CDR Chad Morgan
Director of Auxiliary
U.S. Coast Guard
What is DIRAUX?
The Director of Auxiliary Office located at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia is responsible for administering, coordinating, facilitating, supporting, advocating, advancing, arbitrating, and overall execution of the Auxiliary program within the District. It is comprised of an active duty CG Commander (Director), Chief Warrant Officer (Operations Training Officer), an Administrative Specialist, and two Petty Officers (Storekeeper 2nd Class and a Yeoman 3rd Class).
The Director serves as advisor to the District Commander on all 5th Northern Auxiliary matters. DIRAUX partners with Sector Delaware Bay and all CG Operational Commanders in the Area of Responsibility to provide an additional Force-Multiplier for the region.
DIRAUX receives program policy direction from the Chief Director of the Auxiliary (CHDIRAUX) located at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Commander Chad Morgan is the Director of Auxiliary, District Five North Region (D5NR). The Director serves as an advisor to the District Commander regarding oversight of all D5NR Auxiliary matters in support of operational commands, which include Sector Delaware Bay, Air Station Atlantic City, Training Center Cape May, and the Atlantic Strike Team. D5NR Spans across nearly 40,000 square miles of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and includes 1588 Auxiliarists, 139 small boats, 138 radio facilities, and 4 aircraft. D5NR provides public education, vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental response, and aids to navigation support along with numerous other services.
Commander Chad Morgan transferred from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, where he served as the Operations Officer coordinating aviation search and rescue (SAR) for Washington state offshore regions and inland mountain areas of the state as well as Puget Sound, Strait of Juan DeFuca, Hood Canal and San Juan Islands. During this tour CDR Morgan was integral in fostering relationships with the Royal Canadian Navy, National Park Service, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Jefferson County SAR Division. He also oversaw aviation training, qualification, and professional development of the station’s 43 aviators.
Previous assignments include MH65 Flight Instructor/Examiner at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Flight Safety Officer at Air Station Savannah, Alaska Patrol pilot at Air Station Kodiak, and SAR & Rotor Wing Air Intercept pilot at Air Station Atlantic City.
Commander Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Citadel and Master’s in Business and Leadership Management from Spring Hill College. He holds FAA Rotorcraft licenses for Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instrument Instructor. His personal awards include: two Air Medals, three Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, and various other awards. He is married with three children.