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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.

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  COMMO C.S. GREANOFF INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

1. ALCOAST 212/15 recently announced the 2015 Coast Guard inspirational leadership award winners. Congratulations to Auxiliarist Jeffrey Geddes of D8-Western Rivers for earning the Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award, and to Auxiliarists Jerry Edelen of D11-Northern Region and Paul Pronovost of D1-Southern Region for earning honorable mention!

R 191828Z MAY 15
ALCOAST 212/15
COMDTNOTE 1650
SUBJ: 2015 INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS

1. I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Coast Guard Inspirational Leadership Awards. Bravo Zulu to the following winners:
A. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Active Duty:
CWO Ursula Walther, CG Station Neah Bay
B. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Reserve:
LCDR Gerald D. Stanek, CG SECTOR Detroit
C. MCPO ANGELA M. MCSHAN AWARD-Active Duty:
EMC Jeremy Sampson, CGC VIGILANT
D. GEORGE R. PUTNAM AWARD:
Mr. Terrence McGuigan, CG SECTOR Los Angeles/Long Beach
E. COMO CHARLES S. GREANOFF AWARD:
FC Jeffrey Geddes, D8 - Western Rivers
F. CAPT DAVID J. JARVIS AWARD:
LCDR Staci Brown, CGC RICHARD ETHERIDGE
G. DOUGLAS A. MUNRO AWARD:
SK3 Noel Cordero, CGC ALEX HALEY

2. I applaud the efforts of these outstanding individuals and all award nominees. Through their collective actions and the actions of those who nominated them, they demonstrate that our people are the foundation for successful Coast Guard mission execution.

3. Honorable mention goes to the following nominees by category:
A. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD:
(1) CDR Eva Van Camp, CG SECTOR Hampton Roads
(2) CDR Christopher Hulser, AIRSTA Houston
B. MCPO ANGELA M. MCSHAN AWARD:
(1) BMC Sean Thompson, CG SECTOR Boston
(2) BMC Jeremiah Wolf, CG Station Cape Disappointment
C. GEORGE R. PUTNAM AWARD:
(1) Mrs. Marilyn Fajardo, D7 (de)
(2) Mr. John Hulslander, CG SECTOR Buffalo
D. COMO CHARLES GREANOFF AWARD:
(1) FC Jerry G. Edelen, D11, Northern
(2) FC Paul Pronovost, D1, Southern
E. CAPT DAVID J. JARVIS AWARD:
(1) LT Scott McGrew, CG Station Cape Disappointment
(2) LTJG Tanya Cuprak, CGC HAMILTON
F. DOUGLAS A. MUNRO AWARD:
(1) BMCS Alyson Pulkkinen, CGC CLEAT
(2) MK2 Stephanie Yonish, CG SECTOR Hampton Roads

4. The selection panel members were:
A. CAPT Gregory J. Sanial, COMDT (CG-82)
B. CDR Jeffrey W. Novak, COMDT (CG-00)
C. LCDR Kara M. Lavin, COMDT (CG-1B4)
D. Mr. Dave C. England, COMDT (CG-92)
E. Ms. Andrea L. McKie, COMDT (CG-1111)
F. ISM2 Juan R. Oropeza, COMDT (CG-7611)
G. SKCS Phadra Y. Hooker COMDT (CG-114)
H. PAC Kyle N. Niemi COMDT (CG-00B)
I. COMO Albert DeJean, CG-AUXILIARY

5. Additional details and information on the Inspirational Leadership Awards Program is available on the COMDT (CG-12C) website, www.uscg.mil/leadership.

6. POC: LCDR Michelle Noonan, COMDT (CG-12C), at 202-475-5519 or MICHELLE.L.NOONAN(AT)USCG.MIL.

7. Mr. Curtis B. Odom, Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership, sends.

8. Internet Release Authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:50:13 PM on 26 May 2015

  VEHICLE DECAL PROGRAM TERMINATION

1. The Coast Guard terminated the personal vehicle decal program in September 2014. If not already removed, all Coast Guard-issued vehicle decals, including those issued to Auxiliarists as described in section 5.O.3. of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)), must be removed from personal vehicles and destroyed immediately.

2. As a reminder, proper identification including a valid Coast Guard, Auxiliary, DHS, DOD issued identification card, or State driver's license is needed to be granted access to Coast Guard and DoD facilities. Additionally, vehicles are required to be registered, inspected, and insured in accordance with State and local laws in order to be operated on such facilities.

3. This change will be included in the next revision of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual.
Posted by Webmaster at 8:40:15 PM on 28 Apr 2015

  CHIEF DIRECTOR FINAL ACTION Ntrain 2015

CHIEF DIRECTOR FINAL ACTION ON NATIONAL BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS AT NTRAIN 2015

1. At the 2015 Auxiliary National Training Meeting (NTRAIN) in St. Louis, MO in January, the following recommendations were placed before the National Board for vote. They are summarized with the Chief Director's final determinations below:

A. Recommendation: That the National dues for membership be raised by an amount of one dollar per month for each member of the Auxiliary effective in the 2016 dues cycle. In the 10 years since the last such increase, resource challenges have progressively continued. This dues increase is warranted to sustain the Auxiliary's ability to adequately address its managerial responsibilities, maintain marginal capacity to respond to unforeseeable surge scenarios, and develop member training that will meet Auxiliary needs well into the 21st century. Submitted by DNACO-MS.

(1) National Board vote: For.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur, approved, and effective as indicated.

B. Recommendation: That the Auxiliary Manual, Chapter 10, be amended to specify under what conditions boat shoes are authorized to be worn with the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU). Section H.4.e on page 10-79 (AUX MAN) states in part that boat shoes of either dark blue or brown color are authorized for wear by Auxiliarists as an option to 8-10 inch black safety boots while wearing the ODU. Wearing of boat shoes with non-slip soles is a safety consideration on fiberglass hulled vessels underway or dock side. Boat shoe soles are non-marring and these shoes have no cause on an OPFAC to contain steel inserts for toe protection nor to have oil resistant soles. It is suggested that personal safety during operational evolutions is the main rationale behind the spirit and intent of this authorization. However, many Auxiliarists demonstrate no hesitation in wearing boat shoes of various shades of the blue and brown spectrum in public settings where that sort of appearance looks unprofessional and does not match the standards of our active duty counterparts. This section of the chapter on uniforms should specify that wearing of boat shoes is to be limited to operational activities where personal safety is a concern and that boat shoes are specifically prohibited for wear in public settings, including Auxiliary unit meetings. During all non-operational activities, the 8-10 inch safety boot is the prescribed foot wear while the member is wearing the ODU.

The recommendation was amended to read as follows: That the Auxiliary Manual, Chapter 10, sub-divisions H.3.e. and H.4.e. be amended to provide authorization for the wear of boat shoes only when conducting vessel safety checks, when underway on an Auxiliary operational facility, when commuting to or from a point of Auxiliary patrol or safety check activity, or when specifically authorized by a Coast Guard order issuing authority. Submitted by DNACO-MS.

(1) National Board vote: For.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur, approved, and effective immediately. The Coast Guard's pride and professionalism are conveyed first and foremost by sharp uniform appearance. The Auxiliary is applauded for its enduring concern for this tenet and for taking action like this.

C. Recommendation: That the Auxiliary Manual, Section 8.C.1.b.(2) be amended to allow AUXOP Leadership Training credit for the Coast Guard Leadership and Management (CGLAMS) Course. When the current AUXOP requirements were developed, CGLAMS was excluded. In fact, the AUXLAMS course closely parallels and was directly adapted from the CGLAMS course by converting the context of role-play scenarios from CG unit settings to flotilla settings, and eliminating the section on enlisted performance ratings. Both courses are considered of equal value for Auxiliarists.

The AUXLAMS course, now taught in split (A & B) format, is in high demand, and there are not enough courses to satisfy the students who want it. Some have traveled long distances, at their own expense, to attend. The Coast Guard has been reserving three seats in each CGLAMS class for Auxiliarists, but they have gone unfilled because there is no AUXOP credit. Approval of this recommendation would end an unnecessary and wasteful practice. Submitted by DVC-TL.

(1) National Board vote: For.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur, approved, and effective immediately. Leadership training provided in CGLAMS is excellent, but as noted above it is nonetheless delivered in a much more active duty than Auxiliary context. Approval is therefore not a precedent under which other courses may become alternatives for AUXOP program, Auxiliary C-school, Auxiliary Specialty Course, or other Auxiliary training program credit. Appropriate changes to AUXDATA will have to be made.


Posted by Webmaster at 7:59:48 PM on 10 Feb 2015

  UPDATE ON AUXINFO

1. On January 12, 2015, ALAUX 001/15 notified Auxiliarists of the potential disruption or loss of AUXINFO as early as later that month.

2. AUXINFO remains fully available and functional, as does the AUXDATA information system which provides the information to AUXINFO. AUXINFO is expected to remain in this status for at least the next six to twelve months.

3. AUXINFO status updates will be periodically provided. Thank you for your support and continued utilization of the Auxiliary administrative tools currently available.


Posted by Webmaster at 7:59:12 PM on 10 Feb 2015

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