The USCG Combat History and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Overview

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Article and Photos by Tom Ceniglio, AUXPA1, USCG Academy Admissions Partner.

I conducted a Coast Guard In Combat History class to approximately 150 swabs (newly attending cadets) in Leamy Hall on Thursday, August 3rd from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The swabs had been working together just 4 weeks at the US Coast Guard Academy.

The swabs presented a skit that honored Coast Guard heroes Douglas A. Munro (the only CG Medal of Honor recipient for actions during Guadalcanal campaign). Another company of swabs presented a skit that honored William R. Flores (who received the Coast Guard Medal for selfless action during the USS Blackthorn collision with SS Tanker Capricorn in 1980).  The swabs were attentive and answered the combat history questions to the best of their ability especially since they had been alert almost 16 hours that day. More information about the presentation is available at

What were you doing during the first few weeks of college?  Do you know members of the USCG Auxiliary?

Only a few swabs in attendance knew about the Coast Guard Auxiliary, so I was able to go into great detail about the history, purpose, missions, and availability of Auxiliarists.  I went over the missions that I have qualified to perform along with other missions that I am working on as a trainee. I also explained other various missions that the Coast Guard Auxiliary performs.

More information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary is available at

As the swab training continues, they may have additional interactions with Auxiliarists. If not, they surely will get to work with Auxiliarists during their duty tours after graduating from their 200 weeks of intense maritime, military, leadership, history, Barque EAGLE, STEM, physical, and athletic training.  GO BEARS!!!!



  1. M. Edwarrd Chale says:

    Tom, very nice posting!

    Also, I’m a bit envious, in a positive way, of your opportunities to work with the swabs.

    Ed chale

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