U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Davis, a reserve machinery technician assembles cement molds for buoy anchors at the Naval Engineering Department at U.S. Coast Guard Base Portsmouth on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Davis, a member of the new Reserve Maintenance Assistance Team, says the new concept allows him to get hands-on experience as far as my rating. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chiara Sinclair.

The wrench revolution: R-MATs poised to change how reserve engineering ratings train

Following a successful pilot program, new Reserve Maintenance Assist Teams (R-MAT) will soon work as part of active duty Coast Guard Naval Engineering Departments (NED). Reserve machinery technicians, damage controlmen, and electrician’s mates will be assigned to these teams to better develop their skills, their careers and the Reserve’s ability to respond to daily challenges and historic moments.