The Director of the Auxiliary is the direct representative of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. (Title 14, USC Chapt. 23)
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of Team Coast Guard. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. The 30,000+ volunteer members (men and women) donate millions of hours in support of Coast Guard missions.
1. Due to the rapid proliferation of available, affordable, and highly-capable commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), COMDT (CG-7) released ALCOAST 331/16 on 14SEP16. This ALCOAST specifically prohibited the acquisition and operation of UAS by Coast Guard units without the express permission of CG-711.
2. This prohibition applies to members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Auxiliarists are prohibited from operating UAS in the performance of any authorized Auxiliary activity under any circumstance, including prohibition from operating UAS for testing or prototyping purposes.
3. The potential exists for UAS capabilities to be offered to the Coast Guard by Auxiliarists. The Chief Director is chartering a working group to explore a way forward which would enable Auxiliary members to operate UAS on behalf of Coast Guard Order Issuing Authorities. This working group will be staffed by representatives from Coast Guard Program Offices, including CG-711/41/1131, Auxiliary national staff members, and Auxiliary members from PACAREA, LANTAREA West and LANTAREA East.
4. The Chief Director is currently soliciting experienced UAS operators to apply to be members of the working group in order to add their subject matter expertise to the discussion. Interested members should email their UAS resume to Commodore Karel Kester, at karel.kester[at]cgauxnet.us.
5. The purpose of this list is to keep Auxiliarists as well as all other interested parties abreast of current developments, policies, manuals, etc. All information contained herein and linked is OFFICIAL policy and Information.
6. Internet Release and Distribution is Authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 3:51:13 PM on 14 Oct 2016
CHANGE TO IMMEDIATE PAST OFFICE VACANCY POLICY
1. Based on a recommendation approved by the Auxiliary National Board at the 2016 Auxiliary National Conference (NACON) in Phoenix, AZ in August, by the Chief Director of Auxiliary (CG-BSX) in ALAUX 009/16, and as modified by the Chief Director to include the Immediate Past National Commodore, vacancies in Auxiliary immediate past offices shall be filled. Accordingly, sub-section 4.F.5.c. of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series), is changed as follows:
4.F.5.c. Immediate Past Office Vacancy
In an interim election, there is no change in the immediate past office. The Auxiliarist who held the title of immediate past officer before the interim election will remain the immediate past officer until the next regular election. If the immediate past officer position becomes vacant, or if the immediate past officer is not available to serve, the Director shall fill the position with a previous immediate past officer of the unit starting with the past officer who has most recently held the position and continuing in reverse chronological order until the position has been filled. In the case of the Immediate Past National Commodore, the Chief Director shall similarly fill that position.
2. This change is effective immediately and shall be memorialized in the next change to the Auxiliary Manual.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:03:59 PM on 13 Oct 2016
CHDIRAUX Final Action NACON 2016
CHIEF DIRECTOR FINAL ACTION ON NATIONAL BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS AT NACON 2016 -009/16
1. At the 2016 Auxiliary National Conference (NACON) in Phoenix, AZ in August, the following recommendations were placed before the National Board. They are summarized, with the Chief Director's final determinations as applicable, below:
A. "Recommendation: Change current policy: [Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1G, Chapter 4, sub-section] F.5.c. Immediate Past Office Vacancy: [currently reads] 'In an interim election, there is no change in the immediate past office. The Auxiliarist who held the title of immediate past leader before the interim election will remain the immediate past leader until the next regular election. A vacancy in the immediate past office shall not be filled.' Specifically…'A vacancy in the immediate past office shall not be filled.'
Present policy fails to provide relief to the units that lack an immediate past leader. When there is an immediate past vacancy due to the immediate past leader having Crossed the Bar, retiring, moving out of the area, or disenrolling, it can become an obstacle which prevents the unit from conducting business if the unit leader or vice unit leader is unable to be present due to a schedule conflict.
This recommendation requests that present policy F.5.c. be changed to offer the current unit leader the option to maintain the vacancy intact or choose if he or she wants the vacant immediate past leader office to be filled by the immediate past leader who immediately preceded the person who the vacancy was caused by.
Amend COMDTINST M16790.1G, Chapter 4, sub-section F.5.c. to delete the sentence, 'A vacancy in the immediate past office shall not be filled,' and replace it with, 'If the immediate past officer position becomes vacant, or if the immediate past officer is not available to serve, the Director of Auxiliary shall fill the position with a previous immediate past officer of the unit starting with the past officer who has most recently held the position and continuing in reverse chronological order until the position has been filled.'"
(1) National Board action: Adopt.
(2) Chief Director final action: Concur, approved, effective immediately.
B. "Recommendation: [District Standardized Standing Rules Template] Article IX, District Publication [section] 9.4 [states], 'The newsletter shall be posted on the District's internet website. One copy shall be electronically sent to the Chief Director, NEXCOM members, national department chiefs, and DCOs and Directors of other districts. At the direction of the District Commodore, a copy of the newsletter may be sent to District Auxiliary members electronically or in printed form, or both.'
In the above policy, change national department chiefs to national Directorate Directors.
National Department Chief no longer exists in National Staff. The title has already been renamed national Directorate Director. This recommendation requests that Article IX section 9.4 be changed to reflect that the title of national department chief is now known as national Directorate Director."
(1) National Board action: Failed.
(2) Chief Director final action: No action.
C. "Recommendation: This recommendation requests provisional membership policy be changed to require completion of AUXMT prior to receiving an Auxiliary ID card. All other policy governing provisional membership remains unchanged as does policy for ID card issuance to all other members. On the ANSC-7068 Flotilla Commander Attestation for Provisional Membership form, move 'Has successfully completed all Auxiliary Mandated Training' from Section IV (Member Activity) to Section III (Member Standing).
Discussion (summary of submission)
The provisional member policy is inconsistent with the message that one must have mandated training completed before issuance of an Auxiliary ID card. Issuing an ID card to an AP Member that hasn't completed AUXMT will be counterproductive to the collective striving to encourage all members to complete their mandated training. It also sends a mixed message to leaders that have been promoting AUXMT as one of a new member's initial goals for completion and to existing members as well. In many organizations supported by volunteers, it is customary and reasonable for new volunteers who will be interacting with the public, to be required to complete core training courses that contain content that is similar to Auxiliary mandated training BEFORE they are permitted to receive an organizational ID card. In such organizations, new volunteers typically understand and embrace this requirement since the expectation is clearly communicated upfront and they are shown how to meet the requirement. They voluntarily comply and move forward to accomplish their required core training within their first few months, eager to demonstrate a commitment to the organization, transition out of pending status, and obtain their ID card, proving they've become "official" members.
Because AP members very much want their ID card, they will be most receptive during their first 90 days to get their AUXMT done, if 'AUXMT prior to ID' is a clearly communicated expectation and support is provided by their flotilla members and leadership. This is because it is generally expected and accepted by new volunteers that organizations will hold them to a core training completion standard during that pending status prior to ID card issuance. Why should the most logical opportune time for AUXMT completion be rendered worthless by agreeing to allow issuance of ID cards prior to AUXMT completion? Require 'AUXMT prior to ID' so it stays a priority. Don't let AUXMT become an afterthought among the members that would be most receptive to get it done. AUXMT is meant to start everyone off on the right foot together as core training preparation. Moreover, current IQ, BQ, and AX members that need to renew their ID card are required to have AUXMT completed. Current AP members that have completed their PSI and are coming out of AP status must have their AUXMT completed before issuance of an Auxiliary ID card. The provisional member being issued an ID card after 90 days without the requirement to complete AUXMT should be changed. The requirement to complete AUXMT before receiving an ID card should be consistent for all members.
The AUXMT completion deadline for new members is not being changed in this recommendation. It will remain required to be successfully completed by the end of the first full year of enrollment and then once every five years thereafter, however, AUXMT must be completed before issuance of an Auxiliary ID card. If a member wants their Auxiliary ID card in 90 days, having to meet the AUXMT completion prerequisite isn't difficult to meet since the 10 courses have an average completion time of approximately 10 hours total and there are multiple completion options available."
(1) National Board action: Failed.
(2) Chief Director final action: No action.
Posted by Webmaster at 9:31:46 AM on 8 Oct 2016
World's Best Coast Guard - 226 Years of Service
From: Zukunft, Paul F ADM
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:41 AM
Subject: World's Best Coast Guard - 226 Years of Service
To the men and women of our Coast Guard,
When he founded the Coast Guard 226 years ago, even a visionary like Alexander Hamilton could have hardly imagined the service we are today. Consistent with our maritime roots, yet evolved to address increasingly complex threats, today's Coast Guard is a strategically focused force that provides a unique and powerful value to our Nation. I'm proud to see you answer the call on a daily basis.
Hamilton might not recognize many aspects of today's Coast Guard, but there is one element he could not miss - you. Our dedicated force of active duty, reserves, civilians, auxiliary and retirees selflessly and professionally serve our Nation. Without you, there is no Coast Guard.
As we venture into our 226th year, we will remain Semper Paratus - Always Ready to guard the homeland, protect our environment, facilitate commerce, attack transnational criminal organizations, and save those in peril. We are on every continent and have sailed on every ocean. I have witnessed your strength and resolve, and I can say with pride that we are the world's best Coast Guard!
Happy 226th birthday - it is my honor to serve alongside you.
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Posted by Webmaster at 11:14:25 AM on 6 Aug 2016
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