Just as lake effect snow and northern Michigan are one, so are U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary aviation and Jim Johnson. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, Mr. Johnson currently serves as the assistant 9th District staff officer for aviation and the auxiliary air coordinator for the 9th District central region.
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Diamonds, rare as they are beautiful, are among the strongest and hardest known materials on Earth. It is perhaps fitting, then, that the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – rare in their talents and strong in their commitment to service – celebrated their diamond anniversary today.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that keeps the nation’s waterways safer and more secure. Civilian volunteers of the Auxiliary set the standard for completing the mission and the call to serve resonates through every member.
Established by Congress in 1939, today the Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of more than 32,000 volunteers who give more than 2 million hours of volunteer service every year. Arnie Geller has been an important part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 34 of those 75 years.
The only square-rigger in U.S. government service, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets an unparalleled leadership experience at sea. For nearly two decades, Auxiliarist George White has been part of that leadership experience. White, a member of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, served as a mentor to cadets aboard the sail-training vessel and was recently presented the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service.
This year the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates its 75th anniversary and this is the first of several articles that will describe how each decade contributed to the evolving relationship between the active duty Coast Guard and the Auxiliary. These are stories of bravery, honor and devotion to duty sprinkled with humor, common sense, American ingenuity and hard work.
Why I serve? A question every volunteer has to answer, and one that every Auxiliarist should reflect upon for the inspiration, enthusiasm and commitment they promised to their country and nation. I think there are fewer opportunities to serve and support our country in the maritime environment than volunteering with the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Richard Weiss, a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-2, inspects a life jacket during a vessel safety check. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg. Written by Geralyn M. Ryan, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8. While many boaters don’t think to wear their life jackets, most people also don’t