Coast Guard Reserve unit receives DOD Reserve Family Readiness Award

7th Coast Guard District NewsWASHINGTON – Port Security Unit 307, based in Clearwater, Fla., was presented the 2011 Reserve Family Readiness Award by the Department of Defense in a ceremony at the Pentagon today.

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.

“PSU 307 is honored to be receiving this prestigious award,” said Cmdr. Andrew Wallace, PSU 307’s commanding officer. “Our families strong support through our recent deployment to the Middle East ensured that all of our members in the field could safely and successfully complete the mission.”

During their recent deployment in of support U.S. Central Command, PSU 307 actively educated unit members and their families about resources available to them. This included a network of support to assist families in emergency situations and to maintain regular contact with families of deployed members. Due to the extensive dispersion of unit members, the unit Ombudsman and the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon staff traveled extensively to where unit families were and where the need was greatest to help alleviate deployment stress and anxiety.

PSU 307 families are benefiting from the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, 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.

In addition to the regular Yellow Ribbon Events, the unit developed and distributed “mid-deployment” newsletters to let families know what their Service member was doing overseas, and to educate them about the unit’s mission. 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.

During the ceremony, PSU 307 representatives received a plaque from the DOD and a plaque from the Military Officers Association of America. They also received a cash award for family readiness program.

Established May 1999 as a Coast Guard Reserve unit, PSU 307 provides security and protects personnel and facilities from terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion, and attack. The unit has a proud operational heritage, including recent security and humanitarian support to Haiti after the devastating island earthquake, January 2010; and, in support of Operations’ Enduring Freedom, Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Uphold Democracy. Most recently, they returned from a six-month deployment in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, Jan. 23.

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.

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