Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the 24th post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community.

Boatswain’s Mate First Class Danelle Hauther
U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
Coast Guard Station Portland (Oregon)

Hauther Uniform 1

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. I am originally from Conifer, Colorado.

Q. How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
A. April will be 12 years, all reserve time.

Q. Why did you join the Coast Guard? Why do you stay/what keeps you motivated?
A. I joined for search and rescue. I stay motivated by developing junior personnel into outstanding petty officers and seeing what they are able to accomplish as they progress through their Coast Guard careers.

Q. Have you been deployed since joining the reserves? If so, where and when?
A. I filled in at my home unit for Hurricane Katrina so an active duty member could respond. In 2010, I deployed to Deepwater Horizon, stationed in Intracoastal City, Louisiana. Additionally, I was on Title 10 orders for a year at Station San Diego in support of Ports Waterways and Coastal Security and Naval Security. Lastly, I served on Title 10 and ADOS orders for two and a half years at Station Rio Vista, California in support of PWCS and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Q. What are some of your responsibilities while on duty?
A. I was formerly a coxswain, including tactical crew, training, operations, section lead, search and rescue and range coach. Currently, I provide training and administrative support for an outstanding group of 27 reservists who just won the District 13 Reserve Readiness Award.

Q. What do you do on a typical duty day?
A. Lots of administrative work, online training, operations, planning and, then, more admin. When I go home, I study for my recertification qualifications.

Hauther Tactics 2Q. What’s your most memorable experience since joining the Coast Guard?
A. Being tethered on to the Response Boat-Small as bow-gunner in a security zone, guarding an ammunition offload for the Army when a tanker full of anhydrous ammonia transited through our zone. That was a humbling day…being between two highly explosive ships. I also remember the first junior petty officer that I got to pin when he advanced to the next rank. That was a great day.

Q. What is your occupation outside of the Coast Guard? Where?
A. I’m the Event Manager at the Oregon Convention Center.

Hauther uniform 3Q. How do you balance Coast Guard and civilian life? Any challenges?
A. I have an amazing and understanding spouse who has always supported me. I could not have accomplished even half of my career without his pushing me to put in the extra time needed to be successful as a reservist. It takes a lot of time and effort outside of drill weekends and two weeks of ADT in order to maintain qualifications and stay on top of all the requirements for reserve readiness.

Q. Are there any skills you’ve learned through the Coast Guard that you apply   to your civilian career and vice versa?
A. You get what you give. Patience is a true virtue. Never let a mistake go by without learning something from it.

Q. How does being in the reserves impact the service as a whole?
A. Our job in the reserves is to be ready when someone needs us. By being able to respond on short notice, we leave the active duty personnel in place to do their jobs (e.g., search and rescue, aids to navigation, etc.) so the entire infrastructure is not disrupted and critical services are not compromised.

Q. Anything else you’d like for us to know/include?
A. I am incredibly proud of the men and women I have served with – both reserve   and active duty.

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