The annual "Memorial Marker Ceremony”, which honors our members who have crossed the bar in the last 12 months, was held on Saturday May 4, 2013, and was attended by approximately 160 Auxiliarists, family members, and guests.
In addition to the attendees, another 40 members from across the District viewed the ceremony live on the Webcast. A first for the Auxiliary and a prototype for future events.
The video of the recent ceremony has been prepared by Division 10.
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The Public Affairs department is taking the Coastie robot boat to Huntington Beach on Saturday, June 16, 2012 to offer a half day of training. Members interesting in operating Coastie at public affairs events should plan to participate, as two trained and authorized operators are required to sign out and operate this attention-getting and popular icon.
The training event will occur at the Hunting Harbour Yacht Club, beginning at 0830. Uniform of the day is ODU. For more information, please download the Huntington Beach Coastie Training Flyer, below.
Resources for diversity planning have been added to the Diversity Job Aid Kit on this site. In a new section captioned "Planning", an article entitled 2012 Local Diversity Events and Links give members links to nine (9) websites describing local festivals and events, such as Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, Asian Festival, and others. Of particular interest is the 86 page booklet 2012 LA Festival Guide (pdf).
The Diversity Job Aid Kit may be found under "Staff Departments" to the left. Members knowing of other events with diversity components may contact DSO-DV Selwyn Keane with the appropriate information.
Commander Greg Matlin will be retiring at the end of February after 26 years of service to the Coast Guard. The ceremony will be held at 1100 at Reservation Point, on Base San Pedro. Uniform is Tropical Blue or civilian business attire. If you plan to attend the ceremony, please email Leslie.B.Pelosi@uscg.mil.
Links to two popular blogs, the Coast Guard Compass, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary LIVE, have been added to the District 11SR Website, in the Member Involvement area. These blogs are produced by the Public Affairs Department of the respective organizations, and offer a continuous stream of news of interest to auxiliarists and active duty alike.
The two blogs join other online newsletters and magazines on our site, including our own District Newsletter, the Auxiliary Association's eBeacon Magazine and Sitrep Weekly, and Auxiliary's daily online magazine, the Navigator Express.
All of these online publications solicit news and articles from members.
Lieutenant Commander DesaRae A. Janszen, USCG, has been named Director of Auxiliary to succeed Commander Greg Matlin, whose watch ends 28 February 2012. LCDR Janszen is currently Waterways Management Division Chief for Sector San Francisco, where her duties include managing the Vessel Traffic Service San Francisco, the Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco, and the Waterways Safety Branch.
LCDR Janszen is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, and holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree. She has extensive experience on shore and at sea in a variety of operational and staff roles, and holds two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and six Meritorious Team Medals. She was selected for Commander in August, 2011 and will begin her tenure as DIRAUX at that rank.
For a more comprehensive biography, click here.
Once again, the District 11SR is soliciting Christmas toys from our members to be distributed to Coast Guard families. Age-appropriate donations are being sought for all age groups from toddler to teenager, and should consist of new toys or articles, in original, unopened packaging.
Members are urged to bring their donations to the Director's office during the months of November. Be aware that the cutoff date for distribution is not long thereafter, so please get your donations in by November 30th.
A copy of the flyer can be viewed/downloaded by clicking on the image to the left.
DIRAUX advises that volunteers are needed for the upcoming Coast Guard Family Day (see 2011 Coast Guard Day on August 4th is a Family Affair; Auxiliarists Invited, July 14, 2011, below). Specifically being requested are:
Also being solicited are the following people/items:
If you can volunteer for this fun event, please contact HS1 Juan Guevara at Juan.C.Guevara@uscg.mil.
In an article in the Fall 2010 Coast Guard Proceedings magazine, CDR David Chareonsuphiphat, Director of Auxiliary, 11th District Northern Region, outlined the value of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to the Coast Guard and the Nation.
In the article, CDR Chareonsuphiphat demonstrates that the Auxiliary returns 970% to 1,200% of each dollar the Coast Guard invests in the Auxiliary, notwithstanding the hundreds of lives and tens of millions in property damage saved. The article has been permanently posted on this site under Public Information > About Us > Value of the Auxiliary, and may be downloaded here.
The USCG Proceedings, formally called the Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council, the Coast Guard Journal of Safety at Sea, is the "voice" of the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Security Council. The 80-100-page quarterly publication is mailed to over 30,000 individuals and organizations each quarter. The audience includes a large segment of the private maritime industry population, including retired officers, fishing vessel captains, river pilots, ocean scientists, marine engineers, tug/tow boat operators, shipping executives, insurance operators, and maritime lawyers. Other subscribers include U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy personnel, mariners, reservists, Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation staff, and allied foreign national readers.Visit the USCG Proceeding Web site here.
CDR David Chareonsuphiphat has served with distinction in the U.S. Coast Guard for 24 years — 10 as a search and rescue helicopter pilot at Air Station Barbers Point and Air Station Los Angeles. He has served as the Pacific Area operations/budget/resource manager. He currently serves as the Director of Auxiliary, District Eleven, Northern Region.
The Coast Guard, in a recent ALCOAST, annnounced a photo contest and call for photos for Coast Guard Publications -- particularly upcoming Coast Guard Performance Report and Posture State publications. Winning photos will be featured in these publications, and winners will receive a plaque and further recognition via a future ALCOAST announcement.
Subjects being sought include execution of missions, recapitalized assets in action, arctic operations, joint operations, small vessel security risk containment, "green" initiatives, surge/contingency operations, and our people at work.
Photos are to be submitted individually via email, between now and 31 October 2001. A full contest description and instructions can be found in ALCOAST 470/10, available at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast/471-10_alcoast.txt.
An entertaining, 13-minute video featuring the United States Coast Guard Band in concert, and marching in the May 15th Armed Forces Day Parade at Torrance, CA has been produced by DCDR-12 Al Verdi, and may be seen online at http://gallery.me.com/christopherpheller/100159.The video celebrates both the event and the Auxiliary's participation with clips and montages from both the parade and the evening concert. The National Honor Guard is also featured.