CTF 84 Reserve Unit Established

Story Number: NNS051005-03Release Date: 10/5/2005 10:19:00 AM
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By Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Gabriela Hurtado, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Commander Task Force (CTF) 84 Navy Reserve Detachment stood up Oct. 1 during a ceremony at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) compound here.

CTF 84 improved its already talented team of warfighters by integrating a new reserve contingency support capability with an already-proven active component.

The task force is responsible for ASW and maritime surveillance in the Western Atlantic. Its mission includes homeland defense responsibilities through maritime surveillance operations.

CTF 84's Navy Reserve detachment is comprised of eight officers and eight enlisted personnel, who have diverse backgrounds in submarine, aviation and surface warfare.

Vice Adm. Chuck L. Munns, Commander Naval Submarine Forces and CTF 84, was the guest speaker at the activation ceremony.

Munns stressed the importance of active-reserve integration to the 16 Sailors who now comprise the new reserve detachment of CTF 84.

"I don't see it as standing up a reserve unit," Munns said. "You are coming into the fabric of CTF 84, in a very integrated and cohesive way as we are the fabric of theater anti-submarine warfare (ASW) around the world."

Cmdr. Andrew Burcher, commanding officer CTF 84 Navy Reserve Detachment, is leading the integration of both the active and reserve components into one cohesive unit.

"The use of reserves to support the varying demands of CTF 84 is a perfect example of active/reserve component integration," he said. "The reserve ASW fighters of CTF 84 have talent and experience and are valuable assets, ready to provide extra capability to the accomplishment of the mission."

"Active-reserve integration is not a concept, it's a reality," added Cmdr. Jin Zeh, executive officer, CTF 84 Navy Reserve Detachment. "The citizen Sailor of 2005 and beyond is a vital commodity in enabling the nation to fight and win, wherever and whenever necessary."

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