UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY UNOFFICIAL NEWSLETTER
Below is a brief but comprehensive listing of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's many missions.
Surface (water) Missions
Air Operations Missions
Land-based Operations Missions
Public Education Missions
Coast Guard Support and Boating Safety Missions
Agency Support Missions
Coast Guard Auxiliary at a Glance
An Average Day in the Coast Guard Auxiliary
· Completes 62.5 safety patrols
· Completes 6.2 regatta patrols
· Performs 10.2 vessel assists
· Assists 28 people
· Saves 1 life
· Saves $341,290 in property
· Participates in 100 operational support missions
· Participates in 48.7 administrative support missions
· Completes 13.4 recruiting support missions
· Educates 369 people on boating safety
· Performs 299 vessel safety checks
· Attends 70 public affairs functions
Auxiliary Resources (2005 only)
· Operational Vessels 4,758
· Aircraft 272
· Communications Stations 2,757
· Members 30,083
· Personal Watercraft Facilities 263
Auxiliary Volunteer Mission Hours (2005 only)
· Public Affairs 24,939
· Safety Patrol Hours
· Air Patrol Hours 6,779
· Support of CG Missions 25,381
· Hours of Public Education 22,550
· Hours of Member Training 38,654
Auxiliary Qualified Team Members (2005 only)
· Boat Crew 5,054
· Auxiliary Coxswains 3,854
· Air Observers 565
· Pilots 266
· Navigation Aids Verifiers
· Instructors 6,669
· Personal Watercraft Operators 223
The world’s premiere Coast Guard Auxiliary…
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a component of the United States Coast Guard which is a multi-mission maritime service and one of the Nation’s five Armed Services.
The mission of the Auxiliary is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests - in the Nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security in a non-military role and non-direct law enforcement role.
Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.
Our Guiding Principles
One Auxiliarist, One Flotilla, One Division, One District, One Auxiliary, One Coast Guard.
Seize the Future – Stand the Watch – Build and Value our Team – Innovate for Superior Performance
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in June, 1939, to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety.
It is composed of over 30,000 members from all walks of life who are drawn together by their love of the water and a willingness to serve other boaters. Its members receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Team Coast Guard.
The 1996 Coast Guard Authorization Act states, "The purpose of the Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard as authorized by the Commandant, in performing any coast Guard function, power, duty, role, mission, or operation authorized by law."
In essence all Coast Guard missions are available except direct law enforcement and military operations, thus the term COAST GUARD FORCES is used to describe the entire Coast Guard family.
Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law-enforcement programs such as public education, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth.
Auxiliary members volunteer approximately 2-million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families. The Auxiliary also provides a means for you to help America and participate in Homeland Defense.
Auxiliary Organizational Structure
They have saved countless lives through their work, on and off the water. Auxiliarists are probably best known for educating the public through their boating safety classes and Courtesy Marine Examinations.
Yet, they do much more since the passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996. The purpose of the Act, passed Oct. 19, is to assist the Coast Guard, as authorized by the Commandant, in performance of any Coast Guard function, duty, role, mission or operation authorized by law.
This story hopefully will give you a broad knowledge of the Auxiliary, especially since reservists will be working with Auxiliarists even more in the future, as they become an increasingly important component in the Team Coast Guard line-up.
So, Feb. 19 is formally recognized as the birth of the Coast Guard Reserve while June 23 is recognized as birthday of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
When America entered World War II, 50,000 Auxiliary m embers joined the war effort. Some Auxiliarists served weeks at a time with the Temporary Reserve. They guarded waterfronts, carried out coastal picket patrols, rescued survivors from scuttled ships and did anything else they were asked to do. Many of their private vessels were aced in service.
The Vessel Examination program evolved into the known Vessel Safety Check (VSC), a free examination available to any recreational boater. VSC's help boaters ensure their craft complies with Federal regulations.
During Olympic yachting events in Savannah, Ga. the Coast Guard Auxiliary had 29 boats and a CG Auxiliary aircraft on hand for security operations.
Today, as in 1939, Auxiliarists are civilian volunteers who are authorized to wear a uniform similar to the Coast Guard officer's uniform. Distinctive emblems, buttons, insignias, and ribbons are employed to identify the wearer as a member of the Auxiliary.
One such insignia is the letter "A" on the shoulder boards of an Auxiliarist. Despite their silver shoulder boards (versus gold for Coast Guard officers), Auxiliarists hold no rank. The shoulder boards symbolize the office and level to which an individual Auxiliarist has been either appointed or elected.
Membership is open to men and women, 17 years or older, U.S. citizens of all states and territories, civilians or active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their Reserve components, including the Coast Guard. Facility (radio station, boat or aircraft) ownership is desirable but not mandatory.
Flotilla - The Flotilla is the basic organizational unit of the Auxiliary and is comprised of at least 15 qualified members who carry out Auxiliary program activities. Every Auxiliarist is a member of a local flotilla. Each flotilla is headed by a Flotilla Commander (FC).
Division - For maximum administrative effectiveness in carrying out Auxiliary programs, Flotillas in the same general geographic area are grouped into divisions. The division provides administrative, training and supervisory support to Flotillas and promotes district policy. Each division is headed by a Division Captain (DCP), and Division Vice Captain (VCP) and usually consists of five or more Flotillas.
District/Region - Flotillas and divisions are organized in districts comparable to the Coast Guard Districts and must be assigned the same district number. Some Districts are further divided into regions. The District/Region provides administrative and supervisory support to divisions, promotes policies of both the district commander and national Auxiliary committee.
All districts and regions are governed by a District Commodore (DCO), District Vice Commodore (VCO), and District Rear Commodore (RCO), under the guidance of the Coast Guard District Commander. At this level, Coast Guard officers are assigned to oversee and promote the Auxiliary programs.
NEXCOM and National Staff: make up the Auxiliary Headquarters organization. The Chief Director is a senior Coast Guard officer and directs the administration of the Auxiliary on policies established by the Commandant. The overall supervision of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is under the Assistant Commandant for Operations (G-O), who reports directly to the Commandant.
Auxiliarists are dedicated civilians who believe strongly in the Coast Guard and its missions. A hearty thank you is the only pay an Auxiliarist expects. Personally, they receive tremendous satisfaction for a job well done. They have proven valiant throughout the years and take the oath of membership seriously. They contribute immeasurably to Team Coast Guard.
Click here for USCG Auxiliary and U.S. Coast Guard Organizational Structure
We Need You -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary is called upon to provide essential services to the Coast Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions. We need all the help we can get. You needn't own a boat or be an experienced boater, since our missions are wide-ranging. For information about Auxiliary missions and the Auxiliary in general, go to our Join the Auxiliary web page. You will find there a form through which you can ask that a local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can assist Team Coast Guard. To learn more go to Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary.
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