From the Homefront: Things we should know about the Coast Guard Reserve

Consider it the team behind the team. Last month marked the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Reserve, so we thought it would be a perfect time to explain how the Reserve works and to dispel some misconceptions.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MEC Ryan Olson

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MEC Ryan Olson

Petty Officer First Class Ryan M. Olson, a maritime enforcement specialist with Port Security Unit 313 based in Everett, Washington, received a special call on a typical day where he was balancing operational and administrative duties. On the other end of the line was Master Chief Petty Officer Eric Johnson, chief of reserve forces.

From the Homefront: Valerie Johnson’s call to serve

The call to serve never went away for Valerie Johnson, and after 9/11, she listened. Johnson, whose husband is Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Eric Johnson, is one three Coast Guard ombudsmen at large. She also currently serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

Underway: Director of Reserve begins familiarization tour with 7th District

For nearly a week in October, Rear Adm. James Heinz and Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Eric Johnson took the time to visit with reservists throughout the Coast Guard’s 7th District. From Miami to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Sector St. Petersburg, they listened and spoke with reservists on a range of topics, which included the current budget environment and the future of the Reserve force.