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.

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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.