AUP Alumni Newly Commissioned Ensigns

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

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Unit William & Mary alumnus graduates from OCS

Unit William & Mary alumnus graduates from OCS

On 9 May 2017, AUP and William and Mary alumnus Jonathan Roth (2015) graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, CT.  ENS Roth (right) is pictured with fellow 2015 W&M and AUP alumnus ENS Christopher Papas. ENS Papas graduated from OCS in November 2015.

AUP Alumni Graduate from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School

AUP Alumni Graduate from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School

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. 

Fire, Wind, and Water: AUP Unit Auburn's Andrew Husted is seeing it all

Fire, Wind, and Water: AUP Unit Auburn's Andrew Husted is seeing it all

Andrew Husted, AUP Unit Auburn Class of 2013, shared some of his own experiences in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and his growing emergency response resume.

Pictured: Mr. Husted (AUP Unit Auburn ‘13) instructs Spencer Owens of AUP Unit Washington (University of Maryland) at the helm of a vessel operating on the Potomac River in Washington, DC during Operations Weekend of June 2013.

From Auburn graduate to Cape May recruit: JD DeCastra reflects on basic training

From Auburn graduate to Cape May recruit: JD DeCastra reflects on basic training

JD DeCastra, AUP Unit Auburn Class of 2012, reflects on his basic training experience at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May during the fall of 2012. He is currently serving on Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin out of Charleston, S.C. and will report for Officer Candidate School in August. DeCastra's decision to enlist to active duty and attend boot camp following graduation from Auburn is one of many paths that AUP alumni take.