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Al Daniels, a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08 in Mount Vernon, is on radio watch at Coast Guard Station Washington at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Volunteers monitor marine radio channels and other communications devices for calls for help from boaters on the Potomac River.

Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers help the Coast Guard perform many of its duties. For example, they stand radio-communications watches at Coast Guard Stations around the country.

“Auxiliarists like Al (Daniels) are valuable, force multipliers for us,” said Lt. David McConky, Station Washington commanding officer. “Their services such as radio-watch standing, even for just a few hours a month, free Coast Guard personnel to carry out other public safety duties and equipment maintenance.”

Auxiliarists also teach boating safety classes; conduct free vessel safety checks; protect the environment; inspect shipping containers; check the condition of navigation aids; and provide food services to the Coast Guard and Auxiliary.

The auxiliary marked its 80th anniversary this year. More info is available from join.cgaux.org.

To join Flotilla 25-08, contact Ted Caliga, vice commander, johnbielli@gmail.com.

Established by Congress in 1939, the 30,000 members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are Semper Paratus (Always Ready!).

Vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, safe boating courses, search and rescue, marine environmental protection are just a few of the services provided by the Auxiliary.