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Public Affairs (PA) assists in publicizing the missions and accomplishments of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the active-duty Coast Guard.

DSO-PA Charles Cobery
Charles William Cobery

Areas of Responsibility

  • Press Releases/Media Outreach
  • Historian/Photo Archives
  • Photography/Video/Graphics
  • Coastie
  • National Safe Boating Week
  • Public Outreach/RBS/Exhibits


Deputy DSO-PA Jane Smith DSO-PA/PQS Charles Cobery
NSBW Kit Galvin Speaker Bureau Bob Shabert
PA Photographer Tony Zocchi Sea Scouts Vacant
Social Media Vacant

About "Coastie" / History

Robot to encourage safety

Coastie is a remote controlled “robotic cartoon character” in the form of a Coast Guard tugboat. Two Coastie specialists are utilized in operating and presenting the RBS educational program; a remote control Coastie operator and an educator to interact with the audience. The remote-control operator can make Coastie move, talk, play music and wink its large eyes as well as, activate a search light, sirens and rotating emergency beacon lights. Children are attracted to Coastie as an interactive teaching platform; where educating youth about boating and water safety at an early age is significant in saving lives.

The educator and Coastie operator interacts and entertains effectively in controlled settings, such as K-5 school facilities and community youth centers. The Coastie educational program incorporates audience-participation skits, demonstrations, and safety messages such as “Life Jackets Float - You Don’t”.

Coastie can also be used at more open settings, such as civic festivals and boat shows; while engaging with all ages in ad-lib RBS conversations.

Coastie is a very effective Public Affairs and RBS accident prevention/educational interactive platform. All Coastie operators go through an educational training course and PQS prior to DIRAUX scheduling approval, transporting and operating Coastie at events.

There are four (4) "Coasties" in our District.

To reserve a Coastie for your event, please login to "Member Zone" to contact one of the individuals who coordinate Coastie activities within our District.

Coastie as a PA Safety Educational Tool

The DIRAUX Office has a trailer for Coastie.

This 5x7 trailer is government property and has a government license plate. Everyone that is wanting to tow the trailer with their vehicle must fill out the the Vehicle Facility Offer for Use Form and submit it to DIRAUX for subsequent entry into their record.

The towing vehicle must be able to tow a trailer whose maximum GVWR is 2990 lbs, have a hitch with a 2" ball and an in-line 4 pin light plug.

Vehicle Facility Offer for Use Form (Submit to DIRAUX)