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.
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.