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Dave Brubaker DCOS


About the District Chief of Staff

Where I’m from:
 Born in: Grinnell, IA 1946-1958. Shortly after WWII, Dad converted a closed gas station into our house that still stands.
 Raised in: Guthrie Center, Iowa 1958-1965. Dad purchased a NAPA store and built it into 7 stores in Western Iowa.
 States/Countries I’ve lived in: IOWA (Grinnell, Guthrie Center); ALASKA (FT Richardson, Eagle River, Anchorage, Whittier) MISSOURI (Lexington); GEORGIA (Columbus & FT Benning); VIETNAM (Danang, Camran Bay, Saigon); VIRGINIA (Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton); INDIANA (Oaklandon, FT Ben Harrison); TEXAS (Brownsville).
 In AK since: February 1, 1981
Current Work: Retired. (24 yrs US Army {14 yrs active duty-10 yrs AKARNG}) (Civil Svc, 17 yrs in FAA) (24 years as an Adjunct Lecturer at UAA)
 Family: Tommie and I have been married 32 yrs and together have 7 children. 2 in Texas, 1 in CA, 2 in AK, 1 in upstate NY and one in Birmingham, England.
 I Joined the CG Auxiliary because: I believe the CG Auxiliary is one of the best ways to preserve the vision of our country i.e. that we can enable Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and do it in an orderly, civilized and safe manner. After 59 combined years working with the Federal Government, I’m convinced we need to reinforce our efforts to FACILITATE and INFLUENCE the public, to gain their willing compliance and decrease our frequently vain reliance on enforcement and laws.
 Experiences I’ve had:
Army Personnel Officer – 197th Inf Bde, FT Benning, GA / 196th Inf Bde, DaNang, RVN / 172nd Inf Bde, FT Richardson
Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officer – Soldiers Support Center, FT Ben Harrison, IN
Public Affairs Officer – 134th Public Affairs Det, 207th Infantry Group, Alaska Army National Guard
Human Relations Specialist & Training Program Manager – Alaskan Region, FAA
Adjunct Lecturer (Leadership, Quality, Communications) – University of Alaska Anchorage 1982-2006.
 Skills I have include: Facilitation - I hate power points and love experiential learning.
AA in Liberal Arts – Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, MO - 1967
BA in Political Science – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – 1969
MS in Agency Counseling – Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN - 1980
 I define leadership as: Letting other people have your way. We must lead people and manage things!
 CG Aux Qualifications I hold include
IT – Instructor AUXSCE Course AUXOP Aux TCT
VE – Vessel Examiner Air Observer Boat Crew/Coxswain
WS- Watch Stander APC QE-Qualifying Examiner
 CG Aux Offices I’ve held include
Whittier FSO-PB - 1998-1999 Whittier FSO-OP - 2001, 03, 11, 12, 14 DSO-AV - 2004, 05
Whittier FSO-CM - 1998 Div II Vice Capt - 2004-2005 DSO-OP - 2012-13
Whittier VFC & FC - `99 & 2000 Div II Commander - 2009 D17 CAPT - 2013

Under the general direction of the District Commodore (DCO), the District Chief of Staff (DCOS) is responsible for the internal operations of the District, with supervision over the District Captain (DCAPT) and all appointed District Staff Officers (DSOs) except those designated to report directly to the DCO.

In addition, the DCOS:

  •  Serves as a member of the District Executive Committee;
  •  Acts on behalf of the DCO when the DCO is out of the District or has designated the DCOS to do so;
  •  Maintains an open line of communication with all Auxiliary Personnel reporting directly or indirectly to the DCOS;
  •  Maintains an open line of communication with the DCO and keeps the DCO briefed on all actions emanating from the staff reporting to the DCOS.

Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (the Auxiliary) has served as the civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, the 30,000 volunteer men and women of the Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation.
Each year, Auxiliarists save almost 500 lives, assist some 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 150,000 courtesy safety examinations of recreational vessels, and teach over 500,000 students in boating and water safety courses. The results of these efforts save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.


Be Part of the Action & Help Save Lives
Since the recreational boating population in the United States is growing rapidly, the Coast Guard Auxiliary needs a few good men and women like you. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the right place for you! Either through on- water Operations, the Auxiliary's Public Education Program, Courtesy Examination Program, Radio Watchstander, Coast Guard Recruiting, Marine Environmental Protection or Coast Guard Administration.

Increase Your Skills.

The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized training on all aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration. Auxiliarists receive valuable training in seamanship and related skills, and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better and safer boaters.

Support the Coast Guard
Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to many local Coast Guard units. You can wear the Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform and become part of Team Coast Guard. When you qualify through training, you can take part in Search and Rescue operations, stand radio watch at the Coast Guard Station, work with the Marine Safety Office on pollution matters or work in the Recruiting Office.

Service to Your Community
Auxiliarists aren't paid with money, but with satisfaction. We furnish and maintain our own equipment and can choose to participate at a level tailored to our individual capabilities. We provide boating safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational vessel for safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the waterways.

Enjoy Fun & Fellowship
In all activities, enjoy fellowship - the good company of other Auxiliarists at meetings and training sessions, on patrols and other missions, and at ceremonies and social events. One of he Auxiliary's trademarks is good old-fashioned hospitality. Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome to attend one of our flotilla meetings. In addition, dedication to boating safety provides the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in cruises and rendezvous. You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, training sessions, patrols, CMEs, classes, and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships. Knowing that you belong to a special group of people that directly participate in helping save lives gives your Auxiliary membership a special meaning.

Please feel free to contact us either by telephone or via ONLINE FORM. Your inquiry will be forwarded to an Auxiliary member who lives in your general area for follow-up.
Depending on which area of Alaska you boat at there are different Flotilla's that operate around the state. However, if you live in Anchorage or Fairbanks, the members of those flotillas boat in different locations like Seward or Valdez or Whittier! It is all a matter of investigating the different choices or you just might want to join up with the flotilla your friends belong to or boat out of! You can get more information on the different flotillas under the Visitor Information link above, just go to the Local Flotilla Websites menu and chose from the list.