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.
May 24, 2013
On Memorial Day, we recognize and remember the service and sacrifice of our armed forces men and women who have given their lives defending our nation, at home and abroad.
This holiday is a time to pay tribute to members of our military and to honor the spirit of sacrifice that has helped make our nation great. We also recognize the United States Coast Guard personnel, reservists and National Guard members serving throughout DHS, as well as the 50,000 military veterans who continue their service to our country here at DHS.
Wherever you are on Memorial Day, I encourage you to observe our National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. This act of solidarity honors the fallen and reminds us all of the importance of our mission and carrying on their legacy.
Thank you for your continued service to our country.
Yours very truly,
R 241701Z MAY 13
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CCG//
SUBJ: MEMORIAL DAY 2013
1. On this day we pause to pay special attention to the manners of our profession and remember all those who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces, and honor the sacrifice they made in answering our Nations call.
2. Last week I had the privilege to visit the National Archives and view the original Declaration of Independence. I was also able to read the original United States Constitution, the document that is the foundation of our great Nation. It was a reminder of why we serve, but it was also a reminder of the sacrifices so many have been called to make since it was first signed almost 226 years ago. In donning the cloth of our nation, we all swear to support and defend this charter of freedom, and bear true faith and allegiance to the principles it contains. It is on this Memorial Day that we remember those who have honored that oath with the sacred treasure of their lives.
3. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was first observed by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers as a tribute to their service. On Thursday I was privileged to join with many in our Coast Guard family to continue that tradition while presiding at their dedication of the Coast Guard War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Decades of weather and exposure had taken their toll on this memorial, but our Washington, D.C. Chief Petty Officers Association answered the call to restore this monument to our fallen Shipmates. It now stands once again as a fitting memorial to so many who gave so much in the service of their country.
4. At the original dedication of this Memorial, Secretary Mellon said that we best honor their sacrifice by being ready to live, as they were ready to die, for the things that America believes in and for the principles for which she stands. As we reflect today upon those who gave their last full measure of devotion, it is important that we pay tribute to all our women and men in the Armed Forces doing just that, standing the watch and fighting to preserve our freedoms. It is their dedication to duty that secures our Nation. It is their commitment that protects us. It is their service that inspires us. It is our duty to honor them. On this Memorial Day, let us reflect upon our heritage and the proud legacy of our fallen shipmates.
5. Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, sends.
6. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:20:31 AM on 25 May 2013
COAST GUARD EXCHANGE ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE STORE
COAST GUARD EXCHANGE ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE STORE AVAILABLE FOR USCG AUXILIARISTS
1. The following release was issued earlier today by the Coast Guard Community Services Command which oversees management of Coast Guard Exchanges (CGX). It announces a well-deserved and valuable change to Auxiliarists' CGX privileges:
COAST GUARD EXCHANGE ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE STORE AVAILABLE FOR USCG AUXILIARISTS
As volunteer shipmates, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has been vital in the Coast Guard's ability to provide safety and security for citizens, ports, and waterways. With nearly 32,000 men and women, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is a unique volunteer organization that carries out an array of responsibilities, touching almost every facet of America's maritime environment as we continuously balance our missions that emerged as a result of a post-9/11 era.
Just like Coast Guard active duty and reserve, Auxiliarists are deserving of the best we can offer. Shopping at the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) offers savings directly to the pocketbook of Coast Guard Auxiliarists. More than just tax-free shopping, price comparisons show that CGX offers an average savings of 20% or more when compared to private sector retailers "outside the gate."
Recognizing that many Auxiliarists don't live near a CGX and aren't able to take advantage of what they've earned, CGX is proud to announce the opening of its online store at www.shopCGX.com. Shopping online brings the savings and tax-free values of Coast Guard Exchange to every Auxiliarist, and it's as close as your computer, tablet or smart phone.
To place orders online, Auxiliarists will click on the "Checkout" tab on the upper right hand corner of their computer screen after they've selected all the items that they wish to purchase. A welcome window will appear inquiring if the customer is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist. Auxiliarists are to check the box "If you are a USCG Auxiliarist, please check this box." The window will then show two boxes, in which Auxiliarists are to enter their member number in one box and their Auxiliary member zone password (the same password that is utilized for Aux Directory/Aux Officer) in the other. After their identification and membership has been entered and verified, they'll be free to make purchases at their convenience!
There are over 500 individual products now available at www.shopcgx.com including computers, tablets, headphones, ipods and mp3 players and other small electronics, sunglasses, fragrances, and of course Coast Guard apparel and gifts. And when you shop on line at shopCGX.com, a portion of every sale supports your Coast Guard Morale, Well-being, and Recreation (MWR) programs. In fact, over the last 10 years, CGX has contributed over $22.7M to Coast Guard MWR programs.
More products will be continuously added to shopCGX.com, but we need your feedback to keep growing. Contact us directly on Facebook www.facebook.com/coastguardexchange or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you.
As CGX stores continue their mission to remodel and renovate their existing stores, we've invested over $22M over the past 10 years to provide our Coast Guard shipmates and their families the shopping experience they want and deserve. It's our way of thanking you for your service and dedication to the Coast Guard.
CGX is part of the United States Coast Guard Community Services Command with a vision to be your destination of choice for Exchange and MWR benefits. Our mission is to deliver outstanding value, service, and convenience to the Coast Guard family and support the readiness and retention of those who protect and defend the homeland.
Posted by Webmaster at 4:19:13 PM on 17 May 2013
Mr. Thomas Chalifoux of District Nine (Central Region) Flotilla 18-11 has been recognized as this year's Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award winner. The following ALCOAST recently announced Mr. Chalifoux' selection along with the other major Coast Guard leadership award selectees. Mr. Lowell Gytri of District Eleven (Southern Region) Flotilla 11-12 earned honorable mention. Congratulations to all nominees and awardees!
See http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast.asp for full ALCOAST No. 102/13
Posted by Webmaster at 2:46:13 PM on 12 Mar 2013
State of the Coast Guard Address
Admiral Papp delivered his annual State of the Coast Guard Address (SOCGA) yesterday. It was not broadcast live, but it was digitally recorded and will be made available for download and viewing by Coast Guard commands and individuals on a phased release. On Friday 1 March, an e-mail with a link to the SOCGA video will be sent to all Coast Guard Commanders, Commanding Officers, Officers in Charge, Assistant Commandants, and Directors of Staffs who will, as operations and activities permit, show the digital video of the SOCGA at an all-hands session by 15 March. They are strongly encouraged to include Coast Guard Auxiliary and Reserve personnel where feasible. Starting on 15 March, the digital SOCGA will be available at the following link for those who have been unable to participate in a unit all-hands session: http://www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/multimedia.asp. Units without sufficient internet access can delay viewing until access is available or can use the text copy which will be posted at: http://www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/speeches.asp. As part of the SOCGA, the Commandant announced the release of the Commandants SITREP 2013. The Commandants SITREP 2013 reports on Coast Guard progress towards meeting the priorities and objectives set forth in the Commandants Direction 2011 and the way forward over the coming months and years. The SITREP is available at: www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership.
Posted by Webmaster at 9:16:29 PM on 7 Mar 2013
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