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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Public Affairs Directorate

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Vision Statement

In the dynamic tapestry of digital communications, the Social Media Division stands as architects of influence. We craft online narratives, forge unbreakable bonds within Team Coast Guard and general audiences across social platforms. Meticulous content curation and engagement show our vibrant online Coast Guard Auxiliary community, perpetuating loyalty amidst our followers. Fueled by dedication, the Social Media Division sculpts exceptional digital experiences, shaping the Auxiliary's digital frontier. Spotlighting uncharted creativity, our platforms thrive on engagement, illuminating exceptional contributions of the Auxiliary. The Social Media Division cultivates innovation, each pixel a brushstroke on the canvas of online resonance. 


Hector "Rick" Corrales, DVC-AF
Division Chief for Social Media
Rick Corrales is a military veteran, and a celebrated figure in the creative industry. Rick's journey began with his enlistment in the United States Navy with Arduous Sea Duty orders where he navigated the uncharted waters of Desert Storm deployments. After his stint in the Navy and tragic losses during 9-11, Rick's thirst for justice led him to the United States Air Force. Here, he soared to new heights as a member of the multiservice Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). His dedication and prowess in the realm of healthcare caught the eye of the Surgeon General of The Air Force, placing him in a task force that would reshape medical care service training. This pivotal shift towards education propelled him into a position of leadership, handpicked to serve as the Chief of Training for the C130 Aircraft Maintenance Group at McGuire AFB, while simultaneously fueling his ambition to pursue a major in Adult Workforce Education.
Rick's journey didn't end there. In 2022, he transitioned into the Auxiliary, continuing his legacy of service by assuming the role of SO-PA for Division 23 in the Central Chesapeake Area and augmenting Team Coast Guard PA duties. Outside of his volunteering service, Rick's passions extended to the open waters and the realm of creativity. When he is not steering his boat through the waves, he is steering award-winning creatives and content development for global brands. His strategic brilliance manifests in captivating campaigns, earning him numerous national and international creative campaign awards. Rick's ability to infuse meaning and resonance into his work showcases his deep understanding of human connection and the art of storytelling.

  Byron “Nick” Voutsinas,
Branch Chief of Social Media Administrative
Byron graduated from Adelphi University with a double major in Business Administration and Economics with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Member of the Sigma Lambda honor society. While at Adelphi he was Captain of the Track and Field Team and broke the school record in Javelin. Continued his studies at Adelphi University and received a M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration.

After finishing his studies Byron decided to become an entrepreneur. With his love of food and working in the food industry since he was young, he opened his own restaurant, the Glen Cove Diner, a modern 125 seat diner with a classic twist. The entrepreneurial spirit continued and Byron obtained his Real Estate Licence. During the pandemic when his restaurant was basically shuttered, he went out and became his own independent Real Estate Broker. Opening up his own firm, Hillside Realty and Development with his wife Bliss. Covering southern New York counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Putnam and Dutches. Byron focuses on real estate development, commercial, property management and investment properties.

Byron joined the Auxiliary in 2015 becoming an Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP). He is an Instructor, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor Specialist and a Fingerprint Tech. He holds several positions at different levels from Flotilla up to National, all related to Public Affairs.  


Joseph “Joey” Feldman
Branch Chief of Social Media Instagram

Joey Feldman was born Houston and has been in the auxiliary since 2007, he joined the Auxiliary in Texas and most recently served as the FSO-operations for flotilla 06-09 at Air Station Miami.
Joey holds a BS in emergency and disaster management from the University of North Texas and works as a paramedic for the plantation fire department. Joey also augments Air Station Miami's external affairs department as a designated air station PAO, photographer and social media manager.


Matthew Micalizzi
Branch Chief of Social Media
Facebook & Twitter

Matthew joined the Auxiliary in June 2021 and is a member of Flotilla 014-01-03, in Islip, New York. He is currently pursuing his B.A. in Disaster Management, at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Matthew holds several Auxiliary certifications, including Public Affairs Specialist III, AUXOP, Boat Crew, and Vessel Examiner and is also certified as U.S. Coast Guard Incident Command System Staff.