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     Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          2


     Rear Admiral Bennett “Bud” Sparks Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         4


     Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) Award . . . . . . . . . . .           6


     Reserve Chief Warrant Officer of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       8


     CWO4 Michael J. Novosel Award for the ROA           . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9


     Reserve Family Readiness Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          11


     USAA Enlisted Reservist Scholarship Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .           13
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Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award
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1. Background. This is an operational award whose eligibility is the Deployable Operations
   Group (DOG) and Coast Guard Districts. It is named after Admiral Waesche who while
   serving as Commandant established the Coast Guard Reserve in order to bolster readiness
   during World War II. The award is presented annually by the Reserve Officers Association
   (ROA) of the United States of America in recognition of the unit that is judged to be the
   most supportive of a totally integrated Coast Guard military force, demonstrated by its
   effective use, and support of the Reserve Component during a fiscal year (FY).

2. Award Criteria. Commandant (CG-13) determines the winner based on the extent the
   Districts/DOG maximized Coast Guard Reserve Readiness during the previous fiscal year.
   There are two unit categories for this award. A Category 1 unit is less than 600 reserve
   personnel and Category 2 unit is 600 or more personnel assigned. The DOG is considered a
   Category 1 unit. Qualitative and quantitative information analysis should be included in the
   respective nomination packages. The Coast Guard Reserve Awards Panel in their
   deliberations will focus on three categories:

   a. Operations as demonstrated by individual completed and current qualifications and
      certifications for the FY that are integrated into day-to-day operations that support
      potential surge requirements at local, regional, or national levels. (The weight of this
      category will be approximately 50%)

       The Reserve Required Competencies and Attainment Scores report can be found on
       CGPortal at: https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/reserve-community/selres-
       performance-reports

   b. Training as demonstrated by the completion of training plans and individual
      development plans for the FY. (The weight of this category will be approximately 30%)

   c. Administration: (the weight of this category will be approximately 20%)

       (1) Reserve Appropriation financial management: Evaluation will be based on accuracy
           of budget requests, submissions, quarterly closeouts, prompt budget execution,
           timely de-obligation of funds, and reconciliations.

       (2) Satisfactory participation as measured by the average Inactive Duty Training (IDT)
           and Active Duty Training (ADT) participation rates for the FY of assigned reservists.
           The IDT and ADT participation report can be found on CG Portal at:
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       https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/reserve-community/selres-performance-
           reports

       (3) Medical and dental readiness. (Measures contained in IDT/ADT Report)
       (4) Members name entered in the Training Management Tool (TMT).

       (5) Recruiting Units are encouraged to provide narrative and qualitative information on
           retention of active duty members that affiliate with the reserve program as a result
           of policies and procedures targeting active duty to reserve transitions.

3. Nominations. All Districts and the DOG are encouraged to submit a nomination package for
   this award. There is no restriction on the number of successive times the DOG or a District
   can receive this award. Each District and DOG Commander may submit a nomination
   package for their units in Category 1 or Category 2 (or both if applicable).

   Each nomination must have a flag officer endorsement. The summary of accomplishments
   should address each of the criteria and may not exceed three pages. All nominations should
   be forwarded to arrive at Commandant (CG-13) no later than 1 December.

   Commandant (CG-13) will convene a Reserve Awards Panel to review the nominations and
   recommend the award recipients (one from category 1 and one from category 2) and
   forward to Commandant (CG-13) for final selection. The selection will be announced via
   ALCOAST.

4. Presentation. The award will be presented to the winning unit during the Coast Guard
   Reception held during the ROA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The ROA will pay
   conference registration fees. Commandant (CG-13) will fund travel cost for the recipients.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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Rear Admiral Bennett “Bud” Sparks Award
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1. Background. This is a unit award that is focused on operational readiness. It is named after
   RADM Bennett “Bud” Sparks who served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1942-89. RADM
   Sparks was a visionary for the Coast Guard Reserve who championed the integration of
   reserve and active duty workforces to achieve readiness. The award is presented annually
   by the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America in recognition of
   the unit that is judged to be the most supportive of a totally integrated Coast Guard military
   force, demonstrated by its effective use, and support of the Reserve Component during a
   fiscal year (FY).

2. Award Criteria. Commandant (CG-13) determines the winner based on the extent of Coast
   Guard Reserve Readiness during the previous fiscal year. There are two unit categories for
   this award. A Category 1 unit has fewer than 100 reserve personnel and a Category 2 unit
   has 100 or more personnel assigned. Qualitative and quantitative information analysis
   should be included in the respective nomination packages. The Guard Reserve Awards
   Panel in their deliberations will focus on three categories:

   a. Operations as demonstrated by individual completed and current qualifications and
      certifications for the FY that are integrated into day-to-day operations that support
      potential surge requirements at local, regional, or national levels. (The weight of this
      category will be approximately 50%)

       The Reserve Required Competencies and Attainment Scores report can be found on
       CGPortal at: https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/reserve-community/selres-
       performance-reports

   b. Training as demonstrated by the completion of training plans and individual
      development plans for the FY. (The weight of this category will be approximately 30%)

   c. Administration as demonstrated by: (The weight of this category will be approximately
      20%)

       (1) Satisfactory participation as measured by the average Inactive Duty Training (IDT)
           and Active Duty Training (ADT) participation rates for the FY of assigned reservists.
           The IDT and ADT participation report can be found on CG Portal at:
           https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/reserve-community/selres-performance-
           reports

       (2) Medical and dental readiness. (Measures contained in IDT/ADT Report)
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       (3) Members name entered in the Training Management Tool (TMT).

       (4) Recruiting Units are encouraged to provide narrative and qualitative information on
           retention of active duty members that affiliate with the reserve program as a result
           of policies and procedures targeting active duty to reserve transitions.

3. Nominations. All units possessing a valid OPFAC are encouraged to submit a nomination
   package through the respective chain of command for this award. There is no restriction on
   the number of successive times the unit can receive this award. Force Readiness Command
   (FORCECOM), Atlantic Area and Pacific Area (LANT and PAC), Deputy Commandant for
   Mission Control (DCMS), Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO), and each District may
   nominate up to two units (one from category 1 and one from category 2) and forward to
   their respective Area Command. LANT and PAC shall consider all District nominations when
   selecting the two LANT and two PAC submissions to Commandant (CG-13).

   Each nomination must have a flag officer endorsement. The summary of accomplishments
   should address each of the criteria and may not exceed three pages. All nominations should
   be forwarded to arrive at Commandant (CG-13), via the Commands, no later than 1
   December.

   Commandant (CG-13) will convene a Reserve Awards Panel to review the nominations and
   recommend the award recipients (one from category 1 and one from category 2) and
   forward to Commandant (CG-13) for final selection. The selection will be announced via
   ALCOAST.

4. Presentation. The award will be presented to the winning unit during the Coast Guard
    Reception held during the ROA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The ROA will pay
    conference registration fees. Commandant (CG-13) will fund travel cost for the recipients.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) Award
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1. Background. This is an individual award administered by the Coast Guard Reserve program
   and presented annually by the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of
   America. This award recognizes the Coast Guard Reserve junior officer judged to be most
   outstanding among his/her peers. Commissioned Officers O-3 and below, and Chief
   Warrant Officers W-3 and below, serving in the Selected Reserve (SELRES) or the Individual
   Ready Reserve (IRR) who have not been a previous winner of this award are eligible for
   nomination. Eligibility extends to those in the following status: drilling, inactive ready
   reserve, and Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) orders. Specific information on
   nomination deadlines, location of award presentation ceremony, etc., is announced via
   ALCOAST.

2. Criteria. The candidate should exemplify the characteristics expected of an outstanding
   junior officer. The nomination package for this award should include, but is not limited to,
   examples of the following actions or characteristics of the nominee:

   a.   Notable contribution(s) to the Coast Guard.
   b.   Demonstrated leadership abilities.
   c.   Exemplary performance of Coast Guard duties.
   d.   Significant civic accomplishment(s).
   e.   Dedication to life-long learning/training/education.

3. Nominations. All units are encouraged to submit nominations through their chain of
   command. Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Atlantic Area and Pacific Area (LANT
   and PAC), Deputy Commandant for Mission Control (DCMS), Deputy Commandant for
   Operations (DCO), and each District may nominate one reserve officer. Award selection will
   be based on the performance of the candidate during the preceding calendar year prior to
   the year that the award is presented. Nomination packages will consist of a cover memo
   (not to exceed two pages in twelve-point font with one-inch margins, a Reserve Officer
   Resume (CG-5481) and complete contact information for the nominee including civilian
   telephone numbers and e-mail address. The selected Reserve officer must submit an 8X10-
   portrait style photograph suitable for publication to CG-1313 within 30 days of notification.

   Each nomination must have a flag officer endorsement. The summary of accomplishments
   should address each of the criteria. All nominations should be forwarded to arrive at
   Commandant (CG-131) no later than 1 December.

   Commandant (CG-13) will convene a Reserve Awards Panel to review the nominations and
   recommend the award recipient and forward to Commandant (CG-13) for final selection.
   The selection will be announced via ALCOAST.
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4. Presentation. The award will be presented to the winning Reserve officer during the Coast
    Guard Reception held during the (ROA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The ROA will
    pay conference registration fees. Commandant (CG-13) will fund travel and per diem
    accounting data for the recipients.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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Reserve Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) of the Year
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1. Background. This program was established to annually recognize the achievements and
   dedicated service of Warrant Officers of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve. Chief Warrant
   Officers (CWO) in grades W2 & W3 who are members of the Ready Reserve and have not
   previously received this award are eligible for nomination.

2. Criteria. The nomination package for this award should include, but is not limited to,
   examples of the following actions or characteristics of the nominee:

   a. Military and civilian education, experience, achievements, awards and decorations.
   b. Community and professional activities.
   c. Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of the United States of America participation

3. Nominations. All Commanding Officers are encouraged to submit nominations directly to
   Commandant (CG-131). The Reserve CWO of the Year recipient will be the Coast Guard
   reserve’s nominee for the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award sponsored by the Reserve Officers
   Association (ROA).

   Each nomination should have a signature forwarding a substantive endorsement through
   the appropriate level of the chain of command is recommended, but not required. The
   summary of accomplishments should address each of the criteria and may not exceed two
   pages in Coast Guard memo format and must include the official ROA nomination forms. All
   nominations should be forwarded to arrive at Commandant (CG-131) no later than 1
   September.

   Commandant (CG-13) will convene a Reserve Awards Panel to review the nominations and
   recommend the award recipient and forward to Commandant (CG-13) for final selection.
   The selection will be announced via ALCOAST.

4. Presentation. The award will be presented to the winning member during the Coast Guard
    Reception held during the ROA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The ROA will pay
    conference registration fees. Commandant (CG-13) will fund travel cost for the recipients.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award for the ROA
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1.   Background. This is an individual award. Presented annually by the Reserve Officers
     Association (ROA) of The United States, Army Warrant Officers Committee and is named
     after Medal of Honor recipient CW4 Michael J. Novosel, U.S. Army. The award was
     established to recognize the achievements and dedicated service of Warrant Officers and is
     open to ready reserve warrant officers of all the armed services. This program was
     established to recognize Warrant Officers of the Reserve Officers Association while
     contributing to the following desirable activities:

     a. Increase interaction between respective services and ROA Departments.
     b. Enhance communication among ROA Service Sections and Department Vice Presidents.
     c. Enhance and encourage membership and participation in ROA by Warrant Officers. All
        activities should be accomplished with maximum public relations activity.

2. Criteria. Commandant (CG-13) determines the Coast Guard’s Novosel Award nominee
   based on the member’s achievements and dedication to service. To be eligible for this
   award an individual must:

     a. Mandatory:

        (1) Be a warrant officer in grade WO1, CW2, or CW3 at the time of the ROA National
            Convention.
        (2) Be a member in good standing of ROA at the time of nomination and the ROA
            National Convention.
        (3) Receive endorsement from their unit/command.
        (4) Receive endorsement from the ROA department in which they hold membership.
        (5) Be a member of the Ready Reserve (i.e., a US Army Reserve Troop Program Unit, the
            National Guard, US Marine Corps Reserve, US Navy Reserve, the Coast Guard
            Reserve, or the Individual Ready Reserve) or participating in the respective Active
            Guard and Reserve (AGR), Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) or
            Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) programs at the time of submission of the
            nomination.

     b. Nominees shall be judged on the following: (not necessarily in order of importance)

        (1) Military and civilian education, experience, achievements, awards and decorations.
        (2) Community and professional activities.
        (3) ROA participation.
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   c. Any Warrant Officer may be reconsidered in subsequent years if all requirements are
       again satisfied and he/she has never been selected as the ROA Outstanding Warrant
       Officer.
3. Nominations. The recipient of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve (USCG) Chief Warrant Officer
   of the Year is automatically the USCG nomination for the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award for
   the ROA, Army Section. Commandant (CG-13) will submit the CWO of the Year to the ROA
   as the Coast Guard’s nomination. Nominations must be received by the Awards
   Coordinator at the ROA by 1 October 2011. The Awards Coordinator will log in each
   nomination packet and notify the nominees that the packet has been received.

4. Presentation. Three (3) finalists will be selected by the EXCOM Initial Selection Committee
   in December and requested to attend the ROA National Convention in Washington, DC.
   This takes place towards the end of January or beginning of February. Exact dates are
   posted on WWW.ROA.ORG. The member must attend a personal interview with the Final
   Selection Committee. The final selection and presentation of the award will be made during
   the ROA National Convention. All finalists will be recognized with certificates and a
   reception in their honor. The winner will receive a plaque and his/her name will be placed
   on the permanent award displayed at ROA National Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Note: To read more about the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year
Award and more detail submission requirements, please visit the ROA site at:

         http://www.roa.org/site/DocServer/WO_application_2012.pdf?docID=32024

5. Last update: 11 August 2011

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Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards
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1. Background. This is a unit award. Established and sponsored by the Office of the Assistant
   Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD-RA), the award annually recognizes a unit in
   each Reserve Component (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard, Air
   National Guard, and Coast Guard) that has the most outstanding family readiness program
   within their Reserve Component. Any Coast Guard unit with significant Selected Reserve
   personnel/participation is eligible for consideration for this award. Specific criteria are
   announced each year by ALCOAST. The award is usually presented at a Pentagon awards
   ceremony hosted by OASD-RA in early to mid-February.

2. Criteria. Each service establishes its own selection criteria within the general criteria
   guidelines set forth each year by OASD-RA. Past year’s guidelines have included emphasis
   that embody these categories:

   a.   The level of the Command’s involvement in its family readiness programs.
   b.   Demonstrate the linkage between family readiness and mission readiness.
   c.   Provides equitable and accessible benefits and entitlements to unit members.
   d.   Family readiness program information such as welcome aboard packages; family
        readiness information, helpful contact information and educational briefs that increase
        quality of life for unit family members.
   e.   Demonstrates how the mission requirements within the service and its reserve
        component provide family support to the services total force.
   f.   Utilization of the unit ombudsman in the support of overall unit readiness.
   g.   Family support programs support other deployed units or individuals regardless of
        service affiliation.
   h.   Percentage of non-deployable unit personnel or personnel requiring early return from
        deployment within the unit due to family readiness issues?
   i.   Percentage of unit personnel requiring early return from deployment within the unit
        due to family readiness issues?

3. Nominations. All Coast Guard units that have Selected Reservists assigned are encouraged
   to submit nominations through their chain of command. All Coast Guard units with
   Selected Reserve personnel assigned are eligible for this award.

   The summary of accomplishments should address each of the criteria. The nomination
   package shall consist of a one-page cover memo and no more than a two-page summary of
   action in Times Roman 13-point type with one-inch margins (this format and font are
   specified by OASD/RA). All nominations should be forwarded to arrive at Commandant (CG-
   1313), via Atlantic Area or Pacifica Area Commands, no later than 10 December.
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   Commandant (CG-13) will convene a panel to review the nominations and recommend
   award recipients. That unit will be the Coast Guard Reserve award recipient at the award
   presentation ceremony hosted by OASD/RA. The selection will be announced via ALCOAST.

4. Travel/funding. The Commanding Officer of the selected unit and a representative of the
    unit’s family support program (ombudsman) will be invited to attend the award ceremony
    hosted by OASD-RA. CG-131 will fund ADSW-RC orders and travel expenses for the unit
    representatives.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
Scholarship Program
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1. Background. This annual award consists of six individual scholarship awards. The USAA
   sponsors six $1,000.00 dollar scholarships each year to help offset the costs of higher
   education for enlisted Coast Guard Reservists or their dependents. Applicants submit an
   essay and transcripts. The award is promulgated by Commandant (CG-13), and
   administered by the Coast Guard Foundation on behalf of the sponsor (USAA). Solicitation
   for application packages are announced each year via ALCOAST.

2. Criteria. Applicants must:

   a. Be an enlisted Coast Guard Reservist (Select Reserve or Inactive Ready Reserve) or their
      dependents, enrolled in a degree program in an accredited institution. Dependents that
      apply must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
   b. Be enrolled in or accepted by an accredited institution in a program that leads to a
      college degree (associates, bachelors, masters, or doctorate) or a two or four year
      course of study at an accredited technical or vocational training school.
   c. Maintain the minimum GPA required by their institution to remain in a degree or
      certificate status.
   d. Be pursuing their first associates, bachelors, masters, doctoral degree, or
      technical/vocational certificate.

3. Nominations. Each application shall consist of a cover letter, an official transcript from the
   educational institution and a one-page essay on “How my parents/my spouse’s
   participation in the Coast Guard Reserve contributed to my success.” The Coast Guard
   Reserve Awards Panel will select six finalists to receive a scholarship.

4. Travel/funding. There is no travel involved with this award. Funds from USAA are
   disbursed to the six winners through the Coast Guard Foundation.

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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Other Reserve Eligible Awards
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CAPT Edward R. Williams Coast Guard Award
For Excellence and Diversity
(For details contact: Chief, Diversity Workforce Staff, CG-12B)

CAPT John G. Witherspoon Award
(For details contact: Office of Leadership and Professional Development, CG-133

George R. Putnam Inspirational Leadership Award
(For details contact: Office of Leadership and Professional Development, CG-133

MCPO Angela M. McShan Award
(For details contact: Office of Leadership and Professional Development, CG-133

Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year
(For details contact: Reserve Chief Officer’s Association

5. Last update: 29 April 2011

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