Not often spoken about in the headlines, newspapers, periodicals or within the ranks of the US, the USCG has a little secret up its sleeve: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!
Since 1939 the USCG Auxiliary has served as the backbone of the US Coast Guard and has been there to support the USCG in every way it possibly can!
What is the USCG Auxiliary?
Source from Wiki~
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Aux) is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard (“USCG”). Congress established the USCG Aux was June 23, 1939, as the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
What does the USCG Auxiliary do?
1. An excellent article by Rande Wilson of the USCG goes into a nice discussion about the duties of the Auxiliary, their roles and missions. What does the Coast Guard Auxiliary do? This is a question I once caught myself asking when I was active duty at Sector Seattle. And for the average Coastie out there it’s a question that they too may not be able to answer. So, as today’s educative post I would like to tell you what I know of the Auxiliary, their actions, and their potential. More information found at at http://live.cgaux.org/?p=707
Missions and Core Values!
Per Wiki~Administrative support to the Coast Guard
Aids-to-navigation verification (ATON)
Assistance to local government
Augmentation of Coast Guard billets
Surface, air and radio operations
Licensing of merchant mariners
Marine safety and environmental protection (MSEP)
Port safety and security (PS&S)
Public affairs support (PA)
Program visitor (PV)
USCG Academy Recruiting
Search and rescue (SAR)
Waterways management as part of USCG the Auxiliary’s core values are the same as those of active Coast Guard: Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. The USCG motto is “Semper Paratus”(Always Ready).
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USCG Veteran Design by Vision Strike Wear.
VSW Honors The United States Coast Guard and for many years Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has been proud to be a licensed and authorized custom designer for the US Coast Guard and has supplied units, MSST Teams, Coast Guard Stations from coast to coast, US Coast Locations referred to as the Crystal Coast, The Graveyard of The Atlantic to Cape Disappointment, training facilities for rescue swimmers to MLB rough water training, designed rates and ranks for our men and women in uniform and those having served in prior service capacities.
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What Are the Missions and Roles of the US Coast Guard?
There are 11 key and critical missions that the USCG carries out everyday. As referenced on the USCG.Mil website they include: By law, the Coast Guard has 11 missions and VSW has had the pleasure to create designs for several of these important mission types.
[Tweet “VSW honors the #US Coast Guard (#USCG) with custom unit designs.”] A small but highly viable force!
So while the United States Coast Guard has the smallest force during peaceful times or during times of war there is a vital force of highly trained and focused men and women with very specific roles. As the smallest force they are still responsible for more geographical areas than one can image from all coast lines of America to the ports and waterways across this great nation.
A Kodiak Mascot For The United States!
For decades the USCG has adopted traditionally a dog for its mascot. Seen at a variety of USCG Air Stations, at graduation from the Coast Guard Academy, kept shore crews company or were seen chasing around a US Coast Guard cutter. The USCG had had a long tradition of keeping a mascot and in more recent years has come to accept the strength and overall powerful presence of a Kodiak bear. At several units request the Kodiak Club design created by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has been seen worn and displayed by a variety of USCG personnel and it has been VSW’s honor to have been called upon to create the Kodiak Klub design in keeping with the USCG traditions. For more information about the history of US Coast Guard mascots please click USCG Mascots!
A salute to the ranks of the United States Coast Guard!
Like the other military branches of the United States, the United States Coast Guard has its own rank structure that makes it unique and creates the same level of professionalism from the lower and learning ranks to the what is often referred to as the backbone of the USCG, the Chiefs, and of course the upper leadership found with the officers. Over the years Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has been tasked by the USCG to produce iconic and stylistic looks for the ranks which are worn on a variety of apparel items. Each of the ranks created by VSW used the ranks and found within each chevron was an image pertaining to a mission or role, cutter or other important piece of equipment recognized within the USCG. Created with the same level of detail and professionalism expected from the USCG.
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