volunteering Archive

  • I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

    My US Coast Guard Auxiliary Induction

    I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

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  • Besides training and fellowship, I had the chance to join the Coast Guard on a patrol, escorting a passenger vessel in the fog, and received lookout training in the most miserable viewing conditions imaginable. It was fun! :)

    Bulletproof Fun: Volunteering at Coast Guard Station Muskegon

    Besides training and fellowship, I had the chance to join the Coast Guard on a patrol, escorting a passenger vessel in the fog, and received lookout training in the most miserable viewing conditions imaginable. It was fun! :)

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  • Throwing a heaving line to another boat or a floating dummy in a rocking boat is also harder than it sounds. But, after the 5th try or so, I was able to do both, and I only hit the dummy on the head once! :)

    Boat Camp Weekend

    Throwing a heaving line to another boat or a floating dummy in a rocking boat is also harder than it sounds. But, after the 5th try or so, I was able to do both, and I only hit the dummy on the head once! :)

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  • Brian brought a bag full of these flares, so we all had some fun shooting them over the channel -- even some of the Coasties joined in the fun!  Everyone thought I had way too much fun with these flares, but hey...

    Fireworks at the dock!

    Brian brought a bag full of these flares, so we all had some fun shooting them over the channel -- even some of the Coasties joined in the fun! Everyone thought I had way too much fun with these flares, but hey...

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  • My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor:  Coastie operator training.  Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

    Coastie the robot

    My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor: Coastie operator training. Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

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  • I joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary last month. Just last Saturday, I was invited to participate in the first of many boat crew classes... at the Muskegon Coast Guard station! We brought lunch for the "coasties"...

    My first adventure at the Coast Guard Auxiliary

    I joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary last month. Just last Saturday, I was invited to participate in the first of many boat crew classes... at the Muskegon Coast Guard station! We brought lunch for the "coasties"...

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  • I know this is random.  I know this is strange. I need to do something.  I have to do good.  I need to help all those children and you, you can help too.

    Helping UNICEF

    I know this is random. I know this is strange. I need to do something. I have to do good. I need to help all those children and you, you can help too.

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  • Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  Together, we are one world.  Alone, we are but dust in the air.

    Haiti Relief Efforts

    Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Together, we are one world. Alone, we are but dust in the air.

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  • Oremos por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Haiti.  Juntos, somos un mundo.  Solos, no somos más que polvo en el aire.

    Esfuerzos de Relevación en Haiti

    Oremos por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Haiti. Juntos, somos un mundo. Solos, no somos más que polvo en el aire.

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  • JR started switching the tablet with a good one that he brought along.  That's when I decided to peek, and oh my goodness!  There was a lady in the operating table with her stomach wide open!

    A surgical epiphany

    JR started switching the tablet with a good one that he brought along. That's when I decided to peek, and oh my goodness! There was a lady in the operating table with her stomach wide open!

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