Wednesday, December 26, 2012

(LtoR) Auxiliary members Howard Montgomery, Ed Hind, Don Gallagher testing their dry suits.

    Kilmarnock, Virginia.  The Virginia area is a great part of the country for boating.  Although there are a lot of cold temperatures during the winter season, there still are people on the water like commercial fisherman, recreational fishermen and even the occasional recreational boater.  On some winter days, the air temperature warms up […]

The Night Before Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

christmas tree ship

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (US Coast Guard Auxiliary Version) By Auxiliarist Alan  J.P. Miles Twas the night before Christmas, all across the Seas, Not a current was stirring, not even the breeze; The patrol boats were moored to the docks with great care, In case of a winter storm that could soon be there; Auxiliary […]

National Commodore’s Holiday Message

Friday, December 21, 2012

National Commodore

  As we gather to celebrate the holidays, Wanda and I would like to offer our wishes for a happy and peaceful season and the best of all good things in the coming New Year. The glue that binds the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary into the world¹s foremost volunteer maritime organization is the fellowship we […]

Featured Photo – Auxiliary Chef

Friday, December 21, 2012


Auxiliary Chef prepares for Christmas Observance at Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti Quarters. USCG Auxiliary photo.

USCG Auxiliarist Deployed on Board Navy Ship HSV Swift

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HSV-2 Swift is a non-commissioned, hybrid catamaran originally leased by the United States Navy as a mine countermeasures and sea based test platform. Today she is primarily used for fleet support and humanitarian partnership missions.  Photo courtesy is the US Navy.

My flight arrived at Dakar Léopold Sangor International, after leaving Connecticut in the bitter cold, breathing the warm air of Senegal was very welcomed. Upon my arrival, two sailors were waiting for me with a sign bearing my name in bold.  I immediately started my job as an interpreter for the US Navy via the […]

For Holiday Gift Giving – Think Boating Safety

Monday, December 17, 2012

Regardless of your budget there are many gifts available for the boater in your family.  Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson.

  Puzzled about the perfect gift or stocking stuffers for the recreational boating family members and friends on your holiday gift-giving list? You can’t go wrong by thinking boating safety. The gift ideas are almost endless and many are relatively inexpensive. Article by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson, Public Affairs Officer For Dad, how about a rearming […]

Featured Photo – Navigator On-line

Saturday, December 15, 2012


  A Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel owned by Scott Handschuch and coxswained by Tom Evans, with Sandy Hook, New Jersey crew, Marcus Witkowski, Stephen Peters, Richard Flinn and James Geannakakes, serves as a public affairs boat as the retired Space Shuttle Enterprise, transits New York Harbor. “We picked up the media in lower Manhattan and […]

Featured Photo – Award Presented by USCG Capt. Dickinson

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Captain SHERYL DICKINSON pinning Randy MORITZ[2]

  Sarasota, FL – U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Sheryl Dickinson (left) pinning award medal on  Auxiliarist Randall Moritz (center); looking on is Auxiliarist Toni Borman (right). Photo by Auxiliarist Judi Bidwick.

Auxiliary joins USO to Support National Guard Family Day

Monday, December 10, 2012

As part the National Guard Family Day event the local Coast Guard Auxiliary entertained and taught the children about boating safety using Coastie the Safety Boat. They demonstrated how to select the appropriate size life vest and provided activity books about boating safety. To challenge the children, they provided the heaving line toss.  Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary joined the USO and the Air National Guard to support the Army National Guard Family Day.  The event took place at the New Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, NC. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid-60s and over 700 in attendance at the event with over 150 children […]

Featured Photo – Protect Your Pet

Monday, December 3, 2012

No matter what the species, remember to protect your pet when boating.  Photo by USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer Brad Simpson.

  Every boater knows the crucial importance of proper safety gear on deck.  But do they realize that their boating companion also needs proper safety protection? Just like humans, boating pets need the added protection of  life jackets. These can be found at your local outdoor sporting center.  Sizes are available to fit most pets, […]

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