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ALCOAST 033/06: CLARIFICATION OF AUXILIARY ROLES IN HOMELAND SECURITY

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ALCOAST 033/06
COMDTNOTE 3120
SUBJ: CLARIFICATION OF AUXILIARY ROLES IN HOMELAND SECURITY


A. MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT MANUAL, COMDTINST M16247.1D
B. AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M16798.3
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 011734Z APR 05


1. AUXILIARY INVOLVEMENT IN PORTS WATERWAYS AND COASTAL SECURITY
MISSIONS (PWCS) AT THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDER LEVEL HAS BEEN VARIED
AND WARRANTS CLARIFICATION. REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN REFERENCE A
AND FOR OPERATION NEPTUNE SHIELD (ONS) STIPULATE THAT PATROLS AND
MOST OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THIS MISSION AREA ARE CONSIDERED FEDERAL
LAW ENFORCEMENT. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, DUE TO THE OBVIOUS INHERENT
DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH THESE PATROLS AND THE LACK OF AUTHORITY FOR
THE AUXILIARY TO ENGAGE IN DIRECT LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES, NO
AUXILIARY FACILITIES WILL BE USED FOR THE PWCS MISSION. HOWEVER,
AUXILIARY PARTICIPATION IN CERTAIN SIMILAR NON-LE MISSION AREAS
WILL CONTINUE AS DISCUSSED BELOW.


2. AUXILIARY FACILITIES MAY BE USED TO CONDUCT THE NEWLY RENAMED
MARITIME OBSERVATION MISSION (MOM), FORMERLY DESCRIBED AS PWCS IN
SECTION 4.A.8.B OF REF B. THIS IS A NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT MISSION
WHOSE PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE INCREASED MARITIME DOMAIN
AWARENESS BY OBSERVING AREAS OF INTEREST AND REPORTING FINDINGS TO
THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDER WHILE MAINTAINING THE SAFETY OF AUXILIARY
PERSONNEL. SHOULD AUXILIARISTS OBSERVE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS DURING
THE COURSE OF NORMAL MULTI-MISSION PATROLS, THEY SHOULD RECORD AND
REPORT THE SAME IMMEDIATELY VIA MEANS OTHER THAN VHF IF FEASIBLE
BUT TAKE NO ADDITIONAL ACTION.


3. ALTHOUGH MOM WILL INCREASE THE COAST GUARD OVERALL PWCS POSTURE,
MOM HOURS CANNOT BE CREDITED ON THE ONS SCORECARD WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF AVIATION HOURS. AUXILIARY SURFACE FACILITIES ARE
UNARMED PLATFORMS THAT CANNOT BE UTILIZED TO CONDUCT ONS MISSIONS
THAT SPECIFICALLY REQUIRE ARMED COAST GUARD PATROLS. BECAUSE
AIRCRAFT CAN MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM POTENTIAL MARITIME
THREATS IN THE VICINITY OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND UNARMED
COAST GUARD AVIATION CAPABILITIES NORMALLY CONDUCT ONS MISSIONS,
AUX AIR MAY BE UTILIZED FOR AN OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS ONS SCORECARD
WHILE CONDUCTING AERIAL OBSERVATION UNDER MOM.


4. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL AUXILIARY FACILITIES BE USED AS
PICKET BOATS FOR SECURITY PURPOSES FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE,
VESSEL ESCORTS, OR NATIONAL SPECIAL SECURITY EVENTS. SURFACE
FACILITIES ARE STILL AUTHORIZED AND ENCOURAGED FOR USE DURING
REGATTAS, PARADES, AND PUBLIC EVENTS WHEN THE RISK OF AN
AUXILIARIST ENCOUNTERING A MARITIME THREAT IS NO GREATER THAN THAT
TO THE BOATING PUBLIC.


5. AUXILIARISTS MAY SUPPORT MARINE SAFETY COMPLIANCE VISITS AND/OR
SPOT CHECKS TO SHORESIDE MARINE FACILITIES OR SUPPORT OTHER
MISSIONS FOR WHICH THEY ARE QUALIFIED. HOWEVER, COMPLIANCE VISITS
MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT ASHORE AT FACILITIES
WHICH IS ONLY TO BE CONDUCTED BY ARMED ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS.


6. THE AUXILIARY MARITIME OBSERVATION MISSION IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH
ALL COAST GUARD MANUALS AND DIRECTIVES AND WILL BE REFLECTED IN THE
NEXT CHANGE TO REFERENCE B. OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS ARE OBLIGATED TO
ENSURE THEIR ASSIGNED AUXILIARY RESOURCES ARE PROPERLY TRAINED,
EQUIPPED AND MAINTAINED FOR ANY AUTHORIZED MISSION. A CAREFUL
ASSESSMENT MUST BE MADE OF AUXILIARY CREW AND EQUIPMENT
CAPABILITIES AGAINST THE OPERATIONAL SCENARIO WHEN DETERMINING
WHETHER AND HOW TO EXECUTE A GIVEN MISSION. OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS
AND AUXILIARISTS SHALL UNIFORMLY AND CONSISTENTLY APPLY PROPER RISK
ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES PRIOR TO AND DURING ALL OPERATIONS.


7. THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY CONTINUES TO BE A FORCE MULTIPLIER FOR
COAST GUARD OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS IN MANY MISSION AREAS.
COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE AUXILIARY ASSETS AND PERSONNEL TO
FULFILL NON LAW ENFORCEMENT DUTIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AORS.


8. POC IS LCDR KATHRYN DUNBAR (G-OCX-2) AT 202-267-1002.


9. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.


10. RDML C.E.BONE, DIRECTOR OF INSPECTIONS AND COMPLIANCE SENDS.
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OPERATIONAL DRESS UNIFORM (ODU) AVAILABILITY

 1 - The Coast Guard-wide ODU roll-out is now complete in that ODU orders by Coast Guard Auxiliarists are being accepted and processed by the Coast Guard Uniform Distribution Center (UDC) in Woodbine, NJ.

 2 - The UDC phone number for placing uniform orders is 1-800-874-6841. The UDC web site is http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-w/g-wp/udc/index.htm
 

3 - Auxiliarists are strongly encouraged to use the ODU sizing guide (available on the UDC web site under "ODU Uniform") because the ODU outfit is quite different from the working blue uniform.


Additionally, working blue uniform items are still available through UDC at significantly reduced costs and they are authorized for Auxiliary wear until no longer serviceable.


Auxiliary Interpreter Corp.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Interpreter Corps is a Division of the USCG Auxiliary International Affairs Directorate. Interpreters are members of the USCG Auxiliary and offer their linguistic skills to the US Coast Guard and other agencies of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information visit the Interpreter Corp Web Site.


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Revised Facility Damage Claim Process.

Smoother, easier, will result in faster payment of valid claims. Check with your FC for details.

 


"C" School Training Schedule. The beginning of the FY-04 class-convening schedule for Coast Guard "C" school is available at this time. Training Quota Management Center is working on the rest of it and has informed me that it will be ready soon, but gave no completion date. The above link will take you to the G-OAX web site and the C School schedule.


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