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USCG Auxiliary
America's Volunteer Lifesavers

Monthly Meetings

Date:    3rd Thursday (Calendar) except in December or if AACC cancels evening classes
Time:    7:00 PM Fellowship & Sign-in, 7:30 PM Official Business, 8:30 PM Member Training
Place:   Coast Guard Station Annapolis (3425 Thomas Point Road; Annapolis, MD 21403)

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Area of Operation (AOR)

Annapolis Harbor, Severn & Magothy Rivers including adjoining bays & creeks plus associated portion of Chesapeake Bay & other waterways in greater Annapolis/Baltimore Area (such as Eastern Bay, South, West, Rhode, Choptank, Miles, Wye, Middle, Chester, Potomac & Patapsco Rivers, Baltimore Harbor) as requested by Station Annapolis or Sector Maryland - NCR.

History & Tradition

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAux) Flotilla 23-1 (formerly Flotilla-16) is based in historic Annapolis, MD (founded in 1649), the state capital & home of U.S. Naval Academy.  The existence of Flotilla 23-1 dates back to at least 1939 when CGAux was known as Coast Guard Reserve.  During World War II, the Flotilla's thirteen members conducted patrols & supported USCG special missions such as extinguishing jetty & wharf aids to navigation lights during air raids & blackouts.  Although Flotilla had thirteen boats willing to serve, due to gasoline rationing typically only two vessels were deployed at a time.

Today, the Flotilla has over 60 members who volunteer their time, talents, vessels & radio facilities to aid USCG, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & MD Department of Natural Resources (MDDNR) help keep our waterways safe & secure, control pollution, preserve the environment, protect maritime assets & serve the boating public.

Members conduct over 50 safety, regatta & special event (Blue Angles, Bay Swim, Tug of War, July 4th Fireworks, Naval Academy Events, etc.) patrols each boating season, stand radio watches at Station Annapolis, teach boating safety courses, perform vessel safety checks, assist community with marine events, directly support Station Annapolis & Sector Maryland - NCR with critical projects / missions & have adopted Annapolis Harbor, Magothy & Severn Rivers as part of NOAA’s Chart Update Program.

Fellowship activities are an important part of our activities, since working relationships built on personal friendships are a critical enabler to successfully carrying out our missions as part of "Team Coast Guard,"  & include annual potluck barbeque & picnic, an occasional cruise & annual Change of Watch ceremonies used to install new officers & celebrate contributions of members throughout the year.

Mission

CGAux Members help enhance safety & security of our waterways, ports & marine assets, serve as foreign language Interpreters, teach boating safety courses, act as Watchstanders & support all other USCG non Law Enforcement missions.

Auxiliary Cornerstones of Service

  1. Boating Safety & Support
  2. USCG, DHS, State & Community Maritime Support
  3. Maritime Asset & Environment Protection / Preservation
  4. Member Development & Fellowship

As an Auxiliary Member, you can "Help Make a Difference" by:

  • Improving Recreational Boater Safety Awareness, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Working with Businesses & Organizations Serving Boating Public
  • Performing Vessel Safety Checks (VSC's)
  • Improving Safety & Security of Our Waterways & Maritime Assets
  • Assisting in Controlling Pollution & Protecting the Environment
  • Participating in On-The-Water Patrols & Rescue Operations
  • Directly Contributing to DHS & USCG Missions
  • Enhancing your boating knowledge, skills & abilities

Learn more about CGAux

Invitation

If you are:

  • a citizen of the United States, its territories or possessions
  • at least 17 years old
  • never been convicted of a felony
  • have a strong desire to help make a difference & interested in:
  • promote boating safety,
  • protecting our waterways & maritime assets
  • supporting DHS & USCG missions,

Contact Usattend a meeting, drop-by a boating classepublic affairs event or Vessel Safety Check (VSC) station to say hello & introduce yourself.  We look forward to getting acquainted, enjoying some fellowship, working side-by-side & hopefully developing a lasting friendship as part of "Team Coast Guard".  In the meantime, "May the seas rise to meet you & the wind always be at your back."

Respectfully Yours,
Walt Discenza
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 23-1  Annapolis, MD

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Ready to Come Join Us?

This is what you need to do:

  • submit a Membership Inquiry & attend a Flotilla Meeting
  • fill out Membership Application (Instructions Pages 6, 7 & 8; Complete Sections I, II, III, VI, VII, IX-A, X, OFI Form 86C & Standard Form 85)
  • make copy of certificates for completed boating course
  • speak or meet with Flotilla Staff Officer for Human Resources (FSO-HR) who will answer questions, go over what you should expect & assign a mentor
  • take New Member Course & pass exam** (score of at least 80% required)
  • gather appropriate Proof of Citizenship & have your fingerprints done
  • arrange to have photo taken wearing light blue shirt
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After District Director of Auxiliary (DirAux) reviews your application package & assigns a Member (ID) Number, work with your assigned mentor on reviewing:

New Member Reference Guide
Charting a Course for Success
Selecting Appropriate Uniform Items

** Online New Member Course & Exam requires completing short registration process.
E-mail indicating successful course completion should be submitted as part of your Application Package

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USCG Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)

The AIM Program provides opportunity for high school students to attend & experience
first hand Coast Guard Academy so they can make an informed decision about
applying to the Academy or pursuing a career in USCG

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