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The Coast Guard Auxiliary is recognized for marking a special milestone as it celebrates its 82nd birthday.
Dating back to June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has a tremendous history of outstanding uniformed volunteer service, keeping both America’s waterways and its boating public safe. Born out of Congressional authorization to create the Coast Guard’s “Volunteer Reserve” force in 1939 and then further defined in U.S. Code in 1941, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and its talented and devoted uniformed volunteer workforce has supported Coast Guard missions along our nation’s coasts and inland lakes and rivers. Using their own boats and aircraft, Auxiliarists can be seen patrolling the waterways to offer vessel safety checks or flying above to assist active duty personnel in life saving search and rescue operations.
Thanks to Coast Guard Air Training Mobile for inviting us to lunch at the Officer's Club to celebrate the 82nd Birthday of the Coast Guard Auxiliary on June 23, and thank the Auxiliary for past support in helicopter drops and standing communication watches as operational duty officers. Special thanks to CDR Jack Souders, Executive Officer, and some of his staff for being our hosts. We also discussed future missions where we, the Auxiliary can be a force multiplier.