Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the 26th 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 Jeremy Thorndyke
U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
Coast Guard Station Portland (Oregon)

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Q. Where is your hometown?

A. Boise, Idaho

Q. How long have you been in the Coast Guard? Prior active duty?
A. 12 1/2 years on active duty and 3 1/2 years as a reservist, for a total of 16 years.

Q. Why did you join the Coast Guard? Why do you stay/what keeps you motivated?
A. I joined the Coast Guard because I loved the water and I have always been interested in driving fast boats. Oh, of course I love helping people out, as well. So, the Coast Guard was the obvious choice.

Q. Have you been deployed since joining the reserves? If so, where and when?
A. I have only been deployed while on active duty. No deployments as a reservist yet.

Q. What are some of your responsibilities while on duty?
A. I am a 29′ boat coxswain and the waterside boat crew/coxswain trainer for the reservists at the station.

Q. What do you do on a typical duty day?
A. I’m underway. I augment the active duty coxswain slot, so the active coxswain can go home.

Q. What’s your most memorable experience since joining the Coast Guard?
A. The people I have met and the friendships I still have today from when I was in boot camp and “A” school.

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A. I am a Police Officer with the Garden City, Idaho Police Department.

Q. How do you balance Coast Guard and civilian life? Any challenges?
A. The challenge for me is the traveling. I drive over 600 miles each way to drill, which results in a lot of miles on my truck. Other than that, I am very fortunate to have a command that allows me to batch my drills, so I only have to drive the 1200 miles four times a year.

Q. Are there any skills you’ve learned through the Coast Guard that you apply to your civilian career and vice versa?
A. Communication and work ethic are the two key areas where the Coast Guard has taught me to better my career in the civilian world.

Q. How does being in the reserves impact the service as a whole?
A. I have the ability to continue to use the skills I’ve learned in the Coast Guard over the last 15+ years. I still get to teach the up-and-coming junior members the lessons (both positive and negative) I have learned since joining in 2000. I also have the opportunity to still be a part of something great while continuing to do what I love in the civilian world.

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