Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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36 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings orders met the tactical objectives for the segment. The work orders then went to the land owners for comment. If the land owner had comments, TAG members reviewed the com- ments and made necessary amendments and forwarded the work orders to the federal on-scene commander. When not involved in the TAG effort, the Coast Guard cleanup manager was in the feld, troubleshooting problem sites and working with Exxon supervisors, Coast Guard and state monitors, and land owners to ensure the work orders were carried out as agreed. Looking Back to Plan Ahead Whether someone is a frefghter, police offcer, or search and rescue crew member, all professional responders train and focus their lives on their given response specialty. Even though these specialists do not want harm to come to the public or the environment from disastrous events, there is another part of their makeup that pines for them, so they can use the expertise they have developed. National Strike Force members are no exception. The responses to the marine casualties that occurred during 1988 to 1990 were a NSF member's nirvana. The Exxon Valdez spill, as well as other marine casualty events, kept the entire National Strike Force cadre on the road almost permanently. While this was diffcult for the crew and their families, we doubt if any of them would want to have missed it. And, in recognition, the Pacifc Strike Team crew was named Pacifc Area Operational Unit of the Year and later Coast Guard Operational Unit of the Year for their response activities during the Exxon Valdez spill and other incidents during 1989 and 1990. About the authors: Retired CDR Gary Reiter was commanding offcer of the Pacifc Area Strike Team from 1987 to 1990. Since his retirement from the Coast Guard, he has worked as a qualifed individual and spill manager with an oil company and three response and planning consulting frms. He is president of Westcliffe Environmental Management Inc., a consulting frm that specializes in oil spill response, training, and planning. Retired CAPT Glenn Wiltshire was commanding offcer of the Atlantic Area Strike Team from 1988 to 1991. Today he serves as the deputy port director for Port Everglades in South Florida. Retired LCDR Jack Kemerer was executive offcer of the Pacifc Area Strike Team from 1988 to 1991. After retiring from active duty, he worked in the private sector providing emergency response planning and training services. Subsequently, he returned to federal service with the Coast Guard and is cur- rently chief of the Fishing Vessels Division within the Offce of Commercial Vessel Compliance at Coast Guard headquarters. Bibliography: Shigenaka, G. (2014) Twenty-Five Years After the Exxon Valdez. NOAA's Scientifc Sup- port, Monitoring, and Research. Administration, and State of Alaska representatives. The consensus: The workforce would be smaller, yet much more mobile than the large task forces used in the 1989 summer cleanup. During this time, the Coast Guard, Exxon, and State of Alaska command centers were all moved from Valdez to Anchorage, which allowed better logistics capability for serving the entire spill area. In addition, the PST commanding offcer was assigned as USCG cleanup manager and one NSF member was assigned to oversee the Prince William Sound workforce. Another National Strike Force member was assigned to the USCG command center in Anchorage to liaison with USCG for- ward command centers in Seward, Homer, and Kodiak and provide them logistical and tactical cleanup support. Other NSF personnel would be called in as necessary for special projects during the 1990 cleanup season. 1990 Shoreline Cleanup Phase The 1990 shoreline cleanup phase began in mid-March 1990 with a training program that included the goals and objec- tives approved during the winter meetings, administrative procedures for developing and approving work orders for the segments to be treated or cleaned during the summer, and the manner in which the work orders would be pro- vided to the land owners of impacted areas for their com- ment prior to beginning work. A technical advisory group (TAG), made up of personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmo- spheric Administration, Exxon, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation coordinated the effort. The Pacifc Strike Team commanding offcer also served as the Coast Guard TAG representative. The technical advisory group reviewed shoreline cleanup assessment team reports and determined if Exxon work Responders receive more NSF equipment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Public Information Assist Team.

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