Whether you are a newly elected Flotilla Commander/Vice Flotilla Commander or entering your second year, you are strongly encouraged to attend this content-rich class designed to help maximize your effectiveness. Even Division Commanders and Vice Division Commanders can attend if they have the interest. In addition to existing elected leadership, please consider high performing members as candidates for this class as well, especially if they are interested in running for bridge positions. It’s never too early to develop potential future leaders. The purpose of this class is to prepare & develop skills for Flotilla Commanders to properly and effectively run their Flotillas.
This class is designed to benefit all new members with one or two years or less of Auxiliary membership. Topics covered are: (1) The History of the Auxiliary, (2) First Year Activities, all activities and training that new members should take part in to quickly become productive members of the Auxiliary, (3) Logistics, overview of all of the Staff Officer Positions, (4) Web Services, how to navigate the vast amount of information available to an Auxiliarist, (5), Prevention, details on what this branch of the Auxiliary does, (6) Fellowship, activities to get Auxiliarists involved, (7) OPS and MSU, details on the Operations and Marine Safety, (8) Activity Reporting, how to complete the many Mission Report forms necessary to correctly report the members activity, (9) Mentoring, the importance of having a mentor the first year, (10) Uniforms, how to obtain and properly wear the different types of uniforms, plus Military Protocol, (11) Chain of Leadership, how to navigate the chain of leadership within the Auxiliary, (12) Travel Orders, how to properly complete the travel order reimbursement forms.
Note: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer for this course.
This is often presented as a “refresher” course that can be offered by any trained instructor. The purpose of this course is to update and remind all operational members of the need to discuss, analyze and plan for the unexpected when preparing to conduct any auxiliary operational patrol. The concept of risk assessment, graduated or adjusted to fit the circumstances is presented and discussed using one or more mock scenarios. Members that have not had a chance to complete this course within their own flotilla or division should plan to attend to avoid going into REYR in December.
The Auxiliary shortened the former eight hour course to four hours in order to bring the concepts of operational risk management to all operational members. This course would complete the requirement for boat crew qualification (and many other qualifications) listed as 4/8hr TCT classes. The elements of risk management, decision making, risk analysis, safety procedures are all prevalent in this presentation. The use of mock scenarios, group discussion and problem solving all serve to help participants learn the necessary parts of team coordination training, operational risk management while developing their graduated assessment of risk.
This is an introduction to Auxdata, the Auxiliary Mission Data reporting system. We will share the duties and job responsibilities involved with becoming a Flotilla Staff Officer for Information Systems. We will show how to use AuxData. We will include, how to properly fill out Mission Reports, how to spot mistakes in mission reports, some explanations of the various forms and codes used, the importance of accurately reporting mission hours, what that data is used for.
Students should bring laptops, and we will have some temporary logons and passwords, so they can actually do some data entry. This class is for any member that has an interest in getting involved in Information Systems.
If you've heard about this topic and wanted to understand what it takes to work at the fish barrier, then this course is for you. The instruction is aimed at explaining what is involved in the PQS, but it will not teach the PQS, because the actual PQS requires the equipment and hardware which exists at the fish barrier. Bring your questions, and they will be answered! An associated course on invasive species will follow this one.
You’ve heard about the Asian Crap and the Zebra Mussel. Have you heard or seen the Eurasian Watermilfoil, Purple Loosestrife, Spiny Water Flea, or the Quagga Mussel. Get an overview of these non indigenous species that threaten the diversity or abundance of our native species. Know that Aquatic Species includes both aquatic plant and aquatic animal species. Learn how these invasive aquatic plants and animals are introduced and have adapted to living in, on, or next to our waterway areas.
As a volunteer force the Auxiliary typically finances its activities and operations without government funds. Fund raising activities in which flotillas often engage include solicitation of private donations, fees to the public for courses and programs, sales to the public of various items, as well as auctions and raffles.
These activities are subject to limitations, rules and even prohibitions promulgated by the United States Coast Guard, state laws and local ordinances. This course will discuss the approved types of fund raising and their legal parameters.
Why do we have to take this mandatory training stuff? I have a captain’s license, I know what to do, I should be a coxswain. These are many of the leadership questions raised in our organization. How do you address these questions, how do you motivate your members, how do you herd those cats? Leadership in any volunteer organization relies on the applied leadership skills discussed in this class. Using proven leadership outlines and group exercises, discussion and problem solving the participants are given a “tool box” of skills to draw upon when forced with many of the leadership problems we face today. Using these tools will help you move your cats along to where they need to be.
Have you ever had someone request to pay for some Auxiliary service (perhaps it is an ABS course or it might be a member’s dues payment) and not been able to accept the specific form of payment they prefer to make?
This course will provide information about the details of how payments can be made via PayPal or Square. There are some subtleties which may make one flotilla (or division) prefer one method while another flotilla may select the other. Bring your questions and experiences to the meeting and make this a really valuable course.
This introductory class includes descriptions of AUXLAMS A, AUXLAMS B, and AMLOC followed by a panel presentation by seasoned AUX veterans including present and past DCO’s. They will explain what you will learn in the actual courses which are designed to help you be a more effective leader. AUXLAMS and AMLOC Instructors are experienced, engaging, and encouraging as they present philosophical and practical leadership strategies that are research based.
We often think of the Auxiliary Operations Program as being synonymous with Surface Operations---that is, Boat Crew Member or Coxswain.
In this class we examine those opportunities along with a number of other Operational Qualifications including Air Operations, Communications which covers Telecommunications Operators and Watchstanders, ATON Verifiers, as well as the Interpreter Corps.
There will be qualified "experts" on hand to answer questions as well as to discuss the next step to earning your qualification in one of these exciting areas of the Auxiliary!
Auxiliarists most often train for these qualifications during some of the non-operational seasons starting in fall and ongoing through spring. As a result, now's the ideal time to explore the Operations Qualification that lies in your future!
This session will be a panel discussion by a group of current and former flotilla commanders discussing the job; the experience needed, the issues encountered, and how to run a successful flotilla.
This session will be a panel discussion by a group of current and former division commanders discussing the job; the experience needed, the issues encountered, and how to run a successful division.
Your first impressions may be that a Servant Leader literally takes on the role of a servant.
However, Servant leadership is a blend and balance between leader and servant.
You don’t lose or diminish leadership qualities when becoming a servant leader. You become a better and more inspiring Leader for your Team.
You care about the success of your Team more than your own personal success.
Your success is the Team’s success.
Despite all of our differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, we have discovered that when leaders are at their personal best there are five core practices common to all: they Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and last but certainly not least, they Encourage the Heart.
I would like to share with you just what this means to us as Auxiliarists and hopefully give you some valuable assistance in being the very best Leader that you can be in the USCG Auxiliary!
A course to better understand the Auxiliary Chain of Leadership and Management and how to navigate the paperwork jungle. Learn about successfully applying to C-Schools and the required STTRs, learn about 7028s and 7035s, recording qualifications and facility inspections, how to properly write your State and National elected officials, and many other little known Auxiliary procedures such as how to correctly handle the processing of members into Retired Status and what that means to the member and Flotilla.
The Incident Management and Preparedness Directorate coordinates the development of policies and procedures to provide qualified Auxiliary members for Coast Guard preparedness and incident management-related activities. IM is focused on implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS), supporting contingency planning efforts, and helping with preparedness activities including exercises.
This workshop will provide an overview of current topics in Incident Management from across the Coast Guard, with a focus on how the Auxiliary is standing up to prepare for and assist with Incident Management in 9th Western. Some topics will include updates to NIMS and ICS training, the Auxiliary Gap Analysis report, and expanding the role of the Auxiliary in Incident Management.
As a flotilla and division leader the year is going along well until, BAM!!! an issue arises within the flotilla or a member in particular that warrants decisive action on your part as the elected leader(s). Do you know what to do? Do you know what is expected of you from the Chain of Management to get resolution at the lowest competent level?
Ever have a member, staff officer or elected official that failed in their 'commitment' to perform? This course will identify the process of leading up to a confrontation, the psychology involved, the barriers that may lead to a confrontation (real or perceived) and how to work together to meet an expectation and goal for all parties involved, hence, dissolving the confrontation.
This class will reflect on selection, expectations, communication and follow-up . Is the right person in the right position. Am I filling a blank or selecting a qualified individual. Have I conveyed the job description completely and what my expectations are? Am I micro managing or never around? Does the individual or group have social media input that is influencing them? Am I the problem?
The questions will be reviewed from 'a problem' stand point.
This course will affect both the leaders and the workers.
While running a meeting in the Auxiliary seems to be a straightforward task, this is not the case when the meeting is highjacked. And putting yourself in a position to reclaim the leadership position you should be displaying can be a significant challenge.
Attend this meeting and learn some valuable techniques to make the meeting valuable to all attendees. Bring your questions and thoughts to enhance this course.
Join our roundtable discussion on the future of RBS in the USCG Auxiliary and how our Public Affairs, Public Education, Program Visitation, and Vessel Examination programs are changing in the Digital Age. We will discuss how boater’s lives are changing, how they now desire to receive/consume information, and how our programs must adapt to this to get our messages across.
Explore the basics of Facebook and Twitter, how to lead your Flotilla in setting them up, where to find USCG and USCG Auxiliary guidelines, and how to apply them to our Auxiliary Missions and Operations. Members will be able to reflect and strategize on how to lead a Social Media program for their home Unit: Where does Social Media fall in the Auxiliary? Is it PA, PB, CS, or something else? What kind of information should we put online? Is this something just one officer can handle?
When we broached the commander of Sector Lake Michigan, we found that the officers were eager to provide us with the enhanced presentation of this course.
This presentation was augmented in the Spring D-Train by a lively collection of personal experiences as well as those who had insightful questions to enhance the knowledge of all attendees. Sign up, show up, and make this the best course at D-Train!