USCG 9TH District Commander Honors 75 Yrs Auxiliary Service

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Monday, June 30, 2014
Rear Adm. Fred Midgette pins the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon on the chest of Coast Guard Auxililarist Edward Monaco, after awarding similar ribbons to Commodores Llorens (Joe) Chenevert and Maureen Van Dinter at a ceremony in the Coast Guard Cleveland Moorings, June 30, 2014. The ceremony marked the 75-year anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the all-volunteer support complement to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist Mark Galan

 

The Coast Guard 9th District honored 75 years of service from the Coast Guard Auxiliary in a ceremony at the Coast Guard Cleveland moorings today.

What began as fishermen and private boaters reporting sightings of U-boats in American Coastal waters has evolved into the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Auxiliary was established in 1939 to facilitate the operations of the Coast Guard. Starting out as the Coast Guard Reserve, it was split into a military reserve branch and auxiliary operation in February 1941. During WWII the volunteers provided search and rescue support, patrol and picket duties, port security, and limited aviation patrols.
 

The 30,521 members of the modern day Auxiliary use 3,415 operational vessels, 236 aircraft, and 2,459 communication stations to patrol U.S. waters and assist the Coast Guard with search-and-rescue, boater education, and administrative support. In the 1990s the Auxiliarists integrated into everyday Coast Guard operations, including running rescue boat stations around the Great Lakes.
 

Some of the services provided by the Auxiliary include:
 

*The Auxiliary Interpreter Corps, whose 452 interpreters, fluent in 48 languages, facilitate over 50,000 conversations per year. Interpreters provide oral and written translation services for the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Crops and have been deployed to every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
 

*Auxiliary University programs are home to the best and brightest college students serving their communities and country in marine safety and security.
 

*Safety vessel inspections for private motor craft.
 

*Safe boating classes provide instruction to paddlers and motor boat operators on correct usage of personal flotation devices, life saving equipment, and safe navigation practices.
 

Notable Auxiliarists from the Great Lakes include:
 

*In 1955, Commodore Charles S. Greanoff from Cleveland, Ohio challenged members to enhance their proficiency, a theme of continual self-development that persists today.  His dedication and commitment inspired the National Auxiliary Leadership Award in his name.
 

*In 1990, Commodore Bob Colby from Saginaw Bay, Michigan, earned the Gold Lifesaving Medal for demonstrating courage in the face of personal danger to rescue eight sailors from the burning gasoline tanker Jupiter.
 

*In 2010, Auxiliarist of the Year (2009) Ryan Bank from Chicago, Illinois used his innovative fusion of social media feeds to pinpoint Haiti earthquake victims in support of search and rescue efforts, which was instrumental in saving at least 80 lives.
 

In 2012, Auxiliarist Chris Bandy was recognized as 9th District Auxiliarist of the Year for his work on the Paddle Smart program, which educates paddlers on safety practices.
 

*From 2007 to the present, Auxiliarist David Linder, from Sodus Point, New York, contributed to the Coast Guard 9th District Mounted Automatic Weapon training program in Fort Knox, Kentucky, preparing food for hundreds of Coast Guard men and women.


Persons over 17 years of age are eligible to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary.



 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Security

Canada’s New Patrol Vessel Christened

Entry into service of Canadian Coast Guard's new mid-shore patrol vessel, the CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., was inaugurated by The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure,

US Joins Antipiracy Organization

U.S. Coast Guard admiral to serve on governing council The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

News

TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

Maritime Administration to Provide Title XI Loan Guarantee for World’s First LNG Containerships Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.

Transocean: Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service

Navantia Orders Sedni IAS for PEMEX Flotel

Sedni secures an important contract with Navantia to supply its Automation System (IAS) Diamar for the flotel vessel (BAP) which is being built at Ferrol factory for PEMEX owner.

Coast Guard

Canada’s New Patrol Vessel Christened

Entry into service of Canadian Coast Guard's new mid-shore patrol vessel, the CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., was inaugurated by The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure,

US Joins Antipiracy Organization

U.S. Coast Guard admiral to serve on governing council The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and

San Francisco Bay Fuel Spill Under Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel continue to respond to a fuel spill that occurred near Pier 45 at Fishman's Wharf in the San Francisco Bay Saturday.

Maritime Safety

US Joins Antipiracy Organization

U.S. Coast Guard admiral to serve on governing council The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and

San Francisco Bay Fuel Spill Under Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel continue to respond to a fuel spill that occurred near Pier 45 at Fishman's Wharf in the San Francisco Bay Saturday.

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1157 sec (9 req/sec)