Coast Guard Reservist returns home from oil spill response

U.S. Coast Guard District 8
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Benson

Date: 01.03.2014
Posted: 01.03.2014 09:54
News ID: 118795

NEW ORLEANS – A Coast Guard Reservist and Gainesville, Fla., resident returned home from an extended tour of duty for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Drilling out of Coast Guard Sector Miami, Petty Officer 2nd Jasmine Montanez was called to active duty to join the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team in July 2012. <br /> <br /> “Over the last 19 months, I worked with and met a lot of great people, but I ‘m glad to be finally heading home,” Montanez said.<br /> <br /> During her deployment, Montanez worked as a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team member in Houma, La., Pensacola Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala., where she responded to 150 National Response Center reports of shoreline re-oiling, oversaw operations for 87 miles of shoreline and conducted over 200 operational mission surveys. <br /> <br /> She was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal Service for her unwavering commitment, steadfast leadership and a tireless work ethic.<br /> <br /> This was her second deployment to the Deepwater Horizon Response.<br /> <br /> At the conclusion of this deployment, Montanez will be returning home to Gainesville, Fla., She plans to go to college for Occupational Therapy. Montanez joined the Coast Guard in 2008.