The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety extends a warm "Welcome Aboard!" to its new Office Chief / Chief Director of Auxiliary (CG-BSX), Captain David Rokes, and its new Auxiliary Division Chief (CG-BSX-1), Commander Michael DaPonte.

Captain Rokes is a native of North Andover, Massachusetts and has been in the Coast Guard for 36 years. He spent eighteen of those years at sea on the cutters WHITE SAGE, DAUNTLESS, SORREL, MACKINAW, STURGEON BAY, MOBILE BAY, and GALLATIN. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from American Public University. His last assignment was Director of Western Rivers at the Eighth District office in New Orleans, Louisiana

Commander DaPonte is a native of Warren, Rhode Island and has been in the Coast Guard for 26 years. Nearly all of Commander DaPonte's career was spent in the operations ashore community (stations, groups/sectors) as both an enlisted member and officer, where he gained a tremendous appreciation for the Auxiliary. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master's degree in Emergency Management from American Military University. Commander DaPonte's last assignment was Division Chief for Contingency Planning and Force Readiness at Sector Baltimore, Maryland.

To find out more about both our new Chief Director and new Auxiliary Division Chief, please visit the staff page of the Chief Director's website at