ALEXANDRIA, VA – Coast Guard Auxiliarist volunteers help the U.S. Coast Guard perform many of its duties. For example, they stand radio communications watches at U.S. Coast Guard Stations around the country.
Pictured above is Al Daniels, a member of Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08 (Mount Vernon), on radio watch at Coast Guard Station Washington at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, monitoring marine radio channels and other communications devices for calls for assistance from boaters on the Potomac River.
“Auxiliarists like Al are valuable force multipliers for us,” explains Lieutenant David McConky, Commanding Officer of Station Washington. “Their services such as radio watch standing, even for just a few hours a month, free Coast Guard personnel to carry out other public safety duties and equipment maintenance.”
Auxiliarists also teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks, protect the environment, inspect shipping containers, check the condition of aids to navigation, and provide food services to the Coast Guard and Auxiliary, among other tasks. Learn more about the Auxiliary, which marked its 80th Anniversary this year, at http://join.cgaux.org/.