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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 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!

 

 

Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks

This award is named after Rear Admiral Bennett “Bud” Sparks, who championed the integration of reserve and active duty workforces to achieve overall unit readiness. The award is presented to 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 U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force

The National Strike Force (NSF) develops, maintains, and provides a cadre of highly trained professionals with specialized equipment and incident management expertise ready for rapid deployment to assist Federal On Scene Coordinators and Lead Agency Incident Commanders in preparing for and responding to oil discharges, hazardous substances releases, Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents, contingency response operations and other complex incidents. The reserve component of the National Strike Force (NSF) performed exceptionally in fiscal year 2020. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, historic wildfires in the western states, and busy hurricane season, 39 NSF reservists were fully integrated into NSF teams or deployed as individuals to support field commanders in key leadership and operational roles, spending more than 3,000 total days on active duty at the following incidents: Hurricanes Dorian, Laura, and Sally; Motor Vessel GOLDEN RAY capsizing; USS BONHOMME RICHARD firefighting and pollution response; California Wildfire Emergency Support Function; and COVID-19 response at the Eleventh Coast Guard District and Coast Guard Training Centers Cape May and Yorktown.

Congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force!

 

Category 2: Congratulations to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound

Sector Puget Sound is recognized for consistently meeting and exceeding the highest readiness standards and an unrelenting commitment to the mobilization readiness of its reserve workforce. During an exceptionally challenging year due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and limited on-site training opportunities, reserve boat crew members used a combination of virtual and in-person duty to complete recertification requirements and attain additional boat crew and law enforcement qualifications. Sector Puget Sound reservists performed vital support of the active duty component, performing 52 Port State Control Examinations, 15 law enforcement boardings, 8 Search and Rescue cases, 28 Maritime Security Response Operations patrols, participated in the Labor Day weekend OPERATION SIX PACK, and designed, planned and executed a Functional Exercise involving 38 active duty and reserve members.

Congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound!

Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer Award

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 Lieutenant Terri Medlin, U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina

LT Medlin is recognized for her outstanding performance of duties while assigned to Sector North Carolina’s Emergency Management Force Readiness (EMFR) Department and Atlantic Area Incident Management. LT Medlin volunteered to serve on Active Duty for Operational Support orders for the Coast Guard Incident Management Assist Team (IMAT) where she completed over 74 hours of FEMA courses and quickly became qualified as a deployable member.  She then deployed in response to Hurricanes Laura and Sally, serving in critical roles such as Assistant Safety Officer, Medical Unit Leader, IMAT Branch Support Chief, and Deputy Planning Section Chief. Over the course of the year, LT Medlin completed her Masters of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Administration, graduating with honors.  In the community, LT Medlin is a Registered Nurse for the Veterans Affairs Wilmington Health Care Clinic, has invested more than 140 hours organizing events for Females in Action, and raised funds for local charities including Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the Wilmington Health Foundation Grant.

Congratulations, LT Medlin, on your selection as the Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer!

 

 

Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer Award

Presented to the Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer based on the member’s achievements and dedication to service during the past fiscal year.

Congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer Jeremy Bloom, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region

CWO Bloom demonstrated extraordinary leadership, professional competence, and innovation in response to the global pandemic. He expertly directed the concept, development, planning, and execution of the first ever Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Assist Team initiative. Leading a team of 60 members, CWO Bloom oversaw the execution of a 24/7 centralized transfer assistance help line and 17 satellite teams that responded to over 3,000 policy compliance determination requests, facilitating the safe transit and accounting for more than 15,000 service members and their families during the challenging 2020 transfer season. He cemented critical partnerships with Headquarters Directorates, 11 Major Commands, and dozens of Servicing Personnel Officer and Personnel Administration Divisions, all while coordinating extensive logistical and fiscal support systems, enabling senior leadership to have a real time macro-level operational picture. This unprecedented effort received recognition from the most senior levels of the Coast Guard and is now being emulated as the “benchmark” for a second PCS Assist Team in 2021.

Congratulations, CWO Bloom, on your selection as the Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer!

 

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