Happy 70th Birthday to the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Washington -Seventy years ago on June 23, 1939, Congress chartered the Coast Guard Auxiliary authorizing the Coast Guard to use civilian volunteers to promote boating safety on the nation’s waterways. On its 70th anniversary the Auxiliary, “America’s Volunteer Guardians”, continues the long tradition of helping protect boaters and all Americans.

Nationwide 30,000 Auxiliarists assist in safe guarding our harbors and provide boating education and free Vessel Safety Checks to recreational boaters. Since 1996 Congress has authorized the Auxiliary to provide much needed support for most Coast Guard missions.

auxlogoOver the decade, Auxiliary members:

  • Saved 5,083 lives, assisted 141,980 people and saved $1,460, 055, 940 in property
  • Taught boating safety to 1,678,946 people with 980,000 hours of classroom work.
  • Conducted 1,170,535 Vessel Safety Checks (VSCs) over 579,000 hours
  • Made over 418,000 visits Recreational Boating Safety Program Visits spending more than 279,000 mission hours
  • Served 4,297,312 hours underway on safety patrols
  • Verified 138,867 private aids to navigation
  • Examined over 10,223 Commercial Fishing Vessels
  • Provided 2,358,200 hours directly supporting the Coast Guard
  • Served 44,417,850 hours

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen recognizing the Auxiliary stated “…As the finest all-volunteer organization in our Nation, I consider each of you an integral part of our Coast Guard. We simply could not meet the challenges we face or conduct the missions we do on a day-to-day basis without your selfless devotion to duty…”

We couldn’t agree with the Commandant more and would like to say Happy Birthday and Thank You to each and every member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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