Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am a Coxswain and own a vessel, may I
take non-operationally qualified members who want to do ATON work on patrol with
As long as the OPFAC has an authorized
crew other than the ATON guest(s), it is OK to bring them along. They must
have submitted security papers and completed the FEMA tests like every other
They must be reported on the POMS report
by the Coxswain.
If they are not a trainee in the Boat Crew Program,
they cannot perform any Boat Crew activity while aboard. So it is better to
have completed a single boat crew task, which can be accomplished very
quickly before getting underway.
They will receive credit for underway time by the
Coxswain's POMs report so they should only report 15 minutes for their time
on the ANSC 7030 reports that they submit.
Liability is resolved when they are listed aboard by
the Coxswain on the POMs report. They must be listed on the crew report
that is sent to the station before getting underway.
Q. Where do I send my reports?
Q. I have supporting pictures for an update, what do I do
- Name the photo's with a descriptive file name
(Position Locator Number, Bridge Number, etc...) and email them to
Steve Wagner, DSO-NS
Q. I'm qualified as an AV, is there a ribbon for the
- Chapter 11 in the Auxiliary Manual A.13.a. Operations
This ribbon recognizes qualifications in the various operations program
areas. Auxiliarists who qualify as an Auxiliary crew member, air observer,
AtoN verifier, Coast Guard watchstander, Coast Guard boat crewman, or
Coast Guard boat engineer may wear the Operations Program Ribbon.
Watchstanders and boat engineers are defined as Auxiliarists who have been
designated in writing by a Coast Guard unit, or the Director, as qualified
in that position. Auxiliarists show multiple qualifications by adding
3/16-inch bronze or silver stars. The “E” device is authorized to be worn on
the Auxiliary Operations Program ribbon by Auxiliarists who are currently
appointed, or have been appointed, as a QE . No miniature “E”
device for miniature medals is authorized.
Q. What do I need to do to remain qualified?
- Submit two PATON or Bridge Verifications or Discrepancies in a calendar
year and have your work recorded in the Bridge or PATON system AND in