HH65-C From Air Station Detroit over the Detroit River District Color Guard Auxiliarist on Watch U.S. Revenue Cutter 'Woodbury.'  Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA., April 30th 1898. Woodbury, formerly Mahoning (her name was changed in 1873), was a 130-foot, 350-ton steamer rigged as a topsail schooner.  She was built by J. W. Lynn and Son of Philadelphia, PA, for $92,000.  She entered service in 1863 and served until 1915, a span of 52 years!  She underwent some modifications during her career, including having her hull lengthened and machinery replaced.  Here she is outfitted for naval service during the Spanish-American War.  She rendered assistance to the British schooner Effie May in 1905, for which she and her crew received the thanks of the Canadian Government, enforced neutrality laws in 1914, and sailed on winter cruises along the northeast coast. She was sold in 1915 to Thomas Butler and Company of Boston for $4,286. Members Participating in Auxiliary Boat Crew Training

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9th Coast Guard District
Central Region

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. It is the civilian volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard and does not participate in direct law enforcement or combat activities. There are over 30,000 active men and women in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conducting surface and air operations, vessel safety examinations and teaching safe boating classes across the country. Many members also serve at Coast Guard units in many capacities.

On average, people just like you, in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary save nearly 500 lives a year, assist 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct upward of 150,000 vessel safety checks and graduate nearly 500,000 students from their safe boating classes. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are saved because of this voluntary service.

If you decide to join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, you can enhance your seamanship abilities, learn to teach, acquire new leadership skills, provide a valuable service to the boating community, save lives, serve your country, work with the U.S. Coast Guard ashore, afloat or in the air and make new friendships that will last a lifetime.

To become a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary you must be a citizen of the United States, 17 years of age or older, and be willing to adhere to the Core Values of the U.S. Coast Guard: "Honor, Respect & Devotion to Duty". Applicants must also pass a basic background check. There are no upper age limits or height/weight standards, although for operational activities, you must be physically able to perform certain tasks. There are no minimum service hours, you can serve as little or as much as you like. Auxiliarists are not paid for their volunteer hours, but may be reimbursed for costs incurred while actively serving the Coast Guard.

For an organizational overview of the Auxiliary, click here.

There are 8 Divisions in the 9th Central Region who would be happy to answer your questions about joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. A link is provided below for each Division's Commander. Click the Division Commander's name that is nearest to you. A form will request pertinent information. Be sure to include the proper contact information and you will be contacted shortly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Division Commander

Division 16 Western Lake Erie Catherine Slabaugh
Division 18 Detroit Daniel Getts
Division 20 Metro North Norman Raymond
Division 22 South Central David Campbell
Division 24 Saginaw Bay Jerri Smith
Division 26 East Superior Agnes Feldman
Division 28 West Superior Richard Carver
Division 30 North West Jay Croy

You may also view the Zip Code Flotilla Finder to find a flotilla near you. Learn more about joining the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.