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D5NR Spring 2024 DTRAIN!

Fellow Auxiliarists,

Spring District Training & Awards Banquet is coming up fast!
It’s time to get back together. We are returning to the same location where we had Spring 2023 DTRAIN. The Member Training Team and Conference Coordinators have been working hard to bring you an outstanding variety of courses, workshops and meetings—truly something for everyone!

The District Board Meeting, open to all members, will be on Friday Morning. Scheduled events and training for members will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Be sure to join us for Fun Night on Friday!

You will hear from the U.S. Coast Guard Active Duty about exciting new opportunities for D5NR Auxiliarists at our Annual Awards Banquet Saturday evening. There will be special awards for members and recognition for the amazing contribution of our entire team.

Every District member is encouraged to come join us for the entire DTRAIN weekend, or just for a day. Your time will be well invested while having a great time, gaining valuable knowledge, and making new friends. I’m looking forward to meeting with everyone and having a chat.

Looking forward to seeing you at DTRAIN!
Semper Paratus!

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

This communication gives you a summary of the courses and workshops being offered at our Spring District Training Event. Special emphasis has been made to provide diverse opportunities for personal advancement as well as offering required workshops for member readiness for the 2024 boating and operational season.

There will be the usual meetings for engagement for leadership and departmental interactions as well as plenty of time for social gatherings among members from across the entire District. Make no mistake, some of the best benefits in attending this event come from the times between formal sessions.

Come with a desire to learn and you will be richly rewarded. While we are all unique individuals, we do share common Core Values that bind us together as shipmates.

More DTRAIN details and information will be coming in the days and weeks ahead—watch for them!

Spring 2024 DTRAIN
Course Offerings


AUXDATA Training—This workshop will be to provide a better understanding of AUXDATA II System. At the end there will be a Question-and-Answer Period.

AUXDATA Report Training—This workshop will provide insight into AUXDATA II reporting along with a Question-and-Answer session.
Auxiliary Culinary Assistance
Intro to Culinary Assistance—A discussion of the requirements of becoming an Auxiliary Culinary Assistant, including the annual requirements for Auxiliarists. Culinary Assistants augment Coast Guard Culinary Specialist ashore and afloat.

Financial Training
Annual Budgets and Audits—A review of Auxiliary annual budgets and annual audits that should be held.
Financial Ops Training—A workshop that summarizes the key changes to USCG Auxiliary Financial Controls Standard Operating Procedures, a few significant changes that everyone needs to be aware of in the Auxiliary financial field.
Financial Staff Officers Meeting—Meeting for Division Staff Officers-FN and Flotilla Staff Officers-FN with the District Staff Officer-Finance.
Individual Member Reimbursement
ETS Training—An orientation session on using E2Solutions for Coast Guard travel which includes completing and submitting the FSMS supplier request form, logging into ETS, completing the travel authorization and travel voucher, and reviewing the process for local travel.
Leadership Training
Flotilla Leadership Training—Newly elected, Planning on running for Flotilla office or an Appointed Flotilla Officer? Selected “Nuts and Bolts” subjects will be covered to assist you on starting off on the right foot and keeping on course.

Conflict Management—This workshop will instruct how to best handle conflict within the unit and any required reporting methods. The workshop will be presented by Operational Training Officer CWO4 Mickey Price and guest presenters.

New Members
New Member Training—Provides new members as well as Flotilla Commanders (FC) and member training (MT) officers an easy-to-follow, flexible plan that will help integrate new (or reactivating) members into the Auxiliary.
Human Resource Processing—Training on new application processes; privacy/confidentiality; terminations/disenrollments; transfers; ID cards; CORE Values classes & BQ2 online courses and lastly, AAMS Contact Management Program (w/Dave DeSimone)
Telecommunications (Radio Operations)
Annual TCO Workshop—This annual workshop is strongly recommended for all operators and owners of Auxiliary Radio Facilities, those currently holding Telecommunications Operator (TCO), or in training for TCO qualification, and those who are using AUXCOM as their “grandfathered” qualification for radio operation.
TCO Training—This training is for all individuals that wish to be owners/operators of Auxiliary Radio Facilities, those not currently holding Telecommunications Operator (TCO), or in training for TCO qualification, and those who are using AUXCOM as their “grandfathered” qualification for radio operation.
Annual Operations Workshop—The Operations workshop is focused on providing members with the latest information to prepare for the operational season. All surface operations and TCO members must complete this workshop before the operational season.
Annual Risk Management/Team Coordination Training Workshop—This RM/TCT mandatory training is focused on providing the members with the latest risk management information to prepare for the operational season. All surface operations members must complete before the operational season.
RS&S Training—Training on the process of get all of the District Operations PPE Equipment entered and inventoried utilizing the functionality in AuxData II, which will assist with budgeting and ordering of equipment in the future (i.e.: PLB batteries and more).
Vessel Examinations
Vessel Examiner Workshop—The mandatory VE workshop is always focused on providing the Vessel Examiners with the latest information to prepare for the boating season. Candidates must have passed the VE Exam prior to taking this workshop.

Auxiliary & Sea Scouts
How the Sea Scouts can Help the Auxiliary—This class will cover a complete introduction to the Sea Scouts. How they are organized. What they are allowed to do when working with the Auxiliary. What training the Auxiliary personnel are required to have, and where they can take it. We will also have key personnel from the Auxiliary/Sea Scout Program to answer any questions
Emergency Management at Sector Delaware Bay
Incident Command System (ICS) Opportunities at Sector Delaware Bay—This course covers a brief description of ICS, the AUX ICS structure within the Sector; such as, the District Staff Officer-Emergency Management and IMAST Coordinator, the opportunities available within the Sector and, how to get qualified.
Intro to Incident Management Auxiliary Support Team (IMAST)—This session covers basic information as to why the team was formed; types of events the team supports; how it is managed by Sector Delaware Bay; how a complex, longer-term ICS response is organized geographically; and internal team organization.
Security Threats Awareness
AWW Security Threats—Session on identifying various security threats as part of our America’s Waterways Watch program.
State Government Liaison
State Liaison Officer Awareness—Workshop to make members aware of the various legal processes that are monitored by the SLOs.
Public Affairs
Auxiliary Public Affairs Two Part Presentation. For all current and interested members including elected unit leaders and all Appointed Public Affairs Officers. U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs augmentation is a fast-growing opportunity to serve the active duty.
Part 1: Intro to Auxiliary Public Affairs—A comprehensive overview of the AUX-PA program featuring personal opportunities, qualifications, duties and responsibilities. Training Opportunities and needs to augment active duty public affairs units will be shared. Subjects include a review of PA programs: Public Affairs Specialist Qualifications, Mascot Program, Public Affairs Outreach, Speakers Bureau, Photography and Uniform Standards. Handouts: Protocol Guides, USCG & Auxiliary Ranks, Auxiliary Brand Standards (Logos, use and approved applications), District Public Affairs Policies and Guidelines, and Resource Guides (Banners, Posters, Displays, etc.). Questions encouraged.
Public Affairs Part 2: Social Media Policies & Guidelines. New Social Media Policies reviewed, with emphasis on training and explanations of requirements and limitations. Approved social media platforms will be discussed. Ample samples will be presented of approved and non-approved posts. Photographic standards and proper attribution policies will be explained. Expect to engage in discussions so that all will better understand where this ever-changing environment is headed. We will have a limited discussion on generative Artificial Intelligence and its impact on social media.

By the end of this class, students will have an overview of social media platforms and ways to help increase positive visibility for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and share our message with the public we serve.

Same Great Location
as Spring 2023 DTRAIN!

The Hilton Christiana/Wilmington in Delaware has recently been entirely renovated. The facility is very nice and the staff and management are eager to host our event to the best of their ability.

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