NAV EX 3rd QTR. 2017 NavEx 3rd Qtr 2017 - FINAL Draft - Page 25

OPERATIONS – Betty Hagan prepares to receive a line from a Coast Guard crew practicing their towing evolutions in Tampa Bay. As a force multiplier for Team Coast Guard, mission support is critical. Doing so requires training and expertise to ensure that when the situation requires it, the team is Semper Paratus (always ready). This is one example where Auxiliary members train with active duty personnel to better prepare for the days ahead. The Auxiliary role will always be focused on support, and the best support is performed by those who train well and train often. CG Auxiliary photo by Valerie Fernandes PUBLIC AFFAIRS – District 7, Division 2 members man one of two Auxiliary booths at the 2017 Atlanta Boat Show in January. Like any opportunity Auxiliarists have to interact with the public, it is important to do so with pride and integity. PA booths are one way the Auxiliary performs outreach services to our communities. Doing so requires time, attention to detail, and a passion for presenting a clear and concise message. CG Auxiliary photo by Donald Hunt PUBLIC EDUCATION – Auxiliary FSO Marine Safety Hall Guttormsen guides a student to understand and use marine navigation charts. Increasing numbers of recreational vessels in the U.S. are competing with each other and commercial vessels for the use of our waters. It is imperative that the recreational boater learn to read charts and navigate safely. Although new technologies can help recreational boaters navigate safely by providing electronic charts and GPS positioning information in a simple and inexpensive manner, it is the obligation of a boater who is navigating to do so by all means available, which means checking that electronic fix the old fashion way, using a nautical chart. CG Auxiliary photo by Joann McCollum OR express Continued on Page 26 25