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 Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America to recognize the District, the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL), or Pacific Area-13 (PACAREA-13) for Port Security Units and Navy Coastal Riverine Force units that is 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 (Districts with fewer than 600 reservists assigned): Congratulations to the Fourteenth Coast Guard District (D14). Honorable mention: 9th District. District nine reservists made significant contributions to Coast Guard operations including, one member whose service in Coast Guard Recruiting Office Anchorage was directly responsible for the recruiting and processing of 105 new Coast Guard members; a 67% increase over previous years at that recruiting office. Four Sector Anchorage reservists participated in Hurricane Maria response efforts in the Caribbean and were involved in logistics support, search and rescue, and community support for a total of 231 days. During FY17, 33% of Sector Anchorage reservists were activated under Title 10 and/or Title 14 providing 1,491 days of direct support to the Coast Guard and local communities. Sector Anchorage achieved one of the highest readiness scores within Pacific Area with an Overall Reserve Readiness score of 98% in 2017.
CATEGORY 2 (PACAREA-13, DOL, and Districts with 600 or more SELRES): Congratulations to the Seventh Coast Guard District (D7). Honorable mention: Pacific Area, Deployable Specialized Forces Support Branch (PAC-13).
D7 Reservists assigned within D7 are integrated into every mission area and actively serve as coxswains, boat crews, boarding officers, pollution responders, container and facility inspectors, operations and intelligence specialists, contingency planners, and administrative and logistics staff. D7 boat cress and boarding teams amassed over 19,000 underway hours in support of law enforcement, search and rescue, marine safety, and security missions including Station Mayport's all-reserve boat crew which responded to a distress call in 20 knot winds and 6 foot seas. In response to Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA D7 Reservists quickly mobilized and filled various positions across the entire response. Reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLO) and Liaison Officers (LNO) deployed to two FEMA Regional Response Centers, three state Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), multiple county EOCs, as well as EOCs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Immediately after the storm hit, D7 reservists seamlessly integrated into the Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit (MTS RU) which worked to restore hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial capacity across the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean basin. Within 48 hours of the storm's passage, all major commercial ports were reopened enabling delivery of fuel and other commodities to devastated areas. As part of this effort, nearly 450 reservists integrated into Incident Command Posts and assessed numerous derelict vessels, evaluated the potential impact to highly sensitive environmental areas, and arranged for the removal and disposal of hazardous waste and pollution.
Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks Award formerly Total Force Award
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 Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America 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 (Units with fewer than 100 reservists assigned): Congratulations to Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. Honorable mention: Station Mayport.
Sector Anchorage reservists made significant contributions to Coast Guard operations including, one member whose service in Coast Guard Recruiting Office Anchorage was directly responsible for the recruiting and processing of 105 new Coast Guard members; a 67% increase over previous years at that recruiting office. Four Sector Anchorage reservists participated in Hurricane Maria response efforts in the Caribbean and were involved in logistics support, search and rescue, and community support for a total of 231 days. During FY17, 33% of Sector Anchorage reservists were activated under Title 10 and/or Title 14 providing 1,491 days of direct support to the Coast Guard and local communities. Sector Anchorage achieved one of the highest readiness scores within Pacific Area with an Overall Reserve Readiness score of 98% in 2017.
CATEGORY 2 (Units with 100 or more SELRES): Congratulations to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. Honorable mention: Sector New York.
In April 2017, the derrick barge VENGEANCE overturned in a windstorm and sank in San Francisco Bay, coming to rest atop the Transbay Tube carrying Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuter trains. The barge carried over 4,300 gallons of fuel and lube oil. The Sector San Francisco Incident Management Team-Reserve (IMTR) coordinated the establishment of an Incident Command Post with SELRES members filling all ICS positions up to and including the Deputy Incident Commander for the first two days of the event, as well as key positions for the duration of the response. Sector San Francisco boat crews were integrated into operations performing over 63 search and rescue cases including 30 persons rescued by one all SERLES boat crew and one SELRES-augmented crew from Station San Francisco. In addition, reservists exclusively staffed Station Santa Cruz for four days per month between May and September. Reserve support in Intelligence and Prevention divisions were also critical to ensuring the safety and security of the nation's fifth-largest commercial port.
Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer Award (ROJO)
The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America annually presents the Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) 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 Jeffrey S. Miller of Legal Service Command (LSC). Honorable mentions: LtJg Cynthia Burris of Port Security Unit (PSU 308), LtJg Chad Luettel of Port Security Unit (PSU 305), Lt Tracy Rainey of Sector Jacksonville, Lt Tracy Rankin from Sector St. Petersburg, Ltjg Catherine Wright from Base Portsmouth,
As a member of the Reserve Judge Advocate General (RJAG) cadre assigned to the Legal Service Command (LSC), LT Miller demonstrated unparalleled devotion to duty through his decisive leadership, focused drive, and remarkable spirit of service. LT Miller significantly contributed to the RJAG program development by producing the Contingency Missions Lawyer (CONT-LAW) Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) Trainer's Guide, the reference the entire active and reserve legal community uses as a mobilization "desk book." During a 60-day mobilization in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, he assisted hundreds of Coast Guard members and dependents with legal assistance. LT Miller also augmented LSC active duty attorneys on numerous occasions, drafting multiple insightful and concise memos regarding ethics determinations. LT Miller assisted the LSC's senior military justice attorney by leveraging his dozen years of state/federal prosecutorial experience. He participated in multiple round-table planning sessions with active duty military prosecutors to discuss and analyze complex trial issues prior to motion hearings and contested courts martial. His civilian prosecution expertise contributed to the successful resolution of several difficult military justice cases. During a six month period, he led a team in researching, drafting, and editing a comprehensive 90-page training guide, covering 17 distinct legal specialties, covering subjects such as military justice, fiscal law, and ethics. This training guide will assist the 200 active and reserve members of CGJAG to acquire the skills and knowledge to respond to any national contingency. LT Miller exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect, devotion to duty. His enthusiastic attitude, insatiable desire for continuing education and leadership development, as well as his commitment to community and fitness demonstrate he is outstanding among his contemporaries.
CWO Pamela E. Arts-Smith is the FY17 Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer of the Year and has been nominated for the Reserve Officers Association CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award. CWO Arts-Smith reported onboard PSU 305 in time for the unit's deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTFGTMO) in support of Operation FREEDOM'S SENTINEL. She worked tirelessly with the USCG Director of Operational Logistics (DOL) to ensure the movements of two 32' Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB), ISU-90 containers, and several pallets of gear went smoothly. She arranged for the load team to utilize a C-17 fuselage located at Fort Lee to ensure the delicate loading procedure for the unit's TPSBs was refined and perfected prior to actual loading. As the unit prepared for deployment to JTF-GTMO, CWO Arts-Smith stepped up to serve as the deployed Engineering Officer. During the six-week ramp up prior to deployment, she led the Engineering Department in their support of the first ever-integrated field exercise (FIELDEX) incorporating the Waterside and Shore side Security Divisions, Communications Watch standers and Tactical Action Officers (TAO). Upon arrival to JTF-GTMO, she maintained accountability of eight TPSBs, 35 vehicles, two armories, 57 crew-served weapons, and 311 small arms. Her leadership resulted in over 7,000 hours of cumulative maintenance and the completion of over 700 Maintenance Procedure Cards. She worked with PACAREA and Small Boat Product Line (SBPL) to resolve hull fractures on seven TPSBs. This resulted in all the TPSBs being back to full mission capability status within 24 hours of the initial discovery. CWO Arts-Smith also worked with the Chief's Mess to erect a monument to all of the Coast Guard PSUs who had served with JTF-GTMO. She is a steadying and guiding influence to her subordinates and has consistently exhibited the core competencies of the United States Coast Guard.