Coast Guard Auxiliarists receive recognition

7th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla.– An awards presentation recognizing two Coast Guard Auxiliarists was held at Coast Guard Sector Key West Wednesday.

Auxiliarist Gerald Metcalf, a 17-year Air Force veteran, received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Medal of Operational Merit and Auxiliarist Nick McManus received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Letter of Commendation for their participation in a search and rescue case June 21.

While conducting the search and rescue patrol aboard a single engine Piper Cherokee aircraft, Auxiliarist Metcalf, the Aircraft Commander, and McManus, spotted a small white object in the sea dotted with white capped waves. Metcalf contacted the Coast Guard and vectored in a surface asset to make the rescue. As a result of their meticulous mission planning and execution, a life was saved.

McManus, who has been flying planes for 32 years, said, “It is an honor to fly for the Coast Guard. It is a dream come true.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer component of the Coast Guard, an invaluable force multiplier, whose members assist the active-duty Coast Guard in most mission areas. If you’d like to learn more about or join the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Florida Keys, call 888-470-5566 or visit

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