Secure Side / Central OPS page
(The public side ops page is more "potential recruit", public affairs and initial applicant oriented. This similar page on the secure side is more "qualified member" oriented.)
Operations Ribbon granted to those who qualify in auxiliary operations programs. Click on the link to go to the National Operations site (now the Response dept.)
Helo Ops (Helicopter Support / co-ordination Training)
The NEW Marine Safety Ribbon for those completing the Marine Safety Program and training towards the Trident device. A page on the Coast Guard Auxiliary obsolete ribbons is here. (and while we're at it, a link to current ribbons, devices, uniforms, and insignia of the US Coast Guard auxiliary is here...)
This is one of the ways that flotilla 04-08 tries to be different. We have an IT help desk & FSO-CS page! Fully implementing the idea of the e-Auxiliary, go to the Web Officer's Page at the FSO-CS link below for Internet and computer assistance.
Members of the Auxiliary have the opportunity to train in six operational specialty courses. An AUXOP member has completed all six advanced specialty courses and is entitled to wear the special AUXOP device on the uniform. (Click on the device for more info.)
From the this ain't no "Paper Flotilla" dept: See the flotilla on duty & on the water at the Krewe of Bilge Parade here at furstphotos.com further efforts to distance ourselves from a paper flotilla are HELO OPS support, and the extensive training described on the Surface Ops and Boat Crew pages.
Flotilla 4-08 Slidell, 8th District
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Service Area Sites:
Many service areas have their own pages on the National site. Please peruse those programs with which you're affiliated from time to time, to explore resources on those sites that may not be included in the Flotilla 4-08 site. If you discover anything on those sites that you feel should be included here, please let the webmaster know.
Search and Rescue:
We have on the public side Ops page that members must earn Boat crew, Coxswain, boat forces or watchstander ratings to qualify for operations. And this is very true. We ask new members who think they may have an interest in operations to make arrangements for boat crew training immediately. The active duty commanders have told us they were "gigged" on a recent audit for having more than just too much overtime, but way too much overtime. Instead of being proud of their dedication, the auditors stated that it was degrading the "surge capability" of the unit. If you're on maximum 24/7 how can you say you're ready to surge - a temporary increase in tempo, assets and operations - when an emergency of national significance happens? The answer was heavier utilization of the auxiliary. We now have weekends where an auxiliary boat is on standby to be the primary callout unit should an alert be called. It decreases the Active Duty side's hours, gives the auxiliary more experience, and increase the "ready to surge" capability of both.
But as stated on the surface ops page, an authorized patrol of the Coast Guard has minimum crew standards that must be met or the patrol canceled. We have several boat crew that were promoted to coxswain, and have lost a few to transfers, retirement or not keeping current. If your interests lie in a different area, that's fine. The auxiliary has many programs and opportunities to be of service. But for those new members interested in on the water activities, we need certified boat crew desperately. We have a lot - but can always use more to replace natural attrition. Patrol members are trained in various elements of boat handling and navigation, as well as search and rescue. Or members can train in watchstander roles to augment Active Duty forces on Cutters, small boat operations, or shore bases.
"Team Coast Guard"
Auxiliary members provide important operational support to the U.S. Coast Guard and are considered members of "Team Coast Guard." Patrols are often called upon for search and rescue assistance, Helo Ops co-ordination drills, and other training missions. In addition, special patrols may check navigational markers, update charts, or monitor the waters for hazards and environmental pollution. Flotilla 4-08 takes on as much as it can reliably handle, making Active Duty assets and resources available for other uses, or available to "standby for surge" operations when necessary.
"Often"? See Surface Ops above. We now have standby duty for primary response team on specified weekends. The Operations Officer recently forwarded a proposal from the gold side to increase the tempo on Helo Ops from one day every other weekend the same plus another day every weekend. And the commanding officer of New Orleans station recently stated he could use a few auxiliary communications watchstanders at the station.
"Team Coast Guard" - it's probably just words in some areas of the country, and taken for granted in others. Depending of course, on the team you have. The primary concern of a good team member is to make sure they carry their load, meet their responsibilities, and don't let their team mates down. It starts with training. Give the Operations officer or the member training officer a call soon.
Update: The auxiliary has been asked if it can do a few night ops with Helos, and has responded we can do so with two days notice.
Auxiliarists take a front row seat as they secure spectator areas at regattas and other boating events. At the request of the Coast Guard, patrols assist in maintaining safe perimeters for on the water recreation. See the flotilla on duty & on the water at the Krewe of Bilge Parade The Krewe of Bilge is back, Tammany Yacht club calls us for sail boat races, and the bridge construction crews are contemplating a request for safety zones when doing heavy lifts. The next time we do the Krewe of Bilge, TYC sailboat race, or some other regatta patrol, someone please get me an observer's picture. The two PWC members at left are generic auxies, not local, and I'm trying to replace such photos with local people....
Members can elect to become an active component of the Coast Guard Air Program. Senior Pilots, Pilots in training, and the average civilian can volunteer their time and offer their aircraft for use as an asset in support of the many missions of the U.S. Coast Guard. These missions vary in scope from standard safety patrols to search and rescue. In the changing and expanding service of the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security, Air Operations may include harbor patrol, Marine Safety, Maritime Domain Awareness, and other vital operations to support the defense of this great nation.
Due to operational security, we cannot divulge where we fly or when, but we can say that the aviators in the Auxiliary fly on a changing schedule to perform training, conduct safety patrols, SAR-Search and Rescue, Routine Transports, and “other needs as tasked”. The active duty members of the Coast Guard consider the Auxiliary a vital asset to their team because of the many capabilities that we bring as part of our volunteer service. First, our civilian aircraft add number and variety to the list of air assets that the Coast Guard can call upon for vital missions. Second, civilian aircraft cost a great deal less money per hour to operate. Third, many of the missions that we are tasked to do either would not be done for lack of funding / man power or would remove essential air assets and man power from the operational readiness, leaving those assets available for surge. And lastly, in times of emergency, the Auxiliary is a dependable, well trained force multiplier that can put more eyes on a Search and Rescue Mission and other activities.
The Trident Program and Marine Safety
Not only do Auxiliary members have the opportunity to do direct augmentation on cutters and active duty shore bases, the National Board has started the Trident Program to give USCG Auxiliary members the option of augmenting Coast Guard Marine Safety and Environmental operations, as well. Coast Guard Auxiliary members completing the PQS requirements of the Trident Program are the core team of specialists in marine safety and environmental protection.
Our mission is to support the marine safety and environmental protection programs of the United States Coast Guard and to train and support members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary who join us in this effort.
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