NACO Announces 2017-2018 National Staff Appointments

NACO(e) Richard Washburn announces appointments for 2016-2018 Commodore Washburn would like to thank all Auxiliarists who recently applied for 2016 – 2018 ANACO or Director positions. There were a record number of resumes submitted from highly qualified Auxiliarists, making the selection process extremely difficult. All candidates were interviewed and considered for the positions they sought.…

Outdated Marine Flare Disposal

Disposal of Unwanted/Outdated Pyrotechnic Devices Auxiliarists are sometimes asked to accept out-of-date or otherwise unwanted  pyrotechnic  devices for disposal.  Accepting such materials for disposal is not an authorized mission for the Auxiliary and may result in individual Auxiliarists taking possession of unstable and hazardous materials and becoming personally responsible for their disposal. Although some municipal…

National Elections Held at NACON 2016

Auxiliary National Commodores Elected On Friday, August 26, elections were held at the Auxiliary National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The National Leadership team for the 2017-2018 term was elected by the Auxiliary National Bridge.  Our leaders for this coming term are: National Commodore (NACO) – COMO Richard A. Washburn Vice National Commodore (VNACO) – COMO…

NACO Message on Clearing Backlog of Auxiliary PSI Investigations

NACO  Message to All Hands Clearing Backlogged Auxiliary Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) and Establishing New Provisional Membership Procedures   The National Commodore sent a message on May 9, 2016 to notify all Auxiliary members of efforts underway to clear the backlogged Auxiliary PSIs (a/k/a, “background checks”) submitted by new members over the past two years,…

NOAA Terminates Chart Updating Website

Navigation Systems Information NOAA terminates the Chart Updating website    As of April 19, 2016 the USCG Auxiliary Chart Updating Reporting Webpage (CUWeb) has been shut down permanently.  NOAA’s letter to the Auxiliary explains that because of increasing levels of federal IT security both the Auxiliary and US Power Squadron websites have been identified as security…

Secretary Johnson Announces New DHS Mission Statement

“With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.” The Secretary of Homeland Security has released a new mission statement that is intended for all DHS components and the approximately 226,000 personnel across the entire Department.  The above message is a result of thoughts contributed by many members from…

New Telecommunications Program Standards Announced

New Standards for Operations Approved and Published  The Office of the Chief Director of Auxiliary has released a new set of Auxiliary Communications Program Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). This set of SOPs provide descriptions and requirements of the Auxiliary Communications Program (ACP) along with a collection of guidelines for the conduct of specific Auxiliary communications…

Changes in Cuba Travel Regulations

Changes in Cuba Travel.  The Coast Guard announced in March, 2016 that it is removing the conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the country of the Republic of Cuba.  This change is detailed in the Federal Register at:  http://www.regulations.gov/ , using the link: USCG–2016–0201.