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USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 1- 4 Fort Walton Beach - Destin - Niceville

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939 to serve as the uniformed, volunteer component of the US Coast Guard. The legal authority for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary can be found at Title 14, USC § 822 which authorizes: “The purpose of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard as authorized by the Commandant, in performing any Coast Guard function, power, duty, role, mission, or operation authorized by law”. As an integral component of the US Coast Guard, we operate under the US Department of Homeland Security.

Our Flotilla members receive the same training as active duty Coast Guardsmen do to allow us to operate seamlessly with them as “Team Coast Guard”. As a force multiplier for active duty Coast Guardsmen we assist them during normal and emergency situations in nearly every mission. Our commonly used descriptive title is "America's Volunteer Lifesavers".

Our primary mission is promoting and supporting recreational boating safety. This includes, but is not limited to involvement in: Search and Rescue efforts, Standing Radio Watch at USCG Station Destin, Maritime Domain Awareness, Underway Operations, Marine Safety, Pollution Investigation, Public Education, America's Waterway Watch, Aids to Navigation Patrols and Vessel Safety Examinations - both recreational and commercial. In addition, we have Flotilla members with specialty skills including radio operators, web masters, computer specialists, pilots, public affairs specialists, instructors, hazardous materials experts and language interpreters.

In addition to our operations on the Gulf of Mexico, we have many Flotilla members offering the same high level of support on our rivers, inlets, bays and inland lakes. Our area of responsibility stretches from the Navarre Bridge in the western Panhandle of Florida eastward to Inlet Beach, Florida. In addition, you may encounter our Operational Facilities patrolling the area waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin Pass, Choctawhatchee Bay, Intercoastal Waterway and Santa Rosa Sound offering assistance and friendly advice.

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