Commodore Brubaker assumed his duties as the 31st District 17 Commodore on 1 January 2017. He is responsible for Coast Guard Auxiliary missions throughout the 3.78 million square miles and 33, 904 miles of coast line that is Alaska. Auxiliary missions include improving recreational boating safety through safety patrols, vessel safety checks, public education as well as numerous other missions designed to influence safe boating and augment the U. S. Coast Guard. The Commodore and his wife Tommie reside in Anchorage Alaska. For the last 19 years he has operated an Auxiliary Facility called Kindred Spirit in the Gulf of Alaska primarily in Prince William Sound as well as numerous safety patrols off the South Coast of Texas during the winter months. He has been involved in saving 7 lives and assisting 366 others during 467 patrols involving 2,870 hours and 99 cases.
The Commodore was commissioned on June 6, 1969 as an Adjutant General Corps Officer in the Regular Army. In 1972, he served in Vietnam as the Deputy AG of the 196th Infantry Brigade and later as the Personnel Management Officer for I Corps. In 1977 he attended 6 months of training as an Organizational Effectiveness (Development) Officer at FT Ord, CA shortly after the Army became an All-Volunteer force and later completed a Master degree in Agency Counseling from Indiana State University. During his 47 years of mostly government service he has served 24 years with the U.S. Army and Alaska Army National Guard, 17 years of Civil Service as a Human Relations Specialist and Training Program Manager with the FAA, 24 years as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and soon to be 21 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
In the 1994, then Major Brubaker commanded the 134th Public Affairs Detachment, Alaska Army National Guard. The unit deployed to Panama for an Army Training Exercise and Evaluation. Two teams of print and video journalist from the unit further deployed to Costa Rica and to Guatemala with a third remaining in Panama. The unit received the maximum score possible from the evaluation and at the time were the most deployment ready unit ever in the Alaska Guard.
The Commodore attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri from 1965 through 1967 graduating with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts. In 1969 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a commission in the Regular Army. In 1980 he graduated from Indiana State University with a Masters in Agency Counseling. His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Auxiliary Achievement Medal, the Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Medal and the Auxiliary Sustained Service Award.
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.
WHY JOIN THE AUXILIARY?
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOINING THE AUXILIARY
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.