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Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award

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 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 (Districts with fewer than 600 reservists assigned): Congratulations to the Fourteenth Coast Guard District (D14). Honorable mention: 9th District.
Reservists integrate into all aspects of daily operations at every level filling an essential role in the D14 operational strategy. They support the active duty component in day-to-day Coast Guard operations and, with their local connections and civilian career expertise, are essential in spearheading special projects. In 2017, reserve augmentation was a force multiplier in surge operations such as holiday visits by the President of the United States (POTUS), large-scale search and rescue operations and response to major storms without interruption to marine safety regulation and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Coast Guard's largest and most culturally diverse district. During the President's December 2016 holiday visit, our reservists comprised 40% of the security force where they provided critical support to Sector Honolulu over the three-week event. Reservists maintained waterside security zones, facilitated joint security operations and staffed the Incident Command Post in coordination with the Secret Service and local law enforcement to meet the increased workload demands and gain operational experience. The Sector Honolulu Boarding Team (SBT) reservists integrated with active duty Boat Crews to conduct operations during the Fourth of July weekend. The SBT augmentation to the active duty workforce contributed to a safe and successful Fourth of July celebration during the most crowded and largest fireworks show in Oahu. Sector and Station Honolulu members used ADT to provide operational, logistical, and administrative support for an annual event named "Operation Dry Water". Capitalizing on police department connections and extensive area familiarization, reservists collaborated with local law enforcement organizations and led enforcement teams over a two-day period to educate the public on Boating Under the Influence (BUI) consequences and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Immediately following Hurricane Harvey's landfall, District mobilized seven, JCS qualified, reservists for T-14 response, and eventually sent 22 reservists to support recovery operations for all three storms. Several of our reservists volunteered for and performed Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS) orders that included support of the Combined Federal Campaign, the Financial Management and Procurement Services (FMPS) modernization effort, Joint Interagency Task Force West's International Maritime Training Team and providing engineering support for Base Honolulu. With a seamlessly integrated force, the high level of commitment demonstrated by our reservists to the missions of maritime homeland security; domestic and expeditionary support to national defense; and domestic natural and man-made disaster response and recovery, ensured that D14 was always ready to respond within its 12.2 million square miles of the Central and Western Pacific operational area and throughout the nation.

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 hosts the second largest Reserve workforce in the Coast Guard with 841 reservists serving at 5 Sectors, 1 Marine Safety Unit, and 18 Stations. D7 reservists 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 dxr branch carefully manages $2.8 million in AFC-90 training funds, ensuring alignment with training plans and programmatic goals. Using the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan, D7 units have 42 qualified Coxswains, 93 Boat Crew Members who are cross-trained on the RB-S and RB-M platform. D7 also has a strong contingent of 60 Boarding Officers and 62 Boarding Team Members who regularly work with local law enforcement to execute law enforcement operations and security zones. In total, they amassed over 19,000 underway hours supporting law enforcement, search and rescue, marine safety, and security missions. A few highlights of their efforts include: Sector Jacksonville's Enforcement Division worked closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Together they logged over 90 underway hours and conducted 19 recreational and commercial fisheries boarding, a 15% increase over the target goal. Station Mayport's boat crew of reservists responded to a distress call in 20 knot winds and 6 foot seas. In Sector Charleston, reserve Prevention members inspected over 150 containers, conducted four facility spot checks, two transfer monitors, and inspected one explosive load. Their efforts found two deficiencies and issued one Notice of Merchant Marine Inspection Requirement. MSU Savannah reservists provided security of the waterway as Georgia Power conducted explosive demolition of two waterfront power plants. D7 reservists provided vital support during several surge operations by enhancing the waterside law enforcement presence and ensuring the safety and security of countless visitors. Sector St. Petersburg reservists established a multi-agency Incident Command Post (ICP) for the 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Festival. As a result, reservists conducted planning meetings, assisted with underway operations, and coordinated across 15 state and local law enforcement agencies for an event that encompassed a full day of waterside activities, water-borne parades, and managed over 300,000 spectators. Sector Jacksonville reservists supported the Night of Lights Parade in St. Augustine, FL. Named by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 places to see Christmas lights, the festival attracts 250,000 people and hundreds of boats to the waterfront displays. For the event, reservists worked closely with Fish and Wildlife officers and the local police department to prepare for the event. Six Reserve Boarding Officers and Boarding Team Members were embedded with law enforcement to provide additional security on the water. Reserve members also provided key support to the planning efforts and execution of U.S. Southern Command's multi-million dollar, full-scale maritime mass migration exercise, INTEGRATED ADVANCE. Simulating the interdiction of 13,690 migrants at sea and on land, approximately 45 reservists integrated into the DHS Task Force responsible for deterring, detecting and interdicting migrants at sea. Reserve members filled key ICS positions in the Task Force, served as maritime watch standers at Incident Command Posts, and deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with Department of Defense's Joint Task Force Migrant Operations. Their assistance resulted in a coordinated, multi­component maritime migration response and showcased the Coast Guard's ability to work effectively with its Department of Defense counterparts as part of a "whole government" response. In Sector Miami, reservists supported Homeland Security Investigations during Operation Venture which targeted undocumented migrants coming from the Bahamas and worked with Miami's Joint Terrorism Task Force to improve information sharing. Reserve Admin personnel across the Sectors and District staff worked with their active duty counterparts to prepare annual verifications, and conduct semi-annual weigh-ins. Members assisted with unit check-ins, pay issues, travel claims, and other administrative tasks. Often, the reserve force assisted on duty weekends and provide a conduit to the active duty staff on reserve concerns. Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA were storms of historic proportions that caused tremendous devastation to Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Exemplifying the strength of D7's Reserve program integration, D7 Reservists quickly mobilized and filled various positions through the entire response, augmented active duty counterparts, and served in unique capacities. For example: One of the first waves of reservists that mobilized for Hurricane IRMA were reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLO) and Liaison Officers (LNO). They were called upon to staff 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. These reservists reported in days prior to the landfall of Hurricane Irma and became the eyes and ears for the Area Command. Their understanding of FEMA's mission assignment process, and the Emergency Support Function structure enabled them to support the command by relaying whole-government response efforts and priorities. Additionally, these members served as experts on Coast Guard capabilities for government officials and coordinated all requests for assistance. Immediately after the storm hit, the D7 Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit (MTS RU) began working to restore hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial capacity across the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean basin. D7 reservists seamlessly integrated into the MTSRU to help track port status and provide aids to navigation updates. Within 48 hours of the storm's passage, all major commercial ports were reopened. This enabled the delivery of fuel and other commodities to reach the devastated area. As a result of the hurricanes, vessels all throughout the D7 Area of Responsibility blocked roads, clogged waterways, littered properties, and sank in marinas. Nearly 450 reserve members were integrated into the Incident Command Posts to conduct assessments of these derelict vessels, evaluated their potential impact in highly sensitive environmental areas, and arranged for the removal and disposal of hazardous waste and pollution. Our reserve members train for mobilization, perform operational missions, and stand ready to respond every day. Through their achievements they embody the spirit of the Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award.

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 SELRES):

CATEGORY 1 (Units with fewer than 100 reservists assigned): Congratulations to Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.
Honorable mention: Station Mayport. Sector Anchorage exemplifies the spirit of RADM Sparks' intention to integrate the active duty and reserve components and recognize high accomplishing reserve programs. Sector Anchorage Enforcement Reserves conducted more than 550 hours of LE training resulting in the qualification and/or recertification of three boarding officers while maintaining 100% readiness to augment active duty missions. Reservist Marine Safety Technicians in Sector Incident Management and Inspections Divisions worked a total of 97 days as break-in Pollution Responders, participated in 23 pollution response investigations, conducted seven vessel examinations and completed seven harbor patrols. Sector Anchorage Reservists also made significant contributions to operations during a myriad of Title 10 and Title 14 deployment activities including, one member from Sector Enforcement volunteered for orders to Coast Guard Recruiting Office in Anchorage for 297 days of support and was directly involved in the recruiting and processing of 105 new Coast Guard members resulting in a 67% increase over previous years at the recruiting office. Two members were selected to deploy with PSU 305 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) in 2017 totaling 730 days of augmentation. As qualified Boat Engineers, members completed over 400 maintenance procedure cards requiring 700 hours in support of boat operations. Two members from Sector Administration Division volunteered to augment District 17 and Sector Anchorage Planning and Force Readiness staff in support of the Coast Guard's 2017 Arctic Operations. In this capacity, these reserve members worked a total of 233 days on activities such as creating orders, processing travel claims, arranging logistics, and performing budget tracking for the Coast Guard's entire 2017 Arctic effort. Members completed 212 sets of orders and obligated a total of $668,000 in travel funds. By recovering tax exempt expenditures, finding alternate lodging and travel solutions, and pursuing refunds after cancelled activities due to changing operational needs, Sector YNs reduced actual travel claim reimbursements below funds obligated saving the Coast Guard $86,000. Four Sector 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. One-third (33%) of the Sector Anchorage Reservists voluntarily mobilized on Title 10 or Title 14 orders totaling 1,491 days of direct support to the Coast Guard and local communities. Additionally, IDT completion rates were near 100% IDT and ADT-AT participation at an average 13.3 days per member with all orders executed on time and within budget. 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, as immediate actions were taken to prevent a release and recovery options were continually evaluated. In October 2016, Sector San Francisco SELRES members supported San Francisco Fleet Week by getting underway to conduct safety zone enforcement, LE ashore operations, and engaging in recruiting outreach. Station San Francisco alone conducted nearly 200 underway hours in support of Fleet Week 2016, including the notable rescue of 30 persons in the water from a capsized vessel immediately following the US Navy Blue Angels airshow, to which one all-SELRES boat crew and one SELRES-augmented boat crew responded. In total, Sector San Francisco SELRES teams provided 665 hours of support to San Francisco Fleet Week 2016, acting as a force multiplier and reducing the impact of surge operations on the Sector's active duty component. In addition to these major planned operations, Sector San Francisco's outlying units distinguished themselves by the degree and quality of their integration with their Active Duty (AD) counterparts. Reserve small boat crews are assigned to six small boat stations in Sector San Francisco's AOR and logged over 1,050 underway boat hours in FY17, during which they completed 63 Search and Rescue (SAR) cases and suppo1ted, and in some cases led, training for AD members. Station San Francisco SELRES crews led a Boat Crew College in FY17 to facilitate qualifications for 12 AD members, a training evolution the station Reserve leadership conducts annually. STA San Francisco's exemplary unit training program led to the qualification of an all Reserve Coxswain and Crew on the 29' Response Boat Small-II (RBSII) in FY17; a unit first. STA Monterey SELRES members exclusively manned the seasonal STA Santa Cruz four days each month from May through September, relieving active duty STA Monterey members during the peak of transfer and SAR seasons. STA Rio Vista orchestrated all SELRES members' annual ADT to occur simultaneously, contributing over 1,150 hours to the station's efforts at the height of the California Delta recreational boating season. The Reserve Incident Management Division (IMD), in addition to fielding two Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representatives and six Pollution Responders, conducted 13 harbor patrols, 15 sorties, and responded to five cases. The four-person Reserve Intelligence division, all fully-qualified as Intelligence Collectors, issued nine Field Intelligence Reports and conducted a complete rewrite of the Sector San Francisco Intelligence Preparation of the Maritime Domain document, contributing over 120 hours in synthesizing content analyses and open source information, and incorporating community best practices to increase AOR awareness and wrote an entirely new section reflecting cybersecurity threats. The Reserve Admin Division developed an ADT processing guide to standardize and streamline the process for requesting, vetting, and obtaining over 1,600 annual days of active duty. Finally, Reserve Prevention SELRES Container Inspectors participated in a Multi-Agency Strike Force Operation in the Port of Oakland and inspected over 80 shipping containers for compliance with hazardous materials regulations in the nation's fifth-largest commercial port. As evidenced in the preceding narrative, Sector San Francisco's accomplishments during FY17 in Reserve integration, operations, and readiness have been of the highest caliber.      


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.

CG Reserve Chief Warrant Officer of the Year & CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award Nominee for the ROA
The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America annually presents the Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer of the Year Award to the Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer (W-3 or below) who has made notable contributions to the Coast Guard and/or ROA, demonstrated leadership in civic and profession activities, and is dedicated to lifelong learning, training, and education. The Coast Guard Reserve Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer of the Year is also the Coast Guard Reserve nominee for the ROA’s CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award.

Congratulations to ENG2 Pamela E. Arts-Smith of Port Security (PSU 305). 

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.

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