Thornton doubles as Coast Guard civilian, auxiliarist

Thornton doubles as Coast Guard civilian, auxiliarist
Michelle Thornton holds up the Coast Guard Auxiliary flag at Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va., July 6, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) For a service encumbered by an expanding operational mission and financial shortfalls, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and civilian workforces have proven to be valuable assets for the Coast Guard.   Like anchors on a ship,...