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.
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
COAST GUARD MUTUAL ASSISTANCE UPDATES
1. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) recently announced a number of new assistance programs and an increase in the dollar amount for its Supplemental Education Grant.
2. CGMA is the Coast Guard's own financial relief organization, offering help to any in the Coast Guard community facing financial need. Last year, Auxiliarists received over $41,900 in assistance.
3. In addition to direct financial assistance for things like disaster relief, emergency travel, or temporary loss of income, CGMA offers free financial and budget counseling, as well as help with education costs. One of its education assistance programs, the Supplemental Education Grant (SEG), now offers up $350 per client per calendar year to reimburse the cost of textbooks and certain other college expenses.
4. Additionally, new assistance programs launched recently include:
a. A grant of up to $1,000 for home study expenses related to the legal adoption of a child, and a loan of up to $6,000 for general adoption expenses.
b. Need-based financial assistance in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $6,000 to help with the purchase and training of a service animal, such as those used in treatment or therapy for patients with autism, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD and other conditions.
c. Need-based financial assistance in the form of an interest-free loan for emergency pet expenses.
5. A longstanding motto for CGMA has been, "We Look After our Own." Assistance funds come as voluntary donations from people like you who are part of the Coast Guard family. CGMA receives no federal funds. As Admiral Zukunft noted recently, "CGMA works because it allows all of us to pull together...." Without a steady infusion of donated funds, CGMA would be unable to continue performing its vital role within the Coast Guard community.
6. CGMA works when we work together! Soon, a letter will be mailed to each Auxiliary household with an invitation to participate in an annual fundraising campaign. All are encouraged to consider a donation to sustain the work of CGMA.
7. To learn more about the SEG and other assistance available through CGMA, or to make a secure credit card donation, visit CGMA online at www.cgmahq.org or call (800) 881-2462.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:56:39 PM on 10 Feb 2015
ANTICIPATED DISRUPTION OF AUXINFO AVAILABILITY
1. Due to the software application AUXINFO's lifecycle age, vendor supportability, and ever increasing threshold cyber security requirements, AUXINFO's utilization (https://www.auxinfo.uscg.gov) is in jeopardy of being discontinued. An important test of the application is planned for late January, 2015. Depending upon the test results, an outright suspension, termination, or otherwise unavailability of AUXINFO may ensue.
2. This test will not impact other Auxiliary information systems, including Auxiliary Directory, AUXDATA and sub-elements like Auxiliary order management functions. The Chief Director's Office (CG-BSX) and the National Executive Committee (NEXCOM) are diligently working with other Coast Guard Headquarters program managers to minimize AUXINFO access disruption and identify a long term solution.
3. To mitigate the negative administrative consequences of potentially losing AUXINFO availability in late January, the downloading of needed data like annual awards, quarterly reports, and other business processes that are generated through AUXINFO is strongly recommended.
4. 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 12:51:43 PM on 21 Jan 2015
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