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
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.”
158 Active Duty Personnel
149 Reserve Personnel
45 Civilian Personnel
400+ Auxiliary Personnel
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 PersonnelSector Assets
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
3500 sq. mi. area; 120 - 150 mile transits to ports
15 billion gallons of oil moved annually
~5000 deep-draft ship transits per year
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.
Located on international border with Canada
Designated military outload port
Assistance with Port Security Plan – geographical mapping and writing
Momentum has increased steadily 2005 through present
Renewed commitment on active duty side
Integration between Marine Safety and Operations
Port State Control Boardings
Watchstanding, Planning, and moreAuxiliary Augmentation
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
RBS remains important, but management of it is not on the Sector radar.Issues and Concerns