USCG Auxiliary at a Major League Baseball Game

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Auxiliarists Steve Bahrani and Brian Ostheimer joined with active duty Coast Guardsmen to form a color guard for the Reds' home opener. Photograph by event staff.

The Auxiliary and Active Duty joint color guard for the Cincinnati Reds’ home opener leaves the field after the national anthem. USCG Auxiliary photograph by David Michaels.

CINCINNATI – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists served as the color guard for the Cincinnati Reds’ 95th Annual Opening Day Parade and helped active duty Coast Guardsmen in presenting the colors for the Major League baseball game.

By James Chin, National Staff New Media Assistant

In the pre-game parade, the color guard proudly displayed the United States, U.S. Coast Guard, and Auxiliary flags while being followed by a U.S. Coast Guard 25-foot Defender class boat on a trailer. In past Reds’ home opening games, an active duty Coast Guard recruiting station served as the color guard but due to budget cuts, the station was forced to close.

As a result, active duty members from the USCG Cincinnati Marine Safety Detachment called upon U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to help present the colors for the opening day game. Auxiliarists were chosen to represent the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary in front of the stadium crowd as the National Anthem was played,

Currently, the Auxiliary team has 7 active members with 17 support staff. Team members are expected to spend over 50 hours practicing and serving in color guard or honor guard roles. In good weather, the team conducts outdoor parade marching while in poor weather, funeral procedures and flag folding is practiced.

The team was formed in 2011 by Auxiliarist Larry Neltner due to a desire to assist the USCG in filling a need. Neltner helped teach, locate uniforms and equipment for prospective team members. Auxiliarists with military experience were able to teach new members. Veteran Larry Neltner was in the Marines, Chris Teirney was in the Army, and Steve Bahrani had attended Riverside Military Academy in a ROTC program. Under the guidance of their leaders, the team has become a professional color guard team that is proud to represent the USCG and its Auxiliary.


Reds' mascot Gapper salutes next to Auxiliarist Brian Ostheimer. Photo by event staff.

Reds’ mascot Gapper salutes next to USCG Auxiliarist Brian Ostheimer. USCG Auxiliary photograph by David Michaels.

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