Category: Public Affairs

Pride Month Spotlight: Andrew Niquette, Division Chief - Publications The month of June marks the celebration of Pride Month, a whole month dedicated to recognizing LGBTQ+ culture and history, support of LGBTQ+ rights, and uplifting the voice of the LG… more »
Photo -- On March 25, 2022, the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy honored Auxiliarists Kathy and Mike Pascale for their service as Ombudsmen to Academy families. Pictured (left to right) CAPT Randy Brown, MLEA CO, Kathy and Mike Pascale, CMC Ed Briganti a… more »
Interview and photo illustration by Deborah Heldt Cordone, AUXPA1May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year's theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, is "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity," which bui… more »
Commodore Mary Kirkwood rose through the ranks of Auxiliary leadership over a twenty year-period by leveraging her forty years of nursing experience and her passion for teaching. Her initial entry to the National Bridge started with her term as Deputy Na… more »
Auxiliarists Robert Bohm, William Jacobs, Jr., and Harvey Miller from the First District - Southern Region have received the 2022 Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) Silver Award. The Silver Medal is awarded for extraordinary bravery in a rescue at sea… more »
As we celebrate Black History Month, while embracing and recognizing our collective culture and diversity everyday, we would like to recognize the achievements and struggles of Black Americans throughout U.S. History. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Au… more »
He stuffed towels under the door to the adjoining garage in the hope of stopping a sudden, unexpected flow of seawater, but the brine would not be denied. Defeated, Terry Schwinghammer retreated to the stairs leading to the family's living quarters, and… more »
It was early on March 1, 1968, when armed U.S. Army helicopters joined U.S. Coast Guard and Navy warships giving chase to four enemy trawlers making way down the South China Sea intent on resupplying Viet Cong forces with weapons. The combined intercepts… more »
For Doug Cream, a nightmare is "Waking up and having nothing to do." Accordingly, his To-Do list is full, with many entries involving the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary.A former Assistant New York State Attorney General and trial counsel at a Buffalo l… more »
The primary purpose of Public Affairs (PA) is to "tell the story” of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) conduct PA efforts at the flotilla, division, and district levels. They also augment Coast Guard units as… more »
One of his priorities when Capt. Tom Walcott became Chaplain of the Coast Guard was to re-energize the Coast Guard Auxiliary chaplain program. From a small group of six Auxiliary Chaplains in 2017, the Auxiliary Chaplain Support (ACS) program has expande… more »
On July 6, 2022, Auxiliarist Michael Barth was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Ensign Barth made this transition after more than five impactful years of service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Highlights of his service… more »
District 5th Northern Winners -- Joseph Giannattasio, District Commodore Photography Category – Operations- COMO Joseph Giannattasio Division 8, Flotilla 2, District 5NR District 5th Southern Winners -- Allen Fredd, District Commodore Division… more »
The first wave of Auxiliarists deployed to the U.S. Southwest Border (SWB) are now returning home with the gratitude of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), the U.S. Coast Guard, the Auxiliary, and t… more »
The U.S. Coast Guard has an ever-increasing need for officer candidates in the twenty-first century. The Auxiliary University Program (AUP), a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary lead leadership development program established in 2007, prepares college students f… more »
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will celebrate with its 83rd birthday June 23, and there has never been a better time to join America’s Volunteer Guardians. The Auxiliary encourages enthusiastic and motivated people help make an impact keeping America’s w… more »
Many Auxiliarists have resided in their respective communities for years. Over time, they have established long-standing personal and professional connections within their communities. Those that wish to volunteer their time in the Coast Guard Recruiting… more »
WASHINGTON - Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Linda L. Fagan during a military change-of-command ceremony presided over by President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Wednesday at Coast Guard Headquarters. Immediately… more »
Leaders of the Auxiliary must possess the skills to ensure the success of their units and assist members in developing their skills and abilities. The necessary tools to help develop these skills can be obtained through the Auxiliary Leadership and Devel… more »
Chief Journalist (ret.) Alex Haley won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his ground-breaking book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for twenty-two weeks. Before Haley was famous, he served twenty year… more »
When it comes to the Coast Guard’s role in the 22-year tradition of Chicago’s Christmas Ship, the effort is definitely an all-hands evolution. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw moors at Chicago's Navy Pier December 4, 2021, in preparation for unloadin… more »
Longtime Auxiliarist and former U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reservist Lois Bouton crossed the bar on Saturday, January 29, 2022. She leaves behind a legacy spanning over the course of her 102-year lifetime. Her steady contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard a… more »
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach will be featured in an episode of MasterChef in 2022, and an auxiliarist, Barry A. Chapman, had the pleasure of being part of this unique experience. When Chapman showed up on 20 OCT 21 for his normal ei… more »
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 Distri… more »
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 Associa… more »
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 Division staff. 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. more »
Auxiliarist of the Year honored at Grand Haven Coast Guard FestivalCommandant 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 person… more »
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 o… more »
Alexander R. Rico has been named the recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s prestigious Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award for 2021 in recognition of his numerous contributions as flotilla commander of the First Dist… more »
Two Auxiliarists from D1 South and one Auxiliarist from D7 awarded the 2020 Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award 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 Innovatio… more »
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 shorebir… more »
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… more »
Auxiliarist David Lau's photograph recreating the USCG Postage Stamp is in the final running for the USCG Photo of the Year.  Please visit… more »
Before you submit photographs for publication in The Navigator, Navigator Express, LIVE, or use in a local publication please review that photograph carefully for the following issues. Make sure that everyone in the photo is wearing proper Coast Guard a… more »
Auxiliary National Commodore Tom Mallison has posted a welcome video on the National Website aimed at our membership. The two-minute video lays out COMO Mallison's vision for our organization, and can be accessed from his web page in the "Leadership" se… more »
Go to to view information on the 2012 Auxiliary National Convention scheduled for August 22-26 in San Antonio, TX at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel. Conference registration is open with links to both the online registration form… more »