Frequently Asked Question Friday – Vessel Safety Check

Friday, January 30, 2015


Where can I request a vessel safety check?   The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check (“VSC”) at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience. Auxiliary Vessel Examiners are trained and qualified to perform safety examinations of different vessels (including personal and paddle sport […]

Throwback Thursday – USCG Winter Auxiliary Augmentation Photo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAPE MAY, NJ - Auxiliarists Phil Appenzeller and John Burns of Flotilla 82 Fifth Northern and BM2 Robert Brodhead ready the USCG-WPB IBIS for inclement weather in Cape May Harbor.
Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Joseph Giannattasio.

For this Throwback Thursday, we are going to be focusing in on a winter theme. As the U.S. Northeast digs out of a recent storm, enjoy this 2010 NAVIGATOR magazine cover photo which shows Auxiliarists in New Jersey assisting the active duty in winter weather.

Celebrities in the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beau, left, and Jeff Bridges during their Coast Guard days. (Photo:  The United States Navy Memorial)

It’s a common question to members of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary… Have any celebrities served? You bet! The United States Coast Guard and Auxiliary has had its fair share. Here are just a few… With the Bridges, it was a family affair. Commodore Lloyd Bridges was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – Finding a Boating Safety Class

Friday, January 23, 2015


Where can I get information on Boating Safety classes?     The National Public Education Calendar Database provides a single, unified national database that holds and displays all public education courses taught by local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary units nationwide. In addition, a Zip Code search permits members of the general public to enter a […]

Boating Off-Season: Safety Tips from the USCG Auxiliary

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boston Lighthouse after a winter storm  - USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Some of us just can’t stay off the water no matter what time of the year. During the “off-season” months (for most October through April), it is even more important to practice safe boating. Lake and sea temperatures are typically coldest during off-season months and even the strongest swimmers will be in grave danger. A […]

Crossing the Bar – COMO Thomas L. Briggs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Crossing the Bar – COMO Thomas L. Briggs. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

National Commodore Mark Simoni regrets to inform you of the crossing of the bar of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary family member Commodore Thomas L. Briggs, Past District Commodore of 9th Eastern District. Commodore Briggs is survived by his wife Daphne Stephens; three daughters; two sons; a step daughter; and two step-sons, Tom is predeceased […]

Crossing the Bar – COMO Edward G. “Ted” Neale

Monday, January 5, 2015

Crossing the Bar - COMO Edward G. "Ted" O'Neal. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

National Commodore Mark Simoni regrets to inform you that Commodore Edward G. “Ted” Neale has crossed the bar.  He was the Past District Commodore of 11th Southern Region. Obituary Neale, Edward (Ted) George, Jr. July 2, 1926 – December 17, 2014 Edward George Neale, Jr., 88, of Encino, California, passed away peacefully December 17th, 2014 […]

Featured Photos – USCG Auxiliary Santa on Ship

Sunday, December 28, 2014

CAPE MAY, NJ - Auxiliarist Santa (Jim McClellan FL82) pays a visit to crew and families of USCGC MAKO berthed at USCG Station Cape May. “Santa-Jim” has actively participated in various Holiday events for the crews’ families of the cutters and boats located at USCG STA CAPE MAY for several years.
USCG Auxiliary photo by Donald Dobson.

Hopefully, everyone had a Merry Christmas. For this week’s featured photos, we have U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members dressed as Santa! Despite having slight issues with U.S. Coast Guard grooming and weight regulations, he has no problem bringing some holiday cheer to the rest of us.  

Throwback Thursday – 1982 Grounded Boaters Rescue

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coxswain Kathy Soper and crew transport civilians from grounded vessel to a waiting Coast Guard Cutter off Staten Island, NY, 1982. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday from our history archive, we are taking you back to 1982 with an Auxiliary patrol assisting boaters back to shore after a grounding.

Throwback Thursday – 1972 National Search and Rescue School Graduates

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Auxiliary has been giving professional training to its members since it was created. For this week’s Throwback Thursday photo from our History Program Archive, we show you graduates from a 1972 National Search and Rescue School which consisted of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Civil Air Patrol members.

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