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Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks

This award is named after RADM Bennett “Bud” Sparks, who championed the integration of reserve and active duty workforces to achieve overall unit readiness. The award is presented annually by the ROA to recognize the unit that is judged to be most supportive of an operationally ready Coast Guard Reserve force, as demonstrated by its effective use and support of the Reserve force during the previous fiscal year.

Category 1: Congratulations to Station New York

During 2019 Station New York personnel supported separate mobilization including several members assisted the hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rice, several more members volunteered to deploy to Guantanamo Bay ensuring success of the DSF mission amassing more than 1000 underway hours. Over 10% of the Station’s reservists deployed in support of Southwest Border operations. Most notably a Portuguese speaking reservist was praised for assisting local CBP officials find a kidnapped 10 year old girl with ties to Jersey City, NJ. Station reservists also supported Fleet Week, the 74th UN General Assembly, the NYC Marathon, July 4th celebrations, and Times Square New Year’s Events. Station reservists accumulated over 1600 underway hours supporting SAR, security boardings, events and more.

Category 2: Congratulations to Sector Jacksonville

Accounting for 29 percent of the Sector workforce, Sector Jacksonville’s 150+ reservists played an active role in a number of the Sector’s largest and most visible operations including “Shrimp and Grits,” “Lights Out,” and “Snapper Trapper,” the Annual St. Augustine Parade of Lights, Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show, St. Augustine Blessing of the Fleet, and Golden Ray response. Reservists accumulated an average of 71.3 underway hours per reservist, responding to 15 SAR and 11 pollution cases, and 268 LE boardings. Seven Sector personnel supported Southwest Border operations; others supported the responses to Hurricanes Florence and Dorian, contributing 73 days’ worth of time on Title 14 orders.

Reserve Outstanding Officers

The Reserve Organization of America (ROA) annually presents the Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer Award to the Coast Guard Reserve junior officer judged to exemplify those characteristics expected of an outstanding junior officer during the past fiscal year.

Congratulations to LT Paul C. Jensen, Sector San Francisco

Following the landfall of CAT-5 Typhoon Yutu, LT Jansen deployed to establish an Incident Command Post in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. LT Jansen subsequently deployed to District Seven in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian landfall, again helping establish an ICS structure. He then supported two functional exercises in Northern California, Sector Puget Sound, and Sector San Diego, signing off over 700 tasks, serving on 10 oral boards, and helping nine Reservists complete their ICS qualifications. Additionally, LT Jansen helped raise $10,000 for the Red Cross in support of those affected by the recent wildfires.


The Reserve Organization of America (ROA) annually presents the Reserve Outstanding CWO of the Year Award to the Coast Guard CWO based on the member’s achievements and dedication to service based during the past fiscal year.

Congratulations to CWO2 Jonathan Oakes, LANT-39

As a SME on PATFORSWA and Contingency Operational Branch’s operational laydown and current events, INV2 Oakes was twice hand-selected to represent the Coast Guard and DHS during Exercise Obangame Express and Operation Junction Rain in support of a multi-national initiative – the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership. CWO deployed ahead of CG assets, conducted foreign post security assessment and provided pier side force protection support to USCGC Thetis in Lagos, Nigeria, and subject matter expertise on illegal fishing in Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. CWO Oakes was mobilized for T-10 Contingency Operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Resolute Support. In his civilian career, CWO Oakes is an Assistant Director for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) managing Human Resources, Leadership Development Program, recruiting and hiring efforts. Throughout his career, he has deployed for three tours to Iraq, one to Afghanistan, and one tour as a Special Agent aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Admiral Russell R. Waesche

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 annually by the ROA in recognition of Districts, the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL) and Pacific Area-13 (PACAREA-13) for Port Security Units and Navy Coastal Riverine Force 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 Eleventh Coast Guard District

Hundreds of reservists at D11 and subordinate units contributed to a long list of notable accomplishments in FY19. Over 65 reservists from D11 were mobilized to assist USCBP with Southwest Border operations. Reservists directly assisted with Fleet Week, Operation Safe Crab and Operation Safe Salmon. Two Reserve boarding team members competed in a multi-agency pistol competition against teams from the Marine Corps, Navy, Border Patrol and California Highway Patrol, as well as other local law enforcement agencies. The CG Reserve team claimed first place in the competition. Reservists also provided 200+ hours on 33 harbor patrols and 7 independent incident investigations including 100-gallon JP-5 fuel discharge at Naval Air Station North Island. Reservists also completed over 750 ICS PQS tasks resulting in 16 newly acquired certifications..

Category 2: Congratulations to the Fifth Coast Guard District

More than 600 reservists across the Fifth District region contributed to a myriad of accomplishments including over 1400 underway hours, 12 SAR cases, 100 hour of response operations, and provided water and shore side support to the 2019 Presidential State of the Union Address, the Defender’s Day Commemoration Fireworks, Waterman’s Triathlon and National’s Ball Park Fireworks. Reservists assisted with more than 20 Field Intelligence Reports and 20 Foreign Port Security Surveys as well as a Sector Delaware Bay reserve intelligence specialist who assisted federal, state and local law enforcement in 53 targeted container inspections resulting in the seizure of illegal weapons, ammo, and more than 19 tons of cocaine valued at $1.3 billion from the M/V MSC Gayane. D5 mobilized 71 reservists in support of CBP’s Southwest Border operations.

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