PPE Tracking and Inspection

Good day All, 

CG-BSX-12 is working with the District Operations Training Officers (OTO’s) on updating and correcting members’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recorded in AUXDATA II. The Office of Boat Forces (CG-731) establishes the policy and authorizes what PPE gear is issued to all Active Duty, Reserves, and Auxiliary for surface operations. CG-731 also establishes when and how PPE gear must be maintained in accordance with the applicable Maintenance Procedure Card (MPC). In order to release the new PPE functions in AUXDATA II, we are requesting that the current PPE issued to members be aligned with the correct makes and models and updated in the members’ PPE records. For example: the ONLY authorized Anti-Exposure Coverall (AEC) Make/Model is Mustang/MS2175v34, but AUXDATA II shows the member is issued an AEC with Make/Model as Mustang/MD3183v34. This is actually the Inflatable Lifejacket not the AEC and must be corrected.

OTO’s have been, and will be, working with select Auxiliary Rescue and Survival Systems managers to help update members’ PPE records and ensure the authorized PPE gear is issued and documented properly in AUXDATA II. If you are contacted about what PPE gear you have and the Make/Model of the PPE, please do not hesitate to provide and/or update the information requested.

In accordance with CG-731 policy, if PPE is not properly documented, issued, and maintained in accordance with applicable MPC, the PPE shall not be used, and the member may not get underway with that piece of PPE across all Active Duty, Reserves, and Auxiliary. This policy is strictly enforced on the Active Duty/Reserve side. PPE documentation, issuance, and maintenance are reviewed and enforced by a third-party entity every two and three years. This same standard is not being enforced on the Auxiliary side of the house. Auxiliary members are performing the same missions on the same waters as the Active Duty with a different standard when it comes to safety. BSX and OTO’s are working to correct this. SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT.

We need to make sure that authorized PPE gear issued to our members is properly recorded in AUXDATA II and that PPE gear is meeting all maintenance policies and requirements prior to each underway activity. This is a TEAM effort, and we are asking members to please provide PPE information when asked, and ensure your PPE is properly documented in AUXDATA II and the maintenance requirements have not exceeded policy. BOTH CAN HAVE IMPACTS ON RECEIVING ORDERS.

We are also requesting members who are no longer certified for surface operations and do not intend to recertify, to please return all Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary issued gear to their local flotilla.  Local flotillas that receive PPE, please work with your Chain of Leadership and Manafement (COLM) to return that gear to the District OTO.  Coast Guard procured and issued PPE gear is government property. Personally purchased PPE is not required to be turned in. 

Any questions with regard to this message should be directed to your District OTO through the COLM.


BMCM Travis R. Park, Chief                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Auxiliary Operations Management Branch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and  Boating Safety





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Uniform Inspections

Good Day Shipmates,

On September 23, 2023, the Chief Director of the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (BSX) announced that all Auxiliarists are required to stand for an annual uniform inspection by an elected leader no later than December 31st of each year.  So far, fewer than 30% of the membership have complied even though non-compliance will result in REYR for all certifications.  which will not be lifted until the inspection requirement is met.

Inspection may be done in person, virtually, or by submitting photos to an elected leader who is performing the inspection.  You may wear Tropical Blue (Trops), the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU), or the Alternative Work Uniform (AWU).  Members without a uniform are exempt from the requirement if the exemption is recorded in AUXDATA II by the unit’s Information Services (IS)  Officer.  Elected leaders should have their IS Officer enter the completion date of the inspection into the member’s record. This is a currency maintenance task.  

The inspection requirement is not Pass/Fail, it is an opportunity for elected leaders to assist Auxiliarists  whose uniform may be in need of maintenance or who may need guidance in wearing it properly.   The requirement recognizes that we represent both the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary and must alaways strive to bring credit and respect to both services by our appearance while in uniform.

Complete details on the inspection program are contained in BSX Policy Letter 23-02 that may be reviewed at:

AUX_UA_POLICY_LETTER_024A_FINAL_28SEP23_FOR_POSTING.pdf (uscgaux.info)  

If you are interested in tracking compliance, the Performance Directorate has created a report that may be reviewed at:


Very respectfully,

Agostino Formato, National Commodore

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

85 Years

Together… “One Team, One Fight” for 85 Years

D5NR Shipmates,

Since our inception in 1939 the Coast Guard Auxiliary has been an integral part of Team Coast Guard. We have a proven history of Proud Traditions and Worthy Missions in support of the Coast Guard and the public. Our birth was in direct response to the catastrophic events of WWII—50,000 Auxiliarists stepped forward in the defense of our nation. We are more relevant and needed today than at any point since WWII. To meet the current and future needs during these challenging times, the Coast Guard is reaching out for us to serve even more with the Active Duty and Reserves. And, meaningful ways to contribute are increasing every day.

As we celebrate our 85th Anniversary, please know that your service is not only recognized, but deeply appreciated at every level of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. Your energy and efforts truly make a positive difference every day.

Be proud this Anniversary of all that you do as I am honored to serve with you.

Thank you, keep safe and stay well. Happy Anniversary!


Semper Paratus,

COMO Kurt P. Sarac, Sr.
District Commodore
Fifth District-Northern Region
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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Rosen Centre Hotel Reservations Deadline for NACON 2024


We are rapidly approaching the Rosen Centre’s booking cutoff date of 19 JULY 2024.  After that date, rooms will only be available based on space availability and the room rate will be the regular hotel rate, not the less expensive Government rate.

Members attending under AuxA reimbursable orders must stay at the ROSEN CENTRE and must register for the conference and the Friday and Saturday night activities. Registration is available at the following site: https://www.cgauxa.org/nacon-2024.html.

Detailed information regarding the NACON schedule and activities are also on this website.