80th Anniversary Celebtation

DCDRs and FCs,

Today, 23 June, is the 80th birthday of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Your DCOS, Joe Giannattasio and I had the honor of representing you and our district at a celebration of the 80th birthday.  The event, hosted by our Director, Lieutenant Commander Victoria Taylor and Sector Commander Captain Scott Anderson, was held at the galley at Sector Delaware Bay on Thursday morning.  The Auxiliarists who work at Sector attended along with many other Auxiliary and Active Duty members.

Our relationship with our Active Duty, Reserve and Civilian Employee shipmates has never been stronger and we thank them for this recognition of our history.  Admiral Carl Schultz noted on his Facebook page today: “A Happy 80th anniversary to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary! Since 1939, Auxiliarists have volunteered their time and resources by land, air, and sea to ensure the safety of our waterways and support our servicemembers. To the more than 25,000 Auxiliarists serving communities throughout our Nation, thank you for your devotion to duty. Semper Paratus!”

On this day in 1939, Congress passed the Coast Guard Reserve Act, creating a cadre of civilian volunteers to supplement the activities of the Coast Guard. Two years later, the organization was reoriented and re-designated the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Here is a nice article about our birthday in the Coast Guard Compass: https://compass.coastguard.blog/2019/06/21/hrdd-coast-guard-auxiliary-80-years-of-awesome/.

Happy 80th Birthday!  Please thank your members for everything they do to make Joe and me so proud to be your District Commodore and Chief of Staff!


Thomas J. Dever, District Commodore

District 5 Northern Region

US Coast Guard Auxiliary