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. On 22nd of May, VADM Michel released the below message calling for vigilance during Coast Guard operations. The 2015 boating season is now underway, and it is especially important to remain mindful of the daily risks we manage and the all-hands responsibility to continuously apply prudent risk management principles in all facets of our recreational boating safety mission set. As members of the Coast Guard workforce, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our crew, our loved ones and the public we serve to carry out our duties safely, whether it be working dockside conducting vessel safety checks, underway on patrol, or recovering from a regatta support mission.
2. I encourage leaders at all levels of the Auxiliary to review the contents of this message with fellow Auxiliarists at the next unit-level meeting, and seize every opportunity to underscore the constant and imperative need for vigilance.
CAPT F. Thomas Boross
Chief Auxiliary and Boating Safety
R 221530Z MAY 15
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//DCO//
SUBJ: VIGILANCE DURING COAST GUARD OPERATIONS
1. It's been almost one year since I assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Operations. In that year, I have seen first-hand the tremendous work you perform conducting difficult and challenging operations in the most demanding of conditions.
2. Unfortunately, in the last nine months, the Coast Guard has experienced 11 Class B and 2 Class A mishaps in the Cutter and Boat Forces Communities. These events have resulted in the permanent partial disability of colleagues, the loss of cutter/boat asset hours, and a reduction in operational readiness. These incidents underscore the dangerous nature of our missions.
3. My primary responsibility is ensuring that you are able to safely and effectively perform all the various missions that you are called upon to execute. The fundamental principles that guide our operations from the top all the way down to the most newly reported Seaman Apprentice are the principles of risk management and on-scene initiative. These must be understood and practiced. When we speak of risk management, we are not implying or assuming that risk can be managed to zero. We work in complex, dynamic, and often dangerous environments that demand acceptance of warranted levels of risk. We can reduce mishap occurrence and severity by renewing our focus on aspects of manageable risk mitigation, not only at the outset of every mission, but continuously as unexpected hazards develop.
4. Safety stand-downs play an important role in the aftermath of a mishap. However, we must also be proactive and pause before and during the mission to perform the foundational tenets of team coordination (leadership, mission analysis, adaptability and flexibility, situational awareness, decision making communication and assertiveness) in order to adapt to dynamic conditions.
5. We are working diligently with the safety community to continually update risk management guidance, training and tools to best support your risk assessment efforts. These tools will provide the most accurate and timely information for operators to mitigate hazards and make sound decisions. These updates will reduce mishaps if you integrate risk management into all daily routines, make risk acceptance decisions at the proper level and challenge subordinates to practice risk management at all times. You are charged with dangerous, critically important missions, and the public relies on you. I challenge you to always remain vigilant.
6. VADM C. D. Michel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, sends.
7. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:53:33 PM on 26 May 2015
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
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
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