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.
August 4, 2015
Congratulations to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard on your 225th anniversary.
Today we pay tribute to your past. I am even more excited about your future. As your service Secretary, I have had the first-hand privilege to support and witness the recapitalization of the Coast Guard's fleet of vessels. I have experienced the excitement of stepping on board a shining new National Security Cutter. I receive daily reports of the good work the Coast Guard performs in law enforcement, maritime security and national security.
Most important, we should all be impressed by the dedication and excellence of the men and women who occupy the ranks of today's Coast Guard. None of us should be surprised, for example, to learn about the Petty Officer who recently, single-handedly, saved four stranded fishermen off the coast of Oregon. Our young people in the Coast Guard are particularly inspiring. I have been to the Academy and seen the remarkable men and women who are graduating there, who want to join your ranks. As some of you may know, for me, the Coast Guard is also becoming a family matter.
Our future is bright. The next 225 years will be even better than the last 225. I salute you, thank you for your service, and, from this new member of the family, I wish you happy anniversary.
Jeh Charles Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security
To the men and women of our Coast Guard,
As our Service turns 225 today, we face unprecedented challenges - from violence in Central America, to increased activity in the Arctic, to the changing energy trade, and an entire new domain of cyberspace. As I engage with our Secretary, Members of Congress, the Joint Chiefs, and industry executives, it is evident that your outstanding service is directly contributing to our Nation's security and prosperity.
As I write this, 66,000 pounds of uncut cocaine are aboard Coast Guard Cutter STRATTON thanks to people like pursuit coxswain BM2 Hylan Rousseau and the entire crew. Along with all those patrolling the Western Hemisphere Transit Zone, they are severing the financial supply lines of transnational criminal organizations who threaten stability in Central America and the security of our southern border and approaches.
To the far North, Coast Guard Cutter HEALY conducts scientific exploration and undersea surveys on a mission of the highest national priority in the Arctic. MK2 Christopher Ford, a main propulsion division machinery technician aboard HEALY, is one of many who keep this icebreaker going to assure access in our polar regions.
Closer to home, the port state control team at Sector Boston facilitates economic growth. Within a 24-hour period over the Fourth of July weekend, LT Tiea Gaudren led the response to both an LNG tanker collision and a cruise ship casualty. In both instances, her efforts preserved safety while also facilitating commerce within our Maritime Transportation System - the lifeblood of America's economic engine.
Information sharing, and the systems that enable it, are critical in all of our missions. Along with the entire team at Coast Guard Cyber Command, IT1 Val Votinov is meeting the challenges of cyberspace, paying close attention to vulnerabilities and threats in this emerging operating domain.
Operations rely on logistics. At our Aviation Logistics Center, LCDR Patrick Lineberry's customer-focused team pairs world-class maintenance and support with sound fiscal stewardship to drive operational success. In a display of true leadership, his team understands exactly how they fit into the Coast Guard's broader operational success.
Finally, it is the actions of AST2 Darren Harrity, who jumped from a helicopter to pull four shipwrecked fishermen from the sea in a crashing surf zone off the Oregon coast that personifies a commitment to selfless service. AST2 Harrity had to save each fisherman one at a time and swam more than a mile during the rescue. After the rescue he said it was muscle that got him through it. More precisely, I wager, it was his heart.
The accounts above are just a few examples of the exemplary ope>rations you perform each day honoring our 225-year legacy. Without question - you and your families are our most precious resource. You are shaping history as it unfolds before you. I am proud of our 225 years of continuous service, and I am honored to lead you - the 88,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and volunteer auxiliary members.
Thank you for your service in America's Coast Guard - 225 years strong.
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Posted by Webmaster at 11:32:51 AM on 17 Aug 2015
2014 AUXILIARIST OF THE YEAR
1. Mr. Jacob E. Thayer of Flotilla 75, 8th District (Coastal Auxiliary Region) has been recognized as the 2014 Auxiliarist of the Year. The following ALCOAST recently announced Mr. Thayer's selection. Honorable mention was earned by Ms. Karen P. Chapman, Flotilla 10-2, 11th District (Southern Auxiliary Region) and Mr. Russell A. Braswell II, Flotilla 59, Fifth District (Southern Auxiliary Region). Congratulations to Mr. Thayer and all nominees!
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-5P//
SUBJ: 2014 AUXILIARIST OF THE YEAR
1. I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jacob E. Thayer of Flotilla 75, 8th District (Coastal Auxiliary Region), as the 2014 Auxiliarist of the Year.
2. Embracing the Coast Guards Core Values and the Commandants Guiding Principles, Mr. Thayer delivered exceptional support to the Coast Guard Auxiliary at local, regional, and national levels. As Flotilla Commander of Flotilla 75 in Austin, TX, he established clear strategic and tactical plans that guided the unit to improved recruiting, retention, and member services. Under his enthusiastic leadership, the flotillas membership and qualifications increased 25 percent. Additionally, it expanded its social media presence, markedly updated its website, and revamped its shared calendar to promote Auxiliary opportunities and make it easier for flotilla members to participate. He also arranged an on-air interview with the largest television station in Central Texas to publicize Auxiliary efforts during National Safe Boating Week.
3. Mr. Thayer provided superb support to his Auxiliary region by coordinating and facilitating a 3-day boat crew training event in Canyon Lake, Texas. This event trained and certified 24 Auxiliarists from central and south Texas Auxiliary divisions.
4. At the national level, Mr. Thayer served as a national Branch Chief for the Auxiliary University Program, recruiting high-performing staff members and improving program management. From June to August 2014, Mr. Thayer worked full-time at Coast Guard Headquarters in its Strategic Management Directorate as part of Project Evergreen. He participated in round table discussions with senior officers, and assisted with coordination of many interviews and meetings. He represented the Auxiliary in discussions with several research groups and foreign entities, including the First Sea Lord of the United Kingdom. He concurrently led a project to provide the 7th District with research regarding future Cuban socio-political scenarios, and how they could potentially affect Coast Guard missions.
5. I applaud Mr. Thayer's exemplary performance and spirit of service. He will be formally recognized as the 2014 Auxiliarist of the Year at the Auxiliary National Convention in San Antonio, TX on August 29, 2015.
6. The following Auxiliarists were finalists for selection and are congratulated for their outstanding performance and achievement:
a. Ms. Karen P. Chapman, Flotilla 10-2, 11th District (Southern Auxiliary Region).
b. Mr. Russell A. Braswell II, Flotilla 59, Fifth District (Southern Auxiliary Region).
7. RDML Paul F. Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, sends.
8. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:30:53 AM on 19 Jul 2015
AUXINFO AVAILABILITY STATUS
1. The following information provides an update to ALAUX 001/15 issued on January 12, 2015 and ALAUX 003/15 issued on February 6, 2015 which dealt with anticipated disruptions to AUXINFO availability.
2. AUXINFO is an invaluable online tool for Coast Guard and Auxiliary leaders from national to flotilla levels to monitor Auxiliary program activities. It carries similar value by enabling each Auxiliarist to monitor their own activities. Its lifecycle age, supportability, and increasing cyber security considerations necessitate a long-term replacement plan as well as a bridging strategy between now and then. Long-term replacement planning is underway with other Coast Guard offices.
3. A bridging strategy was recently achieved in the form of an upgrade of the COGNOS software upon which AUXINFO is based. This upgrade will occur in the last quarter of calendar year 2015. It will take place during regularly scheduled maintenance periods, so there should be no additional downtime for the system. There will be minor appearance changes to the system, but functionality will be essentially identical to that provided by current software.
4. The URL for AUXINFO will not change due to the upgrade, however all bookmarked reports that are currently available are expected to cease working after the upgrade. Instructions on remapping the bookmarks will be issued prior to the upgrade. Although such remapping will pose a temporary inconvenience for users, the overall upgrade will help ensure AUXINFO sustainment.
Posted by Webmaster at 9:08:36 PM on 14 Jul 2015
OPM Cybersecurity Incident - UPDATE
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM) CYBERSECURITY INCIDENT - UPDATE
1. Auxiliarists are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the following message. It was received on June 23, 2015 from the Department of Homeland Security Management Communications network, and it provides updates to information provided in ALAUX 011/15 issued on June 5, 2015 and ALAUX 013/15 issued on June 13, 2015. It indicates that notifications to affected individuals began June 8 and may take several days beyond June 19 to arrive by email or mail.
"This is an update on the recent cyber incidents at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
As the Department has recently shared, on June 4, OPM announced an intrusion impacting personnel information of approximately four million current and former Federal employees. OPM is offering affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance with CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution. Additional information is available on the company's website, https://www.csid.com/opm/ and by calling toll-free 844-777-2743 (international callers: call collect 512-327-0705). More information can also be found on OPM's website: www.opm.gov.
Notifications to individuals affected by this incident began on June 8 on a rolling basis through June 19. However, it may take several days beyond June 19 for a notification to arrive by email or mail. If you have any questions about whether you were among those affected by the incident announced on June 4, you may call the toll free number above.
On June 12, OPM announced a separate cyber intrusion affecting systems that contain information related to background investigations of current, former, and prospective Federal Government employees from across all branches of government, as well as other individuals for whom a Federal background investigation was conducted, including contractors. This incident remains under investigation by OPM, DHS, and the FBI. The investigators are working to determine the exact number and list of potentially affected individuals. We understand that many of you are concerned about this intrusion. As this is an ongoing investigation, please know that OPM is working to notify potentially affected individuals as soon as possible.
As an important reminder, OPM discovered this incident as a result of the agency's concerted and aggressive efforts to strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities and protect the security and integrity of the information entrusted to the agency. In addition, OPM continues to work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), DHS, the FBI, and other elements of the Federal Government to enhance the security of its systems and to detect and thwart evolving and persistent cyber threats. As a result of the work by the interagency incident response team, we have confidence in the integrity of the OPM systems and continue to use them in the performance of OPM's mission. OPM continues to process background investigations and carry out other functions on its networks.
Additionally, OMB has instructed Federal agencies to immediately take a number of steps to further protect Federal information and assets and improve the resilience of Federal networks. We are working with OMB to ensure we are enforcing the latest standards and tools to protect the security and interests of the DHS workforce.
The Department will continue to update you as more information about the cyber incidents at OPM comes to light. For all updates, including previous messages and important resources, please visit the OPM Cybersecurity Incident Updates <http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/Pages/OPM-Cybersecurity-Incident-Updates.aspx> page on Connect.
OPM is the definitive source for information on the recent cyber incidents. Please visit OPM's website for regular updates on both incidents and for answers to frequently asked questions: www.opm.gov/cybersecurity <http://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/> . DHS is also interested in your feedback and questions on the incident and our communications. You can reach out to us at email@example.com with these comments.
Employees who want to learn additional information about the measures they can take to ensure the safety of their personal information can find resources at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) at http://www.ncsc.gov <http://www.ncsc.gov/about/docs/Dealing_with_a_Breach_of_your_PII.pdf> .
Please note that the OPM notification is different from other notifications you may have already received. The Department is also in the process of notifying some DHS employees in CBP, ICE, TSA, and in a small number of other components that one of the companies that DHS contracts with to conduct background investigations and credit checks may have experienced a compromise of its network. That notification, which was made via U.S. Postal Service, is separate from the OPM notification. It is possible that some employees are affected by both the DHS and OPM incidents."
Posted by Webmaster at 7:19:18 AM on 26 Jun 2015
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