About the Coast Guard Auxiliary...
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in June, 1939, to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It is composed of nearly 35,000 members from all walks of life who are drawn together by their love of the water and a willingness to serve other boaters. Its members receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Team Coast Guard. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law-enforcement programs such as public education, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliary members volunteer approximately two million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families. But the Coast Guard Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety. We regularly serve alongside our active-duty shipmates serving as communications watch standers, uninspected passenger vessel inspectors, training resources;for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen qualifications open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Missions have come to be known as the Four Cornerstones of the Auxiliary
Four Cornerstones of the Auxiliary
- Member Services – Attract, recruit, develop and train to accomplish specific missions assigned to the auxiliary and support collateral CG missions on a day to day and surge basis
- Recreational Boating Safety – Support The Office of Boating Safety with development and implementation of various recreational boating safety programs. This includes:
- Public Education Programs
- Vessel Examinations
- Distribution of RBS literature and information to the boating public, included in the RBS Visitation Program
- Operations and Marine Safety – Provides resources, personnel and facilities in support of operations and marine safety, security and environmental protection missions and in support of other Coast Guard missions when requested. This area includes operations, aviations, communications, marine safety and Aids Verification of ATONS
- Fellowship – Fellowship makes the team and binds the entire organization together.
As you can see, there is a lot we are involved in…
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. We are organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas. No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you. If you would like to join us as a member of Team Coast Guard, we welcome you! WE NEED YOU!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary or want to learn more, contact our Flotilla Commander, Lorraine Cannata, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Zebick, FSO-HR at email@example.com.
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Flotilla Commander's Message...
Thank you for visiting our web site. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, also known as America's Volunteer Lifesavers, encourages you to explore becoming a member and promoting boating safety in our community. Learn new skills, while making new friends. We provide complete training for you to become qualified as an instructor, vessel examiner, boat crew member, coxswain and in many other qualifications in support of Coast Guard missions. By joining the Auxiliary you will be helping your community and will be helping to promote and support recreational boating safety on Lake Hopatcong. Please contact me to find out more. There are many ways to be active in this organization and there is something for everyone, regardless of your level of experience or abilities.
We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Hopatcong Senior Center, 32 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong, NJ. If you are interested in attending a meeting as a guest or to find out more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Auxiliary and our activities. If you are interested in taking a boating course, or having your vessel examined for safety, we are Semper Paratus – Always Ready to assist you. If you would like to join us as a member of Team Coast Guard, we welcome you!
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