Recently, President Obama has called the nation to service. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have been answering that call for over 75 years.
Auxiliarists have answered America’s call following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the aftermaths of Hurricanes Charley, Wilma, Katrina, Rita, Dennis and Ivan. Most recently the Auxiliary, America’s Volunteer Guardians, were on local waterways, bays and canals helping area boaters, performing free vessel safety checks and teaching boating safety.
While it has been decades since the end of World War II, many veterans continue to serve. Volunteerism has become a way of life for many, who find the boredom of retirement too much to take sitting down. Both veterans and non-veterans alike are finding personal satisfaction within the Coast Guard Auxiliary by learning new skills, tackling local challenges and taking personal responsibility to help to improve our boating community.
The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our Fort Myers Beach citizens, ports, and waterways. We balance our missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security and other challenges that emerge as a result of a post-9/11 era.
No experience necessary. The primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Recreational Boater Safety where we offer free classroom, internet based and on the job training.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a perfect fit for those residents looking to answer the President’s call to service. Membership is open to U.S. citizens, at least 17 years old, and able to pass a basic background check. There is no upper age limits or height/weight restrictions, although for operational activities, members must be physically able to perform certain tasks.
For more information on how you can become one of America’s Volunteer Guardians visit bit.ly/USCGAuxFMB or call 888-253-3584.