On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrated the graduation of five of its members from the College of William and Mary. Graduates are Mark Broderick, Katelyn Davis, Will Manion, Robert Meekins, and Daniel J. Sieh. The keynote speaker at this special ceremony was Lieutenant Scott McBride, USCG.
While students at the College, these five also were members of a special University Programs Detachment, which is sponsored by Williamsburg Flotilla 67 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Auxiliary University Programs prepare the best, brightest, and most talented college students for success in service to their community and country-inside and outside of the Coast Guard. The program is similar to ROTC in the sense that the program teaches students about the Coast Guard, builds professionalism and leadership qualities, and presents opportunities to interact with both enlisted and officer Coast Guardsmen while gaining hands on experience. Their program of study focuses on basic Coast Guard knowledge, safe boating, incident management, operations, and leadership.
The Auxiliary's first units on college campuses took root in 2007 at Auburn University, the Citadel, and the College of William and Mary and now includes nearly 200 members in 20 units representing over 30 colleges and universities across the United States. Alumni are imbued with a strong commitment as leaders in service. Nearly 70% go on to serve with the Coast Guard in some capacity, while the others embark on a variety of other careers in the public and private sectors.
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