Office of Auxiliary CG-BSX-1

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.

Items of Interest



1. ALCOAST 356/14 recently announced solicitation of nominations for the Foundation for Coast Guard History's (FCGH) annual unit, book and individual awards program for 2013. Auxiliary nominees are strongly encouraged. Please read more below:

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ALCOAST 356/14

1. The Foundation for Coast Guard History (FCGH) has announced the solicitation of nominations for its annual unit, book and individual awards program for 2013.

2. The FCGH was formed on 4 August 1999 as a non-profit organization. Its objectives are to:
A. Provide support to the Coast Guard Historians office.
B. Encourage studies relating to the history of our service, and
C. Accord recognition to individuals, units and public and private organizations for both scholarly achievement and for raising public awareness of the challenges, accomplishments and character of the men and women who have contributed to the proud heritage of the Coast Guard.

3. Each year the FCGH recognizes both a large (Major Cutter, Air Station or Sector) and small (Patrol Boat, Station, ATON Team, Auxiliary Flotilla) Coast Guard unit for contributions to preserving the history of the service. These may be a single specific completed project or an ongoing, continuing undertaking. If sufficient nominations are received, the Awards Committee may use its discretion to divide the Large Unit award into two categories, one for those with dedicated public affairs staffs and those without. The large unit winner receives five hundred dollars and the small unit winner receives two hundred dollars for their unit morale fund. The criteria for eligibility for the unit awards are:
A. Units can be active duty, reserve duty, auxiliary or spouses club.
B. Units must be engaged in specific undertaking aimed at furthering public awareness of current activities or the history and heritage of the Coast Guard.
C. Units that receive the award in the past may not resubmit for a period of five (5) years.

4. In addition to the unit awards, the FCGH presents awards to authors whose work further the goals of the FCGH. There are two categories, U.S. Coast Guard Heritage and Lighthouses. The Heritage category encompasses all mission area of the U. S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services. The Lighthouse category is geared towards Lighthouses specifically. The criteria for eligibility for these two categories are that the books were published in 2013 and are available to the public.

5. The FCGH also recognizes individuals who have made important contributions in preserving and presenting the U.S. Coast Guards rich and varied heritage with its "Heritage Award for Individual Achievement." Units and organizations are encouraged to nominate individuals who have contributed to the furthering of Coast Guard history.

6. Units, organizations, authors and publishers may submit entries to the award committee.
A. For units entries, provide a concise written description, with two copies, of their units efforts.
B. For individual entries, provide a concise written description, with two copies, of their units efforts.
C. For book entries, proved a cover letter and three copies of the book.
D. Entries may include, but are not required to have, photographs or other material in support of their nomination. However, such submitted material will not be returned.


8. Additional information may be obtained at the FCGHs website at WWW.FCGH.ORG.

9. Ms. Ellen Engleman Conners, Acting Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.

10. Internet release is authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 6:50:46 AM on 1 Sep 2014


From: Zukunft, Paul ADM
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 3:18 PM
Subject: 224th Anniversary of the United States Coast Guard

Together, we share in celebrating the 224th anniversary of the founding of the Revenue Cutter Service, the predecessor of the modern Coast Guard. This is a day we affectionately refer to as "Coast Guard Day" and the "Coast Guard's Birthday." Over the past three days, the Vice Commandant and I spoke to a variety of Coast Guard personnel, families and members of the American public at events within our Nation's Capitol, the annual Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan, and Coast Guard Headquarters. I also had the privilege of participating in this morning's boat crew relief at Station Washington, and embarked in a morning patrol with the crew aboard a new second generation Response Boat - Small. During every opportunity, we emphasized the substantial relevance of our Service in today's world, and heralded the significant efforts that our people put forth on a daily basis, every day of the year, regardless of the weather or location of the mission. I am continually impressed and inspired by your dedication to mission execution and mission support around the world.

Please take this day to remember the distinguished history of our Coast Guard. Throughout our history, we have exemplified those tenets I have stressed in my direction - Service to Nation, Duty to People, and Commitment to Excellence. This is the most complex and uncertain environment I have seen in my 37-year career, and that means the Coast Guard is more relevant and more valuable than ever before. My ALCOAST ( provides greater detail on our past successes and future challenges relative to this direction. I also call your attention to the letter from President Obama in congratulatory observance of today's anniversary, posted at ( .

Semper Paratus!

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Posted by Webmaster at 6:54:32 PM on 4 Aug 2014


1. Mr. Wallace Smith, Jr. of District 11 (Northern Region) Flotilla 6-10 has been recognized as the 2013 Auxiliarist of the Year. The following ALCOAST recently announced Mr. Smith's selection. Honorable mention was earned by Mr. Jerry Shaw, Jr. of District 8 (Coastal Region) Flotilla 8-12, and Ms. Jessica Zenquis-Davidson of District 5 (Northern Region) Flotilla 2-76. Congratulations to Mr. Smith and all nominees!

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1. I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Wallace A. Smith Jr. of Flotilla 6-10 in the 11th District, Northern Auxiliary Region, as the 2013 Auxiliarist of the Year.

2. Mr. Smith is the lead instructor for the Boating Skills and Seamanship public education courses at Santa Cruz Harbor, and has increased membership in the Auxiliary through his interactions with the boating public at these courses. Mr. Smith selflessly devoted over 2,600 hours of Auxiliary service in 2013. Mr. Smith earned the Auxiliary Achievement Award, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Auxiliary Instructor Program Ribbon, and Special Operations Service Ribbon.

3. Mr. Smith has used his outstanding organizational skills and abundant energy to increase training opportunities for members, support Coast Guard missions, and increase operational effectiveness in 2013. Mr. Smith created an annual new member academy for his Auxiliary division which provided new members with an opportunity to learn the basics of uniform wear, record keeping, and leadership structure from experienced Auxiliarists. This raised the standard of professionalism within his division and helped new members get up to speed more quickly within the Auxiliary.

4. Mr. Smith is a highly-proficient coxswain and is often sought out for his experience and local knowledge. Additionally, he facilitated a monthly dry-land training series for boat crew members to maintain their proficiency and skills through the off season. Mr. Smith was instrumental in coordinating Auxiliary support of the Santa Cruz harbor lighted boat parade. As a qualified telecommunications operator, Mr. Smith supported Coast Guard readiness by standing radio watch with his mobile radio facility during planned and unplanned outages of a Rescue 21 radio site. In concert with other Auxiliarists, Mr. Smith drove more than 80 miles each way to a designated site during these communication outages to monitor radio traffic and relay any calls for assistance. Mr. Smith organized a meeting between members of the Auxiliary with vast local knowledge and the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Monterey to provide support of law enforcement operations on the Central Coast.

5. I applaud Mr. Smith's exemplary performance and spirit of service. He will be formally recognized as the 2013 Auxiliarist of the Year at the Auxiliary National Conference in Orlando, FL on 23 Aug 2014.

6. The following Auxiliarists were finalists for selection and are congratulated for their outstanding performance and achievement:
a. Mr. Jerry L. Shaw Jr., Flotilla 8-12 in the Eighth District (Coastal Auxiliary Region).
b. Ms. Jessica L. Zenquis-Davidson, Flotilla 2-76 in the Fifth District (Northern Auxiliary Region).

7. RDML Paul F. Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, sends.

8. Internet release authorized.

Posted by Webmaster at 9:14:39 PM on 31 Jul 2014


1. In concert with Objective #6 of the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan, which is to reduce the number of boating fatalities attributed to Boating Under the Influence, and funded by Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Trust Fund non-profit grants to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard's message authorizing Coast Guard participation and support for the sixth annual Operation Drywater message has been released, and follows below.

2. Please promote Operation Drywater awareness and participation as much as possible. And enjoy the water this weekend, knowing that our state law enforcement partners and involved Coast Guard units will be busy with this endeavor.

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A. U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Manual (MLEM), COMDTINST M16247.1 (series)

1. The purpose of this ALCOAST is to provide notice of this years Operation Dry Water (ODW) and encourage maximum participation from Coast Guard units consistent with Area and District Commanders direction.

2. Alcohol use continues to be a leading cause in recreational boating related accidents, injuries and deaths. Alcohol was a contributing factor in sixteen percent of all recreational boating deaths in 2013. ODW directly supports a variety of objectives identified in the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program that is focused on reducing deaths and injuries nationally.

3. ODW will be conducted the weekend of 27-29 June. This is the sixth year for this national multi-agency boating under the influence (BUI) education, detection and enforcement event. The national goal is to significantly reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths among recreational boaters.

4. This year, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with COMDT (CG-BSX-2), and many other boating safety partners, will once again coordinate this nationwide event. Marine law enforcement agencies throughout the 56 states and territories will intensify BUI awareness and enforcement through increased patrols and established sobriety checkpoints.

5. Coast Guard units are encouraged to partner with state boating law administrators and local law enforcement agencies to make this years ODW a success. Operations permitting, unit Commanding Officers and Officers in Charge are strongly encouraged to support and participate in the sixth national BUI enforcement effort and awareness event. Units shall conduct BUI enforcement in conjunction with normal law enforcement operations. Thus, USCG units shall not establish blockades or other checkpoints designed specifically to detect intoxicated operators. However, this prohibition does not preclude Coast Guard units from assisting and participating alongside our law enforcement partners if they establish blockades or checkpoints. Units shall review ref (a) to ensure compliance with current Coast Guard policy.

6. NASBLA and COMDT (CG-BSX-2) have created a special ODW website, which has information on this initiative including national media press releases, public service announcements, posters, and brochures that can be used to promote this nationwide effort. The web address is

7. To ensure that participation by Coast Guard field units is accurately captured, units planning on participating in this years event must register at At the conclusion of the ODW event, participating units shall fill out the online report form on the ODW website

8. In 2013, all 50 states and six territories participated in the fifth annual ODW event. Over 6,000 marine law enforcement officers representing over 500 law enforcement agencies nationwide, which included 119 Coast Guard operational units, made contact with 144,044 boaters on 58,171 recreational vessels. Federal, state, and local marine law enforcement officers made 290 arrests for BUI. Additionally, there were 4,942 citations and 12,217 warnings for other recreational boating related safety violations during the three-day weekend.

9. Media coverage for ODW was once again extensive during the entire event. The combined national and state agency media outreach efforts resulted in strong media coverage for the 2013 ODW event. As a result of the strong outreach efforts, ODW was highlighted in 782 television news stories, 1,056 online mentions, including social media sites, 135 print articles and 139 wire stories and hyperlink mentions.

10. Units having additional questions or wishing to participate in this operation are encouraged to contact their respective District Recreational Boating Safety Specialist for guidance in coordinating efforts in this unique pulse op.

11. COMDT (CG-BSX-2) POC: Joseph Carro (202)372-1068, or joseph.j.carro(AT)

12. RDML Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy and RDML Peter Brown, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, send.

13. Internet release authorized.

Posted by Webmaster at 6:39:55 AM on 26 Jun 2014

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