Semper Paratus “Always Ready.” Who doesn’t love the Coast Guard? In Southeastern Connecticut, The Navy “owns” Groton; The Coast Guard Academy “owns” New London. When we lived in the area, catching sight of a submarine traveling on the Thames River was always interesting. But oh, what a beautiful sight to see the Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, arrive in New London.
Being a cadet or serving in the Coast Guard–in any capacity–is not for the fainthearted.
The Coast Guard Family consists of Active Duty, Reserve, Civilian, Auxiliary, and families.
“Coast Guard Authorization Act, passed by Congress in 1996, allows the Auxiliary to assist the Coast Guard, as authorized by the Commandant, in the performance of any Coast Guard function, duty, role, mission or operation allowed by law.”(LINK)
Flotilla 15-2 serves the CG’s small station on Lake Champlain (Burlington). I used to read about their safe boating programs in the BFP. They rescue yahoos ice fishing, watch for bad things like illegal drugs, and most important, keep a sharp look-out for the lake monster Champ.
Best of all, Auxiliarists get to pilot cool cutters like the one below. (I want one.)
You can be an oldie Auxiliarist: This story about a 76-year old Suffolk, Long Island retiree might engender a bit envy–all that lovely water and beachfront to gaze upon.. (STORY LINK); This area is home of wild Montauk, Fire Island, bays galore (and the very rich on weekends).
Nevertheless, if hankering for some very active volunteering? Check out the Aux. Coasties. It’s a non-military organization under Homeland Security; it saves taxpayers money and saves lives. What’s not to like?