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 and 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.  

Click here for the newest Audio PSAs for NSBW! 

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

Photo of the Month


Fleet Week Patrols

PORTLAND, Ore. - USCGAUX Patrol Vessel in support of Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week. The surface vessel acted as the AUXPACOM and directed all "escorted" traffic through the establish security zone surrounding the US Navy ships docked at the sea wall in downtown Portland, Oregon. This annual event has been staffed by Auxiliarists for over 16 years. USCG Auxiliary photo by Kimberly Johns.

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

Winners of the Public Affairs Directorate Photography Contest 

Fellowship - Douglas Manifold

Marine Safety - Roger Bazeley 

Member Services - Judi Bidwick

Operations - Jane Ulewicz 

Public Affairs - Michael Goldberg

Public Education - Roger Bazeley

Team Coast Guard - Constance Irvin

Vessel Examination - Susan Lander 

NACON 2016 Photo Stream


2016 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.