US Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 11 Northern Region

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 11 Northern Region Since 1939, members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary have volunteered millions of hours in support of the Coast Guard and the recreational boating public.

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Operating as usual

Happy Birthday USCG🎉
08/04/2021

Happy Birthday USCG🎉

Happy Birthday USCG🎉

05/22/2021

National Safe Boating Week is in full swing at the Santa Cruz Harbor today!

YERBA BUENA ISLAND, Calif. — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Facility (OPFAC) Servant welcomes U.S. C...
05/08/2021

YERBA BUENA ISLAND, Calif. — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Facility (OPFAC) Servant welcomes U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Fagan to participate in a Marine Observation Mission (MOM) and Aids to Navigation (ATON) verification patrol on the San Francisco Bay on Saturday, May 1, 2021. ATON and bridge verification are critical to maintaining safety and navigation through America's waterways. From left: VADM Linda Fagan, COMO Mary Kirkwood, Tiffany Townsend, Gregory Olsen, Stephen Busch, James Losi. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Tiffany Townsend.

YERBA BUENA ISLAND, Calif. — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Facility (OPFAC) Servant welcomes U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Fagan to participate in a Marine Observation Mission (MOM) and Aids to Navigation (ATON) verification patrol on the San Francisco Bay on Saturday, May 1, 2021. ATON and bridge verification are critical to maintaining safety and navigation through America's waterways. From left: VADM Linda Fagan, COMO Mary Kirkwood, Tiffany Townsend, Gregory Olsen, Stephen Busch, James Losi. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Tiffany Townsend.

Hey members! The May-June webinar training calendar is out.
04/29/2021

Hey members! The May-June webinar training calendar is out.

Take an online boating course to keep your skills ship shape!
04/25/2021

Take an online boating course to keep your skills ship shape!

Take an online boating course to keep your skills ship shape!

The U.S. Coast Guard is inviting families to Bring Your Children to OUR Work Day on April 22.Throughout that day, our Fa...
04/19/2021

The U.S. Coast Guard is inviting families to Bring Your Children to OUR Work Day on April 22.
Throughout that day, our page will feature 25+ virtual field trips to Coast Guard units around the world. Think of them as guided tours, with an active duty member welcoming children (grades K-12) onto our cutters, helicopters, airplanes and bases. The event is open to both Coast Guard families and the general public, in honor of the work America's parents are doing to help keep the country running throughout the pandemic.
#MonthoftheMilitaryChild #Ready #Relevant #Responsive

https://www.facebook.com/UScoastguard

The U.S. Coast Guard is inviting families to Bring Your Children to OUR Work Day on April 22.
Throughout that day, our page will feature 25+ virtual field trips to Coast Guard units around the world. Think of them as guided tours, with an active duty member welcoming children (grades K-12) onto our cutters, helicopters, airplanes and bases. The event is open to both Coast Guard families and the general public, in honor of the work America's parents are doing to help keep the country running throughout the pandemic.
#MonthoftheMilitaryChild #Ready #Relevant #Responsive

https://www.facebook.com/UScoastguard

03/31/2021
Attention Auxiliary members- a variety of training opportunities are only a click away! Go to the linked district traini...
03/29/2021

Attention Auxiliary members- a variety of training opportunities are only a click away!
Go to the linked district training calendar for a listing of upcoming online training sessions,

http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=113&category=member-training

Attention Auxiliary members- a variety of training opportunities are only a click away!
Go to the linked district training calendar for a listing of upcoming online training sessions,

http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=113&category=member-training

U.S. Coast Guard announces new law requiring use of engine cut-off switches
03/22/2021
U.S. Coast Guard announces new law requiring use of engine cut-off switches

U.S. Coast Guard announces new law requiring use of engine cut-off switches

Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress.

03/18/2021
03/17/2021

Which famous lighthouse keeper has a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter and a lighthouse named for them?

You guessed it... heroine Ida Lewis!

Lighthouse Keeper Ida Lewis (February 25, 1842 – October 24, 1911), from our predecessor U.S. Lighthouse Service, is known for her daring rescues off the coast of Rhode Island, for which she received the Gold Lifesaving Medal. (The U.S. Lighthouse Service consolidated with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939.) She is credited for saving 18 lives in her career.

More recently, in 2018, a road in Arlington National Cemetery was named for Ms. Lewis, the first road there named after a woman.

For more info: https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Notable-People/All/Article/1862507/idawalley-zorada-lewis-wilson-keeper-uslhs/

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Collection.

#womenshistorymonth
#lifesavers
#Heroine
#lighthouse
#IdaLewis

The Coast Guard Auxiliary continues to support Recreational Boating Safety by on-the-water Safety Patrols in the Santa C...
03/07/2021

The Coast Guard Auxiliary continues to support Recreational Boating Safety by on-the-water Safety Patrols in the Santa Cruz area. To ensure ongoing proficiency, continuous training is performed on our patrols including “Man Over Board” (MOB) drills and other essential skills. Position and condition of aids to navigation are documented while out on Monterey Bay.

03/02/2021

As Women's History Month kicks off, the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates and honors all past and present servicewomen and their families for their sacrifice and willingness to keep this country safe. Join us throughout the month as we spotlight, shoutout and salute the women of the #USCG. #WomensHistoryMonth #MilitaryWomen #SemperParatus

Pictured: twin sisters Genevieve and Lucille Baker who were the first uniformed women to serve in the United States Coast Guard in 1918.

02/21/2021

The #1 rule for boating safety is always wear a life jacket!

The best way to survive an accidental cold water immersion is to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. It will help keep your head above water and keep you afloat, especially with the threat of hypothermia.

#wearit
#safeboating
#uscgaux

When venturing out on the coast or bay, you need more than just a cell phone for safety!
02/13/2021

When venturing out on the coast or bay, you need more than just a cell phone for safety!

When venturing out on the coast or bay, you need more than just a cell phone for safety!

02/10/2021

#FacesOfTheCoastGuard
"As an Auxiliarist, I've been privileged to be a member of Team Coast Guard since June 2018. Whether performing Vessel Safety Checks; serving as Boat Crew on local lake/river patrol; as Medical Officer aboard the United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE; or working in various land-based Coast Guard clinics, I've never regretted my decision to join. While learning new skills, meeting new people, discovering new places and taking part in new adventures are all rewarding aspects of the Auxiliary, perhaps the greatest reward is being part of an organization that does the important day-to-day work of protecting people.

My earliest personal association with the military began in 1966 when I enlisted in the U.S. Army. In October of 1967, our unit (3rd Battalion 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division) deployed from U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Phan Rang, Republic of Vietnam. Twelve long months later, a young (21-year-old) Staff Sergeant returned home in one piece, happy to be alive.

With a young wife, a high school diploma and no steady job, I was fortunate to learn the trade of a structural ironworker, which provided our growing family with a good income during the early years. When our second child was diagnosed with a devastating illness, the hospital became a sort of home away from home. There, I became interested in medicine, returned to college (pre-med) while working part-time as a steel fabricator/certified welder, and eventually gained admission to medical school. As a US Army Health Professions Scholarship recipient, I was back in the Army. Assignments included initial graduate medical training at Madigan Army Medical Center, completion of the Tropical Medicine program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins and Flight Surgeon School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Since leaving Active Duty, the bulk of my medical practice has been Emergency and Family Medicine. Currently, my practice is limited to Addiction Medicine and separately, intermittent service as a General Medical Officer for the Coast Guard.

Since joining the Auxiliary, I've been afforded the opportunity to work with and learn from a goodly number of our Nation's finest uniformed protectors - from junior enlisted seamen to senior flag officers. For this, I am very grateful. Semper Paratus!"

Dr. Robert B. Andrews, Jr. DO, MPH
Medical Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

02/09/2021
01/30/2021

January 29 is Laura Hecox Day in Santa Cruz! As a Keeper of the Santa Cruz Lighthouse for more than 33 years, Laura helped guide mariners to safe waters. As a naturalist, she collected specimens that became the beginnings of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. The U.S. Lighthouse Service she served later merged to become part of today's U.S. Coast Guard.
Explore the life and legacy of this inspiring Santa Cruz resident: https://www.santacruzmuseum.org/laura-hecox-collections/

11/27/2020

Auxiliary boat crew members from the Capitola Flotilla in District 11N patrolled waters of Monterey Bay yesterday. They followed safety protocols and local guidelines. Boat crew, including Immediate Past Deputy National Commodore Wally Smith and Jane Dechantel Smith- District Staff Officer Public Affairs, indicate this is their first patrol since before March.

Photo Credit: Jane Dechantel Smith, D11N DSO-PA.

Canadian Armed Forces Operations
12/02/2017

Canadian Armed Forces Operations

Latest success for HMCS Nanaimo on Operation CARIBBE. Despite rough seas and bad weather, the ship tracked and intercepted a suspect vessel on November 21, enabling a US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment to seize approximately 1511 kg of co***ne.

Earlier in the month, on November 11, HMCS Nanaimo and the US Coast Guard team disrupted approximately 750 kg of co***ne when they approached a suspect vessel and its contraband was thrown overboard.

Bravo Zulu to the crew of HMCS Nanaimo and the embarked US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment. We're proud of their work during Op CARIBBE.

Joint Interagency Task Force South U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Armed Forces

10/27/2017
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

Check out this video of our most recent low-profile vessel interdiction by Coast Guard Cutter Active. The crew boarded the vessel at night in less than ideal conditions to seize more than 3,000 pounds of co***ne and apprehend four suspected smugglers.

Low-profile vessels are specifically designed for smuggling illicit cargo such as drugs, weapons and cash. These smuggling vessels ride low in the water to reduce their radar signature, have multiple outboard motors to allow them to travel at high speeds and are painted to blend with the water to avoid detection from military and law enforcement authorities operating in the region.

The crew of Active just unloaded 6,500 pounds of drugs in San Diego including drugs from this case. Read more here - https://goo.gl/2psDCw.

#USCG #Military #LawEnforcement

10/14/2017
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

Our mobile emergency response vehicles are providing critical communications to support the California Wildfires response & recovery efforts.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
10/03/2017
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Our partnership with multiple agencies continues as we continue to aid residents in Puerto Rico. A video is available. Enjoy!

10/03/2017
DVIDSHUB

DVIDSHUB

A C-5M from the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., makes two trips to Puerto Rico, delivering search and rescue equipment and personnel after the island was struck and devastated by Hurricane Maria. https://dvidshub.net/r/naolwc

10/03/2017
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest

We started off San Francisco Fleet Week with a splash!

This morning, Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb launched the yellow buoy to mark the center of the fleet week security zone. This 7,800-pound buoy will also serve as a reference point for U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilots during the air shows later this week!

Mariners, please be sure to monitor VHF-FM channel 16 for up-to-date security zone information.

#fleetweekSF

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to return to homeport following counter-smuggling patrol
04/02/2017
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to return to homeport following counter-smuggling patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to return to homeport following counter-smuggling patrol

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Stratton and crew are scheduled to return to their homeport in Alameda Sunday after a 98-day patrol, consisting of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and several weeks of training and drills off the coast of Southern California. The Str...

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Reaching out to all Aux certified Spanish interpreters (INT) that are interested, available and willing to deploy to Texas. Some of you may have already received an email from the I-Directorate. Those of you that have not, please respond to the I-Directorate if you are able deploy. [BC-ISM] #hurricaneharvey
We're sorry to hear of the passing of local ocean sports pioneer Jack O'Neill. Mr O'Neill supported Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 67's boating safety efforts during our early years. He's pictured here 50 years ago this month, standing in the center, watching Santa Cruz Mayor Samuel Leask sign a proclamation concerning National Safe Boating Week. We wish him fair winds and following seas.