U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle Augmentation Program Coast Guard Auxiliary N-Train 2008 CAPT Stephen P. Metruck Commander, USCG Sector Seattle Sector Vision Statement: “Multi-Mission Professionals safeguarding the Pacific Northwest’s maritime domain through dynamic leadership, partnership and stewardship.”
Sector Staff Personnel Manning: 158 Active Duty Personnel 149 Reserve Personnel 45 Civilian Personnel 400+ Auxiliary Personnel Station Seattle 3 – 41’s UTB’s, 8 – 25’ RB-S’s 40 Active Duty Personnel 26 Reserve Personnel ANT Puget Sound 2 – Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boats (TANB’s) Newly acquired 55’ ANB 15 Active Duty Personnel Sector Assets
Sector Seattle Operational Group/AirSta within COTP AOR 300 miles one-way to flotilla meetings 1200-mile Canadian border from entrance to Strait of Juan de Fuca to North Dakota border
Puget Sound Challenges 3500 sq. mi. area; 120 - 150 mile transits to ports 15 billion gallons of oil moved annually ~5000 deep-draft ship transits per year • USN strategic port - 3rd largest domestic port • 7 waterfront facilities- 20+ USNavy vessel movements/month • Escorts avg 10+ hrs Alaskan fishing fleet homeport 1.3 million recreational boating population Washington State Ferry System 4.1M TEU containers thru Seattle & Tacoma; 3rd largest in nation; SEA ‘05’s fastest growing U.S. port. • Growing cruise ship industry: • 735K cruise ship passengers - - In 2006, 197 vessel arrivals Located on international border with Canada Designated military outload port
Washington State Ferry System • Nation’s Largest Ferry System- 520+ Transits per day on 10 routes • - 40 Transits per day w/ 500+ passengers • 26 million passengers per year- 11 million vehicles per year • After London subway bombings in 2005, Auxiliarists assisted with MARSEC 2 surge in visits to 19 ferry terminals at least daily.
Program started in 2003 in Marine Safety Office Puget Sound Assistance with Port Security Plan – geographical mapping and writing Shoreside HARPATS Momentum has increased steadily 2005 through present Sector stand-up Renewed commitment on active duty side Integration between Marine Safety and Operations Pollution Investigation Facility Inspection Port State Control Boardings Watchstanding, Planning, and more Auxiliary Augmentation
Structure is key to effective coordination Auxiliary Coordinator provides one-stop shopping for Sector staff Structure must provide continuous interaction and feedback at all level of both Active Duty / Reserve and Auxiliary Critical to have engagement and support from the top, on both Auxiliary and Active Duty sides COMOs Fred Bell and Bruce Miller Prior to 2005, CAPT Danny Ellis Sectors are different – No “one size fits all” Auxiliary Augmentation
Prior to Auxiliary Coordinator, support was not organized. Individual Auxiliarists approached Active Duty. Active Duty were uncertain about policy in using Auxiliary. No coordination or accountability – Aux could disappear. Coast Guard member was under pressure if they didn’t perform. Now … Auxiliarists are organized for augmentation. Training is organized. Auxilarists are accountable to the augmentation structure. Backups are provided. Traditional chain is apprised of any problems. Auxiliary Augmentation
Auxiliary Coordinator integrated into staff meeting, morning briefs, and off-site leadership meetings in person or by teleconference. In Coordinator’s absence, her assistant attends. Presence builds situational awareness of Sector’s needs and Auxiliary’s capabilities. Mutual knowledge and understanding build and mature. Trust and confidence are deepened. Depth of support and degree of force multiplication grow. Auxiliary Augmentation
Passion for the job, engagement in the process. Broad life experience to bring to the table – e.g. management, marketing, IT knowledge, strategy, planning Broad experience in Auxiliary – knowledge of operations, marine safety, and traditional missions Well networked in the immediate area – knowledge of local Auxiliary members and their skills. Ability to be creative and proactive. Patience and perseverence. Coast Guard core values. What Makes an Effective ASC?
Some Auxiliarists hold active duty quals – This is important to us because then we know they have the skills we need. If eliminated, we will supplement Auxiliary PQSs with local requirements to maintain that confidence. Overlapping tasking – We take care to eliminate possible conflicts with traditional missions when developing Sector missions. Example: Sector Marina Outreach. RBS-PV deals with safe boating issues and boaters. SMO-V deals solely with marina management issues and managers. Refers boating safety inquiries to RBS-PV. Issues and Concerns
AUXDATA should reflect augmentation missions. Coordinator is forced to maintain separate metrics to show value of force multiplication efforts. RBS remains important, but management of it is not on the Sector radar. Issues and Concerns
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