Kyle Kopec, a member of the Remote Collaborative Unit (RCU), spent his summer internship at Legal Services Command in Norfolk, VA. Stepping into the breach left by an extensive absence at LSC, Mr. Kopec served as the command’s Executive Assistant. He served as the point of contact for 70 other units throughout the summer and represented LSC to four flag officers. He was also able to use his academic background to support investigations the command conducted during his time there. For his efforts, Mr. Kopec was awarded the Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation. Bravo zulu, Kyle!
by Luis Meyer | Remote Collaborative Unit
On 17 May 2018, the US Coast Guard commissioned its newest Ensigns from Officer Candidate School in New London, CT. Amongst the class of 76 Ensigns commissioned three were alumni of AUP. ENS Jacob Marx, a 2017 graduate of the Remote Collaborative Unit; ENS Molly Sternberg, graduated in 2017 from Unit Hampton Roads; and ENS Jesse Thrift, a 2014 graduate of Unit Washington.
They are pictured below with Andrew Welch - Director of Strategic Planning, Dr. Graig Arcuri - Division Chief for AUP, and LTJG Chris Papas - Operations Branch Chief (2015 Unit William and Mary alumnus and OCS grad). Appearing from left: Mr. Welch, ENS Thrift, ENS Sternberg, ENS Marx, Dr. Arcuri, LTJG Papas. (Photo: Melissa Kelly)
We wish the new Ensigns Fair Winds and Following Seas as they head off onto their new adventures
National Operations weekend (NATOPs) is a time when Auxiliary University Program (AUP) students from around the nation convene to share ideas along with receiving unique training opportunities. This year’s conference was held at Texas A&M at Galveston (TAMUG), a distinct honor, but also a challenge for the officers and students to plan a challenging event.
AUP’s goal is to provide quality leadership education and opportunities to its members. To achieve that, AUX Christian Bowers and AUX Luis Meyer, both of the Remote Collaborative Unit, attended one of the Coast Guard’s premier leadership training events, attending the 29th Annual RADM Thomas Wetmore Ethics Forum at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.
Waking up at 0330 in the morning to begin a three-hour long road trip is not typically my idea of fun; however, I was wide awake and excited to visit the Coast Guard Station Oak Island for the first time. I was eager to learn firsthand about the daily routines and events that went on there and to have the opportunity to meet some members of the Coast Guard.
On April 19th, representatives of the North Carolina Society DAR, Davie Poplar Chapter, presented the Silver DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal to Jamie Marie Ramos. This presentation was the first to an AUP Cadet in North Carolina. Presenting the Award Certificate was Ms. Jane Forbes who was instrumental in bringing the AUP Cadet program to the attention of the DAR. Presenting the Silver Medal was Ms. Jean Lusted, the Regent of the Davie Poplar Chapter.
Twelve AUP students convened in Washington, DC from the weekend of 7 April 2017. Unit Washington, Unit Virginia Tech, Unit Hampton Roads, Unit San Diego, and Remote Collaborative Unit (RCU) were represented over the weekend. Highlights of the weekend included participating in drills and visiting Station Washington and Coast Guard Headquarters.
On 6 April, 2017, AUP Unit California Maritime held a Change of Watch ceremony. At the ceremony, 20 students were recognized as AUP Seniors. Their former Unit Leader, Andrew Manning, was also recognized by Flotilla 51 as Auxiliarist of the Year. In attendance were CAPT Drelling (D11 Prevention) and CDR Kazek (USCG Ret.). Brazo Zulu!
This winter break, I was privileged to spend 26 days aboard the USCGC Hollyhock, homeported in Port Huron, Michigan. She is a 225-foot buoy tender and icebreaker, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Molly K. Waters.
I didn’t know what to expect when I came on board, but I was ready to experience cutter life.
AUP students are eligible to apply for an internship with the USCG. Mr. Christopher Us is another AUP student who worked hard and contributed to the program. In the case of Mr. Us, from AUP Virginia Tech (Flotilla 7-7 out of Fairfield, Connecticut), AUP is a way to serve his country as well as using it as a springboard towards Officer Candidacy School.
As part of AUP, students involved are eligible to apply for an internship with the USCG. These internships typically follow the interests of involved students as a way of putting all the classroom knowledge to work. In the case of Mr. Jacob Marx from Flotilla 9-5 out of Davenport Ohio and a member of the Remote Collaborative Unit, it was a way for him to become more familiar with the workplace at a Coast Guard air station.
The California State University Maritime Academy and Massachusetts Maritime Academy are the largest and most successful units in the USCG Auxiliary University Programs, both offering AUP to all attending cadets. The program is similar to ROTC in the sense that the program teaches students about the Coast Guard, builds professionalism and leadership qualities, and presents opportunities to interact with both enlisted and officer Coast Guardsmen while gaining hands on experience.
AUP is a perfect way for students to get involved in the world of the US Coast Guard. They are presented with countless opportunities to interact with enlisted and officers. It is not every day that an AUP member is given the chance to hear from a USCG Officer who was once an AUP member themselves, learn about what they did as member, and get some advice. Both Ensign Garrett Hendrickson and Ensign Joshua Smith graduated from OCS and were avid members in AUP while they were undergraduates.
Congratulations to (L to R) ENS Chris Papas, ENS Chris Weber, ENS Garrett Hendrickson, and ENS Sam Sbalbi (not pictured) on their graduation from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School on 24 November 2015.