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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
LAUNCH OF THE ENTERPRISE COMMON IDEATION PLATFORM
R 181130Z JUN 15
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-092//
SUBJ: LAUNCH OF THE ENTERPRISE COMMON IDEATION PLATFORM (ECIP)
1. The Coast Guard Innovation Program is excited to share the launch of the Enterprise Common Ideation Platform, ECIP Connect. ECIP Connect is a tool that is being prototyped to replace the legacy Innovation database. Rather than a passive tool that only receives information, ECIP Connect is a new crowd-sourcing tool designed to invite any Coast Guard member (active duty, civilian, reservist, Auxiliarist) to participate in Service "challenges" from anywhere, at any time, on any device.
2. ECIP Connect is designed to promote and strengthen the Services commitment to foster a culture of continuous innovation and learning. The intent is to demonstrate the value of a proven crowd-sourcing platform that supports innovation through real-time information sharing and engages the workforce to help solve the Services strategically targeted challenges.
3. ECIP Connect provides a positive and empowering experience where participants can voluntarily review challenges, submit possible solutions, and collaborate with other members of the workforce by voting, supporting, and influencing the best ideas as they are offered, advance toward possible prototypes, and potentially becoming implementable solutions.
4. The prototype period for ECIP Connect will run from now until 19SEP15. This period will be used to conduct research and influence the Innovation Program redesign. Participation from all Coast Guard members is highly encouraged as we collectively shape the future of the Innovation Program. Participation is voluntary.
5. If you would like to participate in this prototype and join the growing community of Coast Guard innovators, please visit http://ecipconnect.ideascale.com to register and learn more on how you can advance solutions forward. Note: "www" is not required in the website address.
6. For additional questions related to ECIP Connect or the Coast Guard Innovation Program, please contact Innovation Program Manager, LCDR Thomas (Andy) Howell, 202-372-4587, Thomas.A.Howell(at)uscg.mil, or innovation(at)uscg.mil.
7. Ellen Engleman Conners, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.
8. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 8:48:57 AM on 20 Jun 2015
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