Coast Guard Reserve unit receives DOD family readiness award

Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group News
WASHINGTON – Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 was presented the 2012 Reserve Family Readiness Award by the Department of Defense in a ceremony at the Pentagon March 1.

The RFRA is presented to the top unit in each of the reserve components of the armed forces that demonstrate outstanding family readiness while maintaining superior mission readiness.

During the ceremony, Port Security Unit 305 representatives, commanding officer, Cmdr. Michael J. Ferullo, his daughter, Laura Ferullo and unit’s Ombudsmen, Amy Priest and Abby Rivera, received a plaque from Mr. Richard O. Wightman, Jr., Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs) and a plaque from the Military Officers Association of America. They also received a cash award for family readiness program.

While deployed in of support U.S. Central Command, PSU 305 actively educated unit members and their families about resources available to them. The unit’s ombudsmen and unit command cadre were able to use traditional outreach tools and also leveraged the unit’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DOD-wide effort to help National Guard and Reserve members and their families locate resources before, during and after deployments. Yellow Ribbon events provide access to information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial and legal benefits. Deployment related support activities were enhanced by activities (e.g.; picnics, pool parties, and briefings) that brought the unit and families together regularly and built a strong sense of community.

Families attended a mid-deployment Yellow Ribbon workshop and were able to have a live meeting with deployed PSU members using video teleconferencing.  The ombudsmen also ensured that family members knew what support resources were available to them in case of an emergency.

PSU 305 provided port/harbor and maritime security as part of Task Group 56.5 in Kuwait.  With a long history of support to Combatant Commanders around the world since 1995, PSU 305 has successfully deployed to New York City in 2001 in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002, 2006 and 2009, Rota, Spain in 2003, and most recently, to Kuwait.  The unit has also supported other Port Security Unit deployments such as Operation Unified Response in Haiti in January 2010.

PSUs are a component of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group. The DOG provides properly equipped, trained, and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.

WASHINGTON — Port Security Unit 305 members are presented a 2012 Reserve Forces Readiness Award at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. The RFRA is presented to the top unit in each of the reserve components of the armed forces that demonstrate outstanding family readiness while maintaining superior mission readiness. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

WASHINGTON — Port Security Unit 305 members are presented a 2012 Reserve Forces Readiness Award at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

WASHINGTON — Cmdr. Michael J. Ferullo, Port Security Unit 305 commanding officer, accepts a 2012 Reserve Forces Readiness Award at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. The RFRA is presented to the top unit in each of the reserve components of the armed forces that demonstrate outstanding family readiness while maintaining superior mission readiness. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

WASHINGTON — Cmdr. Michael J. Ferullo, Port Security Unit 305 commanding officer, accepts a 2012 Reserve Forces Readiness Award at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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