Establishment of ESU Juneau command

KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Detachment Kodiak, ESD, is located on Kodiak Island March 25, 2011. About 90 Coast Guard personnel are employed with the ESD and it is scheduled to shift from a unit to a detachment April 1. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Detachment Kodiak, ESD, is located on Kodiak Island March 25, 2011. About 90 Coast Guard personnel are employed with the ESD and it is scheduled to shift from a unit to a detachment April 1. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Electronics System Support Unit Kodiak relocated to Juneau establishing ESU Juneau on April 1.

Cmdr. Lane Johnson, ESU Juneau commanding officer, has command of ESU Juneau and five electronic support detachments throughout Alaska (Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Anchorage, Valdez and a detail in Sitka). The missions and capabilities of ESU Juneau remain the same even though there has been a reorganization of the unit’s command.

“The hardworking men and women of ESU Kodiak will be just as diligent in their efforts under a new name, and their customers, the men and women of the Coast Guard in Alaska, and by extension the Alaskan public, will experience no change in our services,” said Johnson.

 Only four people are physically shifting from Kodiak to Juneau to effect this change. This relocation, which includes the commanding officers position, allows ESU to consolidate its command-level oversight of detachments to a single geographic location. These Coast Guard-wide changes will provide a more agile, flexible, and responsive organization meeting the needs of the 21st century. Johnson will physically remain in Kodiak until his formal change of command ceremony in June.

ESUs throughout the Coast Guard provide command, control, communications, computers, and information technology field services to all Coast Guard units. ESU Juneau’s primary mission is to ensure all electronic, telecommunication and computer systems are maintained in a constant state of readiness with a secondary mission augmenting product line managers and core technology project officers with design and installation of new systems throughout the state.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Kelsey, an information systems technician with Electronic Systems Support Unit Kodiak, tests a phone line in Hangar 3 at Air Station Kodiak for the HH-65 shop at 1:52 p.m., Feb. 7, 2011. The ESU technicians support more than 15 units across Alaska by maintaining the computer systems and phone lines. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Kelsey, an information systems technician with Electronic Systems Support Unit Kodiak, tests a phone line in Hangar 3 at Air Station Kodiak for the HH-65 shop at 1:52 p.m., Feb. 7, 2011. The ESU technicians support more than 15 units across Alaska by maintaining the computer systems and phone lines. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

ESU Kodiak’s history starts in 1987 when the Coast Guard reorganized and created the Maintenance and Logistics Commands and Electronics Maintenance Detachments. EMD Kodiak and MLC’s Command, Control and Communications (t) Division assumed the responsibilities and authority of the Seventeenth District’s former Electronics Engineering Division (eee). The original EMD Kodiak consisted of one lieutenant and a chief warrant officer. In February 1989, after a successful trial period, EMD Kodiak officially took over the Electronic Shop Telephone Division of Communications Station Kodiak. To reflect these new changes, Electronic Support Unit Kodiak was commissioned on Dec. 13, 1990. For outstanding service to the customer, ESU Kodiak was presented with the MLC excellence in Service Award for 1992 and the Unit Commendation Award in 1993.

The Coast Guard streamlining initiative of 1996 significantly changed ESU Kodiak. In March 1996, ESU Detachment Juneau was established which contained elements of the former Seventeenth District Information Systems (tis) Branch, Telecommunications Management (ttm) Branch and 5-Mile Electronics/Telecommunications Repair Shop. ESU Detachment Ketchikan was established in May 1996 and was comprised of the former Base Ketchikan EST and Regional System Manager shops. The next streamlining impact on ESU was its name change from Electronics Support Unit Kodiak to Electronic Systems Support Unit Kodiak. ESU Detachment Anchorage was established in December 2000 and was comprised of personnel formerly attached to ESU Kodiak. In October 2010, the Coast Guard Authorization Act was signed into law officially creating the Mission Support Organization which realigned the MLCs to the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Service Center (C4IT SC).

On April 1, ESU Kodiak formally relocated to Juneau under the ESU Juneau Command and officially established an ESD in Kodiak. ESU Juneau currently serves within the C4IT SC Chain of Command. The foreseeable future will bring one final change with the Mission Support Modernization Initiative and the Base realignment incorporating ESUs into regional Base Commands as C4IT Departments.

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