Response Mission Statment & Org Chart

The Response Directorate serves the US Coast Guard by ensuring that volunteer members are well-trained, qualified and equipped to support appropriate programs and are prepared to contribute to all authorized US Coast Guard activities present and future.

Our Bywords – ‘Safe, Effective, Adaptable, Fun’

  • Safe -
    • Appropriate Regulations and Policy Guidance
    • Trained – Initial and Recurrent training to provide safe, capable crews
    • To achieve our goal: Everyone comes back every time, without a scratch, without a doubt
  • Effective -
    • Missions accomplished professionally, competently>
    • Low cost and High Value to CG
  • Adaptable -
    • Willing to change as necessary to meet our goals
    • Not bound by past practices or “the way it’s always been done”
  • Fun -
    • Members have “feeling of accomplishment”
    • Patriotic pride
    • Using skills for public good

These precepts form the foundation of the Response Directorate and every strategy and decision we implement.

   The Response Directorate will:

  • Recognize that the member is the most valuable asset of the organization; train them well, encourage participation, personal achievement and satisfaction in all activities.
  • Continually strive to improve the quality and safety of the operations program.
  • Realize the true multi-mission nature in Auxiliary surface and air patrols by integrating elements of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) in all missions while underway or airborne.
  • Encourage cross training among all CG Auxiliary operational elements (aviation, surface, TeleCom, MSEP), CG active duty/reserve forces and local emergency response/law enforcement units.
  • Maintain strong communication and collaboration with CG Headquarters units, other Auxiliary Departments and external agencies or organizations.
  • Embrace new program opportunities that are consistent with the overall organizational strategies.
  • Encourage ongoing training for specific knowledge and skill sets to match evolving operational demands; promote member attendance in "C" school and other training opportunities.
  • Advocate good stewardship of limited resources.
  • Empower members at all levels to identify opportunities to advance the goals of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • Reinforce the responsibility of each volunteer member to honor their commitment to Coast Guard Auxiliary activities.
  • Recognize that our members are volunteers and they must find personal reward or satisfaction in their volunteer activity, and that, if they do not enjoy their participation in the programs, they are unlikely to continue to volunteer.

The bywords for the Response Directorate are “safe, effective, adaptable, fun”.  These bywords, and our core values, guide the management of all Response programs.  Our members must be safe, our work must be effective and our members must enjoy what they are doing.  We must balance the safety of our members and the boating public with the challenges of accomplishing our missions in support of the Coast Guard.  We must be ready and willing to adapt to changing conditions when necessary.  And we must be mindful that our members are volunteers, respect their contributions and work to make our programs rewarding, interesting and satisfying. (In a word, fun.)

Strategic Goals

  1. Determine the Coast Guard’s need for surface, air and communication assets and activities in normal and surge conditions.
  2. Provide strategies for the training and qualification of members.
  3. Research and evaluate technology advances and determine how technologies should be integrated into Auxiliary operations.
  4. Ensure that the supporting organizational infrastructure is in place to accommodate change.
  5. Provide all tools necessary for success in Auxiliary operations, including but not limited to, policy guidance, funding, reward systems and safety equipment.
  6. Leverage information system technology to improve processes and enhance communication.
  7. Value the contribution and be responsive to the needs and concerns of the member, including recruiting, retention and personal satisfaction.
  8. Continually evaluate our programs to improve safety and effectiveness


Response Directorate Job Descriptions

Select this link to see all the job descriptions for all positions in the Directoratet of Response.  The document covers the Directorate Director DIR-R, deputy Director DIR-Rd, Division Chiefs [DVC-RA, DVC-RS, DVC-RT, DVC-RE] Branch Chiefs, and Assistant Branch Chiefs.


Division Staff Officer Job Descriptions

These are the job descriptions for Division level staff officer positions that support the National Directorate of Response activities.