On Saturday, March 5th of 2016, LTJG William R. Singletary of the AUP class of 2013 from The Citadel, received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
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.
Jacob Thayer, an Auxiliary University Programs alumnus currently serving as a Project Management Branch Chief in Strategic Planning, said he was "quite surprised and honored" to learn that he was recently named the 2014 Auxiliarist of the Year.
Jacob Thayer (right) pictured with Admiral Paul Zukunft (left) in 2014.
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.
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.