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]

NACO Three Star Award

The revised criteria for the 2012 NACO Three Star Award for Diversity and Inclusion is ready for release by the Department of Diversity and Inclusion.

The NACO Three Star Award will continue to recognize and award Flotillas and Divisions for their commitment to diversity and inclusion of leadership in action. The criteria is available on the Diversity Department website or click here to read the updated requirements directly. All District Staff Officers for Diversity (DSOs-DV) are available for assistance in obtaining this National award.

Source [Anne R. Lockwood, N-EA]

Notice of National Board Meeting

All Auxiliarists are welcome to attend the meetings of the National Board on Friday, January 27 from 1300 — 1415 and on Saturday, January 28 from 0900 — 1530. The meetings will take place at N-TRAIN at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Registration and hotel information is available on the national website at http://cgauxa.org/

Source [Anne R. Lockwood, N-EA]

Access to the National PE Course Database Now Possible for All Auxiliary Websites

The National Public Education calendar database, which allows any member of the general public to do an online Zip Code search for Auxiliary PE courses is his or her nearby area, can now be displayed on ANY Auxiliary website, with a very small bit of programming by the unit's CS officer. Until now, only units using the WOW Pushbutton website system could display the PE Zip Code Course finder, even though ANY unit could add courses to the database, using the online 7023 Notice of Intent to Teach Form.

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Tax-Saving Opportunity

Time is rapidly running out on a great tax-savings opportunity that can benefit the Auxiliary and its programs. Go to http://www.cgauxa.org/media/IRAtaxsavingsopportunity-12-31-2011.pdf to learn more. This opportunity ends on December 31, 2011.

Source [Martin L. Phillips - Executive Director CGAuxA]

Commodores Memorial Committee

The following National Association of Commodores (NAC) members have been appointed to the Commodores Memorial Committee for 2012 to help support, promote awareness, and raise funding.

Commodore EV Tucker
Commodore Edward Livingston
Commodore Jerri Smith
Commodore Allen Knish
Commodore Carolyn Belmore
Commodore Rick Ives, Project Manager

Source [COMO Richard Ives]

Vice National Commodore’s 2011 Holiday Message

WASHINGTON - Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice National Commodore Thomas C. Mallison sends a holiday message to all Auxiliarists across the nation. To read Mallison's message please visit: Coast Guard Auxiliary Live

Source [Philip Bailey, DVC-AM]

Standardized Unit Standing Rules Templates

Every Auxiliary unit (flotilla, division and district), is required to have standardized standing rules as approved by the Auxiliary National Board. Because of the numerous changes effectuated by the new Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1G), the National Board has approved new standardized standing rules for all Auxiliary units. These can be found on the Auxiliary Chief Counsel national web page. Every Auxiliary unit should immediately update their standing rules to these standardized rules. Until each unit updates their standing rules, any provision of their old rules that is not in conformity with the new rules may be impermissible resulting in voidable elections and other matters. The following are a few important facts found in Chapter 4, Section H of the new Auxiliary Manual that all Auxiliary leaders should know:

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N-TRAIN News

N-TRAIN is on the horizon for the last week of January. Those DSOs attending the training in St. Louis from January 27 - Sunday January 29, 2012 are: DSOs-PE, DSOs-MT, DSOs-SL, DSOs-DV, DSOs-IS, and DSOs-HR. DSOs must arrive on Friday by 1700 and departure must be after 1200 on Sunday.

Most Valuable Partners (MVPs) 2010-2011

U. S. Coast Guard Academy Admissions is pleased to announce Most Valuable Partners (MVPs) for the 2010-2011 admissions cycle. Thank you to this special group of Partners for their hard work and dedication.

Auxiliary and Active Duty Selected

  • John Braund (NY)(Auxiliary)
  • Ace Castle (FL) (Active Duty, Alumni)
  • Bill Gearty (NY)(Auxiliary)
  • Jonathan Hofius (FL)(Active Duty, Alumni)
  • Ken Jacobs (CT)(Auxiliary)
  • Carol Johnson (IL)(Auxiliary)
  • John Johnson (IL)(Auxiliary)
  • Howard Kavanaugh (LA)(Auxiliary)
  • Bruce Perri (FL)(Auxiliary)
  • Glenn Stafford (NY)(Auxiliary)

Source [Perri, Bruce ]

District 14 Election Results

The following were elected in District 14:

  • Lawrence G. Ankrum - DCAPT-R
  • Gary W. Gumataotao - DCAPT-P

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Diversity and Inclusion website can now be found on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary web site http://cgaux.org/leadership/diversity-inclusion/. On the Department of Diversity and Inclusion web site you will find the Resources, News and Outreach Programs needed for your Diversity programs within your Districts, Divisions and Flotillas.

Source: Bruce L Perri, BC-DAE

9WR Election Results

Results of 9WR elections for DCAPT are:

Reelected:

  • Tom Kartes. DCAPT-E
  • J. Staggs. DCAPT-S

First Term:

  • Ed Moffat. DCAPT-W

New Director-M Department

It gives me great pleasure to announce that COMO Nick Tarlson is the new director of the Performance Measurement (M) department. COMO Tarlson has held a number of both elected and selected positions and was the original DIR-M when the department was stood up. He brings a wealth of experience and vision to the position.

Source - Fred C Gates, ANACO-PP

District Election Results

The majority of the District Conferences have concluded. The following election results include:

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Newly Elected NAC Officers

The National Association of Commodores (NAC) have elected their new officers for the years 2012-2013. They are as follows:

  • President: Commodore Steve Reams
  • Vice President: Commodore Edward Livingston
  • Secretary: Commodore Jerri Smith
  • Treasurer: Commodore Geoffrey Cooper-Stanton
Source - Richard W Ives, NAC President

Qualification Ribbons Clarification

The Qualification Ribbons were removed from the Awards listing. The four ribbons which designate the Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Programs, Instructor Program, Operations Programs, and the Auxiliary Specialty Training Ribbon will be removed from the Award listing because they are ribbons denoting certification of a competency.

Not all Director's offices were processing these items in the same way; therefore, these items will be removed as Awards from all Auxiliarists award listings.

This does not affect the member, but it changes the AUXDATA process. The members will still receive their ribbons, may still wear their ribbons, and find their information in AUXINFO. The difference is that in AUXINFO you will find your certification shown as a Competency in the Competency Cube and not in the Awards Cube.

Source [Marilyn McBain, DVC-UI]

New Auxiliary Manual Is Available for Download

The Chief Director's office has announced today the availability of the official copy of the new Auxiliary Manual COMDTINST M16790.1G for download.

The 710-page, 9.76 megabyte document may be accessed at the following temporary URL: http://documents.cgaux.org/temp/Auxiliary-Manual-CIM16790_1.pdf. Webmasters please note that the final URL will be officially posted on the Commandant Instructions page of the Chief Director's website. Please do not link to the temporary URL above.

Members should be cautioned that a simultaneous attempt by hundreds, even thousands of members to download this long-awaited document may temporarily overwhelm our servers. In that event, please be patient, and try again later, perhaps late at night.

Vice Admiral Brice-O'Hara Continues Support of Auxiliary

Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, spoke at the August 27 NACON Saturday evening banquet in Charlotte, NC. Vice Admiral Brice-O’Hara is a strong supporter of the public spirit and patriotism of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Her supporting comments may be seen at
http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/09/public-spirit-patriotism-the-coast-guard-auxiliary/.

Qualification Ribbons

Heads up for a coming change within the next week.
The Qualification Ribbons will be removed from the Awards listing.

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ALCOAST 373/11 Formally Announces Auxiliary National Staff Reorganization

In an ALCOAST issued today, U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations Vice Admiral Brian M. Salerno formally announced a reorganization of the National Staff of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, effective 15 August 2011.

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E-Learning Website Registration Process

The newly-reopened E-Learning (Virtual Classroom) site features self registration, if you do not already have a user ID. The registration system uses an auto responder email to confirm your registration. You must receive this email, and respond to it according to its instructions, in order to complete your registration.

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E-Learning Website Reopens

The Auxiliary E-Learning "Virtual Classroom" website is now open at http://aux.virtualclassroomuscg.org with a preliminary course offering.

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New Leader For Interpreters

John Cooper, DIR-IA, has announced that Dan Jacquish, the Immediate Past District Captain-East for District 7, has been appointed as the new Deputy Director of the International Affairs Department, responsible for the Interpreter Corps.

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Commandant's Coast Guard Day Message

Shipmates,

On August 4th we celebrate the 221st birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Auxiliary ATON Verifier PQS

CAPT Rizzo has signed the ATON Verifier PQS which can be located on the Prevention Department website at http://pdept.cgaux.org/nsAidVerifier.html

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2011 AWW/Sea Partners Training

CG-544 will be hosting the 2011 AWW/Sea Partners Training Workshop from 16 to 18 September 2011 in Leesburg, VA.

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New Organizational Structure

New National Organizational Structure Announced.

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Seventy-Second Anniversary Of The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

UNCLAS //N16790//
ALCOAST 302/11
COMDTNOTE 16790

1. JUNE 23 MARKS THE SEVENTY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF OUR COAST GUARD AUXILIARY. FOLLOWING THEIR FORMATION IN 1939, AMERICA SOON ENTERED WWII. DURING THE WAR, SOME 50,000 VOLUNTEER AUXILIARISTS STOOD WATCH OVER OUR SHORES, PORTS AND WATERWAYS.

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Auxiliarist craftsman helps spiff up the Eagle

Seeing the need for repair, this Auxiliarist procured the necessary materials and worked on the project in his home workshop. An experienced wood craftsman he performed many hours of his own time to produce a quality product. See his work and the support he received from his flotilla, now on SITREP, the Auxiliary's National e-magazine.

At 102+ years she still supports the Auxiliary

Elsie Tolnitch turned 102 on September 20, 2010 and celebrated her birthday by attending a meeting of Flotilla 3-10 of which she is a charter member. She continues to attend most Flotilla meetings and support the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Read about this Auxiliarist and the honor she recently received, now on SITREP, the Auxiliary's National e-magazine.

Professionally Recorded Audio PSAs Available for Download - Ready for NSBW

On the link below you will find a wide variety of ready-to-broadcast Audio Public Service Announcements. http://www.video.auxpa.org/audio.shtml

The page will be re-organized by topic to make it more user-friendly within the next few days... but I wanted to make you immediately aware of the new files now available under the "New for NSBW 2011" heading.

You can download a single zip file, the "NSBW PRESSKIT" file, and when you extract it you'll have a collection of 15 second announcements, a contact-letter template you can use to approach your local radio stations, and a readme file with instructions. This is a no-hassle way for PAOs to include Radio Public Service Announcements as part of their Safe Boating Week efforts!

Nicholas Kuriger Appointed Director of the Performance Measurements Department

Nicholas Kuriger has been appointed Director of the national Performance Measurements Department. He was previously Deputy Director, and has served in other positions within the department since its inception. He has also been a staff member in the I Department, and has served as Communication Services officer at the district, division and flotilla level. He has more than sixteen years' experience in the Information Technology field, including nine years in the U.S. Navy.

Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist Certifications as of 01APR11

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard Auxiliary Department of Public Affairs is pleased to congratulate the following members on completing initial or advanced-level Public Affairs Specialist certifications during the first quarter of 2011: James Ashley, PA1, 054-09-11 Robert R Carlson, PA1, 014-25-06 Dave Clendening, PA1, 053-01-04 Bryant Dillard, PA3, 085-01-02 Stuart Gitlow, PA2, 013-07-08 Henry Goldman, PA1 114-11-10 Phil Goodman, PA3, 070-13-01 C. Douglas Kroll, PA1 114-11-10 Patricia Kuhn, PA1, 053-15-02 Thomas Loughlin, PA3 070-11-10 Marshall Ronco, PA1 013-06-18 Richard Rivera, PA1 130-07-07 Matthew Smith, PA1, 114-10-08 Alan Sorum, PA2, 170-03-05 Bill Turner, PA1, 053-05-07 Rande Wilson, PA3, 014-07-02 Mark Wirtz, PA1, 053-15-05

College Athletics to Deepwater Horizon

Auxiliary unit activities across the nation are wide and varied. This Virginia flotilla found itself supporting collegiate regattas and the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, "Operation Deepwater," all in the same boating season. Take a look at how this unit performed during the operations, now on SITREP, the Auxiliary's National e-magazine. . . .

Increase in Postcard Stamp Cost

The U. S. Postal Service recently announced an increase for the cost of mailing a postcard. Effective April 17, 2011, the cost for postcard stamps will be $0.29. ANSC has the $0.29 available for you to order. The maximum dimensions of the post card have not changed. The dimensions are: 4 ¼” (height) by 6” (length). The minimum dimensions are: 3 ½” (height) by 5” (length). When ordering stamps from ANSC, please follow your Districts policy using the USCG Auxiliary Postal Material Form on page 31 of the ANSC Catalog.

Life Jacket Design Winners Announced by BoatUS Foundation and Underwriter's Laboratory

The three winners of the Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition were announced at the recent International Boating and Water Safety Summit held in Savannah, GA. The entries had to be innovative, wearable, reliable, and practical. The top prize of $5,000 went to the Sea-Tee, submitted by Jeff Betz of Float-Tech, Inc., in Troy, NY. The Sea-Tee is similar to the rash guard shirt worn by many swimmers and water sports enthusiasts but with a built-in inflatable bladder. Betz noted that this stylish buoyancy aid will actually be worn during these near-shore activities, while life jackets will not. The second place prize of $1,000 went to the Directors Bureau, a creative consulting firm that works in the film industry. Their "Float Coat" is a windbreaker with added flotation. While not a unique design, the judges felt that its fashionable styling along with its creative placement of flotation, which includes hollow "microspheres," made it a winning entry. The BoatUS Foundation awarded the third place prize of $500 to the youngest participants in the competition, a design team of high school seniors Nathan Karabon and Josh Jankowski of St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. Karabon and Jankowski surveyed boaters and researched designs as part of the national "Project Lead the Way" program to come up with a submission cleverly combining traditional foam flotation and modern inflatable configuration. Videos of the winning entries can be seen at BoatUS.com/foundation/winners, and plans for the next round of the design competition, already underway, will be announced in 2012.