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Flotilla 085-01-10 Grand Junction, Colorado unit emblem 

Flotilla 01-10 of Grand Junction, Colorado

The Grand Junction Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has been serving Western Colorado since 1974. The Coast Guard's motto is Semper Paratus, Latin for Always Ready.



The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939 and has grown to some 30,000 members. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in all of its non-military and non-law-enforcement missions. The Auxiliary has 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 marine dealers, and 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 of the Coast Guard's districts around the nation have assigned active-duty senior Coast Guard officers and staff to liaise and coordinate with the Auxiliary units in that district. In the 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.

That being said, the Auxiliary is responsible for more than recreational boating safety. Auxiliary members regularly serve alongside their active-duty Coast Guard shipmates, serving as communications watch standers, passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, 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 effort to attain them. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the U.S. Coast Guard!

Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older, requires no prior military experience, and you don't have to own a boat. No matter where you live, there's a flotilla near you. Find the unit nearest your zip code by clicking on Units at the top of this page. For more information about Auxiliary, its mission, and for dozens of reasons why you should join, click the Join Us Now! link on the left.

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