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2012 National Coast Guard Reserve Awards Winner Summaries

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 the district, the Deployable Operations Group (DOG), or the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL) 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 (FY).
Category 1 (District/DOG/DOL with fewer than 600 Selected Reserve (SELRES)):

Congratulations to the Ninth Coast Guard District (D9). Over the course of the summer D9 reservists were involved with 411 search-and-rescue cases, directly saved 47 lives, assisted more than 5,400 mariners in distress, and conducted 2,335 vessel boardings. D9 proactively established processes to align mobilization competencies with the Concept of Reserve Employment (CORE) for every one of its 513 Reserve positions, providing each reservist with valid mobilization competencies, clear guidance to certification, and training opportunities. In order to encourage improvements in Reserve readiness metrics, D9 created the Ninth District Commander’s Trophy for Reserve Readiness and awarded it to Sector Sault Saint Marie.
CATEGORY 2 (District/DOG/DOL with 600 or more SELRES):

Congratulations to the Deployable Operations Group (DOG), whose reservists sourced many contingency operations and exercises in FY12. Unit involvements in exercises such as Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) and Exercise Patriot Hook allowed DOG units to complete Individual Training Plans for its members, leading to projected training requirements and mandates to achieve personnel proficiency across a myriad of rates. Other activities included unit training programs such as a boat college where crewmen and coxswains were trained and qualified. Several PSUs increased their numbers of tactical coxswains by 200% in FY12. Additionally, members utilized ADT for the completion of PSU Basic and Boarding Officer courses. PSU personnel achieved 148 qualifications during FY12 deployments.

Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks 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 (FY).
Category 1 (Units with fewer than 100 SELRES):

Congratulations to Station Philadelphia whose reservists achieved a near perfect mobilization readiness score of 99.5% and maintained qualifications above the minimum contingency level for RBS coxswain and crewmember certifications. When not mobilized, Station Philadelphia reservists augment active duty missions by performing routine patrols and supporting operational missions. Station Philadelphia has fully integrated its Reserve force and developed a process to qualify reservists as tactical coxswains and boat crew members in order to enhance mission capabilities and member competency. Additionally, Station Philadelphia reservists responded to six search-and-rescue cases during FY12.
Category 2 (Units with 100 or more SELRES):

Congratulations to Sector Delaware Bay, whose Reserve and Active duty forces are fully integrated in all operational missions. Sector Delaware Bay reservists have been assigned ICS competencies on the Sector Watch Quarter Station Bill to allow for full utilization of reservists during exercises and incidents. This approach successfully led to a number of reservists completing their assigned ICS Performance Qualification Standards. Sector reservists worked closely with the stations to support active duty missions. In addition to operational successes, individual reservists maintain an average overall readiness rate of 93%.

Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) Award

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 (FY).
Congratulations to LT Andria Davis of MSU Texas City. LT Davis distinguished herself as an outstanding leader, technical expert, and model member of the Coast Guard community. As the acting Senior Reserve Officer, LT Davis led more than 35 personnel in all facets of readiness, training, and operations in the nation’s largest petrochemical complex. LT Davis attained 100% readiness for all assigned reservists and maintains high compliance rates through continued focus, personal accountability and an extensive unit indoctrination program for newly assigned members. LT Davis also implemented an exhaustive annual unit training plan, coordinated numerous active duty and civilian trainers, and drafted the unit's first Reserve business plan. Her efforts significantly improved planning capabilities for the unit's Reserve team leaders and members.

Coast Guard 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) in recognition of their achievements and dedicated service to the Coast Guard Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer of the Year is also the Coast Guard Reserve’s nominee for the ROA’s CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award.
Congratulations to MLES2 Michael Beshears of Sector Baltimore. CWO Beshears is an enthusiastic leader who inspires shipmates to achieve their full potential. As the Vessel Boarding Security Team Reserve Team Leader, he is responsible for ensuring the readiness of 22 team members and coordinating their operational and training requirements. CWO Beshear’s team achieved a 100% safety record for a significant number of vessel boardings and harbor patrols during the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration held in Baltimore, MD. He actively encouraged his personnel to participate in and support volunteer activities including home construction for wounded veterans, Hurricane Sandy relief, and others.
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