Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 78th Birthday

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Last week the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrated 78 years of continuous volunteer service on America’s waterways.

On June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard “Reserve” was born from an act of Congress authorizing civilians to work for the Coast Guard promoting boating safety, both on the high seas and inland waters. On February 19, 1941, it was re-designated the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Coast Guard Auxiliarists today provide an invaluable service to team Coast Guard in a wide variety of missions. The primary mission is recreational boating safety as exemplified by Auxiliarists around the country utilizing their personally owned, authorized facilities to conduct safety patrols.

Auxiliarists can be found examining commercial fishing vessels, flying in C-130 aircraft, working in Coast Guard offices, and crewing with regulars. The three components of the service–the active duty Coast Guardsmen, the Reservists, and Auxiliarists truly help make the full Coast Guard team.

Here are just a few of the many volunteer activities that Coast Guard Auxiliarists perform:  

  • Perform free Vessel Safety Checks, which help boaters ensure their craft complies with Federal boating regulations.
  • Teach boating safety to recreational boaters of all ages.
  • Operate safety and regatta patrols, and serve as an integral part of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue team.
  • Stand communication watches, assist during mobilization exercises, perform harbor and pollution patrols, provide platforms for unarmed boarding parties.
  • Recruit and provide initial training for people wanting to join the Active Duty or Reserve Coast Guard.
  • Assist in other Coast Guard functions, duties, roles, missions or operations as authorized by law.
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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members exemplify core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Thank you, Coast Guard Auxiliary, for being Semper Paratus!

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