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National Safe Boating Week May 18-24   
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JOSHUA MURRAY BOATING, SAFETY, EDUCATION AND AWARENESS CENTER

Grand Opening May 18 10 am - 2 pm

OPEN TO PUBLIC! 

Sneak preview of the graphic created by Division member and Lake Norman West Flotilla Commander, Sydney Newcombe, to be displayed at the new Joshua Murray Boating, Safety, Education and Awareness Center located at Blythe Landing, Lake Norman.

Division 054-26 US Coast Guard Auxiliary is proud to partner with local Law Enforcement to get this center ready and support the functions by teaching classes and performing vessel safety checks.

 

 What's Your WHY?

Recognizing outstanding work by one of our Division members, Sydney Newcombe, for receiving an award for performing 49 Program Visitations in 2023. 

 

Sydney's Story:

"There are many things that led to me joining the Auxiliary. When I was a child, me and my childhood friend would always play "military." We were always on some kind of mission to save the world. Fast forward a little, I'm sitting in my second grade classroom and the United States was attacked on September 11th, 2001. I very clearly remember watching the second plane crash into the second tower on the TV we had in the classroom. Even at that young age I was overcome with so many emotions. Throughout school I have studied the attack many, many times. Each time the need to join the military and fight back grew stronger and stronger. I also have many military family members to include my grandpa who was in the National Guard. So, I knew I would have my family's support. Unfortunately I ended up being medically declined. This crushed me! Fast forward, almost 10 years later and my college professor sends the class an email advertising the USCG Auxiliary. I didn't miss a beat and sent my application that night! I have always had the strong urge to serve and protect those around me. I want to help keep others safe and teach them how to do that and to be prepared in the event of disaster. The Auxiliary gives me the ability and opportunity to do that and be a part of something that is bigger than myself." - Sydney Newcombe

 

What's your WHY? 

Let us help you turn your possibilities into realities.

See our Join The Auxiliary page for more details!

 

 


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    WHAT IS THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY?

  • The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary serves as the uniformed, all-volunteer, civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

  • Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.

    The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention.  Each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.

    And in many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence!

  • But the Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety; we regularly serve alongside our active-duty shipmates serving as communications watchstanders, uninspected passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen "qualifications" open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!

  • Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. We are organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas. No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you. Find the unit nearest your Zip Code by clicking on "Units" at the top of this page. And for dozens of reasons why you should join, visit "Recruiting" or get in touch with us by phone or email at About Division 26,  You'll be glad you did!

  • PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT US BY EXPLORING OUR SITE. IT'S FOR EVERYONE!
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