Mark Stone, District Commodore

District Commodore
Mark Stone

The First District, Southern Region of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary welcomes you! We are the Southern portion of two Auxiliary Districts that make up the First Coast Guard District. With 2900 members, First Southern serves the Coast Guard and boating public in eastern New York and New York City, north to the Canadian border via the Hudson River Valley and Lake Champlain, and east to Montauk Point, including Connecticut, western Vermont and northern New Jersey. Together with the First District Northern Region we comprise eight states with approximately 6,000 members and 6,000 miles of coastline. We are but one district of sixteen Auxiliary districts in the country with approximately 25,000 members. The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is unique in that we are the only civilian, uniformed volunteer force that performs many of the missions of our parent service.

Auxiliary members integrate with the active duty Coast Guard in almost all areas of operation with the exceptions of Law Enforcement and Direct Combat/Military operations. We assist with seven of eleven regulatory missions of the Coast Guard. Heavily involved in our main mission, Recreational Boating Safety, the Auxiliary works hard to keep the boating public educated, informed and safe. Along with this we also perform duties such as Auxiliary Food Service at Coast Guard stations and cutters, Search and Rescue, both surface and air, vessel inspections, pollution response, container and lifeboat inspections and more. Fellowship, a cornerstone of the Auxiliary brings new friends and new opportunities. While we are volunteers and the time we devote to the Coast Guard is our own, the urge to serve is very much a part of who we are. Serving our country and communities, loving what we do and knowing that it makes a difference goes a long way.

Mark Stone
District Commodore - 1SR