This award is named after Admiral Russell R. Waesche who, while serving as Commandant, established the Coast Guard Reserve to bolster readiness during World War II. The award is presented to units that are judged to be most supportive of a totally integrated Coast Guard military force as demonstrated by its effective use and support of the Reserve Component during the previous fiscal year.
Category 1: Congratulations to the Ninth Coast Guard District
The Ninth District is recognized for their high level of proficiency and readiness combined with a willingness to serve. Fiscal year 2020 was filled with Ninth District Reserve Program operational successes that ensured the safety and security of the Great Lakes Region and beyond. Most notable was an all reserve crew from Station Alexandria Bay that responded to a distress call from the Passenger Vessel ISLAND DUCHESS that had 134 passengers and 5 crew on board. The reserve boat crew led the response as the on-scene commander, directed the combined actions of seven participating agencies including international partners, and resulted in the largest number of lives saved in fiscal year 2020 prosecuting a single case. Also noteworthy in fiscal year 2020, Ninth District reservists filled critical Summerstock positions at the busiest locations in the Great Lakes, assisted with 179 Search-and-Rescue cases, 1,101 vessel boardings, and accumulated over 1,900 underway hours and provided boat crews for 10 seasonal stations that could not operate without these dedicated Reservists. The dedication, vigilance, proficiency, and readiness of the Ninth District reservists play an essential role in their overall ability to deliver multi-mission services throughout the five Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, over 6,700 miles of shoreline, and 1,500 miles of the international border.
Congratulations to the Ninth Coast Guard District!
Category 2: Congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard Director of Operational Logistics (DOL)
The U.S. Coast Guard Director of Operational Logistics (DOL) is recognized for demonstrating an untiring dedication to mission support and operations, flawlessly supporting the Deputy Commandant of Mission Support (DCMS) and the Deputy Commandant of Operations (DCO). With a complement of 2,500+ reserve positions, the largest reserve force in the Coast Guard, DOL provided the flexibility and professionalism that formed a responsive operational surge capacity that proved invaluable in providing operational support for current and new initiatives that helped enhance the safety of our homeland. In fiscal year 2020, DOL responded to a record high 12 hurricanes in one season and established the first ever 61 member all-Reservist Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Assist Team that supported 15,000 service members and their families during the challenging 2020 transfer season. PCS Assist Teams were also established throughout the U.S. to support local commands with the national response to COVID-19, filling critical gapped positions within unit level Contact Tracing teams. DOL’s aggressive leadership and comprehensive knowledge of contingency regulations proved critical in the planning and execution of more that 275+ Title 10 12302 and Active Duty for Operational Support contingency reserve mobilizations and the accountability of $13.3 million, dispersed to more than 50 commands in response to the global pandemic.
Congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard Director of Operational Logistics!