National Commodore’s Independence Day Message

Monday, July 2, 2012

Jim Vass - National Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

WASHINGTON – In 1939, Congress established the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, which was later renamed the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1941. Through the years the Auxiliary has grown and changed, but we have always remained focused on our goals of saving lives through education and providing support to the U. S. Coast Guard.

As we now celebrate the anniversaries, both the 236th year of Independence of our country July 4, and recently the 73rd anniversary of the Auxiliary June 23, we need to focus on the pride we have as volunteers supporting our nation and working with the Gold side.

Volunteering is critical to the well – being of our country. We should all take pride in the 1,058,817 number of 99 hours dedicated by Auxiliarists and the 27 number of lives saved this year with 693 persons assisted since January 2012. On these anniversaries it is an excellent opportunity to show the spirit of the Auxiliary volunteerism and the dedication to supporting the Coast Guard.

We hold the Coast Guard in high esteem for their unwavering courage in their mission to save lives. Auxiliarists should take pride in their contributions of time and talent so the Gold Side can accomplish their mission.

I wish you all a happy anniversary and a summer safe on the water.

James E. Vass, Jr.

National Commodore

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  1. Mary Murphy says:

    Nice message, thank you. It’s surprising to see how many hours Auxiliarists contribute in support of the mission of the Coast Guard. It makes je proud to be a part of this organization.

  2. FSO-VE ,Flotilla 5-3.... Salvatore Governale says:

    Very well put. Have a safe 4th,and to all my fellow shipmates, happy 4th be safe and
    -stay semper paratus!

  3. Victor Nazarian says:

    I am very proud to serve and I feel honored every time I put on the uniform either for an airborne mission, an on-the-water patrol, an academy event or serving as crew on an active duty boat. I am especially proud when I attend a gathering of fellow aux. and I am glad I discovered the Coast Guard Auxiliary and thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had.

    Victor Nazarian SO-CS
    US Coast Guard Aux. 054-24-04

  4. Gaspare Marturano says:

    I am happy to be a part of this great organization. I wish everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day on and off the water.

    Gaspare Marturano
    Flotilla 26-02 Lake Wylie

  5. J Carobene says:

    I am truly proud to be a member of this important section of the
    US Coast Guard: The Auxiliary.

    12-08 Ft Totten

  6. Anne Evans says:

    Commodore Vass’s message instills pride in all members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    Anne Evans
    FC 114-06-06
    Yorba Linda, California

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