8 Coastal Region Election

National Commodore Alex Malewski is pleased to announce the election of George Tate as the new 8 Coastal Central Region District Captain.

Congratulations!

Going Above The Call: The 2020 Winner Of The Commodore Daniel Maxim Award For Excellence In Public Education

Going Above The Call: The 2020 Winner Of The Commodore Daniel Maxim Award For Excellence In Public Education.

Mr. Casale is pictured here in his Tropical Blue Uniform. Photo by Cono Casale, USCG AUX.

Auxiliarist Cono “Buddy” Casale of Seventh District (D7), Flotilla 11-10 in Dunedin, Florida recently received the 2020 Commodore Daniel Maxim Award for Excellence in Education (Maxim Award) because of his exemplary instructor performance and an outstanding spirit of service to the public and his shipmates.

The Auxiliary’s public education program remains one of the core ways we promote safe boating. But for some, the call to serve as an instructor remains a lifelong commitment. The Auxiliary established the Maxim Award to motivate and inspire the entire instructor cadre to reach beyond the comfortable or ordinary to achieve the extraordinary. The award also encourages auxiliarists to increase the diversity and the number of courses offered by units; to improve public education and member training instructor effectiveness and performance; to improve mentorship of newer or lesser experienced instructors; to develop new and innovative teaching methods and techniques, and to develop new and innovative teaching aids.

Since his Auxiliary career started in 2002, Mr. Casale has dedicated 75-100 hours a year towards Public Education and has even remained an authority on impeccable uniform appearance. His ability to identify the right message for the audience, including incorporating relevant information from the local area is unmatched. Building upon his vision for a more economical and accessible basic navigation course, Mr. Casale has welcomed over 300 students including those from local high schools to his on-site and virtual instructions since 2017. His wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of boating skills and safety support his distinction for the Maxim Award.

When asked about the distinction, Mr. Casale stated, “I find it most rewarding to help fulfill the most important task assigned to the Auxiliary way back in 1939, which is to promote safe boating for the recreational boater. In order to accomplish this task, the Public Education safe boating program was designed.”

Bravo Zulu to Mr. Casale for receiving the Maxim Award and to Auxiliarist Dennis Kellner of the Ninth District Western Region and Auxiliarist Douglas McPherson of the Eleventh District Northern Region, for being selected as regional winners from the Atlantic West and Pacific Regions, respectively.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Casale said, “I am humbled to receive the [Maxim Award]. Please recognize Flotilla Commander R. Bonnem and Vice Commander G. Thomas for their guidance and cooperation as well as the instructors’ dedication. We take pride that a different instructor volunteers for each chapter. These incredible members are the engine that could. I’m just the driver.”

By Andrew Niquette, Public Affairs Directorate, Branch Chief – Publications Support Caption: Mr. Casale is pictured here in his Tropical Blue Uniform. Photo by Cono Casale, USCG AUX

NACON Awards Site

During the recent Virtual National Board meeting COMO Malewski mentioned that a webpage would be established to post NACON Award recipients. This site is now available and begins with 2020 NACON awards. It will be updated after NACON each year.

The awards site is listed as NACON Awards and is located on the Leadership page under the National Commodore. The direct link is:

USCGAUX: NACON Awards

Beyond Volunteering: Auxiliarists Receive The 2021 AFRAS Silver Medal Award for Lifesaving Mission

Chicago-based Auxiliarists, Gary Markle and Shelley Markle, received high honors, the 2021 Silver Medal Award, for their lifesaving efforts at an Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) ceremony on November 2, 2021. Devotion to duty plays an impactful role in every Coast Guard Auxiliary mission, and in such lifesaving efforts in 2020-21, the Markles from the Ninth District Western Region showcase that devotion to duty and the critical role we hold as America’s Volunteer Guardians.


Auxiliarists Gary Markle and Shelley Markle received the 2021 AFRAS Silver Medal Award on November 2, 2021, with the Commandant, National Commodore and AFRAS leadership in attendance for the ceremony. Photo by David Markle.

This year’s AFRAS ceremony was well-attended, with the Commandant, National Commodore, and Vice National Commodore present among other senior leadership. AFRAS presents the Silver Medal Award to Auxiliarists on an annual basis and the Markles received such award for a Good Samaritan save in 2020. However, their efforts do not stop there, as they saved or assisted over twenty individuals in 2021 on Lake Michigan as well. An overview of the citation is below.


Auxiliarists Gary Markle and Shelley Markle are responsible for dozens of assists and saves on Lake Michigan using their personal watercrafts in the past few years. Photo by David Markle.

On August 8th, 2020, while returning to their slip-on their Personal Watercraft (PWC) at Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois, Gary Markle, and Shelley Markle were notified of a possible drowning from a nearby vessel, ICEMAN II. Good Samaritans in the vicinity spotted an unresponsive swimmer, prompting a radio call to USCG Station Chicago and a perimeter is established. Using his PWC to maneuver safely to the crowd, Gary observed the unresponsive swimmer and the panicking passengers struggling to organize and remember CPR. Gary dismounted his PWC to assist in bringing the swimmer back onto ICEMAN II. While in the water, Gary instructed the surrounding swimmers on how to push water from the lungs of the unresponsive drowned swimmer, albeit unsuccessful. Shelley Markle then dismounted from her PWC, taking control of the situation by initiating CPR and instructing the others to assist her with proper CPR techniques.

As Shelley handled the management of panicked passengers, Gary boarded one of the PWCs and began transporting Chicago Fire Department personnel and paramedics from land to the ICEMAN II as it slowly transitioned towards the shore. When these rescue personnel eventually relieved Shelly from CPR duties, she continued to assist with counseling and managing the passengers aboard ICEMAN II. Once on land, the survivor was confirmed to be revived before his transport to a local hospital.

Their outstanding efforts included calm, controlled, and effective management of an emergent situation with a drowning person, their administration of life-saving CPR, and the victim's timely transfer to emergency services personnel. Their heroic actions brought great credit to the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!,” said Captain Troy Glendye, USCG Chief Director of Auxiliary.

Article by Andrew Niquette, Branch Chief – Publication Support; A-Directorate

The Virtual Museum of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Virtual Museum of the Coast Guard Auxiliary 
Preserving Our Unique Auxiliary History

The new virtual museum of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (VMCGA) launched on the A-Directorate, History Division’s website on October 6th, 2021, after a year of dedicated preparation by the History Divisionstaff. A visit will likely surprise you. Its digital exhibits provide a glimpse into the Auxiliary’s unique eighty-two-year history and honor the organization’s heritage and culture.

Currently, the VMCGA features a variety of covers, devices, flags, and uniform buttons dating from the Auxiliary’s inception in 1939 to the present day. Over time, the VMCGA’s digital archive will expand to display historic uniforms, medals, safety gear, and even historic Auxiliary facilities.

The VMCGA strives to reflect the Auxiliary’s unique history, which encompasses scientific, cultural, and social themes from both historical and modern contexts. To achieve this goal, the History Division is  seeking images of Auxiliary maritime and aeronautical equipment and gear, uniforms, heraldry, models, and artwork.

The virtual museum is in phase one of its comprehensive plan, and more artifacts will be displayed once they are properly photographed, and the staff establishes their provenance. Auxiliarists can do their part by spreading the word, looking for artifacts in their unit’s possession, sharing oral histories, coordinating with their district’s historian, and visiting the virtual museum as it builds its exhibits and archives.

Prior to visiting the VMCGA,we recommend that you first review the presentation, The History of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, by Mark A. Snell, PhD., Division Chief of History, A-Directorate. The presentation provides a brief chronological overview of the Auxiliary’s history, which will provide the necessary historical context that will streamline a virtual visit to the VMCGA.

Sample of Virtual Museum of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

A screenshot of the Auxiliary's Virtual Museum within the A-Directorate website. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo.


Image of Aux Com vehicle outside of Cape May County Tuna 1950

An Auxiliary communications vehicle outside of the Cape May County Tuna Clubhouse (now the Peter Shields Inn) in Cape May, NJ. Circa 1950. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo from Mark A. Snell, PhD.

Article by Kim Holland, BA-AMEC(s)    Edited By A-Directorate Staff










Grand Haven Michigan Coast Guard Festival 2021

Auxiliarist of the Year honored at Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Karl L. Schultz and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason M. Vanderhaden joined active duty, reserve and Auxiliary Coast Guard personnel to celebrate the service at the annual Grand Haven, Mich. Coast Guard Festival held from July 30 through August 8.

Heading the list of Auxiliary members participating in the nearly century old Coast Guard celebration was 2020 "Auxiliary of the Year" Michael A. Barth of New York City, who helped lead the Coast Guard Festival parade, participated in the dedication of the city's new Walk of Coast Guard History, took part in the memorial service honoring fallen members of the Coast Guard, and other civic and service-oriented events.

Since 1924, the city of Grand Haven has been the home of one of the nation's largest celebrations of the history, tradition and service of the United States Coast Guard. Officially designated as "Coast Guard City, USA" by President Bill Clinton in 1998, the Lake Michigan port joins forces each year with the neighboring communities of Spring Lake and Ferrysburg to welcome more than 350,000 people for a week-long celebration of all things Coast Guard.

Admiral Schultz and Auxiliarist Barth

Grand Haven, MI: Coast Guard Auxiliarist Michael Barth with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Barth was part of the Commandant's official party visiting the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven.  U.S. Coast Guard Photo by LTJG Pamela Manns.

Auxiliarist Michael Barth carriage
Auxiliarist Michael Barth

Grand Haven, MI: Auxiliarist Michael Barth helped lead the Grand Parade at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven Michigan.  U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

USCG Aux Color Guard marching 2021

Grand Haven, MI: Coast Guard Auxiliary color guard marched in the Grand Parade at the 2021 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by Alexander Quicke.

USCGC Parade of Ships GH Festival 2021

Grand Haven, MI: Coast Guard cutters line up outside the Grand Haven south pier head to begin the Parade of Ships to start the 2021 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by Matthew Thompson.

15 OCT 2021 - Article by Jeremy L. Davis Branch Assistant-Publication


Patrick M. Brown of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Named Coast Guard "Auxiliarist of the Year".

Patrick M. Brown of Mount Juliet, TENN.
Name Coast Guard "Auxiliarist of the Year"

 

 

Developed Secure Cyber Election Process for 26,000 Member Organization During COVID Crisis; Assisted in Local Storm Damage Recovery Efforts.

Patrick M. Brown of Mount Juliet, Tenn. has been named the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's 2020 "Auxiliarist of the Year" in recognition of this efforts to develop and implement secure cyber elections for Auxiliary units at the national, regional and local levels during the on-going COVID-19 epidemic.

Brown, who has been active in the 26,000 members Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2014, formulated effective software programs that enabled the successful implementation of more than 1,000 timely and accurate cyber election events for units across the nation that were unable to meet in person during the pandemic shutdown.

"When I had the distinct honor of speaking with the Commandant as the 2020 award recipient," Brown said "my reaction then is the same as it is today - it's truly an honor, and one that has not fully sunk in."

As I've told those who have asked how I did it, my answer is simple," he added. "I was asked if I could help with virtual elections, and I did the job to the best of my ability - just as many Auxiliarists do every day. It's truly an honor to be recognized by our senior leadership, "Brown said. "And it's one that I will cherish for my entire Auxiliary career."

In addition to his work as the Auxiliary's election administrator, Brown also assisted in local recovery efforts following a tornado that heavily damaged several middle-Tennessee communities in March of 2020. Brown oversaw the removal of more than 50 tons of home and storm debris from local neighborhood, including vital storm water canals that fed directly into the Old Hickory watershed in the Cumberland River system.

As a member of the Auxiliary's Stones River Flotilla in Nashville, Brown also serves as an instructor and vessel safety examiner, contributing nearly 750 hours annually to the organization's public boating safety programs.

Report by Reid Oslin, Division Chief of Publication Division / Public Affairs Directorate (September 2021)

2021 District Election Results

2021 District elections are scheduled to be held between August 8 and October 17th. The results will be updated and posted to the What’s New site the week after each election
National Commodore Alex Malewski is pleased to announce the following District election results for 2021 :

District 1SR
DCAPT - Sector New York North - Eugene T. Yetter Jr.
DCAPT - Sector New York South - Dean R. Ferraro
DCAPT - Sector Long Island South - Americo F. Aimetti
DCAPT - Sector Long Island North - David W. Thiede

District 1NR
DCAPT – SNNE Henry Marchi (re-elect)
DCAPT – SBOS Harlan Doliner
DCAPT – SSENE Patrick Cuniff (re-elect)

District 5SR
DCAPT- Sector North Carolina: A. Wayne Earley (re-elect)
DCAPT- Sector Virginia: James E. Thomas (re-elect)
DCAPT- Sector Maryland-NCR: Nicholas M. Lomangino

District 5NR
DCAPT-Central: Cynthia "Cindi" Chaimowitz (re-elect)
DCAPT- East: Thomas J. Don
DCAPT-West: J. "Doug" Willwerth (re-elect)

District 7
DCAPT- East Christopher Haarer (re-elect)
DCAPT- West Antionette (Toni) Borman (re-elect)
DCAPT- North Martin Goodwin (re-elect)

District 8CR
DCAPT – East Henry Rice
DCAPT – Central Pete Scamardo (re-elect)
DCAPT – West Jeoff Souris (re-elect)

District 8WR
DCAPT- West Steve Riddell
DCAPT- South July Carey (re-elect)
DCAPT- East Bob Arisman (re-elect)


District 9CR
DCAPT-Central Kenneth Magnus
DCAPT-South Jack Broadhurst
DCAPT-North Dr. Ramone Kral

9ER
DCAPT Logistics Brian Wells (re-elect)
DCAPT Prevention Steven Botsford (re-elect)
DCAPT Response Bob Brody

9WR
DCAPT East Robert Kumpf (re-elect)
DCAPT South Timothy Darrey (re-elect)
DCAPT West Peter Gapinski (re-elect)

D11S
DCAPT San Diego/Inland: Rod Donohoo
DCAPT LA/LB North: Michael Fiamingo
DCAPT LA/LB South: Michael Bozarth

D13
DCAPT-S Kevin Thiel
DCAPT-E Craig Hartman (re-elect)
DCAPT-N Debra Alderman

D14
DCAPT-SUPPORT Jodies Nelson
DCAPT-EXE Dale Ross
DCAPT-RBS Lennie Cantor (re-elect)


Congratulations to all!

NYC AUXILIARIST ALEX RICO WINS COAST GUARD’S 2021 GREANOFF INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Alexander R. Rico has been named the recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s prestigious Commodore

Image of Alex Rico

Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award for 2021 in recognition of his numerous contributions as flotilla commander of the First District – Southern Region’s Upper Manhattan unit.

Working through the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, Rico oversaw the implementation of a three-pronged flotilla strategy focused on recruitment, community relations, and adherence to the unit’s long tradition of community service. He instituted a successful unit recruiting drive that led to a 20 percent increase in flotilla membership and promoted extended community partnerships between the Auxiliary and several New York area historical sites and organizations.

“I am humbled and grateful for this honor,” Rico said. “Receiving this award is an acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication of the entire Upper Manhattan flotilla. Without our membership’s commitment to the community, none of the work we accomplished would have been possible.”

A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2014, Rico is immediate past commander of the Upper Manhattan Flotilla; serves as District Staff Officer for emergency management; and is Branch Chief – Web Content Manager for the Auxiliary’s national Public Affairs Directorate.

Image of Alex Rico and Michael Barth at U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb

Rico, a native of New York City, currently works as an external affairs officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region II. As a FEMA staff member, he has responded to several major national disasters, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, he deployed to New Jersey as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 response effort. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and is currently working toward a master’s degree in public administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

The Greanoff Award recipient was selected by an eight-member panel of Coast Guard active duty, civilian and Auxiliary leaders. Joseph J. Espino of Severna Park, Md., immediate past commander of the West Annapolis Flotilla (District 5-SR), received an honorable mention citation as runner-up in the Greanoff Award selection.

Reported by DVC-AM Reid Oslin, and photos by Alex Rico (self portrait) and Greanoff Award recipient Alex Rico joins 2019 Auxiliarist of the Year Michael A. Barth at an historical commemoration event at the National Park Service's Tomb of Former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in New York City.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Aircraft Locates Missing Individual off Maui

by: S. Scott Alfassa.

Maui_Air_OneIt’s more common than some would think, but a simple paddleboarding excursion can often turn tragic. In this case, a lost paddleboarder’s plight cascaded into an inter-agency rescue mission—one with a positive outcome.

On August 5, 2021, about an hour after sunset, the daughter of a paddleboarder contacted emergency services as her mother was overdue off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. It was approximately 2000 and the call went into Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point which was located on the island of Oahu, some 85 nautical miles to the west. Within minutes, a multi-pronged search and rescue (SAR) effort was launched, as Coastguardsmen searched for a 51-year-old woman wearing a blue personal flotation device on a white paddleboard.

The moon was just about at its peak darkest that night making sea surface visibility extremely arduous. One hour into the mission the Coast Guard Air Station alerted a Coast Guard Auxiliary team to prepare for a first light SAR mission; this is standard practice for night and reduced visibility searches. During the period before sunrise, the Coast Guard maintains a surface search unit in the area to provide confidence to the survivor, and to let them let them know not to give up hope and to indicate that they are actively searching for them—the reality is that it is hoped this will bolster their will to live while they are in such treacherous circumstances.

Maui_Air_One

Coast Guard Auxiliary Pilot Robert Emami and Aircrewman Eduardo Vitorino (both volunteers) were notified that night. They quickly planned their mission and at 0530 would initiate participation in the search. Their equipment was a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, a certified USCG Auxiliary facility, that was assigned the tactical callsign AUXAIR5. The men obtained the most recent search pattern coordinates from the Sector Honolulu Command Center (SCC) and uploaded it into the ForeFlight Application on the cockpit iPad. They conducted a pre-mission briefing, a risk management assessment, then departed from Honolulu International Airport (PHNL) at 0625. Their flight took them from Oahu southeast approximately 80 miles, to the west coast of Maui.

At 0650, the On-Scene Commander (OSC), a Coast Guard HC-130H using the callsign RESCUE 1720, radioed AUXAIR5, held a safety briefing, and issued altitude assignments. AUXAIR5 was directed to maintain 1000’ and RESCUE 1720 would maintain 500.’ The OSC advised AUXAIR5 to keep a vigilant watch for air traffic, since additional air assets were also located within the area of interest.

Maui_Air_One

At 0710, AUXAIR5 arrived at the start of the assigned search pattern and met moderate to severe turbulence. Although the search area was in the leeward side of the West Maui Mountains, the turbulence at 1000’ was significant. At the time, they could see the sea surface was choppy with whitecaps. As they turned back on the second leg, air turbulence and sea state improved, and within just a few minutes, Aircrewman Eduardo Vitorino observed a paddleboarder, so AUXAIR5 investigated further. A positive identification was made, and Eduardo marked the location on the aircraft’s navigational system. The flight crew contacted the Sector Honolulu Command Center via Marine Band VHF and reported the location of a paddleboarder matching the description of the missing individual. AUXAIR5 commenced circling overhead providing acknowledgement and confidence to the paddleboarder that she would be rescued. They remained circling on-scene and oversaw the arrival of the HC-130, a MD520-N County of Maui Fire and Public Safety helicopter (Maui Air One), and a Coast Guard 45’ response boat from Station Maui.

AUXAIR5 remained at 1000’ while the HC-130 circled at 500’. Below them, at 0717, Maui Air One arrived on scene and rapidly deployed a Rescue Swimmer. The swimmer contacted the paddleboarder, and a rescue basket was deployed. At 0719, Maui Air One hoisted the victim and swimmer, delivering them to emergency medical services that had been staged on the shoreline.

Maui_Air_One

Approximately 0725, AUXAIR5 vectored the Coast Guard response boat to the location to retrieve the paddle board and paddle. By 0730, AUXAIR5 and RESCUE 1720 departed the scene. AUXAIR5 landed at PHNL at 0821, secured the aircraft and prepared a post-mission report. This inter-agency joint response demonstrated the best America has to offer. It included military, county fire rescue, and volunteer assets—both people and equipment. Most importantly, the simple “float plan,” left with the woman’s daughter, contained vital information on the paddle boarder, what she was wearing, the color of the paddle board, and the geographic area she was to be. This vital information undoubtedly contributed to saving her life.

Bravo Zulu to the crew of AUXAIR5 and the other rescuers whose teamwork created a happy ending for this story.

The KHON news broadcast may be viewed at:

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/51-year-old-missing-paddler-rescued-after-being-found-1-mile-offshore-in-maui/

2021 District Elections

2021 District elections are scheduled to be held between August 8 and October 17th. The results will be updated and posted to the What’s New site the week after each election

National Commodore Alex Malewski is pleased to announce the following District election results for 2021 :

District 5SR

Sector North Carolina: A. Wayne Earley (re-elect)
Sector Virginia: James E. Thomas (re-elect)
Sector Maryland-NCR: Nicholas M. Lomangino

Congratulations to all!

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 of Stuart, Fla. named 2020 “National Flotilla of Year".

News Release

FLORIDA FLOTILLA 59 EARNS COAST GUARD AUXILIARY’S

NATIONAL “FLOTILLA OF THE YEAR” HONOR

Flotilla 59 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 of Stuart, Fla. has been selected as the Auxiliary’s National Flotilla of the Year for 2020.

Auxiliary National Commodore Alex Malewski presented the honor to the District 7 unit in a special ceremony at the flotilla’s Sandsprit Park headquarters on July 13. “The Stuart Flotilla’s achievements across the many missions that the Auxiliary supports were extraordinary,” NACO Commodore Malewski said as he conferred the top national unit award.

Among the Auxiliary’s primary tasks are promoting and improving recreational boating safety, operational and administrative support of Coast Guard active-duty units and enhancing the safety and security of local ports, waterways and coastal regions. The Stuart Flotilla was recognized for implementing innovative and effective methods to safely fulfill these missions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With over 800 flotillas located in all 50 states and four territories, this is truly an honor for our members,” said Dawn Muller, Flotilla Commander, who accepted the award on behalf of the unit that has been in operation since 1942. “The year 2020 was difficult for all of us with the pandemic, but our members did everything asked of them while navigating the challenges of COVID-19.”

In addition to holding flotilla meetings online, the Stuart unit hosted virtual boating safety classes for the general public, safely conducted vessel safety inspections, engaged in numerous National Safe Boating Week activities geared to the region’s large number of recreational boating enthusiasts, safely staffed local boat show events and enhanced member training opportunities during the Auxiliary’s mandated pandemic stand down.

I am so proud of the work Flotilla 59 has accomplished,” Muller told unit members. “Last year started out strong, then COVID hit. After that point, our work was all about operating ‘outside the box’ and maintaining flexibility.”

In addition to the National Flotilla of the Year Award that was presented directly to the unit, each flotilla member received a personally inscribed certificate signed by Commodore Malewski. “It’s an honor to be a member of this team,” Kevin Gilbert, Vice Flotilla Commander, told his fellow members as they received their certificates.

HAPPY 82nd ANNIVERSARY U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY!

82 Years USCG Auxiliary

For the past 82 years, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served our nation, selflessly volunteering to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways, and coastal regions.
Our main goal is recreational boating safety and education while acting as the foremost force multiplier in support of various Coast Guard authorized missions.
Thank you to all our dedicated members for the services you perform and the time you selflessly contribute.
And thank you for sharing this year's Auxiliary Anniversary celebration.
Semper Paratus!

82 Years USCG Auxiliary

Three Auxiliarists Named Recipients of 2020 Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards

Three Auxiliarists Named Recipients of 2020 Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards

Auxiliarist Alvaro Ferrando of Doral, Fla. has been named a Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement winner of the Coast Guard’s 2020 Captain Neils P. Thomsen Innovation Award in recognition of his efforts to implement education and outreach programs for operators of bareboat charters and uninspected passenger vessels. In addition, Commodore Bill Bowen and Auxiliarist Bruce Buckley – both Connecticut residents - have been selected for Honorable Mention awards in recognition of their efforts to develop the Research and Development Center Auxiliary Team Skills Bank.

The Innovation Awards were established to recognize members of Team Coast Guard who have found innovative ways to increase efficiencies across the service by reducing resource and personnel costs while collaborating with various stakeholders to encourage a more inclusive service. These process improvements include better information sharing and resource allocation to amplify Coast Guard operations. These recognition awards foster a culture of continuous innovation within the Coast Guard’s workforce to meet strategic objectives.

Auxiliarist Alvaro Ferrando:

Although most face-to-face education programs were restricted by COVID-19 protocols last year, Ferrando – a member of Coast Guard Sector Miami’s Prevention Investigations Division - worked with prevention officials to develop new ways to keep public education programs available and relevant. The team adapted established teaching methods and created new programs to keep the South Florida boating community informed and in compliance with passenger-for-hire regulations. In total, the team created six on-line products that were offered to the maritime industry using Commercial Virtual Remote and Microsoft Teams in English and Spanish to provide both education and opportunities to participate in Q&A.

In June, Auxiliarist Ferrando and the Sector Miami team presented a “Passenger-For-Hire Workshop” that drew 45 uninspected passenger vessels (UPV) and bare boat charter captains to an on-line teleconference meeting. The session was repeated for the area’s Spanish-speaking community later in the month, attracting 12 additional skippers.

The team also offered a “Passenger-for-Hire” workshop in July that was designed for boarding officers from Sector Miami.

Since UPVs are prevalent in South Florida waters, Ferrando’s team developed a presentation on “How to Pass Your UPV Examination” – a three-hour online workshop geared to prepare boat owners for future Coast Guard certification tests.

In recognition of his contributions to these innovative programs, Auxiliarist Ferrando will receive the prestigious Thomsen Auxiliary Innovation Award in a special ceremony at the Senior Leadership Conference (SLC) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in April 30.

Ferrando, who joined the Auxiliary in 2013, is a member of the Miami South Flotilla in District 7. Ferrando is also the Sector Miami Investigations Division Education and Outreach Coordinator and Auxiliary Sector Coordinator for Sector Miami.

Commodore Bill Bowen and Auxiliarist Bruce Buckley:

The Auxiliary recently updated its Mission Statement to focus on the ability for our organization to leverage the private sector skills of our personnel to augment the Coast Guard. Commodore Bowen and Auxiliarist Buckley’s efforts with the Research and Development Center (RDC) led to the development of a “skills bank” that has identified resource gaps for funded research and development projects. Using this tool, assigned teams at the RDC can pinpoint Auxiliary resources to be quickly used to fill personnel gaps.

In August 2020, First District Commander Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allen, USCG, oversaw the creation of the first national Auxiliary unit dedicated to supporting the RDC. This highly specialized unit focuses on coordinating requests for subject matter expertise, field research activities, and public affairs. Auxiliarist Buckley, the unit coordinator, personally brokered these types of requests with Commodore Bowen over the past four years, but the two men looked for a sustainable impact on their efforts.

The creation of a dedicated unit to support the RDC means that there will be a legacy of volunteer assistance with the Coast Guard’s research projects. Auxiliarists with technology and science skills and other previously untapped talents can become force multipliers for the Coast Guard without having to go through air and water training. Moreover, Auxiliarists are involved in a wide variety of Coast Guard and other agency research projects and have high expectations for the future.

Commodore Bowen and Auxiliarist Buckley joined the Auxiliary in the early 2000s and are members of First District Southern. In addition to his work for the RDC, Bowen is an immediate past commodore. In addition to his work for the RDC, Buckley is an AUC.

Captain Neils P. Thomsen:

The Innovation Award is named after Captain Neils P. Thomsen, USCG, who began his career in the Merchant Marine before joining the Coast Guard during World War II. He received a Legion of Merit citation after his ship sank a Japanese submarine off the coast of Alaska and continued to serve in the Coast Guard until 1952, eventually earning the rank of commander. During his time in the Coast Guard, Thomsen’s innovations led to improved safety practices for moving buoys off ships.

After his service, Thomsen founded the Ketchikan Merchants Charter Association, a small shipping line that won a mail contract for the Aleutian Islands. In 1964, he founded Aleutian King Crab Inc. and was one of the first to open fishing for king crab in Alaska.



AUXAIR Shorebird Response


AUXAIR Teamed with Hawaii Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Last December 2020, AUXAIR teamed with the Hawaii Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located on Hawaii Island to help save aLanaiIsland critically endangered fledgling Wedge-tailed Shearwater shorebird,offering transport capabilities. Actually, Kauai Island is the habitat of 90% of the remaining population. Ensuring a protected rich, diverse and sustainable ocean environment is part of the Team Coast Guard environmental protection mission.

 

Aux Pilot William Melhn and Aux Pilot Heinz Gert de Couet

 

* U.S. Coast Guard (L-R) Auxiliary pilot William Melhn and pilot Heinz Gert de Couet of the 14th USCG District Handing over a fledgling Wedge-tailed shearwater to Wildlife Rehabilitation manager Juan Carlos Guerra, at Upolu Point Airfield.

The flight aircraft, a Cessna 172C, originated from the Honolulu airport via Lanai Airport, Upolu Point Airport and ended 3.6 hours later returning to Honolulu Airport. The crew was greeted by Ms. Christina Donehowerwho accepted delivery of a fledgling Wedge-tailed shearwater in need of special care by the veterinary staff at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Upolu Point. Within a few minutes, the flight was airborne again in the direction of the Big Island.At Upolu Point, the crew was greeted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager Juan Carlos Guerra, who accepted delivery of the sick bird.

Auxiliary Flotilla 140-01-10 Hawaii has a robust air corps with 25 qualified pilots and 22 trainees. Roughly 16 pilots are very active. On average, the team conducts about 15 flights monthly in support of routine patrols, first light search and rescue, pollution response, and specialty flights for transport of injured or recovered animals and birds. The efforts of the air corps are a significant force multiplier for the local Coast Guard air station. As demands on the Coast Guard have accelerated, legislation expanded the Commandant’s authority to use the Auxiliary, and especially AUXAIR, to assist other Federal agencies, State authorities, and local governments.

By 2011, AUXAIR began integrating routine patrols into operations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flying within the National Marine Sanctuary along the Nation’s coastlines; the sanctuaries, part and parcel of the Coast Guard’s mission of Marine Environmental Protection.

These are but a fragment of AUXAIR responsibilities.  As more missions and operations are integrated into Auxiliary Aviation’s area of responsibility, the need for pilots, and especially for observers, has become critical and recruitment has become a daily effort to enlist more observers.

 

Hawaii Ecological Diversity Images

 

*District 14 Hawaii has an amazing ecological diversity of aquatic, botanical adn bird species.

 

Wedge Tailed Shearwater Image

 

*(L) Wedge-Tailed Shearwater (C) Hawaii Wildlife Center Logo (R) Caring for an injured bird by specialists.

But with 200 aircraft and 300 personnel, Auxiliary aviators provide a dedicated force multiplier by increasing the number of aircraft available for the mission, or filling in when Coast Guard air is called away for more demanding missions.  Routine operations for AUXAIR are air safety patrols flown week-to-week, month-to-month year-round.  Auxiliary air patrols are requested by the pilots who fly them and must be approved by the Coast Guard air station to which they are assigned. “We’ve taken steps to minimize risk, and if for any reason our teams feel there’s unacceptable exposure risk to COVID-19, we’ll cancel the flight,” William Melohnpilot.

AUXAIR is an Auxiliary operational program with participation in various missions ranging from transport to search and rescue. AUXAIR aviators volunteer their aircraft for use as facilities, just as surface operators volunteer their boats. Member training and certification is available for pilots, observers and air crew.

For more information about the AUXAIR program, please visit
http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=air

Auxiliary Honorary Chief

30-Year Auxiliary Member David G. McClure Receives Coveted Coast Guard "CHIEF" Honor

 

SANDWICH, Mass. – David G. McClure of Wareham, Mass., a 30-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, has beennamed an “Honorary Chief” by the U.S. Coast Guard – a rare honor for a member of the Auxiliary volunteer force. McClure, who has been a communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal for the past 10 years, was nominated for the honor by Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nicholas Crews, Officer-In-Charge at Station Canal in recognition of McClure’s long and helpful service to the unit. Crews’ recommendation was

McClure 1 Image - with OIC Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Crewsunanimously supported by the other chief petty officers in Sector Southeastern New England, and final approval followed from the Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Karl L. Schultz.

The citation was presented to McClure during the monthly “Chiefs’ Call” of the Sector’s top enlisted cadre held at Station Canal on Nov/2020. “I was absolutely amazed and very pleased to receive this award,” said McClure… “It was a surprise that I never expected, Thanks to all the Coast Guard members who thought me worthy to receive this award.”

McClure 2 Image - Petty Officer Third Class Jalil Ellis

The “Honorary Chief” designation permits holders to participate in the tradition-laden “Chiefs’ Mess” dining, fellowship and social activities aboard any Coast Guard vessel or shore station.

In addition to his watchstanding duties over the past decade, McClure is a certified Auxiliary Food Specialist who has provided support to the station’s galley – helping to prepare and serve meals on holidays and other special occasions. A former schoolteacher who holds a doctorate in education, McClure has also spent many hours providing educational counsel and advice to the unit’s active duty members. Recently, McClure and his wife Carolyn – also an Auxiliarist – worked to make protective face masks for the Station’s crew to help minimize risks from the COVID-19 virus.

McClure is also a qualified instructor in the Auxiliary’s public affairs directorate and recently was elected Chief of Staff for the Auxiliary’s First District-Northern Region, an area that includes all Auxiliarists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Article written by DVC-AM Reid Oslin
Division Chief of Publications for the Public Affairs Directorate

Cutlines:

McCLURE #1: Coast Guard Auxiliarist David McClure (left) received a designation as an “Honorary Coast Guard Chief” from Station Cape Cod Canal’s Officer-In-Charge, Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Crews. (Photo by AUX Reid Oslin.)

McCLURE #2: Auxiliarist David McClure accepts congratulations from Petty Officer Third Class Jalil Ellis and other members of the Station Cape Cod Canal crew after the presentation ceremony. (Photo by AUX Reid Oslin.)

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce the District election results to include November 15:

1NR

District Commodore, Byron Moe
District Chief of Staff, David McClure
District Captain Sector Northern New England, Henry Marchi
District Captain Sector Boston, Glen Gayton
District Captain Sector Southern New England, Patrick Cunniff

1SR

District Commodore, Mark Stone
District Chief of Staff, Michael West
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound North, David Thiede
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound South, Haig Dick
District Captain New York North, Peter Byrne
District Captain New York South, Manfred Fuchs

5NR

District Commodore, Joseph Giannattasio
District Chief of Staff, Kurt Sarac
District Captain East, James Hans
District Captain Central, Cynthia Chaimowitz
District Captain West, John Willwerth

5SR
District Commodore, Allen Fredd
District Chief of Staff, John Krogmann
District Captain Sector North Carolina, Alton W. Early
District Captain Sector Virginia, James Thomas
District Captain Sector Maryland- Woodrow Johnson

D 7
District Commodore, Patricia McMenamin
District Chief of Staff, John Holmes
District Captain East, Robert Sherman
District Captain North, Martin Goodwin
District Captain West, Toni Borman

8ER
District Commodore, Matt Meyer
District Chief of Staff, Chris Whitacre
District Captain East, Anthony Waters
District Captain South, Ron Boneau
District Captain West, Skip Nunweiler

8CR
District Commodore, Patrick Feighery
District Chief of Staff, Mike Coyne
District Captain East, Larry Jensen
District Captain Central, Alexander (Pete) Scarmardo, Jr.
District Captain West, Geoffrey Souris

8WR
District Commodore, Jeff Geddes
District Chief of Staff, Brock Stephens
District Captain North, Steve Gress
District Captain South, Julie Carey
District Captain East, Alex Wilson
District Captain West, Dennis Pearson

9ER
District Commodore, Clark Godshall
District Chief of Staff, Richard Evans
District Captain, Steven Botsford
District Captain, Mark Thomas
District Captain, Brian Wells

9CR
District Commodore, Catherine Slabaugh
District Chief of Staff, Patricia Mitrowski
District Captain North, Raymone Kral
District Captain Central, Kenneth Mangus
District Captain South, Matthew Puchala

9WR
District Commodore, Harvey Randall
District Chief of Staff, Sonny Thatch
District Captain East, Michael Stroud
District Captain South, Timothy Darry
District Captain West, Peter Gapinski

11NR
District Commodore, Dean McFarren
District Chief of Staff, Curtis Han
District Captain, Bruce Martin
District Captain, Alan Stanton
District Captain, Virginia Lucchetti

11SR
District Commodore: Charlie Geiger
District Chief of Staff: Rick Ebel
District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Rod Donohoo
District Captain LA/LB North: Michael Fiamingo
District Captain LA/LB South: Michael Bozarth

D13

District Commodore, Tiney Singler
District Chief of Staff, Dan Kienle
District Captain North, Efrem Krisher
District Captain South, John Costic
District Captain East, Craig Hartman

D14
District Commodore: Denise Ankrum
District Chief of Staff: Michael Kierig
District Captain EXE: Jonathan Levy
District Captain RBS: Leonard Cantor
District Captain Support: Dan Berman

D17

District Commodore, Johnny Janik
District Chief of Staff, Marion Parrish
District Captain, Stu Robards

Congratulations to all!

District Election Results III (10/26/2020)

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce the District election results to include October 23:

1NR

District Commodore, Byron Moe

District Chief of Staff, David McClure

District Captain Sector Northern New England, Henry Marchi

District Captain Sector Boston, Glen Gayton

District Captain Sector Southern New England, Patrick Cunniff

 

5NR

District Commodore, Joseph Giannattasio

District Chief of Staff, Kurt Sarac

District Captain East, James Hans

District Captain Central, Cynthia Chaimowitz

District Captain West, John Willwerth

 

5SR

District Commodore, Allen Fredd

District Chief of Staff, John Krogmann

District Captain Sector North Carolina, Alton W. Early

District Captain Sector Virginia, James Thomas

District Captain Sector Maryland- Woodrow Johnson

 

D 7

District Commodore, Patricia McMenamin

District Chief of Staff, John Holmes

District Captain East, Robert Sherman

District Captain North, Martin Goodwin

District Captain West, Toni Borman

 

8ER

District Commodore, Matt Meyer

District Chief of Staff, Chris Whitacre

District Captain East, Anthony Waters

District Captain South, Ron Boneau

District Captain West, Skip Nunweiler

 

8CR

District Commodore, Patrick Feighery

District Chief of Staff, Mike Coyne

District Captain East, Larry Jensen

District Captain Central, Alexander (Pete) Scarmardo, Jr.

District Captain West, Geoffrey Souris

 

8WR

District Commodore, Jeff Geddes

District Chief of Staff, Brock Stephens

District Captain North,  Steve Gress

District Captain South, Julie Carey

District Captain East, Alex Wilson

District Captain West, Dennis Pearson

 

9ER

District Commodore, Clark Godshall

District Chief of Staff, Richard Evans

District Captain, Steven Botsford

District Captain, Mark Thomas

District Captain, Brian Wells

 

9CR

District Commodore, Catherine Slabaugh

District Chief of Staff, Patricia Mitrowski

District Captain North, Raymone Kral

District Captain Central, Kenneth Mangus

District Captain South, Matthew Puchala

 

9WR

District Commodore, Harvey Randall

District Chief of Staff, Sonny Thatch

District Captain East, Michael Stroud

District Captain South, Timothy Darry

District Captain West, Peter Gapinski

 

11NR

District Commodore, Dean McFarren

District Chief of Staff, Curtis Han

District Captain, Bruce Martin

District Captain, Alan Stanton

District Captain, Virginia Lucchetti

 

11SR

District Commodore:  Charlie Geiger

District Chief of Staff: Rick Ebel

District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Rod Donohoo

District Captain LA/LB North: Michael Fiamingo

District Captain LA/LB South: Michael Bozarth

 

D13

District Commodore, Tiney Singler

District Chief of Staff, Dan Kienle

District Captain North, Efrem Krisher

District Captain South, John Costic

District Captain East, Craig Hartman

 

D14

District Commodore:  Denise Ankrum

District Chief of Staff: Michael Kierig

District Captain: Laurie Herrell

District Captain: Leonard Cantor

District Captain:   TBD Nov. 7 election

 

D17

District Commodore, Johnny Janik

District Chief of Staff, Marion Parrish

District Captain, Stu Robards

 

Congratulations to all!

District Election Results II

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce the District election results to include October 3rd:

1NR

District Commodore, Byron Moe
District Chief of Staff, David McClure
District Captain Sector Northern New England, Henry Marchi
District Captain Sector Boston, Glen Gayton
District Captain Sector Southern New England, Patrick Cunniff

1SR

District Commodore, Mark Stone
District Chief of Staff, Michael West
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound North, David Thiede
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound South, Haig Dick
District Captain New York North, Peter Byrne
District Captain New York South, Manfred Fuchs

5NR

District Commodore, Joseph Giannattasio
District Chief of Staff, Kurt Sarac
District Captain East, James Hans
District Captain Central, Cynthia Chaimowitz
District Captain West, John Willwerth

5SR
District Commodore, Allen Fredd
District Chief of Staff, John Krogmann
District Captain Sector North Carolina, Alton W. Early
District Captain Sector Virginia, James Thomas
District Captain Sector Maryland- Woodrow Johnson

D 7
District Commodore, Patricia McMenamin
District Chief of Staff, John Holmes
District Captain East, Robert Sherman
District Captain North, Martin Goodwin
District Captain West, Toni Borman

8ER
District Commodore, Matt Meyer
District Chief of Staff, Chris Whitacre
District Captain East, Anthony Waters
District Captain South, Ron Boneau
District Captain West, Skip Nunweiler

8CR
District Commodore, Patrick Feighery
District Chief of Staff, Mike Coyne
District Captain East, Larry Jensen
District Captain Central, Alexander (Pete) Scarmardo, Jr.
District Captain West, Geoffrey Souris

8WR
District Commodore, Jeff Geddes
District Chief of Staff, Brock Stephens
District Captain North, Steve Gress
District Captain South, Julie Carey
District Captain East, Alex Wilson
District Captain West, Dennis Pearson

9ER
District Commodore, Clark Godshall
District Chief of Staff, Richard Evans
District Captain, Steven Botsford
District Captain, Mark Thomas
District Captain, Brian Wells

9CR
District Commodore, Catherine Slabaugh
District Chief of Staff, Patricia Mitrowski
District Captain North, Raymone Kral
District Captain Central, Kenneth Mangus
District Captain South, Matthew Puchala

11NR
District Commodore, Dean McFarren
District Chief of Staff, Curtis Han
District Captain, Bruce Martin
District Captain, Alan Stanton
District Captain, Virginia Lucchetti

11SR
District Commodore: Charlie Geiger
District Chief of Staff: Rick Ebel
District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Rod Donohoo
District Captain LA/LB North: Michael Fiamingo
District Captain LA/LB South: Michael Bozarth

D13

District Commodore, Tiney Singler
District Chief of Staff, Dan Kienle
District Captain North, Efrem Krisher
District Captain South, John Costic
District Captain East, Craig Hartman

D14
District Commodore: Denise Ankrum
District Chief of Staff: Michael Kierig
District Captain: Laurie Herrell
District Captain: Leonard Cantor
District Captain: TBD Oct. 10 election

D17

District Commodore, Johnny Janik
District Chief of Staff, Marion Parrish
District Captain, Stu Robards

Congratulations to all!

District Election Results

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce the District election results to include September 25 - 27:

1NR

District Commodore, Byron Moe
District Chief of Staff, David McClure
District Captain Sector Northern New England, Henry Marchi
District Captain Sector Boston, Glen Gayton
District Captain Sector Southern New England, Patrick Cunniff

5NR

District Commodore, Joseph Giannattasio
District Chief of Staff, Kurt Sarac
District Captain East, James Hans
District Captain Central, Cynthia Chaimowitz
District Captain West, John Willwerth

5SR

District Commodore, Allen Fredd
District Chief of Staff, John Krogmann
District Captain Sector North Carolina, Alton W. Early
District Captain Sector Virginia, James Thomas
District Captain Sector Maryland- Woodrow Johnson

D 7

District Commodore, Patricia McMenamin
District Chief of Staff, John Holmes
District Captain East, Robert Sherman
District Captain North, Martin Goodwin
District Captain West, Toni Borman

8ER

District Commodore, Matt Meyer
District Chief of Staff, Chris Whitacre
District Captain East, Anthony Waters
District Captain South, Ron Boneau
District Captain West, Skip Nunweiler

8CR

District Commodore, Patrick Feighery
District Chief of Staff, Mike Coyne
District Captain East, Larry Jensen
District Captain Central, Alexander (Pete) Scarmardo, Jr.
District Captain West, Geoffrey Souris

8WR

District Commodore, Jeff Geddes
District Chief of Staff, Brock Stephens
District Captain North,  Steve Gress
District Captain South, Julie Carey
District Captain East, Alex Wilson
District Captain West, Dennis Pearson

9ER

District Commodore, Clark Godshall
District Chief of Staff, Richard Evans
District Captain, Steven Botsford
District Captain, Mark Thomas
District Captain, Brian Wells

9CR

District Commodore, Catherine Slabaugh
District Chief of Staff, Patricia Mitrowski
District Captain North, Raymone Kral
District Captain Central, Kenneth Mangus
District Captain South, Matthew Puchala

11NR

District Commodore, Dean McFarren
District Chief of Staff, Curtis Han
District Captain, Bruce Martin
District Captain, Alan Stanton
District Captain, Virginia Lucchetti

11SR

District Commodore:  Charlie Geiger
District Chief of Staff: Rick Ebel
District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Rod Donohoo
District Captain LA/LB North: Michael Fiamingo
District Captain LA/LB South: Michael Bozarth

D13

District Commodore, Tiney Singler
District Chief of Staff, Dan Kienle
District Captain North, Efrem Krisher
District Captain South, John Costic
District Captain East, Craig Hartman

D14

District Commodore:  Denise Ankrum
District Chief of Staff: Michael Kierig
District Captain: Laurie Herrell
District Captain: Leonard Cantor
District Captain:   TBD Oct. 10 election

D17

District Commodore, Johnny Janik
District Chief of Staff, Marion Parrish
District Captain, Stu Robards

Congratulations to all!

2020 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary National Staff Election Results (08/22/2020)

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce election results to the 2020 – 2022 National Board. Their term of office begins November 1, 2020.

NACO(e)– National Commodore – Alex Malewski

VNACO(e) – Vice National Commodore – Gus Formato

 

DNACO(e)– Deputy National Commodore – Atlantic Area East and RBS - Gary Barth

DNACO(e) – Deputy National Commodore – Atlantic Area West and Mission Support – Tom Mullally

DNACO(e)– Deputy National Commodore - Pacific Area and Operations – Mary Kirkwood

 

Congratulations to all!

 

08/31/2020 - Updated.

NACO(e) Commodore Alex Malewski is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Commodore Linda Merryman as the DNACO -ITP (Information Technology and Planning).

Congratulations COMO Merryman!


2019 Election Results

National Commodore Larry King is pleased to announce the recent District Election results:

1SR

District Captain Sector Long Island Sound North: Michael West
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound South: Thomas Dick
District Captain New York North: Michael West (re-elected)
District Captain New York South: Manfred Fuchs

5NR

District Captain East: Noreen Schifini (re-elected)
District Captain Central: Kurt Sarac (re-elected)
District Captain West: Robert Kuhn (re-elected)

D 7

District Captain East: Robert Sherman
District Captain North: John Holmes (re-elected)
District Captain West: Thomas Bamford (re-elected)

8ER

District Captain East: Keith D. Blosser (re-elected)
District Captain South: Chris M. Whitacre (re-elected)
District Captain West: Raymond Nunweiler

8CR

District Captain East: Larry Jensen
District Captain Central: James M Coyne (re-elected)
District Captain West: Jeffery Stromer (re-elected)

9CR

District Captain North: David Hansen (re-elected)
District Captain Central: Jerri Anne Smith (re-elected)
District Captain South: Chris Nelson (re-elected)

11NR

District Captain: Jerry Edelsen (re-elected)
District Captain: James Losi (re-elected)
District Captain: Randy McCormick

11SR

District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Chris Milano (re-elected)
District Captain North: Rick Ebel
District Captain South: William Kapenski (re-elected)

D14

District Captain Execution: John Beebe
District Captain RBS: Adam Lipla (re-elected)
District Captain Mission Support: Dan Berman (re-elected)


Congratulations to all!

2018 District Election Results

National Commodore Richard Washburn is pleased to announce the election results of the following Districts:

1NR

District Commodore, Charles Grossimon
District Chief of Staff, Byron Moe
District Captain Sector Northern New England, Duane Minton
District Captain Sector Boston, Steve McCann, Re-elect
District Captain Sector Southern New England, David McClure

1SR

District Commodore, William Bowen
District Chief of Staff, Mark Stone
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound North, Paul Pronovest
District Captain Sector Long Island Sound South, John Traganos
District Captain New York North, Michael West
District Captain New York South, Valerie Ramsberger

5NR

District Commodore. Tom Dever
District Chief of Staff. Joe Giannattasio
District Captain East. Noreen Schifini
District Captain Central. Kurt Sarac
District Captain West. Robert Kuhn

5SR
District Commodore, Michelle Thornton
District Chief of Staff,  Allen Fredd
District Captain Sector North Carolina, Travis Cullifer
District Captain Sector Hampton Roads, Todd Monis
District Captain Sector Maryland- National Capital Region, Sam Tilley

D 7

District Commodore, Gary Barth
District Chief of Staff, Patricia McMenamin
District Captain East, Tom Butler
District Captain North, John Holmes
District Captain West, Thomas Bamford

8ER

District Commodore David F. Stroup
District Chief of Staff David C. Roberts
District Captain East Keith D. Blosser
District Captain South Chris M. Whitacre
District Captain West Paul D. Memmer

8CR

District Commodore. Charles E Maricle
District Chief of Staff. J Patrick Feighery Jr
District Captain East. Barry I Fox
District Captain Central. James M Coyne
District Captain West. Jeffery Stromer

8WR

District Commodore, Tracy DeLaughter
District Chief of Staff, Jeff Geddes
District Captain North, Steve Johnson
District Captain South, Darrell Kerr
District Captain East, John Davidson
District Captain West, Patrick Hicky

9ER

District Commodore, Dr Joseph Sopko, MD
District Chief of Staff, Dr. Clark Godshall, Ph.D
District Captain, Richard Evans
District Captain, Ronald Baker
District Captain, Fred Hasse

9CR

District Commodore. Sue Thurlow
District Chief of Staff. Catherine Slabaugh
District Captain North. David Hansen
District Captain Central. Jerri Smith
District Captain South. Chris Nelson

9WR

District Commodore, Thomas Mullaly
District Chief of Staff, Harvey Randall
District Captain  East, Allison Gaye Blind
District Captain South, Sonny R. Thatch II
District Captain West, Thomas Buck

11NR

District Commodore.  Mary Kirkwood
District Chief of Staff. Dean McFarren
District Captain, Jerry Edelsen
District Captain, James Losi
District Captain, Judy Esteban

11SR

District Commodore:  Chris Harshfield
District Chief of Staff: Charles Geiger
District Captain: San Diego/Inland: Chris Milano
District Captain North: Norman Bundek
District Captain South: William Kopenski

D13

District Commodore, Richard Williams
District Chief of Staff, Tiney Singler
District Captain North, Joseph Treece
District Captain South, William Lundine
District Captain East, Jonathan Wells

D14

District Commodore:  Roland Zwicky
District Chief of Staff: Jason Snellings
District Captain Execution: Laurie Herrell
District Captain RBS: Adam Lipla
District Captain Mission Support: Dan Berman

D17

District Commodore, James H. Chase
District Chief of Staff, Johnny C. Janik
District Captain, William R. Reiter

Congratulations to all!

NACO(e) Larry King Announces National Staff Appointed for 2018 - 2020

Commodore King would like to thank all Auxiliarists who recently applied for 2018 - 2020 ANACO or Director positions. There were a record number of resumes submitted from highly qualified Auxiliarists, making the selection process extremely difficult. All candidates were interviewed and considered for the positions they sought. Once again, thank you for your interest and continued support.

The following are the Assistant National Commodore (ANACO) appointments for a two-year term of office commencing 01 November 2018:

ANACO-CC Doug Cream

Dep ANACO-CC Bruce Kelton

ANACO-CFO Bob Bruce

ANACO-FC Peter Jensen

Dep ANACO-FC Rich Mahalcik

ANACO-RB  Bob Shafer

ANACO-DV David Porter

Dep ANACO-DV Tracy Ray Schultz

ANACO-IT  Susan Davies

ANACO-PP Ken Jacobs

ANACO-RP Don Zinner

Dep ANACO-RP Jimin Chang

 

The following are the Director appointments for a two-year term of office commencing 01 November 2018:

DIR-A (Public Affairs) – Thea Narkiewicz

DIR-B (Recreational Boating Safety Outreach) – Paul Soden

DIR-C (Computer Software and Systems) - Patrick Malone

DIR-E (Public Education) – COMO Robert Laurer

DIR-H (Human Resources) - Todd Monis

DIR-I (International Affairs) – Louis Nock

DIR-M (Measurements) - Frederick (Bill) Scholz

DIR-P (Prevention) - John McLeod

DIR-Q (Incident Response and Preparedness) – Kevin Cady

DIR-R (Response) – Rick Saunders

DIR-S (Strategic Planning) – Tom Jacobsmeyer

DIR-T (Training) - Gregory Kester

DIR-U (IT User Support Services) – Randy Patton

DIR-V (Vessel Examinations and Partner Visit) – Christopher Wilson

 

Congratulations to all!

Election Results NACON 2018

Election Results NACON 2018

National Commodore Richard Washburn is pleased to announce the results of the election for the 2018-2020 National Board. Their term of office will begin on November 01, 2018.

National Commodore – COMO Larry King

Vice National Commodore - COMO Alexander Malewski

Deputy National Commodore Atlantic East and Recreational Boating Safety – COMO Gus Formato

Deputy National Commodore Atlantic West and Mission Support - COMO Randy Ventress

Deputy National Commodore Pacific Area and Operations - COMO Wally Smith

NACO(e) Larry King announces the appointment of Deputy National Commodore Information Technology and Planning - COMO Linda Merryman

Congratulations

Source Terry Barth (N-EA)


N-TRAIN 2018 Schedule Update

An updated schedule of events for N-Train 2018 in St. Louis is now available on the website at https://www.cgauxa.org/auxa/n-train-2018/ for your viewing.

SOURCE: [Martin Phillips, Executive Director]

District Election Results for District 9WR


National Commodore Richard Washburn is pleased to announce election results for District 9WR:

DCAPT East, Norm Pearce
DCAPT South, Dave Martin
DCAPT West, Harvey Randall

Congratulations to all!
Source: [Terry Barth, N-EA]

New Human Resources Directorate Leadership

New Human Resources Directorate leadership

Director: Todd Monis
Deputy Director Human Resources: David McArtin
Deputy Director Coast Guard Support: Jim McClelland

Source: Fred Gates, DNACO Pacific Area and Mission Support

District 7 Election Results

D7

  • DCAPT-N, Patricia McMenamin
  • DCAPT-W, Frank Wondolkowski
  • DCAPT-E, William Bartley  (newly elected)

Congratulations to all!

Source: [Terry Barth, N-EA]

National Auxiliary Convention (NACON)

The National Auxiliary Convention (NACON) is rapidly approaching. Register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Don't delay as the registration deadline is July 31, 2016. Commencing on August 1st a late registration fee will be charged.

Visit the website at www.cgauxa.org/auxa/nacon-2016 for the latest information and to register for the event as well as make your hotel reservations.

View the updated workshop schedule recently posted on the site. This year's theme is Patriotic. Come enjoy the fun, learning opportunities and friendships! We look forward to you joining us in Phoenix.

[Source: Martin L. Phillips]

ANACO and DIR Letter of Intent

Letters of Intent for ANACO and Director Positions

Pursuant to Article 1 subsection 1.3 (b) (1) of the National Standing Rules, prior to 01 June in the year that a national election is conducted the National Commodore will give notice through the Chain of Leadership and Management, posted on the Auxiliary website, and in an issue of the electronic national publication, seeking the resume and relevant information from all persons desiring appointment or reappointment as ANACO or National Director for the following two years.

Please submit your resume and relevant information to VNACO Richard Washburn no later than 01 August 2016 if you wish to continue with your current assignment or if you wish to apply for a position as ANACO or Director. No applications for other positions on the national staff shall be forwarded to VNACO Washburn at this time.

Source [Terry Barth, N-EA]

Auxiliary Photograph In Running for USCG Photo of the Year

Auxiliarist David Lau's photograph recreating the USCG Postage Stamp is in the final running for the USCG Photo of the Year.  Please visit http://www.facebook.com/UScoastguard/photos/a.10154107925607679.1073741940.25633842678/10154107926112679/?type=3&theater and click on "like" by  Mr. Lau's photo to support him!

 

 

New The Wellness Scale Newsletter

The Human Resources Directorate is now sharing the Coast Guard's Health, Safety. Work-life Directorates newsletter: The Wellness Scale.  The November issue can be found here.

National Strategic Plan Update

National Commodore Mark Simoni, the National Bridge and senior staff, would like to share their priorities with you in their updated post of the National Strategic Plan. You may view the updated at 2014-2020 Auxiliary Strategic Plan.

Review the updated Strategic Plan and its initiatives to see how we support Coast Guard missions.

Source [David Elliot, N-AC]

NACON 2015 UPDATE

Information on the National Auxiliary Convention (NACON) in San Antonio is available at http://www.cgauxa.org/nacon-2015.php. The workshop information was recently updated to include additional training sessions. Additionally, links for making your hotel reservations (deadline August 1, 2015) and for you to register for the event are provided on that website. Please review the available information at http://www.cgauxa.org/nacon-2015.php. Take advantage of the training sessions, participate in the scheduled activities and explore San Antonio, its wonderful attractions and the Riverwalk!

[Source: Martin L. Phillips]

USBI Appointment

Kelly L. Townsend, DIR-B has recently been appointed as one of the Coast Guard Auxiliary's three representatives to the Governing Board of the United Safe Boating Institute (USBI). He is joining the current USBI President, Capt. William S. Griswold, USCG Ret. and COMO Warren E. McAdams, Past ANACO-RBS. Mr. Townsend replaces Past ANACO Charles (Tony) Morris, who is stepping down after a two year term on the board.

Congratulations Kelly!

Source [Terry Barth, N-EA]

eBEACON AVAILABILITY

The current issue of the eBEACON newsletter is available
for viewing. Click here to view this issue.

Source [Martin Phillips - Executive Director CGauxA]

NACO Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving Day is the time to reflect on the things for which we are grateful; it's an opportunity to count our blessings. For most of us, that list might start out with family and friends. We can add things like health, our faith, and the blessing of living in the greatest country on earth, a true land of opportunity.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for the thousands of brave American men and women who stand the watch around the world and here at home so that we may enjoy the day with family and friends. Please also remember those less fortunate, and those that have been affected by recent severe weather events.

Cheryl and I wish our Auxiliary family a day of peace and contentment, and most of all, a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mark Simoni
National Commodore
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

http://currents.cgaux.org

AUXLMS Password Changes

The U.S. Coast Guard and the USCG Auxiliary takes data security very seriously. In order to maintain our high level of data integrity, the Auxiliary's Learning Management System (AUXLMS) will be instituting a global password reset Thursday, 4 September, during our scheduled maintenance window of 2000-2300 EDT.

Upon the AUXLMS user's next log-in users will be prompted to change their password. The new password will need to be at least 14 characters.

As with the initial password, the new password will be entered using the "I forgot my password" link on the AUXLMS log-in page.

The AUXLMS is the hosting site for the Auxiliary's online Mandated Training courses, VE Workshop and ICS-210 course, among other offerings. This requirement will affect any Auxiliarist who wishes to take these courses online.

As always, the Auxiliary's National Help Desk is prepared to assist any members experiencing issues with their password changes.

Source [Jan Munroe, Dir-U]

Password Resets for AUXDATA

Due to a recent U.S. Coast Guard security directive, all users of the Auxiliary's information system of record, AUXDATA, and the AUXDATA Order Management system, AOM, have been tasked to perform a password reset when entering either system after 1400 on Wednesday, 3 SEP 2014.

This is in addition to any recent password resets the user may have performed. This password reset affects the Training environments for these applications, as well.

Passwords for the AUXLMS (which hosts the online Mandated Training) will be similarly affected in the near future.

Technical issues not resolved via the Information Services (IS) staff officers should be addressed to the Auxiliary's National Help Desk.

Comments and concerns are communicated via the chain of leadership and management, beginning with your Flotilla Commander.

Source [Jan Munroe, Dir-U]

Keeping You Posted HRD Newsletter - Issue 2

Please click here for Issue 2, Volume 1 of the Human Resources Directorate Newsletter - Keeping You Posted.

USCG Auxiliary Manual (AuxMan) Update

COMDINST M1670.1G (USCG Auxiliary Manual) has been enhanced with approved change annotations through June 6, 2014 and is now available at http://www.uscg.mil/auxiliary/publications/auxman.pdf. This USCG Auxiliary Manual is also known as AuxMan. All references to older versions should be changed to point to the updated manual.

Source [Bruce L Miller, DNACO-ITP]

Prospective Members Brochure

The HRD has published a new Prospective Members Brochure for distribution. The two sided brochure can be located and downloaded at the HRD New Member Packet page and choosing Prospective Member Brochure.

National Awards Deadline

The deadline for submitting your applications for National Awards (administered by NAC) is May 31, 2014. Award applications and instructions for submission are found on the National Association of Commodores web page.

Source [P-NAC, Edward Livingston]

Online District Material Store

The host for the Online Districts Material Store website recently transitioned to a new look site. We are experiencing issues with the new site. The host is working the issues and hopefully will have a fix shortly. When you use the site, complete your order and process the payment, you may receive a message indicating the transaction failed but there is no CODE provided. However, most likely the order did go through so PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SEND IT A SECOND TIME. We are verifying what is received and cross-checking it with the payment portal to ensure payment was made that corresponds with the order received. Once we positively identify the match then we will complete the order processing. If we have any questions regarding your order we will contact you directly. Please keep a copy or list of the items you ordered should we need to confirm that information with you. Please bear with us as we work through this transition.

Source [Martin Phillips - Executive Director CGauxA]

2014 VSC Decal Distribution

The New VSC Decal Distribution release letter and SOP have been posted in the MEMBERS ONLY area of the V-Dept website.

Source [William J. Howard, DVC-VC]

NACO Thanksgiving Message

To All Auxiliarists and their families, from the very beginning we Americans have pulled together through adversity and then gathered together to give thanks for what we have done and with what we are blessed to have. Nearly 400 years ago our forefathers gathered to celebrate their very survival on the occasion of the first Thanksgiving. Today as we approach the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, we have certainly seen adversity, albeit not of the gravity of the Pilgrims.

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NACO Message - Business as Normal

With the recent Congressional action, a continuing resolution is in place, so the Auxiliary is now able to resume all normal Auxiliary activities.

According to the news, the government is funded for the next 90 days through 15 January, and the debt ceiling is in place through 7 February. Our planning should take into account that the first quarter may be disrupted with more adverse funding situations. In the meantime, we consider ourselves to be at Ops Normal. However, sequestration travel restrictions remain in effect.

Very respectfully,
Thomas C. Mallison
National Commodore

Source [Anna Lockwood, N-EA]

NACO Guidance #6 - Elections during Government Shutdown

Please review the NACO Guidance #6 by clicking here.

Source [Anne Lockwood, N-EA]

NACO Guidance #5 – Government Shutdown Guidance

Please review the NACO Guidance #5 regarding Government Shutdown Guidance by clicking here.

Source [Anne Lockwood, N-EA]

Browser Compatibility Issues with AuxINFO, AuxLMS, the Help Desk, and Auxiliary Forms

Recent updates to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers for Windows PCs have resulted in compatibility issues with some Auxiliary web based services (some functions no longer work, displays format differently, pages hang, etc). In addition, recent versions of Firefox can no longer fill in Auxiliary forms. User action is often required to resolve these problems.

Click on the following links for recommended actions to take for the most commonly found problems:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and AUXINFO, AuxLMS or the Help Desk- see the AuxINFO/AUXLMS Browser Problem Knowledgebase article.
  • Auxiliary forms issues with Firefox 19 and above - see the Forms Knowledgebase article.

Source [Kevin Redden, Dir-Ud]]

New Initial & Five Year Currency Maintenance TCT Workshop Resource Materials

The new Initial and Five Year Currency Maintenance TCT Workshop resource materials, announced in ALAUX -10/13 on 08 AUG, are now available.

Take a look at the Response Directorate Education Division page [http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=education-division] for the latest on the new TCT program.

This is a 4 hour program which replaces the current 8 hour class for both Initial and 5-Year currency requirements in our operations programs. Note the document links for the TCT Slides, the Facilitator Guide and the Participant Guide, as well as a link to the ALAUX from the CHDIRAUX announcing the program and the process for getting facilitators certified to instruct in the new program.

Source [Bruce Pugh, DVC-RE]

National Awards Deadline

The deadline for submitting your applications for National Awards (administered by NAC) is May 31, 2013. Award applications and instructions for submission are found on the NAC (National Association of Commodores) web page.

Source [IPP, Richard Ives]

National Staff Appointment Announcements

National Commodore Thomas C. Mallison is pleased to announce the following appointments for National Staff. These appointments were made in accordance with the process described in the AUXMAN, and concurrence of the Chief Director has been received:

Kelly L. Townsend has been appointed as Director of RBS Outreach (B) Michael S. Klacik has been appointed as Director of Vessel Examination Perry R. Taylor has been appointed as Deputy Director of Vessel Examination

Source[N-EA Anne Lockwood]

V Directorate's End-of-Year 2012 VE and PV Reports

Linked below are V Directorate's End-of-Year 2012 VE and PV Reports (based on AuxInfo) of VE's & PV's. Please pass this information on to all VE's and PV's.

2012 VE National Summary Report

2012 PV National Summary Report

Source [Paul Mayer, DVC-VC]

Postage Increase

Effective January 27, 2013 the U. S. Postal rates have increased. Letters not exceeding weight of one ounce will now require $.46 cents of postage. Forever stamps need no additional postage; however, for Government postage requires 2 - $.23 stamps or the equivalent of $.46. Postcards price is now $.33. Please use your existing stock before ordering additional postage from Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC).

Source [N-EA, Anne Lockwood]

NACO Holiday Message

All Auxiliarists

As we gather to celebrate the holidays, Wanda and I would like to offer our wishes for a happy and peaceful season and the best of all good things in the coming New Year.

The glue that binds the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary into the world's foremost volunteer maritime organization is the fellowship we share as we observe the diverse celebrations of the several holidays held at this time of year. We share a universal sentiment of goodwill to our fellow man. We demonstrate our care and compassion through our faithful service to the recreational boating community, our support of the U.S. Coast Guard, and in our sympathy for all who sorrow and suffer.

During the holidays, we will gather with family, friends, shut-ins, Coastguardsmen or others with whom we especially want to celebrate. Some will thank you for your presents or for your presence. Some will thank you for your service. Wanda and I are among those who sincerely thank you for all you do for the USCG Auxiliary. Giving of one's self is the greatest gift of all. It is truly a pleasure to serve by your side.

Many of us will be traveling to be with those we care about during the holiday season. Wanda and I wish one and all Godspeed as you make your holiday rounds. We look forward to your safe return and to your continuing service in 2013 and beyond.

Very respectfully,

Thomas C. Mallison / s /
National Commodore

2013 - 2017 Strategic Plan Updated

The Strategic Plan for 2013 - 2017 has been posted to the Leadership page. The plan includes information about the organization of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in addition to the Mission, Vision, and Value statements. Also included are the Strategies, Goals, and Objectives with discussion of each contained in Appendix 1. Please click here to review the Strategic Plan.

Source [N-EA, Anne Lockwood]

Standard Operating Procedures Guide update with 2 new appendixes

The Standard Operating Procedures Guide (SOP) has been updated adding Appendix A giving Guidance on Child's Photo Policy and Appendix B detailing U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Survey/Polling Procedure Process. Please click here to see the newly posted version.

Source [N-EA, Anne Lockwood]

BoatUS Grants Available to Flotillas; Deadline 17 December

The BoatUS Grassroots Grants Program is an online grant program which makes funds available to nonprofit organizations, boating clubs and student groups for projects that promote safe and/or clean boating on local waterways. The link to their official application guidelines is http://www.boatus.com/foundation/Grants/faq.asp.. The deadline for receiving grant applications is no later than midnight on December 17, 2012.

Flotillas may submit applications directly to BoatUS under the Association's nonprofit status. Applications from flotillas that are approved by BoatUS are then transmitted to the Association for signing by the Director of Development. BoatUS normally issues a check for all awards made to the Association which will process individual flotilla checks to the recipients. Flotillas receiving awards are required to complete all requirements and reports required by BoatUS, and, to provide copies of all such reports to the Association for official files. Contact the Association's Director of Development at DirectorDevelopment@cgauxa.org should you have any questions. Again, complete application information is available at http://www.boatus.com/foundation/Grants/faq.asp.

NACO Thanksgiving Message

In September 1620 a boat with 102 passengers and 30 crew set sail from Plymouth, England, bound for a location near the mouth of the Hudson River. In November, 66 days later, they reached land far north of the river, having been blown off course by severe weather en route. They stayed on the boat through the winter. Only half their number survived to see the spring. [Anyone see a need for a GAR risk analysis here?] Local inhabitants taught them to grow corn and showed them other skills the following summer. Their first harvest in 1621 was bountiful, and they scheduled a three-day feast to celebrate. They enjoyed birds, deer, and the fruits of their fields. Their new friends, who had shared their knowledge and skills, joined them. They all gave thanks. This remembrance became known as Thanksgiving.

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AuxData Inactivity Rules Changed

IS officers and other credentialed users of AuxData should note that access will now be locked after 90 days of inactivity and deleted after 365 days of inactivity. Passwords still need to be changed every 90 days.

AuxDirectory/AuxOfficer "Member Zone" accounts are not affected. AuxInfo, the flexible report generator for AuxData that requires no credentials for use, is also not affected.

Source [Marilyn S. McBain, DVC-UI]

DNACO Appointments Announced

National Commodore (elect) Thomas C. Mallison today announced the following appointments for two-year terms of office beginning 01 November 2012:

COMO Angelo A. Perata has been appointed deputy national commodore (DNACO) - Operations (O). Perata was elected at NACON as DNACO for the Pacific area.

COMO Harold M. (Hal) Marschall has been named DNACO - Recreational Boating Safety (RBS). Marschall was elected as DNACO for the Atlantic East area.

COMO Richard A. (Rick) Washburn was named DNACO - Mission Support (MS). Washburn was elected as DNACO for the Atlantic West area.

COMO Bruce L. Miller was reappointed DNACO - Information Technology and Planning (ITP) and Chief Information Officer of the Auxiliary.

These appointments were made in accordance with the process described in the Auxiliary Manual, with the concurrence of the Chief Director of the Auxiliary. The three elected DNACOs serve "dual hat" roles, in charge of the districts comprising their geographical area, as well as specific national staff directorates.

Source: N-EA et. al.

NACON Photographs Appear Online

San Antonio, August 25 - Photographs from the Coast Guard Auxiliary's national convention, currently being held here, are beginning to be available on the Internet at the following URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscga/collections/72157631238515402.

The annual event, which commenced earlier this week, will be coming to a close with the National Commodore's Banquet tonight.  Photographs will continue to be uploaded over the coming days.

Mallison Elected Next National Commodore; Simoni is Vice

SAN ANTONIO ­ Coast Guard Auxiliary senior leaders today elected Commodore Thomas C. Mallison of Bear Lake, Mich. as our organization's national commodore for a two-year term beginning November 1, 2012.  The election was held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary National Conference (NACON) underway at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk hotel.

Mallison will succeed current National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr. who is completing his two-year term of office.  Mallison has served as vice national commodore under Vass since November 2010.

In a subsequent election, Commodore Mark Simoni of Saginaw, Michigan, was elected vice national commodore, for a two year term.  Simoni currently serves as deputy national commodore for operations (DNACO-O).

Legislative Liaison Committee Chair Appointment

National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr. is pleased to announce the appointment of Commodore Sigurd E. Murphy as Legislative Liaison Committee Chair. COMO Murphy will assist District Commodores with the selection of Legislative Liaison Representatives (LLR), creating a viable reporting system in addition to providing quarterly reports to VNACO, NACO and CHDIRAUX. Congratulations to COMO Murphy.

Source [Anne R Lockwood. N-EA]

NACON Workshop Schedule Announced

Join the NACON 2012 Fiesta in San Antonio, TX, which features a variety of Workshops. Workshops are available on Friday and Saturday (August 24 and 25). For a list of the workshops available, click here.

Source [Anne R Lockwood. N-EA]

Auxiliary Online Member Training Website Has Moved!

The member-training website known as the “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Virtual Classroom” has moved to a new location, and is now called the “Coast Guard Auxiliary – Online Classroom”. The new link (URL) to the Online Classroom is http://classroom.cgaux.org.  Members, member training officers, and unit webmasters should change all bookmarks, links, or other references to the old Virtual Classroom to the new site and address.

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2012 NACON Info & Registration Available

The 2012 Auxiliary National Convention (NACON) is scheduled for August 22-26 in San Antonio, TX at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel. Conference registration is now open at www.cgauxa.org/nacon/ where you may find conference information, as well as links to both online registration form and mail-in registration forms. Hotel reservation information is also available, along with the most up-to-date version of the Schedule of Events. Updates will be posted periodically.

This year's covention includes the National Auxiliary elections, preparatory to the biennial Change of Watch on November 1. The conference theme is "FIESTA!" Plan now to join your friends and colleagues in San Antonio and be part of the excitement!

Source [Martin L. Phillips - Executive Director CGAuxA]

Recreational Boating Fatalities at Highest Level Since 1998

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 16, 2012 -Total boating fatalities last year rose to 758, the highest number on record since 1998, according to the U.S. Coast Guard's official 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics released today.

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ANACOs and Department Directors: Appointment/Reappointment Requires Letter of Intent

Individuals who wish to apply for appointment as a department director (DIR) or Assistant National Commodore (ANACO) for the watch beginning November 1, 2012, including incumbents, must make their intentions known in writing, by August 01, 2012.

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Coastie Winners Announced

National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr. is pleased to announce the winners of the four new Coasties, which were purchased by CG-BSX-1. The winners are: District 17, District 9CR, District 7 - Division - 12 Flotilla 10, and District 8ER. The winners were selected by the NEXCOM after review of the letters submitted. Letters were received from Districts, Divisions, and Flotillas from all over the country. Congratulations to all four winners.

Source [Anne R Lockwood. N-EA]

Weather Damages Auxiliary National Supply Center; Operations Temporarily on Hold

ST. LOUIS - Severe weather damaged the Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC) last Saturday, April 28. The building is currently in non-operational status while personnel assess the damage and work toward getting the facility back up and running. A timeframe is presently not available for operational status.

Coast Guard Auxiliary units requesting brochures and other material for their National Safe Boating Week campaigns, as well as general operations, are asked to be patient and procure items via alternative resources until ANSC is again operational.

Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.

Source [Christopher Todd, Deputy Director | Government & Public Affairs]

New Grants Handbook Available

The 2012 edition of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Grants Handbook is now available. The Grants Handbook includes information about several awards and grants available to Auxiliarists and Auxiliary units.

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Support of Mobile Devices Including iPad and iPhone at Auxiliary Websites

Auxiliary Websites and web-based applications are supported on modern browsers on both the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, using Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 and above, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. "Modern" means browsers released in the last three (3) years of the date you are reading this.

However, we currently provide no support for our websites and applications on mobile operating systems, including iOS on the iPad and iPhone. Although most Auxiliary sites will perform as expected on these platforms, some will not. For example, any site constructed with the AuxWeb "JavaScript" platform will not function properly on an iPad; left menu items having submenus cannot be activated. This is due to an apparent problem in Mobile Safari.

If you are faced with such a problem using iPad, iPhone, or other mobile platform, you have a simple recourse: visit the site from your laptop or desktop personal computer, and use the site as intended.  When this situation changes, it will be announced here.

Auxiliary 2012-2016 Strategic Plan Updated; Changing Roles Cited

Commodore Vass's United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Strategic Plan 2012-2016, originally issued in November 2010, has been updated effective March, 2012. According to Assistant National Commodore for Planning and Performance Fred Gates, Auxiliary leadership has re-examined the roles our organization plays in support of the U.S. Coast Guard, and is re-emphasizing the organization's role in recreational boating safety -- without diminishing the Auxiliary's contributions to maritime safety and security.

A downloadable copy of the revised Strategic Plan may be found on the Leadership Page under "Auxiliary Strategic Plan".

Source [Fred Gates ANACO-PP]

New V-Department DIR Announced

National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr. is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly L. Townsend as Director of the National Department of Vessel Examination and Recreational Boating Safety Visitation. Kelly was previously Division Chief, Liaison Division in the RBS Outreach Department.
Congratulations to Kelly Townsend.

Source [Anne Lockwood, N-EA]

eBEACON Latest Issue Available

The latest issue of the eBEACON publication is now available for viewing at http://www.cgauxa.org/beacon/beacon.pdf. Special articles on Auxiliary activities, member benefits and special sales at the Online District Materials Store.

Source [Martin L. Phillips - Executive Director CGAuxA]

Certain Auxiliary Training Courses Changing Platforms

The Training Department has received directions from Coast Guard FORCECOM Training (F-T) to move all Coast Guard Auxiliary courses from the current Coast Guard site by May 7th. In response to this directive, the Training Department, working with the Information Technology Group, will form a working team to effect a smooth transition to an alternative site. During this period of time, we do not anticipate any major interruption of service.

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Postage Increases Soon

Prices for most U. S. Postal Service mailing will change on January 22, 2012. The increase will affect letters and postcards. Increases are as follows:

Cards: Between 3½” x 5” x 0.007” and 4¼” x 6” x 0.016”
Postage: 32¢ - Requires card stock quality paper

Letters: No greater than 6⅛” x 11½” x ¼” & 3.5 oz. (#10 envelope)
Postage: 1 oz. = 45¢ (Add 20¢ for each additional ounce)

Flats: Between 6⅛” x 11½” x ¼” and 12” x 15” x ¾” (i.e. our 9 x 12 manila envelopes)
Postage: 1 oz. = 90¢ Add 20¢ for each additional ounce

Parcels: No greater than 108” in length and girth
Postage: Up to 3 oz. = $1.95 Add 17¢ for each additional ounce

Three-cent stamps will be available through ANSC for use on postcards that have the 29- cent stamps currently on them.

Source [Anne R. Lockwood, N-EA]

Surface Operations Workshop

The 2012 Surface Operations workshop materials are now available on the Response web site. This is an Optional training session for Auxiliarists participating in surface operations.

Source [Bruce C Pugh, DVC-RE]