and on par with the civilian suicide rate. It’s also small enough that statisticians and health professionals have difficulty pinpointing patterns that would provide the ones left behind reliable answers or contexts.
Guam may be where America’s day begins, but at Station Apra Harbor in Santa Rita, Guam, reservists are known to be busy day and night. The Coast Guard Reserve has a long history of serving the people of the Pacific and continues to play a critical role in the local community.
The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc. and the Otis Civilian Advisory Council hosted the 2017 Annual Military Awards Banquet where junior members for each agency were recognized for their outstanding contribution to Joint Base Cape Cod. This year, Port Security 301 nominated Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Bonham for her outstanding service to the JBCC community and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve forces.
Lt.j.g. Joann Elizalde, a reservist at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and a forester in her civilian career, heard a distress call of a man who had overturned his canoe in the cold waters of a Wisconsin lake while on a patrol of a forest. Elizalde took action to call for help and stayed with the man, giving him a glimmer of hope for survival.
The Coast Guard Reserve exists to provide operationally capable and ready personnel to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the homeland and abroad. To be able to accomplish this, the Reserve force needs to be trained and competent. Over the last few years, the Office of Reserve Affairs, Commandant CG-131, has worked hard to improve the training availability to members, streamline allocation of C School quotas, maximize the return on investment of the Reserve Training appropriation and better communicate training usage to the field.
Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Swan, the executive officer of Port Security Unit 309, is the second of eight members that will be highlighted in the Inspire blog series. Swan is the recipient of the 2017 Witherspoon Reserve Inspirational Leadership for navigating her unit through a member’s suicide, a sexual assault case, and the high operational tempo demands during the Republican National Convention.
The Enlisted Person of the Year program recognizes exemplary men and women from the active and reserve enlisted workforce who reflect the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet is recognized as the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year – Active Duty Component – and Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole K. Cimino is recognized as the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year – Reserve Component.
We’ve rounded up some good messages for you this week! Award solicitations, major changes to the Reserve Training Management System, reduction in mandatory training, Good Order and Discipline data is now available and more.