Monday, November 21, 2011

Coast Guard Auxiliary national training meeting scheduled

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs







Date: November 21, 2011
Contact: Christopher Todd
Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (305) 490-6030
Email: ctodd@auxpa.org
http://cgaux.org



News Release



Coast Guard Auxiliary national training meeting scheduled



ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Auxiliary national training meeting (N-TRAIN) is scheduled for January 22-29, 2012 at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet Hotel. This year’s theme will continue the “Dependability, Integrity, Diversity” – watchwords of Auxiliary National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr.

N-TRAIN is held annually near the end of January in St. Louis. The event is hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing education, training and other program support to Auxiliary volunteers. N-TRAIN offers a variety of training opportunities for selected district staff officers and national leadership.

“Each year, we invite a select group of Auxiliary personnel to attend N-TRAIN for additional training,” said Ernie Davenport, National Meeting Administrator for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. “N-TRAIN provides an excellent forum for advanced training and discussion in targeted program areas.”

For additional information on N-TRAIN 2012, please visit: cgauxa.org/ntrain.html

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. Coast Guard Auxiliary men and women live and work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of their communities. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org




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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cooperative effort between U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dominican Naval Auxiliary volunteers pays off in saved lives




U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs






November 17, 2011
Contact: Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer
305-588-7173
bswank@auxpa.org
http://cgaux.org/




News Release



Cooperative effort between U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Dominican Naval Auxiliary volunteers pays off in saved lives




WASHINGTON – What began two years ago as an information exchange between members of the International Affairs unit of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a group of civilian volunteers and senior naval officials of the Dominican Republic has blossomed into a dynamic organization already credited with saving more than 30 lives of boaters at sea, including five Americans.


The Dominican Republic Naval Auxiliary (Los Auxiliares Navales Dominicanos), officially established in December 2009 by decree of the President of the Dominican Republic, has grown to a unit of more than 200 members operating 135 boats and eight aircraft. They conduct search and rescue operations and recreational boating safety training in support of the Dominican Navy.


“Initially, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary international affairs team provided a lot of information to the Dominicans on how our organization works,” said John Cooper, the Auxiliary’s Director of International Affairs. “We followed that up with visits by U.S Coast Guard officers and Auxiliary subject matter experts to assist the Dominicans in development of their program.”


“Clearly, the Dominican Naval Auxiliary has done a superb job since its creation. They’ve set an impressive record by any standard…one of which they can be justifiably proud,” Cooper said.


This past August at the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary’s national conference in Charlotte, N.C., Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore James Vass and Dominican Naval Auxiliary Commodore Jose Antonio Najri signed a joint statement of intent recognizing the advantages to be obtained from continued bilateral cooperation in fostering on-water safety education for citizens of both nations.


The agreement calls for both organizations to continue working toward development of common training and operations standards, achieving international best practices and delivering fully-accredited computer-based training competencies to their respective members. It also calls for both organizations to be alert for opportunities to partner and share in the development and application of educational materials.


“The Dominican Republic and the U.S. traditionally have had very close cooperation,” said COMO Najri. “For our Auxiliary, the recently signed agreement is further proof of our two countries’ close ties that we must continually strengthen to not only save lives, but to protect our countries in these difficult times.”


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard across all mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a flotilla near you, visit cgaux.org

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Go LIVE with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary!

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs









Date: November 7, 2011
Contact: Christopher Todd
Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (305) 490-6030
Email: ctodd@auxpa.org
http://cgaux.org





News Release



Go LIVE with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary!



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary National Government and Public Affairs Directorate today launched a new online communications vehicle designed to provide an in-depth and behind the scenes look into one of America’s leading volunteer organizations. Coast Guard Auxiliary Live (http://live.cgaux.org) will serve as the official blog for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the sister site to the immensely popular Coast Guard Compass – the official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard.

This mission of Coast Guard Auxiliary Live is to provide timely and accurate news and information of national interest from throughout the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s various districts, divisions, and flotilla operating units. Auxiliary members may submit news, photo, and video content directly to the editorial staff via e-mail at live@auxpa.org

"Coast Guard Auxiliary Live promises to be a superb source for boating safety and maritime information as well as updates on the phenomenal volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary," said Capt. Ron LaBrec, chief of the Coast Guard office of public affairs. "I am extremely proud to have Coast Guard Compass and Coast Guard Auxiliary Live bringing the public compelling stories of how our service provides the maritime safety, security and environmental sustainability that is so vital to the quality of life and prosperity of our nation."

Coast Guard Auxiliary Live is the most recent collaboration between the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Public Affairs (CG-0922) and the Coast Guard Auxiliary National Government and Public Affairs Directorate. By having both Compass and Live operating off the same platform, both public affairs teams will be able to share ideas, develop new tactics, and cross promote content more effectively.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gene Sibert elected president of Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc.

November 1, 2011
Contact: Tom Nunes
Tel: 602-617-1979
Email: DirectorDevelopment@cgauxa.org
http://cgauxa.org





News Release



Gene Seibert elected president of Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc.



TAMPA, FLA – The board of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, the non-profit organization providing financial and other support to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and its volunteers, elected Gene Seibert of Virginia as its new president and chief operating officer. Seibert will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Association including fund raising, finance, product development, and other functions.
Seibert has previously served as the chairman and CEO of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., as the national commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and as a member of the board of directors of the Coast Guard Foundation and the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS), Boat US and the United Safe Boating Institute.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., is a Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia providing financial and other support to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and its volunteers. The Association provides funds for the national Auxiliary programs, facilitates national training, produces educational and outreach materials for the recreational boating safety and other public outreach efforts. Donations are actively solicited and appreciated.




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