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Coast Guard & Auxiliary Join Forces for Gasparilla 2015
This year, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary units like Flotilla 72 worked together more closely than ever to keep the public safe during the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion of Tampa Bay. From manatee watch patrols to no wake zones and public affairs, Auxiliarists worked alongside active duty Coast Guardsmen during a major operation. Click here to watch a news coverage video of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary joining forces.
THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of Coast Guard Forces. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, it was re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. The 31,000 volunteer members (men and women) donate thousands of hours in support of Coast Guard missions.
The Coast Guard does more than just Search and Rescue, and with the exception of direct law enforcement and military action, the Auxiliary is there, side by side, working with regular and reserve Coast Guard units, every step of the way. We're found in every part of the United States, not just where Recreational Boating is found. Click here to learn more about The Coast Guard Auxiliary: Past and Present.
The National Organization is broken down along the lines of the Coast Guard Districts (some districts are further sub-divided for ease of administration). Districts are then sub-divided into Divisions, with these units further sub-divided into Flotilla's. The Flotilla is the mainstay of the Auxiliary, and every member must belong to a Flotilla.
We're serious about Boating Safely and Boating Safety. We provide public education on a wide-range of boating topics. We even have programs for kids!
In addition to being a major team member of the Coast Guard (our numbers exceed the current strength of the USCG), we are a social and fraternal organization.