USCG Auxiliary celebrates 70 years, swears me in as a member

by Tim Flanagan on June 24, 2009

I’m not suggesting that the two events are necessarily related, website like this but here are the facts:

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Also yesterday, cure I was sworn in to the Auxiliary aboard the icebreaker Polar Star at Pier 36 in Seattle.

Coincidence? You decide.

Here’s the national press release:

WASHINGTON —  Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen presented the Auxiliary with a Coast Guard Unit Commendation award Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters as part of the Coast Guard’s celebration of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 70th anniversary.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the finest all-volunteer organization in our nation, clinic ” said Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard. “It is an integral part of our Coast Guard. We simply could not meet the challenges we face or conduct the missions we do on a day-to-day basis without their selfless devotion to duty.” [Read more…]

Meanwhile, the USCG Auxiliary District 13, Flotilla 24 meeting was held yesterday evening aboard the USCGC Polar Star. Here’s the view from the flight deck:

The swearing-in, in progress. [Photo by Sarah Wilhelm.]
I’m the one in the middle, wearing “tropical blue”. (That’s a little joke for my USCG friends, because the auxiliarists on the left are wearing a uniform standard called “tropical blue”, and I’m wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt.)

Flotilla Commander Craig Smith presides over events while I show off my new credentials. [Photo by Sarah Wilhelm.]

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Connie Braesch June 25, 2009 at 3:59 am

Congratulations and welcome to the Coast Guard family. Thank-you for your service! BTW, I love your version of Trops. I just might have to try that myself….

Connie Braesch
CG Public Affairs Officer

2 Paul Roszkowski June 25, 2009 at 4:22 am

Congrats Tim, welcome to the family.

Chief Paul Roszkowski,
Ast. Public affairs Officer,
13th Coast Guard District

3 Lt. Nadine Santiago June 25, 2009 at 6:05 am

Congratulations! What a fantastic coincidence ;)

4 Ryan Erickson June 25, 2009 at 6:47 am

Well it’s not everyone that will be able to say they became an Aux member on the 70th year of its creation. Congrats Tim!

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