Commodore Gary P. Barth
Immediate Past District Commodore
The Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by U.S. Congressional legislation on June 23, 1939. We have grown and matured since then, which has been recognized by the Federal Government and the Coast Guard by continuing to expand our missions and responsibilities.
During the 1940’s we helped to guard our coasts against German submarines and other threats. In the 1950’s the Auxiliary became more seriously involved in educating the boating public, performing free safety checks on recreational boats, and assisting the Coast Guard in search and rescue. A major focus during the 1960s was bringing a national organizational structure into being, and starting a national publication. During the Vietnam War, the Auxiliary began to become a true force multiplier by performing duties and filling stations left empty by active duty who were serving on cutters in Southeast Asia. The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were characterized by Auxiliarists beginning to help with natural disasters, assisting mariners in distress, attending to marine safety and protecting the marine environment in addition to conducting safety patrols, and standardizing training for crew and coxswain.
It takes a strong continuing desire, support from our families, and time commitment to be successful in the Auxiliary. We volunteer not only our skills, talents, and knowledge, but our boats, planes, and radios. We buy our own uniforms, and pay dues. We train to become certified in specialties and mission areas in order to serve, and we train to become better at what we do and to always be prepared (Semper Paratus). Fellowship was a cornerstone from the very beginning, and continues to be a significant part of being a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
In return we make great new friends and consider our shipmates as part of our family, learn new skills, and develop pride and satisfaction in our successful missions. Earning the respect and gratitude of the boating public and serving as a relevant member of Team Coast Guard, we make a difference.
Do consider joining us to give back to your community, your country, and the Coast Guard.
COMO Gary P. Barth