Coast Guard Auxiliary Leaders Meet in Arizona Desert

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Coast Guard Auxiliary leaders from around the nation began meeting today in Scottsdale, Arizona to elect a new National Commodore and other senior leaders. Participants will also learn new techniques and procedures to keep America?s Waterways safe.

NACON is sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides business management and training support for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Nationwide, recreational boating deaths increased 3.8 percent in 2009, a figure the Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to reduce. Despite its landlocked location, Arizona ranks fifth in nation for reportable boating accidents. Arizona waterways include Lakes Powell, Mead, Mohave, Havasu, Roosevelt, and Pleasant.

Coast Guard Auxiliary members are receiving training across a variety of areas including recreational boating safety, paddle sports education, program performance measurement, and the Coast Guard Academy Admissions Partner program.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary please visit

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