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.
AUXILIARY AIR OPERATIONS, HEALTH SERVICES, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM POLICY CHANGES
1. The following five items communicate changes to respective sections of the CG Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)) and the CG Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual (COMDTINST M16798.3 (series)). They are effective immediately.
A. Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)), Chapter 8, Section B.4. - Air Operations Program:
In order to reflect consistency with the provisions of ALAUX 019/12 of August 2012 (specifically, section 3.D.2.f.(9)(2) dealing with interim certification in Auxiliary aviation competencies), Auxiliary Manual section 8.B.4. is amended to read as follows:
"8.B.4. Air Operations Program
There are five levels of competency in the Auxiliary air operations program: Aircraft Commander, First Pilot, Co-Pilot, Air Crew Member, and Air Observer. In order to qualify in any of these Auxiliary air operations competencies, Auxiliarists must:
a. Meet all BQ member status requirements.
b. Possess a Favorable DO PSI. Interim certification, as discussed in paragraph B.1.e of this chapter, may be granted by the Director or appropriate qualifying authority for Auxiliarists who are either in AP status or possess a Favorable OS PSI, and who have submitted a complete DO PSI package for processing.
c. Complete the prescribed air operations training course (the Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual, COMDTINST M16798.3 (series) provides the specific requirements and is the principal document for the Auxiliary air operations program)."
B. Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)), Chapter 8, Section B.1.e. - Other PSI Considerations:
In order to reflect consistency with the above change to Auxiliary Manual section 8.B.4., section 8.B.1.e. is amended to read as follows:
"B.1.e. Other PSI Considerations
For Auxiliary competencies that require a Favorable DO PSI, an Auxiliarist in AP status or who possesses a Favorable OS PSI may submit the requisite DO PSI package for processing, perform and successfully complete all associated training tasks and prerequisites, and receive an interim certification by the Director or appropriate qualifying authority while the DO PSI package is processed to completion. Granting interim certification shall be made at the discretion of the Director or appropriate qualifying authority upon favorable review of the member's DO PSI package with no adverse material issues identified. An Unfavorable DO PSI determination shall result in immediate termination of the interim certification and the Auxiliarist's performance of the corresponding activities.
For the Auxiliary competencies Fingerprint Technician (FT), Citizenship Verifier (CV), and Health Service provider (AUXHS), an Auxiliarist in AP status must first receive a Favorable OS PSI before the qualification may be granted. There is no allowance for interim certification for these competencies."
C. Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual (COMDTINST M16798.3 (series)), Annex 2, section B.1.a. - Pilot-in-Command Qualifications:
The eighth bullet of this section is amended to read as follows:
"Successfully complete one of the boating safety courses listed in section 8.B.1.c. of the Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)."
D. Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)), Chapter 8, Sections B.9.a-c. - Auxiliary Public Affairs Program:
In order to improve alignment with rank labeling of Coast Guard Public Affairs Petty Officers (e.g., lowest rank of an E-4 Public Affairs Petty Officer is referred to as "PA3"), the titling of the highest and lowest levels of competencies in the Auxiliary Public Affairs (AUXPA) program are reversed. As a result, the lowest level (i.e., entry level) is now, "Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist 3 (AUXPA3)" and the highest level is now, "Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist 1 (AUXPA1)." The mid-level competency remains same as, "Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist 2 (AUXPA2)." Auxiliary Manual sections 8.B.9.a.-c. are amended to reflect these changes. Associated titling changes in AUXDATA will also be made for Auxiliarists who hold the AUXPA3 and AUXPA1 competencies."
E. Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)), Chapter 8, Section B.9.a. - Auxiliary Public Affairs Specialist 1:
The second paragraph of this section is amended to read as follows:
"Successful completion of the Auxiliary Public Affairs and Marketing (AUX-12) C-school (including homework assignments) satisfies all requirements identified above except Introduction to Public Affairs and the oral board review."
Additionally, sub-item (5) will be deleted effective 01 January 2016 because ICS-100 (Introduction to the Incident Command System), as part of Auxiliary Mandated Training (AUXMT), will become a qualification requirement for any competency at that time.
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Aux Mandated Training - FAQ and "What If"?
AUXILIARY MANDATED TRAINING (AUXMT) - FAQs AND "WHAT IF...?" SCENARIOS
1. Overview: The following policy incentives and consequences related to AUXMT have been approved by Auxiliary national leadership and the Chief Director of Auxiliary, and shall be effective on January 1, 2016. Completion of AUXMT adheres to the following general policies:
a. All Auxiliarists who have a Base Enrollment Date (BED) prior to January 1, 2016 must complete AUXMT by December 31, 2016 to qualify, re-certify, and avoid REYR status, as applicable, in any competency.
b. All Auxiliarists who have a BED after December 31, 2015 must complete AUXMT by the end of the first full calendar year after their BED to qualify in any competency.
c. For all Auxiliarists, events occurring after January 1, 2016 such as eligibility for certain awards, elections, Auxiliary ID cards, C-Schools, and augmenting the Coast Guard will require AUXMT to be completed prior to those events regardless of their BED.
The details of these policies are given in the following: ALAUX - AUXILIARY MANDATED TRAINING (AUXMT) - NEW DELIVERY METHODS AND POLICY CHANGES - 010/15, dated 03 June 2015, at this link: http://tdept.cgaux.org/mt/ALAUX_AUXMT.pdf
2. To help clarify these policies, the following 12 "What if…?" scenarios are presented as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
(1) Q: Do I have to complete AUXMT if I'm elected or appointed to office in 2015 in order to serve in 2016?
A: No, in this case you may serve your full term in 2016 without having completed AUXMT. However, beginning on January 1, 2016 you must have completed and be current in all AUXMT in order to be nominated for elected office (i.e., by the date of nomination) or to be appointed to a staff office.
(2) Q: To be certified by the Director of Auxiliary, do Auxiliarists who are awaiting January 1, 2016 to begin their term of elected office need to complete AUXMT before this date?
A: No. Elections held and appointments made in 2015 (i.e., prior to January 1, 2016) for 2016 elected and appointed positions should be executed and certified by the Director of Auxiliary without consideration of AUXMT completion. Beginning January 1, 2016 and in order to be nominated for elected office or to be appointed to a staff office, Auxiliarists must complete and be current in all AUXMT. This holds true for any elections and appointments that occur in 2016 and in the future.
(3) Q: So if an elected or appointed office opens up mid-term in 2016 and I'm the replacement, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, in this case you must have completed and be current in all your AUXMT in order to be nominated for the elected office (i.e., by the date of nomination) or to be appointed to the staff office.
(4) Q: Regarding limited Coast Guard augmentation and participation in Coast Guard public affairs events, what is meant by the requirement that initial AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will be required to be eligible for augmentation positions at Coast Guard units or to participate in public affairs activities with other-than-Auxiliary personnel?
A: Starting January 1, 2016, Auxiliarists who provide augmentation at CG units directly alongside CG counterparts must have completed and be current in their AUXMT. Examples include: an Auxiliarist who works the front desk at a sector office; an AUXFS who cooks in the station galley; an Auxiliarist who helps with paperwork/filing in a DIRAUX office; an Auxiliarist who serves as part of a CG crew like QMOW on a cutter or on a CG small boat. Use of a CG exchange at a CG unit does not constitute augmentation for the purpose of this AUXMT provision, nor does attending an Auxiliary unit meeting (e.g., flotilla meeting; division meeting; member training forum) that is held at a CG unit. In addition, this provision does not apply to Auxiliarists who perform authorized activities at locations other than CG units such as attending Auxiliary meetings and training forums, vessel safety checks, boating safety course instruction, public affairs booths manned only by Auxiliary personnel, or meeting with other agency counterparts to coordinate boating safety efforts.
(5) Q: After January 1, 2016, is a member eligible for orders in the AOM system if they have not completed all their mandatory courses?
A: Yes, a member will still be eligible for orders after January 1, 2016. The reason is that AUXMT REYR implications kick in after the end of 2016 if a member has not completed their AUXMT requirements by then, and being in REYR at that point would make them ineligible for orders. As far as first-time qualifications are concerned, after January 1, 2016, AUXMT has to be completed like any other task before qualification is granted. All put another way, the answer would be "No" if the date in the question were changed to January 1, 2017.
(6) Q: I plan to attend the AUX-10 C-School as part of becoming the FSO-IS in 2016, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, you cannot attend any C-Schools or National or Regional conferences under CG orders until you have completed and are current in AUXMT.
(7) Q: I completed the requirements for my last certification to become TRIDENT qualified in 2016, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, beginning January 1, 2016, your certification and qualification in all competencies will not be made until all AUXMT is complete.
(8) Q: I must re-certify my Coxswain qualifications (3 year renewal) in 2016, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, beginning January 1, 2016, re-certifications in all competencies will require completion of and currency in AUXMT.
(9) Q: My BED is January 1, 2016 and I expect to complete all tasks for VE qualification in 2016, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, although you have until December 31, 2017 to complete your AUXMT, you must still complete your AUXMT prior to obtaining that qualification.
(10) Q: I am up for an award in 2016, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Beginning January 1, 2016, AUXMT completion and currency are required in order to receive any iteration of the Auxiliary Member Service Award, and in order to be nominated for the national Auxiliarist of the Year and Commodore Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award. Auxiliary regions may implement a similar requirement for Auxiliarist of the Year recognition among their Auxiliary units.
(11) Q: My CGAUX ID card expires in 2016 and I need a replacement, do I have to complete AUXMT?
A: Yes, beginning January 1, 2016, you must have completed all AUXMT to get an updated ID card.
(12) Q: I will reach my 15th year in 2017 and can retire without taking the mandated courses. Do I have to complete AUXMT in order to retire and receive all my retired benefits (retired ID card, notices, etc.)?
A: No, completion of AUXMT is required to continue in competencies, receive awards, hold office, etc., but it is not required to maintain membership; therefore, completion of AUXMT is not required to retain benefits from Auxiliary retirement.
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OCTOBER IS CYBERSECURITY MONTH
1 - The following message was recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It contains an excellent and relevant summary of things to consider in October as our Nation's Cybersecurity Month, along with several links to interesting articles from the DHS home front.
2 - As a matter of DHS cyber security policy, internet links embedded in DHS emails are normally disabled. In order to view any given article, you may have to cut and paste its link into your internet browser if clicking on the link does not automatically connect to it.
From: DHS Management Communications
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 9:07 AM
Subject: Connected - October Issue: News, Information and Resources for DHS Employees
DHS Connect Monthly Highlights | October 2015
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity is an issue of critical importance to all of us personally and professionally.
The National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Management Directorate work closely together to support the cyber mission at DHS. NPPD protects the .gov domain network for the whole Federal Government. They also work closely with the private sector through information sharing forums to distribute cyber threat information in near-real time in order to help prevent cyber-attacks. The Management Directorate ensures the security and availability of the DHS network across all Components.
While we have made great strides in our cybersecurity since the recent Office of Personnel Management breaches occurred, we certainly have more to do.
Cybersecurity will continue to be a growing and sophisticated challenge in the future, and will remain one of DHS’s core missions. As federal employees, we have a responsibility to not only protect our own information, but also the government information and assets we can access. Each of us plays an important role in minimizing the impact of cyber-attacks. There are several steps each of us can take to better protect ourselves, both at work and at home. These include:
* Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
* Keeping system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
* Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
* Limit the amount of personal information you post online such as your birthday, phone number and email address and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
* Be cautious about what you receive or read online if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so don’t open suspicious emails or uncertain links.
Throughout this month, you will receive messages with important information and tips for keeping data personal and government safe. Please take a moment each week to review the information provided.
Thank you for what you do every day to keep our nation and our information assets safe.
Russ Deyo, Under Secretary for Management
Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate
The Latest @ DHS
DHS Kicks Off National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 http://www.dhs.gov/news/2015/10/01/dhs-kicks-national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2015 National Cyber Security Awareness Month aims to increase Americans’ understanding of basic cybersecurity practices to stay safe online, and the role each of us plays in keeping cyberspace safe and secure.
Results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/Results-of-the-Federal-Employee-Viewpoint-Survey.aspx In this message from Secretary Johnson, he expresses his disappointment in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results for the Department. However, there are improvements in a number of areas that he highlights, and discusses plans for the Department going forward.
DHS Announces Award Making Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Tools and Services Available to 97% of Federal Civilian Government http://www.dhs.gov/news/2015/09/21/dhs-announces-award-making-continuous-diagnostic-and-mitigation-tools-and-services DHS provides agencies with commercial tools that continuously scan for cybersecurity risks; dashboards that visualize risks and identify key trends; and a Federal dashboard that allows DHS to view and analyze government-wide risk data.
Cybersecurity Strategy is an Essential Factor in National Preparedness http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/Cybersecurity-Strategy-is-an-Essential-Factor-in-National-Preparedness.aspx As people across the nation made new plans during National Preparedness Month, National Protection and Programs Directorate employees continued their work behind the scenes to help others prepare for cyber intrusions.
DHS Leaders and Employees Remember Sept. 11, 2001 http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/DHS-Leaders-and-Employees-Remember-Sept.-11,-2001.aspx Across DHS, leaders and employees alike remembered the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Commissioner's Annual Awards Honor Employee Dedication and Bravery http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/Commissioners-Annual-Awards-Honor-Employee-Dedication-and-Bravery-.aspx CBP
DNDO Annual Awards Ceremony Celebrates Excellence http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/DNDO-Annual-Awards-Ceremony-Celebrates-Excellence.aspx DNDO
Transformed into an Advocate for Preparedness http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/Transformed-into-an-Advocate-for-Preparedness.aspx FEMA Plum Island Crew Rescues Two from Sinking Vessel http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/Plum-Island-Crew-Rescues-Two-from-Sinking-Vessel.aspx USCG
Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-toolkit Provides tips and resources to help promote online safety.
Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/ Provides all of the tools you need to prepare you and your family for disasters.
Career Development Resources http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/employeeresources/career/Pages/default.aspx Learn about the Department's Detail Opportunities, Performance Management, Rotation Program, Training Opportunitieancies within DHS.
Employee Awards and Recognition http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/Awards.aspx Learn more about programs that recognize individuals and teams from across DHS whose hard work and exemplary accomplishments have personified the very best of the Department.
Training and Leader Development http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/DHSLearningandDevelopment.aspx Access tools that will help develop your skills and help ensure the Department’s success.
The Hiring and Selection Process http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Documents/Hiring%20and%20Selection%20Process%20Information%20and%20Tips%20for%20Federal%20Employees.pdf Take advantage of hiring and selection tips for exploring promotions and other career opportunities within the Department.
DHS Vacancies http://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers Find your next positon within DHS.
DHS in the News
Johnson: DHS makes good on CDM promise https://fcw.com/articles/2015/09/21/dhs-cdm-promise.aspx
Dem bill outlines DHS cybersecurity role http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/253872-lawmaker-calls-on-dhs-to-form-cybersecurity-strategy
5 Ways the Secret Service Keeps the Pope Safe on US Soil http://abcnews.go.com/US/ways-secret-service-pope-safe-us-soil/story?id=34016967
US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbean http://news.yahoo.com/us-seizes-12-million-drugs-caribbean-183217558.html
How The Department of Homeland Security Is Tapping Silicon Valley For Futuristic First-Responder Gear http://www.ibtimes.com/how-department-homeland-security-tapping-silicon-valley-futuristic-first-responder-2111288
See the latest news http://www.bulletinintelligence.com/dhs/ . All media inquiries should be directed to Media Inquiries mailto:MediaInquiry@HQ.DHS.GOV .
News You Can Use http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/Pages/news-you-can-use.aspx Opportunities for Employees http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/news/events/Pages/opportunitiesforemp Job Announcements https://dhs.usajobs.gov/
Employee Resources http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/employeeresources/Pages/default.aspx
** OPM Cybersecurity Incident Updates http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/Pages/OPM-Cybersecurity-Incident-Updates.aspx **
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225TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD
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
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