Change of Watch: National Commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coast Guard Auxiliary National Commodore Jim Vass and Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Coast Guard Auxiliary National Commodore Jim Vass and Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Earlier today, Admiral Bob Papp presided as Commodore Jim Vass relieved Commodore Nicholas Kerigan as National Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in a Change of Watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters.

“Commodore Vass brings a wealth of experience and exceptional leadership qualities to guide the Auxiliary in meeting demands for their valuable services,” said Papp.

Created by an act of Congress in 1939, the civilian volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary have a proud history of answering the call to support Coast Guard missions including boating safety, search and rescue, and environmental response.

Change of Watch: Outgoing National Commodore Nicholas Kerrigan and incoming National Commodore Jim Vass. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Change of Watch: Outgoing National Commodore Nicholas Kerigan and incoming National Commodore Jim Vass. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

“The Auxiliary is an amazing all volunteer organization that provides exceptional service to the American people,” said Papp. “They are highly respected members of the Coast Guard family. We could not accomplish our duties without them.”

As National Commodore, Vass will oversee 31,000 Auxiliarists – a volunteer workforce that rivals the Coast Guard itself, who often serve as the only contact a boater will ever have with a member of the service.

“Every flotilla is part of a community, and we take our responsibility to be good neighbors seriously,” said Vass. “We want to be that town’s Coast Guard Auxiliary. We can be a force for positive action, bringing together our partners, customers, and the community every day.”

Congratulations to new Coast Guard Auxiliary National Commodore Jim Vass!



18 Responses

  1. Steven B. Hanson, BOSN3 says:

    Congratulations to you Commodore Vass! Commodore Kerigan, thank you for your leadership throughout your watch! BZ to you both!

  2. Russ Marshall, DCAPT 9CR North says:

    Best wishes to you, Commodore Kerigan. We all have grown under your leadership. Congratulations Commodore Vass, looking forward to your
    fine leadership in the coming years! Your proven record gives us high hopes for a bright future!

  3. Terry Rouch, Flotilla 6-6 says:

    Congratulations Commodore Vass on your achievement and to your new National Bridge and staff!

    Commodore Kerigan, a heart felt Thank You for your dedicated service.

  4. C.S.Lim Singapore Home Team says:

    Best wishes! United States Coastal Guard , Commandore Auxillary Jim Vass, congratulations your achievement!

  5. Laurette Snider, 7-10 says:

    Congratulations to you, Commodore Vass, and to the people you have chosen to help you.

    Commodore Kerigan; best wishes to you.

  6. Admiral Bob Papp says:

    Commodore Vass:

    Congratulations, and best wishes for continued success. I look forward to countinuing our work together.

    Commodore Kerigan: Thanks to you and Susan for your years of service, and we look forward to your continued contributions as the “Immediate Past.”

    And to all our Auxiliary Shipmates…thanks for your selfless service.

    Fair winds,

    Admiral Bob Papp

  7. George Barantseff says:

    Congratulations, Commodore Vass. Your support and endorsement of the Diversity Program – as vividly examplified by the establishment of the new ANACON-DV position – is in keeping with the true spirit of our great nation. We are “one from many” and that no matter what our diversity we are Team Coast Guard, but first and foremost we are – all of us – Americans!

    With respect,

    George E. Barantseff
    Diversity Advisor, DIV 1 & FL 12, 11NR
    Russian Linguist 5/5 DLPT (1982)

  8. Valerie&Steve Krok 4-2 D1-sr says:

    Commodore Vass Congratulations and Best Wishes As Our New Naco. Commodore Kerigan Thanks For Your Auxiliary Leadership

  9. COMO Tony Morris says:

    Congratulations to you COMO Vass and to the entire new bridge. Your watch will be both interesting and challenging. Enjoy it.

  10. Antonio Viana says:

    Best wishes to both Comodores. I am proud to be part of Team Coast Guard.
    Antonio L. Viana
    IPSO-VE D7/Div. 3 ,Flotilla 4



  12. Nick Chaleunphone says:

    Congrats and best wishes for Commodore Vass. It’s an honor to be serving under Commodore Vass and the US Coast Guard

    Nick Chaleunphone
    D1SR 14-24-11

  13. Hope Wright says:

    A hearty welcome to our new USCG Auxiliary Commodore, Jim Vass, and our sincere thanks to Commodore Nicholas Kerigan for your dedicated service to the Auxiliary! May the wind always be at your back.
    Hope Wright, SO-PA, 1SR, 014-12-01

  14. Aline Pepe 15-08 says:

    Congradulations, wishing you both an exciting, happy, future! Proud to be a member of the Auxiliary and looking forward serving under Commodore Vass.

  15. CAPT P.J. Maguire says:

    Congratulations to incoming and outgoing Commodores from Eleventh Southern and Northern Regions!!

    I am always inspired by the dedication of the wonderful people of the Auxiliary. I am a firm believer that no part of the Coast Guard saves more lives than the great members of the Platinum side. Those who are teaching boating safety every day and checking thousands of vessels for safety gear.

    I spent time this weekend with our local Commodore and the Chief Commander of the U.S. Power Squadron. It’s great to see these two great organizations working closely together in inventive ways for boater education and safety.

    My very best wishes to both of you as you continue to inspire those who inspire me!

    CAPT M, Chief of Prevention, Eleventh District

  16. COMO Paul Riddle says:

    COMO Vass, Congratulations!
    I’m looking forward to working with you and your staff. It has been quite a journey.

  17. Anne Marie Kelly says:

    Congratulations & Welcome to Commodore Jim Vass from Air Station Republic!

    Best wishes & sincere thanks to Commodore Nick Kerrigan for your noble work & tireless efforts. It was a pleasure & an honor to serve under your fine leadership.

    Anne Marie Kelly, FSO-PA, 1SR, 014-12-07
    AUXAIR, Air Station Republic
    Farmingdale, New York

  18. Michael S. Klacik, 04-08 D1SR says:

    Congratulations Commodore Vass on becoming the new NACO! I look forward to serving under you in the years to come.
    Commodore Kerrigan, Thank you for your service and devotion to the Auxiliary!