MSCPAC Commander Awards Annual Commodore’s Cup to EPU-114

Capt. Brett Hershman, Commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC) and Commander Task Force 33, awarded the annual Commodore’s Cup to Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114 at a ceremony at the MSCPAC headquarters in San Diego on Saturday.

Created in 2008, the Commodore’s Cup recognizes outstanding contributions of the Naval Reserve Units under the command of MSCPAC to include readiness, support and Esprit de Corps.  Selection is made from nomination packages submitted by each of the three MSCPAC reserve units.  The packages highlight unit mission support, training, manning, physical readiness and individual readiness.

Over 2017, EPU-114 provided a total of 213 total man-days of active duty support for MSCPAC operations, exercises, direct staff support, and additional contributory support.  The unit performed 56 man-days of operational support to the onload and offload portion of the Operation Deep Freeze mission in Port Hueneme, Calif. In addition, EPU 117 provided 122 man-days of exercise support for exercises Pacific Horizon 2017, Brigade Logistics Over-the-Shore 2017 and Big LOTS West 2017.   The 17-member unit completed 118 percent of their annual training maximizing the unit’s mission readiness while making a valuable contribution towards the mission capability of MSC Pacific.

Capt. Brett Hershman, commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific and Commander Taskforce 33 (right) presents the 2017 Commodore’s Cup to Cmdr. Chris Demonsi, commanding officer EPU-114.

“We couldn’t do what we do as MSCPAC without the support of our reserve units,” said Hershman during the awards ceremony.  “Each and every one of you is vital to our success and it is an honor to recognize all the hard work and sacrifices you make in support of MSCPAC, CTF 33 and the Navy.”

Since its creation, EPU-114 has been awarded the Commodore’s Cup five times, more than any other MSCPAC reserve unit.

“I am so privileged to command an outstanding group of citizen Sailors like those who make-up EPU-114,” said Cmdr. Chris Demonsi, EPU-114’s commanding officer.  “We don’t do the good work that we do for awards, but it is always special to be recognized and we are honored, as a unit, to accept the Commodore’s Cup for 2017.”

Members of EPU-114 are currently supporting Exercise Blue Flag and are looking forward to a busy summer in Hawaii at the Rim of the Pacific exercise.


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