Welcome to the Public Affairs Web Site


Welcome to the website of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs Directorate. We are proud to serve as the gateway for not only the public, but also our members who are looking to further their knowledge of the Auxiliary. The links that are provided will help reinforce the professional capacities of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This website contains information on the Auxiliary- from its history to tools on boating safety. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please let us know.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Rich Mihalcik, Director- Public Affairs Directorate 

 Public Affairs Directorate Mission Statement 

The Public Affairs Directorate engages and communicates with the public and stakeholder groups. It encompasses creative services, public affairs, publications, training and Web services. The Directorate serves the auxiliary and active duty Coast Guard by developing and distributing stories, photos and video to members, the public, and promotes a positive image of the United States Coast Guard. It reaches the right audience, with the right message, using the right communication tools, at the right time. It builds awareness, understanding, credibility, trust, and mutually beneficial relationships with external publics with whom the Auxiliary’s success depends.  

NACON Public Affairs Award Winners

Newest Issue of NAVEX Has Been Released for the Third Quarter!

Photo of the Month


MEMBER TRAINING - Appropriate and effective training of our members is key to a highly evolved, dynamic, effective, and efficient organization. Training enables us to become valuable partners with Active Duty Coast Guard, helping them meet mission objectives. Also, we meet our commitment to be of service not only to the maritime community, but the community as a whole. 

Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Stevie White.

 Click here to submit a photo for Photo of the Month! 

Winners of the Public Affairs Directorate Contests 

Publication Winners

Stepping Stone - Daniel Green

Hiawatha - Troy Stockers and David Caswell

Breeze - Dorothy Riley 

Photography Winners

Fellowship - Robert Fabich, Sr.

Member Services - Barbara Sama

Operations - Valerie Fernandes

Public Affairs - Donald Hunt

Public Education - Joann McCollum

Team Coast Guard - Jon Jeffery

Vessel Examination - John Moyer 

Public Affairs Event/Project Contest Winners

Auxiliary PSAs in Boating Magazines - Joseph Giannattasio

50 Year Service Exhibit - Mark Picciano

Public Affairs Video Contest Winners 

"Flotilla 59 Year in Review" - Flotilla 59

"Some Like It Hot: The AuxFS Program" - Thea Narkiewicz 

NACON 2017 Photo Stream


2017 Navigator Available Online! 

 (Click the picture to access)


Public Affairs Leadership Team


Rich Mihalcik, DIR-A


Tom Ceniglio

Tom Ceniglio, DIR-AdS

Deputy Director of Support

Thea Narkiewicz

Thea Narkiewicz, DIR-AdP

Deputy Director for Publication 

This is an official United States Coast Guard Auxiliary website for the public’s information. Our postings do not endorse this site or anything on it, including links to other sites, and we disclaim responsibility and liability for the site and its content.