Operations Ribbon granted to those who qualify in auxiliary operations programs. Click on the ribbon to go to the National Operations website, (the "O' dept) at: http://www.auxodept.org
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 chart of 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.
For Existing (New) Members
Flotilla 4-08 Slidell, 8th District
If you're a new
member and want to order your first uniform, click here.
Members must earn Boat crew, Coxswain, boat forces or watchstander ratings to qualify for operations. Patrol members are trained in various elements of boat handling and navigation, as well as search and rescue. Training is available in six operational areas through advanced courses, including navigation, communications, and meteorology. 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. A few definitions and thoughts on the meaning and importance of the US Coast Guard here.
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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