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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

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u s coast guard sector seattle augmentation program

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 assets
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
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.
auxiliary augmentation
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
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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
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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
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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
what makes an effective asc
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?
issues and concerns
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
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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

Closing Remarks