Congress established the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1939 as an organization of volunteers to promote boating safety and to augment the Coast Guard. Today, we celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 75th anniversary of dedicated and heroic service to our nation.
“The Coast Guard is much more than 39,600 active duty officer and enlisted personnel,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Our missions are far too many, and far too complex to accomplish with so few,” the commandant said.
This year, the Coast Guard Auxiliary delivered over 4.2 million hours of operational and administrative manpower to Coast Guard missions.
“Throughout my career, I’ve seen young Coast Guard men and women side by side with auxiliarists in our communications rooms, on boat decks, in station houses, in operating facilities and everywhere we serve,” said the commandant.”
Auxiliary instructors spent over 96,000 hours teaching boating safety classes, and its vessel examiners performed over 130,000 recreational and fishing vessel safety checks.Auxiliary operators also performed more than 66,000 hours of search and rescue mission support saving more than 470 lives and assisting approximately 13,000 members of the boating public.
“Auxiliarists do much more in those settings than provide a helping hand,” he said. “It’s the sage wisdom you share, the mentoring you provide and the ear to listen that our Coast Guard men and women rely upon,” said the commandant.
The Auxiliary provided sustained mission excellence to the nation and the Coast Guard during this diamond anniversary year, as it has throughout its proud history.
Much to the credit of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the number of boating safety-related deaths in the U.S. reached a historic low for a second consecutive year.
“We sustain mission excellence with our entire force of active, reserve, civilian and over 30,000 volunteer auxiliarists, said the commandant.”