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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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  CHDIRAUX Final Action on Nat Bd Recommendations

1. At the 2016 Auxiliary National Training Conference (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: Proposal to modify COMDTINST M16790.1G, Chapter 11, A.11.c. Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award. The Auxiliary Recruiting Service award is awarded for recruiting seven or more new Auxiliarists into the Auxiliary as determined and credited through the FC. A new Auxiliarist must have been issued a Member Identification Number, have their Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) in process, and have successfully completed the Basic Qualification Course within 180 days of the enrollment date. Subsequently, the year in which the date the new Auxiliarist completes the aforementioned requirements shall be the year to which the new Auxiliarist shall count toward recruiting award recognition.

Discussion: The existing requirements for the Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award are extremely unlikely to be able to be achieved in the current environment. Members that process into the Auxiliary, are most likely, not going to have their PSI returned in the same calendar year. The unintended consequence is that tracking of these new recruits, in accordance with the current language, can span multiple calendar years, and perhaps eliminate the possibility that the seven (or more) new members will process out of AP status in a single calendar year. The proposed language eliminates award eligibility based upon PSI completion and replaces the requirement with completion of a training requirement within six months for each new member. The current and existing AUXMAN language is provided for reference and comparison: The Auxiliary Recruiting Service award is awarded for recruiting seven or more new Auxiliarists into the Auxiliary as determined and credited through the FC. A new Auxiliarist must be fully processed through completion of their favorable PSI determination and be shifted out of AP status before being credited towards this award. The year in which the date of the new Auxiliarist's shift from AP status to IQ or BQ status shall be the year to which the new Auxiliarist shall count toward recruiting award recognition.

The recommendation was amended as follows: Deleted the text,"...and have successfully completed the Basic Qualification Course within 180 days of the enrollment date."

(1) National Board action: Adopt as amended.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur and approved, effective immediately. The Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award nomination form (AUX-RSA) posted on the Auxiliary forms web site will be amended accordingly. The Auxiliary Recruiting Service award shall be awarded for recruiting seven or more new Auxiliarists into the Auxiliary within the same calendar year as determined and credited through the FC. A newly recruited Auxiliarist must have been issued a member identification number and have had their Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) initiated during the award year in order to be credited toward the award. Accurate Flotilla Commander validation that an Auxiliarist has met these revised award criteria is crucial and must be clearly communicated using the AUX-RSA form submitted up the regional chain to the cognizant Director of Auxiliary.

B. Recommendation: Establish the position of District Staff Officer-Food Service (DSO-FS). Given the growth of the Auxiliary Food Service Program and the increasing dependence upon Auxiliarists to augment active duty Food Service billets and special events across the country, the proposal is to establish the position of a District Staff Officer-Food Service to implement, manage and further develop this critical program.

Discussion: Auxiliary Food Service (AUXFS) has matured dramatically over the past few years and is now similar in nature to Communications, Operations or Public Affairs. Currently part of the Human Resources Department, the program has developed to a point where it needs to have the recognition it deserves, but far more importantly, AUXFS needs to have the parallel Chain of Leadership and Management to function fully and develop further. Originally regarded as a qualification for individual members to serve independently under an Active Duty Food Service Specialist, the program has become an Auxiliary recruitment destination requiring greater oversight, education and health requirements, extensive scheduling and professional-level menu planning in addition to the obvious cooking and meal preparation skills. AUXFS qualified members provide professional-level service aboard cutters, at stations and bases, at TRACENs, Sectors and private facilities providing catering for Coast Guard events often having hundreds of guests-providing relief for active duty personnel. As the AUXFS program develops it is suffering from the lack of the same COLM structure that other departments have to go about their daily business in an organized, controlled and standardized manner. Establishing an AUX Food Service District Staff Officer COLM to include Assistant District Staff Officers and Division Staff Officers would provide the managerial hierarchy and control that the program needs to properly augment active duty personnel while maintaining the standards required to fulfill the varied and essential missions.

(1) National Board action: Adopt.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur and approved, effective immediately. AUXDATA changes to recognize DSO-FS, ADSO-FS, and SO-FS appointments will be made in the next two weeks. It is important to note that the number of qualified AUXFS, as is consistent with the Auxiliary marine safety (Trident) program, is closely tied to clear and defined Coast Guard needs for food service program support at Coast Guard units in localized areas.

2. 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.

3. Internet Release and Distribution is Authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:01:33 AM on 6 Jun 2016

  COMO Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award

1. ALCOAST 147/16 recently announced the 2016 Coast Guard inspirational leadership award winners. Congratulations to Auxiliarist Jeffrey Pielet of D11-Southern Region for earning the Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award, and to Auxiliarist Jack Benton of D9-Eastern Region for earning honorable mention!

R 191100 APR 16
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-12//
TO ALCOAST
UNCLAS //N01650//
ALCOAST 147/16
COMDTNOTE 1650
SUBJ: 2016 INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS

1. I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Coast Guard Inspirational Leadership Awards. Bravo Zulu to the following winners:
A. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Active Duty:
LCDR Megan Drewniak, CG SECTOR Miami
B. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Reserve:
LCDR Josephine Heron, CG SECTOR San Diego
C. MCPO ANGELA M. MCSHAN AWARD-Active Duty:
ASTC Robert Florisi, CG SECTOR Corpus Christi
D. MCPO ANGELA M. MCSHAN AWARD-Reserve:
EMC Timothy Soboleski, CG Station Belle Isle
E. GEORGE R. PUTNAM AWARD:
Mr. Kenneth Stuart, CG SECTOR Northern New England
F. COMO CHARLES S. GREANOFF AWARD:
FC Jeffrey Pielet, District 11, Southern Region
G. CAPT DAVID J. JARVIS AWARD:
LTJG Cathleen Giguere, CG SECTOR Charleston
H. DOUGLAS A. MUNRO AWARD:
FS1 Jessica Worden, CGC MIDGETT

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 proficiency in leadership and that our people are the foundation for successful Coast Guard service to nation.

3. Honorable mention goes to the following nominees by category:
A. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Active Duty:
(1) LT Alicia Flanagan, CG MSST Boston
(2) LT Kristin Driscoll, CG SECTOR San Diego
B. CAPT JOHN G. WITHERSPOON AWARD-Reserve:
(1) LCDR Melissa Owens, CG SECTOR Buffalo
(2) CAPT Frederick Wasco, CGD-9
(3) LT Linda Pepe, CG SECTOR Detroit
C. MCPO ANGELA M. MCSHAN AWARD:
(1) DCC Jonathan Lusk, AIRSTA San Francisco
(2) YNC Rodney Pearson, TISCOM Honor Guard
D. GEORGE R. PUTNAM AWARD:
(1) Mr. David Mergenthaler, CG SECTOR Buffalo
(2) Mr. Chad Davison, MSU Lake Charles
(3) Mr. Scott Knutson, D13 (DRMM)
E. COMO CHARLES GREANOFF AWARD:
(1) FC Jack Benton, District 9, Eastern Region
F. CAPT DAVID J. JARVIS AWARD:
(1) CWO Gregory Babst, MIPFTAG
(2) CDR Marc Brandt, CGC STRATTON
(3) CDR Eva Van Camp, CG SECTOR Hampton Roads
(4) CDR Jennifer Sinclair, FORCECOM
G. DOUGLAS A. MUNRO AWARD:
(1) DC1 Clifford Morgan, CG SECTOR Detroit
(2) ME2 Isaac Adames, MSST Los Angeles/Long Beach
(3) BMCM Charlie Salls, CG SECTOR Charleston

4. The selection panel members were:
A. CAPT Robert A Bevins, APO Baltimore
B. COMO Robert Sersen, CG-AUXILIARY
C. CDR Zeita Merchant, COMDT (CG-09E)
D. LT Mark M Sanchez, COMDT (CG-9336)
E. Mr. Sam L Alvord, COMDT (CG-46)
F. YNCM Robert A Miller, CG BASE NCR
G. SK1 Austen M Shannon, CG BASE NCR

5. All nominees may not be aware of their nomination. The Panel strongly encourages Commands to publicly recognize their accomplishments and leadership examples and document in their performance evaluations.

6. Future nominators are reminded to adhere to standards for criteria, format, and endorsements. Additional details and information on the Inspirational Leadership Awards Program is available on the COMDT (CG-12C) website, www.uscg.mil/leadership.

7. POC: Ms. Brianne Alvis, COMDT (CG-12C), at 202-475-5514 or Brianne.E.Alvis@uscg.mil.

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

9. Internet Release Authorized.
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Posted by Webmaster at 3:50:30 PM on 20 Apr 2016

  2016 COAST GUARD MUTUAL ASSISTANCE (CGMA) CAMPAIGN

1. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) is the Coast Guard's own financial relief organization, offering help to any in the Coast Guard community facing financial need. Coast Guard Auxiliarists have always been at the vanguard of generosity in helping Coast Guard families through their kindhearted and unselfish donations to CGMA. In 2015, CGMA issued more than 4,400 loans and grants totaling over $3.4 million to Coast Guard families in need. Auxiliarists received over $29,000 in assistance.

2. As an independent non-profit organization, CGMA receives no government funds. Financial support comes from the voluntary contributions of the men and women in the Coast Guard community who give generously to help their shipmates. Only with a steady infusion of donated funds can CGMA remain strong and ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

3. In addition to emergency financial aid, CGMA offers help with certain education expenses. Of note:

a. The Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) Program now offers up to $350 per client per calendar year in order to reimburse the cost of textbooks and certain other college expenses. SEG eligibility was also recently expanded to include graduate students. Eligible clients may request the SEG on behalf of themselves, their spouse or their dependent children under the age of 23.

b. Another CGMA program offers an interest-free loan of up to $6,000 for general adoption expenses, and a grant of up to $3,000 to help with the cost of the home study required for most adoptions.

c. Both of these programs are open to Coast Guard Auxiliarists.

4. Soon, a letter will be mailed out to each Auxiliarist with an invitation to participate in the 2016 CGMA fundraising campaign. Please consider donating to sustain the work of CGMA. For more information about the aforementioned and other CGMA assistance programs or to seek CGMA assistance, please call CGMA at (800) 881-2462 or visit www.cgmahq.org (secure credit card donations can also be made through this CGMA web site).


Posted by Webmaster at 4:58:56 PM on 29 Mar 2016

  COAST GUARD "EVERYONE IS A RECRUITER"

1. At the Auxiliary National Training Conference in St. Louis, MO in January, Captain Matthew Bell (Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center) and Captain Rob Smith (Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Recruiting Command) delivered a presentation to the Auxiliary's National Board that emphasized the importance and value of Auxiliary support of the Coast Guard's recruiting program. The Coast Guard's "Everyone Is A Recruiter (EIAR)" campaign is now underway to help identify and recruit the best candidates for the best military service - the U.S. Coast Guard. The targeted age range for these candidates is 17 to 27 years of age. The Auxiliary is an integral part of this campaign, and is being turned to for help in generating Coast Guard recruitment leads and referrals. Additional information about the EIAR campaign can be found in its instruction located at the following web site: http://www.uscg.mil/psc/hra/pscinst.asp

2. In general, the best direction that Auxiliarists can lead prospective Coast Guard recruits is toward the Coast Guard recruiting web site: www.gocoastguard.com As part of the EIAR campaign, Auxiliary flotilla, division, and regional leaders are also strongly encouraged to reach out to proximate Coast Guard recruiting offices in order to get to know each other, possibly receive limited recruiting literature and incentive items that help recruit new Coast Guardsmen, and to collaborate with regards to public outreach opportunities. Coast Guard recruiting office locations and contact information can be found in the "Find a Recruiter" section of the Coast Guard recruiting web site: www.gocoastguard.com

3. Limited supplies of recruiting materials provided by the Coast Guard Recruiting Command have begun arriving at the Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC).

a. These materials will be carried on the ANSC inventory available for order by Flotilla Commanders (FC) and Flotilla Staff Officers for Materials (FSO-MA). Materials should not be ordered unless absolutely sure that they will be used in full and timely manner. Four types of materials will be available:

(1) Coast Guard recruiting business cards (these are the most effective recruiting tool due to their simplicity and direct message).
(2) Coast Guard Roles and Missions brochures.
(3) FAQ brochures.
(4) 9/11 GI Bill brochures.

b. The Coast Guard Recruiting Command has also advised that there are still many outdated recruiting materials in circulation, specifically items with a "1-800" or "1-877" telephone number on it (e.g., pencils, tablecloths, etc). The Coast Guard Recruiting Command no longer uses any such telephone numbers...just the www.gocoastguard.com web site. Any legacy recruiting materials with phone numbers on them must not be distributed but rather disposed of.

4. There is an "Everyone Is A Recruiter" section on the Auxiliary's national Human Resources Directorate web site Great information about Coast Guard and Auxiliary recruiting can be found here, too.

5. The Coast Guard is calling on all members of its family to support the Everyone Is A Recruiter campaign…and the Auxiliary is a vital and cherished member in this effort!
Posted by Webmaster at 9:23:20 AM on 11 Mar 2016

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