Excellence in Reserve Readiness


Lt. Cmdr. David Uhl (second from left), and Capt. Scott McKinley (second from right) accept the Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award at the Reserve Officers Association reception in Washington, D.C., Jan, 30, 2012. Standing with Uhl and McKinley are Rear Ad. David Callahan, acting director of reserve and leadership, and Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, vice commandant of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The 9th Coast Guard District’s Planning Branch was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award, for excellence in support of the 9th District’s Reserve Force during the past year.

Capt. Scott McKinley, the 9th District’s senior reserve officer, and Lt. Cmdr. David Uhl, from the 9th District’s Planning Branch, accepted the award at the Reserve Officers Association reception in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2012.

The Coast Guard Reserve is a flexible, responsive force that supports the Coast Guard’s homeland security, national defense and disaster response missions, both domestically and abroad.

Ensuring that the reservists maintain proficiency and readiness is critical to the success of their mission. Unit commanders are required to ensure reservists under their command receive the proper training and administrative support.

“The entire district, active and reserve, should be proud to be the recipient of this award,” said Uhl. “This award is not the result of one person’s actions or any single entity, but rather the culmination of many different points of view.”

“This award was a combined team effort,” echoed McKinley, “made possible by the truly open and vibrant communications we have between our active and reserve leadership on the 9th District.”

Each year, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States recognizes the unit that is judged to be the most supportive of a totally integrated military force, demonstrated by its effective use and support of the reserve component during a fiscal year.


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