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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.

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1. At the 2014 Auxiliary National Training Meeting (NTRAIN) in January, a recommendation was placed before the National Board for vote. It is summarized with the Chief Director's final determination below:

a. Recommendation: Establish a civil rights appointed office within the Human Resources Directorate of the national staff. The civil rights program of the Coast Guard Auxiliary presently consists of a single appointed officer in each district/region. By creating and supporting the recommended national office, the Coast Guard and Auxiliary will help promote awareness of the functions, procedures, responsibilities, lessons learned, and professional development opportunities among the Auxiliary's civil rights program community. It is further recommended that CGAUX-CRC contact information be included in the staff section of district/region directories.

b. National Board vote: For.

c. Chief Director final action: Concur and approved. This will also be reflected in the next change to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series).

Posted by Webmaster at 4:42:43 PM on 18 Feb 2014


1. Effective January 1, 2014, all National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant Incident Command System (ICS)-300 and ICS-400 courses will be acceptable for credit toward earning the Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP) device. NIMS compliancy is established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NIMS-compliant ICS courses may only be taught by instructors, Coast Guard or other agency, that are certified to teach them.

2. Section 8.C.1.c.(6) of the Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)) shall read, "National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant Incident Command System (ICS) 300 and 400 (ICS-210 cannot be used as a substitute) - 1 credit."

3. On January 1, 2014, AUXDATA will reflect this change and allow the recording of successful completion of any NIMS-compliant ICS-300 and ICS-400 courses.

4. This change shall be institutionalized in the next change to the Auxiliary Manual.
Posted by Webmaster at 6:21:56 PM on 28 Dec 2013


1. FYI:

To the Men and Women of Our Coast Guard Family,

We are saddened to relay news of the tragic loss of Petty Officer Travis Obendorf, who died following injuries he sustained while deployed with the Cutter WAESCHE during a search and rescue mission. As you keep Petty Officer Obendorf's family and shipmates in your thoughts and prayers, please also remember we are often called to operate in an environment which provides little margin of error. In all that you do, make safety your highest priority.

CAPT F. Thomas Boross
Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety

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1. It is with great sadness that I report the loss of Boatswains Mate Third Class Travis Raymond Obendorf, CGC WAESCHE, who died at 1134 PST today from injuries sustained on November 11, 2013, while the ship was conducting search and rescue operations in D17 waters.

2. WAESCHE was north of Cold Bay, Alaska, responding to a SAR case involving a disabled fishing vessel. Petty Officer Obendorf was a crew member aboard WAESCHEs small boat and was severely injured during boat operations while assisting passengers from the fishing vessel. Despite a valiant fight over the past month, Petty Officer Obendorf succumbed to his injuries earlier today with his family and shipmates at his side.

3. Petty Officer Obendorf stood the watch on the front lines of Coast Guard operations throughout his nine years of active duty. He previously served aboard Coast Guard Cutter ALERT, at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain and at Coast Guard Station Boston Throughout his Coast Guard service, Petty Officer Obendorfs professionalism and commitment ensured that we were always ready to answer the nations call. Let us never forget his service and sacrifice.

4. The entire Service is energized to support his family and shipmates. Please keep BM3 Obendorf, his family and shipmates in your thoughts and prayers.

5. Semper Paratus. VADM John Currier, Acting Commandant, sends.

6. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:27:42 AM on 19 Dec 2013


To the Men and Women of Our Coast Guard Auxiliary,

Seizing this opportunity on behalf of the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety to render 2013 holiday season salutations and express gratitude for your support and sustained servant leadership excellence. This Office is blessed to work with the finest leadership cadre and stout volunteer corps our Nation has to offer. We are especially thankful to lead the Coast Guard's Auxiliary Program and serve as your advocate throughout the Coast Guard organization. Around the clock and around the country, our Nation benefits from your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. THANK YOU for the gifts you freely give each day.

The New Year will bring remarkable challenges. Within those challenges will be opportunities for the Auxiliary to excel anew. As we enter the 75th consecutive year of distinguished Auxiliary service, endeavor to continue demonstrating the highest levels of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

It is our privilege to forward ADM Papp's holiday message and offer CG-BSX best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season, and for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

CAPT F. Thomas Boross
Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety

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1. Shipmates, each year the holiday season brings an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward to the promise of the future. During this, my last holiday season as Commandant, Linda and I feel particularly blessed to be a part of this Service that has enriched our lives for so long.

2. As I look back on the previous year, we have faced many challenges. Budgetary uncertainty and spending cuts have required difficult decisions on how best to prioritize essential missions and functions. A government shutdown left valued members of our family home on furlough and forced us to curtail many of the missions that define our service. Yet, through it all I continued to see our people exemplify those traits that define us all - active, reserve, civilian, and Auxiliary - as Coast Guardsmen. Our Core Values. Our respect and caring for our shipmates and our families. And the eternal optimism and selfless commitment to duty that comes from knowing we are serving a truly worthwhile purpose.

3. While we faced some challenges, we celebrated far more successes. Our operations continued to provide safe and secure approaches to our ports, and helped sustain the prosperity and freedom we all enjoy. We commissioned new cutters that are truly worthy of the men and women who will sail in them. Our headquarters moved to a beautiful new facility named for one of our greatest heroes, Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro. And we responded to every call of distress with the lifesaver spirit that has made us the world's best Coast Guard for well over two centuries.

4. Many of us are fortunate to be with family and loved ones to celebrate this holiday season. Others will be far from home standing ready for the call. Whether you will spend the holidays with family, friends, or in the company of shipmates, I hope you will enjoy your time together. Every day, we are inspired and humbled by your selfless service. I invite you to view a holiday video message from me, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt, and our spouses at the following link:

5. We send our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy New Year.

6. Semper Paratus.

7. Admiral Bob and Linda Papp, send.

8. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 2:09:21 PM on 18 Dec 2013

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