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The Responder January 2017

The latest edition of the Directorate News letter ( The Responder ) is now available.

The Responder Newsletter - January 2017 - Articles in this issue:

  • Be Sure Be Safe
  • Aviation Training
  • Standing the Watch
  • Are You Semper Paratus
  • The Hidden Risk Factor
  • Reminders

Required Annual TCT Refresher for 2017

Posted by: Bruce Pugh

The Team Coordination Training (TCT) refresher session is required in 2017 and is now available.  This annual requirement for all operations personnel includes the 2017 TCT Class slide Presentation, 2017 TCT Facilitator Resource Guide, and the 2017 TCT Participant Reference.  This is one and 1/2 hour refresher session, which emphasizes crew problem solving and the seven key components of Team Coordination Training (TCT). These documents are all in .PDF format.  The slide show is also available in a read only PowerPoint format on our Workshop Archives page.

The TCT refresher is only to be done in a workshop/group setting, as in all the past TCT Refreshers, and led by a facilitator/presenter. The presenter does not need to be qualified as a TCT Facilitator or AUX TCT Facilitator but should be currently qualified in one of the Response areas. It is also highly recommended that the leader be IT qualified

To download a copy of these presentations right-click on the links above and select "Save link as" from the pop up menu.

Important Note: All of the TCT materials must be reviewed and approved at several levels in the Auxiliary and on the Active Duty side.  This is to insure that all is in compliance with the latest and often changing CG and CG Auxiliary policies and procedures.

To insure that the material will be presented as reviewed and approved, we only publish them in PDF (or read only .pptx) format.  There are 3 documents, the facilitator presentation slides, a guide for the facilitator, and a guide for the student.

The PDF files may be presented in the same way that Power Point slides are displayed, either directly on a computer screen or projected.  Set Adobe Reader to display one page at a time, full frame.  Selecting the next page will allow the presenter to step through all of the slides of the presentation.

Surface/Telecoms/AUXAIR workshops for 2017

Important: The Operations Workshop is a Required workshop in 2017 for all Surface Operations team members (Crew, Coxswain, PWO)

Surface Operations

The Surface Operations workshop for 2017 is now available at this link in PDF format,or as a PowerPoint presentation at this link   This workshop can be given by any Auxiliarist qualified in the operations area, however an operations person who is also IT qualified would be better.  This is a mandatory workshop at the national level for 2017.  Presenters are encouraged to enhance this presentation with additional slides and any Operational materials that are appropriate to your AOR. Additionally for this year as this is a required course there is also a Facilitator pdf guide that also includes notations for some of the slides to clarify and reinforce the key points to be discussed.  That guide is available at this link.

The Response Directorate has again provided 2 additional optional workshops for 2017.  In addition to the required Operations Workshop for surface operations members we have updated workshops for the Telecommunications and AUXAIR teams.  These workshops are optional for 2017 but highly recommended for all Auxiliarists involved in any of these 2 critical areas of operations. 

Telecommunications Operations

The Telecommunications workshop (PDF) is meant as a refresher on good Telecoms practices. This workshop should be given by an Auxiliarist qualified as AUXCOM or TCO.  Recommended but not required for this person to also be IT qualified.  Presenters are permitted to enhance this presentation with additional slides and any materials that are appropriate to your AOR.  This presentation is also available in PowerPoint format

 Air Operations

The Air Operations workshop (PDF) is available at this link.  The AUXAIR workshop is only provided in PDF format.  In order to insure consistency for Air Operations across the country, the material in this workshop, for all AUXAIR personnel, should NOT be altered at the local level.

To download a copy of any of these presentations right-click on the links above and select "Save link as" from the pop up menu.


C-School for FY 2017

The latest schedule for C-Schools as of December 2 2016 is available at this link..

Updates to MPC (Maintenance Procedure Cards)

Posted by: Bruce Pugh

Updates have been made to several of the Maintenance Procedures Cards.  These are the detailed instructions for the bi-annual inspection of your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)  For anyone performing these mandatory inspections please make sure you are following the most current procedures. 

 These are restricted confidential documents and should not be released to anyone not authorized to perform these inspections.  You can find the current procedure cards on the Members only page at this link.

Auxiliary Communications Program SOP

Wed, 23 Mar 16  

The CG Auxiliary Communications program standard operating procedures guide is now available at this link.

The purpose of this document is to establish standard operating system procedures and guidelines to manage and conduct Auxiliary Communications Mission activities.

ALCOAST 231/15 Changes to RSS manual

Fri, 29 May 15   Posted by: Bruce Pugh

CH-1 TO RESCUE AND SURVIVAL SYSTEMS MANUAL, COMDTCHANGENOTE 10470 has now been posted at this link

The RSS manual references PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements for Coast Guard Forces.  This includes Auxiliary members involved in surface operations as well as Reserve and Active Duty personnel.  One of the key impacts of Change 1 for Auxiliary personnel is the 1 year waiver, until 01 June 2016, for compliance with some provisions of PPE equipment such as mandatory PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) for all crew members, as well as the Coxswain, when underway for surface operations.

Other changes from the RSS manual revisions implemented earlier this year impacting Auxiliary Surface operations remain in effect.

Navigation Rules FAQ

Tue, 28 Apr 15  
For information on getting a copy of the most current most up to date NavRules manual as well as answers to other frequently asked questions on navigation rules see this link to the US Coast Guard Navigation Center

SPECIAL AUXAIR SAFETY TRAINING EVENT

Wed, 05 Nov 14  
AUXAIR members, please be sure to check out this important Special Aviation Safety Event material, including messages from our leadership, a video regarding AUXAIR safety and Safety Event content material.

            Click this link for more info:  AUXAIR SPECIAL AVIATION SAFETY EVENT

 NACO Mark Simoni has  issued a message to all aviation personnel and staff, discussing the special training event and explaining how to complete the training requirement.  Please click on this link to view COMO Simoni's message. AUXAIR Mandated Safety Training Event Completion

Aux Air 101 For Leaders

Please click the following link for more information about : AuxAir101ForLeaders

  • AuxAir program regulations and structure
  • Responsibilities and functions within program context
  • Where to find relevant documentation
  • How to assist and manage District Aviation program leadership

SABOT and Operational Excellence Programs

Mon, 08 Apr 13   Posted by: John Parker
There seems to be some confusion regard SABOT program and Operational Excellence.

Operational Excellence is a nationally recognized program for boat crews to demonstrate operational efficiency and receive an award and recognition It is an optional program but is not pursued by many boat crews. Pursuing operational excellence is highly recommended by the Response Directorate. Information on the Operational Excellence program is available at: http://www.uscg.mil/directives/ci/16000-16999/CI_16794_4.pdf

SABOT (Standardized Auxiliary Boat Operator Training) is a pilot Ninth District boat operator (coxswain) training program that was rolled out in the spring of 2011 as a three year test period. It is offered as a Best Practice by the Surface Division of the Response Directorate for all districts/regions to look at and use if they so choose. It is not a national program nor is it mandatory that it be used, but it's use is highly encouraged by the Response Directorate to enhance initial as well as ongoing coxswain training. Information on SABOT can be found on the D9ER web site at: http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=092&category=ops-training-sabot

Auxiliary Order Mamagement (AOM) Has Arrived

Sun, 10 Mar 13   Posted by: Bruce Pugh

The AUXDATA Order Management system, which is the much-anticipated replacement for the legacy Patrol Order Management System (POMS) is now available.  AOM is not an “upgraded” POMS, rather, it is an entirely new program created just for the Auxiliary.  Click on this link for the reference guide and more information.

Boat Crew Mentor Guide

Posted by: Bruce Pugh

Mentors are the backbone of the USCG Auxiliary Boat Crew Program. Mentors are more senior members with experience in the boat crew program as a certified coxswain, boat crew or PWC operator who assume the responsibility of providing training for another member.  There is a new guide available to assist in this valuable program, click on this link.

SABOT,OE, AUX-RFO

Thu, 27 Sep 12   Posted by: Gary Taylor DIR-Rd

Wondering about what the difference is between SABOT, Operations Excellence, and RFO (Ready for Operations)?  Take a look at this comparison from D7 - Comparison of District 9E SABOT, District 7 AUX-RFO and Operational Excellence