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.
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 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.
Innovation is something that happens every day, the college sophomore said, and anyone can be an innovator.
A number of Auxiliary University Programs Unit William and Mary students participated in formal internships and Coast Guard operational activities throughout the country this past summer. From the nearby waters of Hampton Roads to Chicago, Brazil, and even a planet 57 million miles away from Earth, their activities were as diverse as the locations in which they took place.
Article by Daniel Sieh, Class of 2016, AUP Unit William and Mary
Over the weekend days of September 7th and 8th, Auxiliary University Program students from Unit William and Mary taught the Basic Introductory Course (BIC) to their new members. BIC serves as an introduction to Team Coast Guard and provides a stepping stone to the many paths available to Auxiliarists.
Article by Christopher Weber, Class of 2015, AUP Unit William & Mary
Auxiliary University Programs Unit Washington, with the sponsorship of Flotilla Northern Virginia (054-25-12), hosted an AUP Operations Weekend on June 28-30, 2013. Students and staff from AUP Unit Washington, The College of William and Mary, Auburn University, and the Remote Collaborative Unit reported to Columbia Island Marina Saturday morning for an all-hands briefing, detailing three main operations for the coming days.
Article by Jonathan Roth, Class of 2015, AUP Unit William & Mary
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a world when many “catch” dinner between commitments, it is rare to find one seated in the company of good friends, shipmates, and guests under a common roof and at a common table. For the students, staff, guests, and partners of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Programs (AUP), March 23rd at the Fort McNair Officers’ Club in Washington, D.C. was such an occasion.