U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 14, First Southern Region

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 14, First Southern Region

Welcome to the website of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 14, First Southern Region, located at Sector New York located in Fort Wadsworth off Bay Street in Staten Island, New York.

Contact us at (917) 719-6557 or USCGADivision14@gmail.com

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Our Mission

The mission of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is to promote Safe Boating through Education. This is accomplished through our Boating Skills and Seamanship classes and our Vessel Safety Check program.

Commanders Message

Division 14, District 1SR
Office of the Division Commander
Gerard J. Andrews, DCDR
Jack A. Lund, VCDR

It is truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead Division 14 in year 2013. We were certainly handed some setbacks at the conclusion of 2012 with Hurricane Sandy. In order to be successful and recover, each and every one of us will need to step up and become Leaders. But first we must all understand the difference between Management and Leadership.

  1. The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  2. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  3. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
  4. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

However we try to contrast the two, ultimately leadership and management still must go hand in hand when operating a Division, Flotilla, or Staff Position. They are not the same thing, but they are linked, and complementary of each other. The point is you have to do a little of both, and sometimes it’s a balancing act. Any effort to completely separate the two could cause more problems than it solves.

Something to Consider: Leaders have followers and do not have subordinates - at least not when they are leading. Within other organizations outside the Coast Guard Auxiliary, leaders do have subordinates, but only because they are also managers. But when it’s time to lead, they have to relinquish formal authoritative control, because to lead is to have followers, and following is always voluntary.

It’s also very important to listen to what others have to say. As children we absorb large quantities of information at a fast pace (like a sponge) because we ask a lot of questions, sometimes to the annoyance of adults who find our incessant inquiries very challenging. As we age, we are likely to drop questioning the environment around us in favor of talking and expressing our own views. While it’s good to have opinions and to be able to take center stage when it comes to communication, doing so too often can result in us failing to learn anything new. This is why people who listen are often wiser than those who love to talk but fail to hear what other people say. A good listener gives themselves more opportunities to understand other people’s viewpoints hence broadening their own.

So we clearly have our work cut out for us this year. We have plenty of Leadership positions available; become a Staff Officer for your Flotilla, the Division, or even the District. Participation is paramount, roll up your sleeves and become a Vessel Examiner, Marine Dealer Visitor, Boat Crew, or a Class Room Instructor. The possibilities are endless, there is lots of work to be done, and many hands will make lite work.

We are looking forward to a productive 2013, know that your help is always appreciated, and as a team we shall succeed.

Gerard Andrews