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 Feb 2nd 2018  -  The Auxiliary Leadership Courses for Leadership Competencies

 

The Auxiliary is increasingly asking for a minimal level of training and knowledge for members to move up in the organization. Initially it was Mandated Training. Now, completion of the Basic Qualification Course (BQCII) is needed for new members to move forward from Approval Pending (AP) status to any other Auxiliary membership status. These high expectations have reached leadership levels. We now have Leadership courses available to everybody. These courses are the 5 Leadership Competencies courses. Records of course completion are shown in your AUXDIR/OFFICER profile.

Leadership competencies are the knowledge, skills, and expertise the Coast Guard and Auxiliary expect of their leaders. They generally fall within four broad categories: Leading self, Leading others, Leading performance and change, and Leading the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Together, these four leadership categories and their elements are instrumental to career success of members, whether appointed or elected. Developing them in all members of the Coast Guard team will result in the continuous improvement necessary for us to remain Semper Paratus.

This leadership training consists of three components: (1) The Coast Guard Auxiliary leadership competencies, (2) responsibility levels and required levels of expertise, and (3) methods for gaining and demonstrating competency. There are five levels of training corresponding to the member’s level in the leadership chain from Flotilla Commander to Commodore. Members are free to study and test against any and all levels regardless of the members' current position. All passed levels are captured by AUXDATA and shown in the member’s AUXDIR/OFFICER record.

The Auxiliary Leadership Competencies Online course student study guide can be found on the National Training Directorate website at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=T-DEPT. Check with “What’s New” on the T-DIR website for additional links. Upon completion of the course at each level, you will need to log in to the National Testing Center at http://ntc.cgaux.org/ and then find and complete the appropriate test for the specific level that you wish to test for in order to earn credit for that level. You will find more explanatory material on the Leadership Competencies web page reference in “What’s New.”

 

 Feb 17 2017  -  Below Zero: Dressing for cold weather

Weather can be tricky. Even in 50°, if you’ve got 20 mph winds, temperatures actually drop down to near freezing. On days like these, it’s best to bundle up. Loss of coordination, rational thinking and motor skills can set in within minutes. If you must go outside, we've provided some great tips for dressing in cold weather. Click here for more information: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/below-zero-dressing-for-cold-weather/  

  Jan 1st 2017  -  The deadline for the Mandated Training has passed, Members who have not completed the training will no longer be able to be involved with activities for receive new ID cards. To get current do the mandated online training at: https://auxlearning.uscg.mil/

  Feb 15th 2017  -  The Birth of the Coast Guard Racing Stripe.

It was October 19, 1956. The USCG Cutter Pontchartrain received a call from a distressed passenger aircraft en route from Hawaii to California. The Pan American Clipper had lost an engine and was about to lose another one. The aircraft could not make land. The Pontchartrain was on ocean station1 and had the time to respond with a two-mile long frosting of foam on the water. The plane made a water ditch and within minutes two of Pontchartrain’s small boats were at the rescue site. All of the passengers were rescued. It is believed that once safely on board, one of the survivors exclaimed “thank goodness for the Navy.” This situation as well as many others proved that the general public did to not recognize the Coast Guard. Imagery was very important in 1961 to newly elected President John F. Kennedy. He began to remake the image of the president beginning with redecorating the White House interior and Lafayette Square. Kennedy called on a famous industrial designer, Raymond Loewy to redesign Air Force One. This successful redesign led to discussions to improve the visual image of the federal government. Click here for more info

  Feb 9th 2017  -  Cold Weather Boating – Off Season Months.

During the “off-season” months (for most October through April), it is even more important to practice safe boating. If you head out this cold weather season please remember some of these tips to help keep you safe: Click here for full article

  Jan 26th 2017  -  Below Zero Kick Off – Coast Guard’s Cold Weather Operations.

This time of the year tends to be ‘cooler’ – or for some much cooler – than other seasons, especially in the northern regions of our country. Click here for full article

  OCT 17th 2010  -  Tips for boat winterizing with ethanol fuel: Suggestions from Auxiliary Partner, Soundings Magazine

 Boaters are starting to winterize their boats. Considering the problems that ethanol-blended gasoline can cause, proper preparation of the fuel system and engine is a critical step in preparing a boat for winter storage. Gasoline with 10 percent ethanol (E10) has led to disintegration of fiberglass fuel tanks, the gumming up of fuel lines, and piston and valve failure. Two properties of ethanol cause problems in boat fuel systems. First, ethanol absorbs moisture - so it can cause water to collect in your fuel tank and fuel system. Second, ethanol is a solvent. It can loosen debris in the tank or fuel lines and allow it to reach the engine. Engine manufacturer representatives recommend using a quality fuel stabilizer and conditioner. The stabilizer should be added to the fuel tank before the seasonal layup and the engine should be run long enough to ensure that the stabilized fuel runs through the entire system.

 Empty or full? Opinions vary about whether tanks should be left empty, or about 95 percent full during winter storage. According to some experts, the benefit of leaving tanks empty is, that if there's no ethanol in the tank it can't absorb water and can't loosen deposits in the tank. According to other experts, the benefit of leaving tanks filled with treated fuel is that there's less likelihood of moisture forming in the tank from condensation and a topped-off tank minimizes the explosive fumes that can remain in an empty tank. The National Fire Protection Association calls for tanks to be topped off to minimize explosive vapors. Draining the tank may be an option for boat owners with small fuel tanks but for owners of larger boats, topping it off makes more sense.

 The rest of the fuel system also needs attention. Drain and replace the fuel/water separator and drain any fuel filters to the engine. You also should inspect all fuel hoses, and fittings. To determine the effect ethanol may have had on your fuel system, when changing the fuel/water separator, pour some of the gasoline into a clear jar and check the level of water and debris. If you see black specks in the fuel, you're looking at a potential ethanol problem. The black specks are typically pieces of rubber fuel line that has begun to deteriorate internally. If you find them, replace the affected fuel line with a new ethanol-resistant line.

[Posted: Oct 17, 2010. Source: Kelly Townsend, DVC-BL]

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