by Tom Nunes
COASTIE CARES -- Coastie stands for safety and is an important
part of the USCG Auxiliary's promotion of safe boating in Arizona
and beyond. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 10, Arizona,
recently conducted its annual training exercise, OPEX 2006, at
Coast Guard Auxiliary training procedures are established by
the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that auxiliarists perform their
duties to the Coast Guard’s high standards.U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Division 10, Arizona conducted its annual training
exercise, OPEX 2006, at Roosevelt Lake, Ariz., on April 21, 22, and
The exercise involved seven USCG Auxiliary vessels, a U.S.
Coast Guard helicopter, a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft, and more
than 50 Coast Guard auxiliarists.
The exercise was designed to qualify and re-qualify boat
coxswains, crew members, radio watch standers, and other
specialties. Coast Guard Auxiliary training procedures are
established by the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that auxiliarists
perform their duties to the Coast Guard’s high standards.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with over 150 people in Arizona,
educates the public in boating safety and performs courtesy exams to
ensure boats comply with federal and state regulations.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary routinely patrols Arizona’s lakes and
rivers to help ensure the safety of recreational boaters and others.
Roosevelt Lake was chosen as the exercise venue because of it
size and infrastructure. Roosevelt Lake Marina, the Gila County
Sheriff, and the U.S. Forest Service provided outstanding support to
the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
"We [were] excited to be at Roosevelt Lake" said Division 10
Capt. Judy Ninabuck-Gothann. "The marina and others [were] really
helpful … our folks [got] some great training."
For more information concerning the U.S. Coast Guard, please
visit www.uscg.mil and for the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, visit
www.cgaux.org. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs phone is