Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist Joe Giannattasio

Joe Giannattasio has worn many hats in his life. Restaurateur, pharmaceutical company representative, purveyor of fine ice cream and mini golf – but it’s for the hats he wears in the Coast Guard Auxiliary he was selected to be the Coast Guard Auxiliary Member of the Year, out of 24,000 people


Coast Guard Auxiliarists Nancy Schimmelman and Cheryl Warner sail aboard Gloriana, a 48-foot schooner and Coast Guard Auxiliary platform, in the San Francisco Bay. The schooner, built in 1949, is owned and sailed by Schimmelman. (U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall /Released)

Service Under Sail

San Francisco Bay-based Coast Guard Auxiliarists patrol aboard a 1949 schooner.


A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium circles a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel in preparation for a side-tow demonstration during the Regatta Point Marina Nautical Association Spring Expo. Coast Guard Auxiliarists from the 7th District near Coast Guard Station Cortez routinely work with the active duty Coast Guard for training, demonstrations, and patrols. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Patti Kuhn.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliary

Today the Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates its proud history of outstanding volunteer service on America’s waterways, turning 79 years young…and its members show no signs of slowing down. Auxiliarists have supported Coast Guard missions along our nation’s coasts and inland waters, with emphasis on the promotion of recreational boating safety, since June 23, 1939, when Congress authorized the formation of the Coast Guard’s “Volunteer Reserve.”


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist Linda Jones. Photo courtesy of Aux. Linda Jones.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist Linda Jones

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Linda Jones has used her experience with her debilitating illness, career as a school teacher and those she works with to become an inspired leader earning her the recognition of the Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership award.


Chatham Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla members (left to right) Bruce Brady, Michael Hays, David Quincy and Larry Foss man the watch room in Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., Feb. 15, 2018. The auxiliary members man the station's communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Reid Oslin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Station Chatham auxiliarists

Coast Guard Auxiliary members man the Coast Guard Station Chatham’s communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. As volunteers, their goal is to free up time for new station crew members to prepare for their own future communications and boat crew assignments.


Coast Guard Auxiliary answers the call

Coast Guard auxiliarists volunteered and stood watch during Hurricane Harvey an average of 350 hours per member and logged more than 10,000 total hours in support of hurricane response operations within Texas.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliary

Today the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 78 years of continuous volunteer service on America’s waterways. These volunteer members of our team exemplify Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Thank you, Coast Guard Auxiliary, for always being Semper Paratus! Happy birthday!


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aux. Nick McManus

Longstanding Coast Guard Auxiliarist Nick McManus has distinguished himself with his many efforts and accomplishments exemplifying what it means to represent the Coast Guard with Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. McManus is a seasoned aviator, honors veterans and has assumed several leadership roles within the Auxiliary.


Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer service stepping up its operational roles

The men and women of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are stepping up their integration in day-to-day operations throughout Sector Charleston’s area of responsibility. From responding to search and rescue missions and educating the public to augmenting active duty members at units, the Auxiliary’s presence helps extend the Coast Guard’s reach throughout local communities. This initiative, known as “Think Auxiliary!”, is a response to a goal set by Capt. Gary Tomasulo, Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s commanding officer, to perfect and improve mission execution.


‘Tis the season for boating safety

As the countdown to the holidays quickly winds down and you’re trying to make those few last-minute purchases, we want to remind you of a few lifesaving gifts for the special boater in your life. So put down that ugly sweater, return that tired, old tie back to the rack and check out this list of thoughtful gifts that could help your favorite boater.


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