D-Train Offerings/Descriptions

Saturday - 4 February 2017

New Members Meet Your Commodore & Chief of Staff:  0715-0745

D1N -- COMO Philip Kubat     DCoS Charlie Grossimon
D1S – COMO Gus Formato    DCoS William Bowen

By invitation of the Commodores, new member attendees are invited to an informal welcoming session where you can meet District leadership, ask questions, and meet other new members.

Mandated Training -  8 AUXMT Classes   0900-1145 and 1345-1730
Instructor: David McClure and Matt Mulvey

Overview:  Auxiliary Mandated Training (AUXMT) prepares United States Coast Guard Auxiliarists to effectively serve as members of a volunteer organization that is in frequent contact with the American public and which augments and supports the US Coast Guard. This training provides a basic understanding of critical human relations policies, personal safety and organizational security topics.

Completion of AUXMT requirements places Auxiliarists on the same footing as other members of the Coast Guard workforce and allows seamless integration with their active duty, reserve and civilian employee counterparts. It also ensures that all members of the Coast Guard workforce stand ready to provide Service to Nation, fulfill our commitment to Duty to People, and reflects our Commitment to Excellence. To be considered ready to serve and in good standing with one of our nation's premiere volunteer organizations, members must conform to these training requirements. All Auxiliarists are strongly encouraged to embrace these training requirements and assist their Auxiliary shipmates to successfully complete them whenever needed.

·       Ethics / Personal Gifts
·       Influenza Training
·       Building Resilience and Preventing Suicide
·       Security Fundamentals
·       Privacy at DHS: Protecting Personal Information
·       Sexual Harassment Prevention
·       Sexual Assault Prevention / Response
·       Civil Rights Awareness


Flotilla Commander Nuts and Bolts       0900-1145


Division Commander Nuts and Bolts     1345-1500
Instructor: COMO Carolyn Belmore

This session will give you all those day to day things you need to manage your unit like where to send member records, who to direct questions to on various subject, protocols for interaction with Active Duty; how to seat the head table at your Change of Watch, what to do when a member is seriously ill or passes away, and a lot more.  This class is  Mandatory for all Division Commanders.


AUXFS - AUXILIARY FOOD SPECIALIST   -    0900-1145 and 1345-1730
Instructors: FS1 Mark Seawell, Laurie Belanger, AUXFS, Roger Choquette, AUXFS

AUXFS class is where we begin to earn the Qualification of Auxiliary Food Specialist. Class consists of the AUXFS National PowerPoint, Sanitation, menu planning. AUXFS PQS, open book Exam and much more.  If you are looking for a way to serve the Active Duty Coast Guard, this class is for you!


INTRODUCTION TO MARINE SAFETY                          0900-1145 and 1345-1730
Instructors: Greg Murray and Mark Wilson

This course is designed to assist the student in preparing and completing the online course and test for (IMSEP) This instruction provides an extensive background in the history, policies, laws and regulations pertaining to the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection missions. Passing the online test counts as 2 points toward AUXOP device and is required for the Marine Safety PQSs


NEW MEMBER TRAINING           0900-1145 and 1345-1600
Instructor: Bruce Buckley

New Member – 4 Lessons   All new Auxiliary members should attend this class.  The 4-hour interactive class is segmented into 4 Lessons that provide information needed by New Members in to become active members and enjoy the Auxiliary experience. One goal for this training is to address all questions and/or concerns New Members may have.   Lesson One provides basic information needed to get started on your journey to become an involved/contributing Auxiliary member. Lesson Two explains the Auxiliary (AUX) organization and the “chain of command”.  Also, how the AUX aligns with the Coast Guard (USCG) and the 11 missions they perform. Lesson Three provides details on AUX uniforms including personal grooming standards for all AUX members, basic military protocol and an overview of the USCG “ranks and rates”. Lesson Four is the wrap up lesson that discusses the various opportunities available to you as an active member based on your skills and expectations.  The range of opportunities for all members continues to evolve as the USCG is asked by Congress to do more with less.

o             Lesson 1 - Getting Started    09:00-10:00
Basic Training
               Structured Mentoring
               Internet Resources
               Reporting your activity hours…”99” form
               Communicate & Collaborate
               Social Media

o            Lesson 2 Auxiliary Organization    10:15 -11:15
Chain of Command
               Elected & Appointed Officer Designations
               AUX Alignment with the CG organization

Lesson 3 Uniforms & Protocol    13:45 -14:30
               Uniforms & Grooming Standards
               Military Protocol
               CG Ranks & Rates

o           Lesson 4 Training & Qualifications Opportunities    14:45 – 16:00
General Training
               Specialized Qualification Training
               CG Augmentation
               Community Outreach
               NEW Opportunities
               Questions


Instructors: Gary Young and David Clinton

Telecommunications session will focus on the New Communications Plan 2017, and the new uses for Communications 2017.  It will deal with some of the new uses of the home-based radio systems (HF, LF etc.) to support the CG for ships at sea; also, some of the new uses for our VHF stations. Second, trainers will be offering TCO check offs and programming of the radios used for the repeaters.


Instructor: Laurel Carlson, DSO-IS

This course will cover the essentials of time reporting (forms, codes to use, activities to report) as well as how to access information on member activities through AUXINFO, AUXOfficer and the SkillsBank. Special focus will be placed on activity reporting and data extraction for RBS programs (PE, PA, VE, PV, NS) .


Instructor: COMO George Pendergast

AUXDATA Order Management (AOM) is a Coast Guard program developed by CG contractors and is located behind the CG firewall for enhanced security. AOM is a web based program and requires no additional program to run it other than your internet browser. AOM works with the following browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 and up (JavaScript enabled) and Chrome. AOM works best with the Firefox browser.


4 HR T.C.T.  TEAM CORORDINATION TRAINING           1345-1745
Instructor: COMO Eugene Bernstein
Initial/5-Year Currency 4 hour TCT class required for our operation programs. Team Coordination Training (TCT) is focused on the principle that improved decision-making through better leadership, preparation and attention to detail will result in fewer casualties and less property damage throughout the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. TCT provides the means and framework for employing Operational Risk Management principles that will accomplish that goal.


PROGRAM VISITOR CLASSROOM SESSION                                   0900-1145

Instructor: David Obedzinski


AUX Program Visitor (PV) qualified members are part of our “customer facing” team who establish and develop good working relationships with our retail marine partners e.g. marina’s, retail stores, etc.  Frequent visits to these local locations enables AUX PV members to re-enforce the basic concepts of Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) and discuss additional RBS programs such as vessel exams & public education.  This class will describe the AUX PV program, discuss the recommended skills needed to become a successful PV member and detail the qualification process.


PQS                                                                                                        1345-1730

Class members will go out with a qualified PV to complete visits necessary for the PQS sign off.

AUX Program Visitor (PV) qualified members are part of our “customer facing” team who establish and develop good working relationships with our retail marine partners e.g. marina’s, retail stores, etc.  Frequent visits to these local locations enables AUX PV members to re-enforce the basic concepts of Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) and discuss additional RBS programs such as vessel exams & public education.  This 60-minute class will describe the AUX PV program, discuss the recommended skills needed to become a successful PV member and detail the qualification process.


Instructor: Richard Pummell and Bill Bowen

Learn how recruiting and maximizing productivity with Millennials is being accomplished by Fortune 500 companies today.


Becoming a NEW MEMBER MENTOR                                        1600-1700
Instructor: Bruce Buckley and Sherry Kisver

New Member Mentoring is key to successfully getting a New Member involved in an AUX program e.g. VE, PV, Boat Crew, Instructor, etc. and learning the Coast Guard Core Values. This session reviews 1NR and 1SR proven Best Practices to accomplish these important goals. In addition, there will be a discussion of the New Member PQS program, which has demonstrated the immediate benefits of a "structured mentoring" process. This session is designed for members thinking about becoming a mentor and HR officers.


DIVERSITY WORKSHOP                                                    1345-1445
Instructors: Bruce Buckley and Ken Jacobs

Group discussion of ad hoc Best Practices used today that help address the challenges of aging in the Auxiliary


Instructor: Peg Bowen, USCGA

A PowerPoint presentation depicting Coast Guard Active Duty rates and insignia with a short narrative for each, as well as officer ranks and insignia.  It explains the duties and responsibilities of each and how the command structure works.


MARLINSPIKE/SEAMANSHIP                               1400-1630
Instructor: Michael Mulryan

Understand type of line to use in different applications. Learn seven (7) useful boating knots, care, handling and storage of boating lines.

INTRODUCTION TO VESSEL EXAMINER                                   1345-1500
Instructors: Bob Amiro and Glen Gayton

VSC Session is a must take if you do Vessel Safety on Paddle Craft

This session will cover the new guidelines from Aux Pad for Paddle Craft. The importance of the Wear It program


RECREATIONAL BOATING SPECIALIST                                      1500-1600
Instructors: Walter Taylor, Bob Amiro and Glen Gayton 

RBS Session will cover How, When, and Why RBS is so important to our mission. The session will focus on the basics of RBS. It will cover the new Initiative on the Wear It program. It will go over the new Aux Pad program. These sessions are a must for any member doing VE, PA and MS


Instructor: Peg Bowen, USCGA

I.      The Art of Conversation
       Conversation suffers because…..
       Subjects:  to speak or not to speak…..
       Small talk
       How to handle….
       Personal questions
         Receiving Giving

Bring up a new subject

II.     Email Etiquette Rules for the Professional
     Include a clear, direct subject line
     Use a professional email address
     Think twice before hitting “reply all”
     Use exclamation points sparingly!!!!!!!
     Be cautious with humor
     Know that people from different cultures speak and write differently
     Reply to your emails – even if the email wasn’t intended for you.
     Email content             
        Subject field – clear (not Hello)
       Salutation – always add
        Short paragraphs - Summarize long discussions
       One topic – brief and to the point
        Appropriate capitals
         Sign off – closing (r/; v/r, sincerely….)
        Sensible email signature - include contact info  
       Informal – NOT sloppy
         Blind copy (BCC)
         Courtesy copy (CC)
9.     Other topics
     Refrain from using mail as a wall for hiding out
     Email is not private
     Group email only to appropriate people
     No chain letters, virus warnings, or junk mail
     Remember that tone cannot be heard       
      Confidential information
     Emoticons and abbreviations
     Read / received


POLLUTION - Identification and Prevention                      1015-1145
Instructor: John Northrup, MST3

In this training, you will learn the different stages of pollution and how to identify them.  The different effects pollutants can have on the environment and our role in preventative measures


AWARDS WRITING                                                           1600-1700
Instructor: Rex Landreth

Rewarding your members is one of the greatest responsibilities every elected and appointed leader, as well as each Auxiliarist, has to offer each other.  Come to the consolidated Awards Writing training session to understand the awards, process, and easy to understand tips for crafting an awards package to honor the members who truly exemplify the Auxiliary.


AUXAIR                                                           0900-1145 and 1345-1730

Instructors: Carl England and Steve Trupkin

The Auxiliary Aviation Workshop will cover the required subjects of an Air Station Safety Workshop including Crew Resource Management, Aero-Medical, Federal Air Regulations, and local knowledge. In addition, there will be presentations on Aerial Photography and Aerial SAR (Search and Rescue).


Sunday - 5 February 2017

AUXAIR OBSERVER                                             0800-1300
Instructors: Seth Spiller, ADSO-AVP and Eric Wickberg, ADSO-AVT

The AUXAIR Observer Ground School is the entry point for all Auxiliarists interested in the Observer, Aircrew or Pilot AUXAIR qualifications.   The class presentation aligns with the Observer qualification syllabus allowing aviation candidates to move forward at their own pace once the class has been completed.  Participants should attend the Saturday AUXAIR session as well


AUXMU QE Auditions                                                      0900-1300

Instructors:  Keith Schmidt and Leo DiLeo

The AUMXU qualification requires an in-person musical adjudication by an AUXMU QE. The general duration is about 15-20 minutes per person.  During the adjudication, the candidate is asked to play music scales, sight read a new music selection and prepare and perform a solo from a list of approved music solos for the instrument they are qualifying on and AUXMU level they are seeking qualification at. An 80% score or higher is required. The candidate must be adjudicated in uniform (tropical blue or Winter Dress). They will be photographed to demonstrate and document compliance with uniform and grooming standards signoff.  Auxiliary musician candidates wishing to apply for AUXMU qualification must submit a REQUEST FOR AUXMU QUALIFICATION EXAM to be schedule at least 2 days before. Walk ins may not be honored. Musicians are to bring their own music, a copy for the AUXMU QE to follow along, and their own instrument and music stand. Any questions, please contact the AUXMU QE Coordinator, John Sasso, at jsasso@optonline.net. The application form, candidate guide and music 


Information Access for New Members: Reporting and Retrieval                0900 – 1030
Instructor: Laurel Carlson, DSO-IS

This course will cover the basics of reporting activity, hours and accomplishment to the USCG Data Systems as well as the various data systems where a new member can access information on their participation in Auxiliary activities, awards, training as well as contact information for AUX members.