STAFF OFFICER COLLEGE BOARD

William E. Bowen III

District Commodore

Mark A. Stone

District Chief of Staff

Michael A. West

District Captain - New York North

Manfred Fuchs

District Captain - New York South

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MISSION STATEMENT:

The staff officer at every level is the most critical component of the Auxiliary chain of leadership.  Through their tireless efforts, dedication, devotion to duty and experience these leaders engage with, motivate and support our members while driving the focus on our core missions and values.

 

Supporting our current leaders and developing the leaders of tomorrow is the primary focus of the Staff Officers College.

 

Our mission is to train, educate, update and prepare our current and future leaders for the ever changing focus and mission of the Coast Guard Auxiliary through conversation, shared experience, in-depth discussion and ongoing support through continuous training opportunities and fellowship

All current staff officers and all those looking to seek a position in one of our exciting mission areas is welcome to participate in this interactive and informative series of classes.

REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Participants will need to attend all 7 sessions to receive their certification of completion

  • Registration opens on AUGUST 10, 2020 and will close on AUGUST 27, 2020

  • Classes begin September 14, 2020

  • Class assignment and schedules will be emailed to each participant by September 4, 2020

  • Please Note: Conficts in scheduling for students will be addressed as needed

  • Uniform of the Day: Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) 

STAFF OFFICER COLLEGE SESSIONS & INSTRUCTORS

SESSION SOC001 - NUTS BOLTS & MANAGEMENT TOOLS

This course presents powerful data visualization tools for assessing flotilla performance. These include Local Unit Charted Information (LUCI), Flotilla Mapping and Flotilla Analysis.

 

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

PETER JENSEN - After a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Commodore Jensen joined the Auxiliary in 2010. His many National Staff assignments include Director of Performance Measurement (2014-2016) and Assistant National Commodore for FORCECOM (2018 to date). Commodore Jensen is also an AuxAir pilot. 

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SESSION SOC002 - AUXDATAII

This course will introduce you to the newly launched AUXDATA II program and the ways in which you as a staff officer can use the available data from the system to manage your members and program areas.

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

LYNN ENNY - A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1987.  Lynn currently serves as the DSO-IS officer for the First Southern District.  Over the course of her Auxiliary career she has held the following staff and leadership positions FSO-PE, FSO-MT, SO-MT, FSO-IS, SO-IS, DSO-IS, VFC, FC, PDCDR.  

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SESSION SOC003 - THE STAFF OFFICER FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

This course will explain what to expect in a staff position, and what is expected from you. When you agree to commit your time and efforts to a staff position, a certain responsibility is bestowed upon you. The success of those programs and the fellow Auxiliarists you are responsible to, lies with each of you. We will provide some helpful tips on how to be the best you can be, and how you as Leaders, are one of the most valuable assets of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

 

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

SHERRY KISVER - Joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in June of 1986. Sherry during her career has served in a number of staff officer and District level positions to include District Captain.  Sherry currently holds the positions of; District Directorate Chief – Logistics, Civil Rights Coordinator for the First Southern District, Branch Chief – Uniform Protocol - (Atlantic East), ADSO Member Training and US Coast Guard Academy Partner.  Sherry is an experienced instructor with time spent in leadership instruction at DTrain and the District Leadership Development Academy.

MICHAEL KLACIK - After a career in Law Enforcement where he was a certified police instructor with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice, Michael joined the Auxiliary to continue his public service. Over the past 13 years he has served on all four levels of the Auxiliary holding numerous staff positions both appointed and elected. He served four National Commodore’s and ended his National Staff service as National Director of Vessel Examinations and Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Programs. Since then he has been active locally and is currently the Division Commander of Division 10 in the First Southern District.  Michael in addition to his other leadership development activities participated in the 2019 First Southern Districts Regional Based Training initiative.

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SESSION SOC0004 - COMMUNICATION & PLANNING

This course will discuss the importance Planning and Communications within the Auxiliary.  During this informative session we will discuss how best to plan activities and communicate those plans, requirements and expectations across multiple chains, to the gold side and across a diverse group of members.

 

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

JOSEPH ANTONACCIO - Joe joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1993.  Joe currently serves as the DSO-PE.  Over the course of his Auxiliary Career Joe has served in a variety of elected and appointed offices which include Vice Flotilla Commander, Flotilla Commander, Vice Division Commander, Division Commander, FSO-CC, FSO-CS, FSO-CM, FSO-HR, FSO-CC  SO-HR, SO-MT, SO-CS, SO-FN, DSO-MDA, SO-MT​.  Joe's Auxiliary qualifications include AUXOP member, Boat Crew/Coxswain, Instructor, VE, Program Visitor and RM Facilitator.

 

MICHAEL GABRIEL - Michael is a 40 year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Michael is an AUXOP member and qualified in the following operational areas QE, CX, IT, TCO, and TCTFAC.  During the course of his Auxiliary career Michael has served as a SO-MT and FSO- MT, PE, PA, and PB, and in elected positions as FC VCDR, and DCDR.

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SESSION SOC0005 - STRATEGIC THINKING IN THE AUXILIARY

The purpose of Strategic Thinking in the Auxiliary is to provide staff officers with a framework for running their respective programs. This course will cover how to effectively build core competencies, how to plan events, establish partnerships with local agencies, and build teams. We will also cover how to appropriately recognize top-performing members.

 

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

MICHAEL BARTH - Michael is a three year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Michael has served in the following roles during his career in the Auxiliary: Flotilla Staff Officer, Vice Flotilla Commander, Assistant District Staff Officer, and District Awards Coordinator. Michael has established partnerships with other agencies, and has significant field experience leading teams in multiple mission areas, including marine safety and public affairs. In his civilian career, Michael does commercial bank strategy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is an AUXOP member.

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SESSION SOC0006 - BASICS OF LEADERSHIP

 

Leadership is mission critical to the success of any organization.  This course will overview 5 basic leadership principles that will help you become a better leader.  These 5 principles are currently part of the Auxiliary Middle Level Officers Course (AMLOC) and the Aux Upper Level Officers Course (AULOC) and have been proven to be highly effective since their introduction into the United States Coast Guard Leadership Development Center's training curriculum.

 

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

BRUCE BUCKLEY - Bruce is an 18 year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  During the course of his Auxiliary career Bruce has served in various elected positions, most recently as the District Captain for Sector Long Island Sound-North for the First Southern District.  Additionally Bruce has served in a number of staff officer positions to include SO-MT, SO-HR.  Bruce currently serves as FSO-HR, ADSO-MT Leadership and ADSO-HR Retention/Mentoring.

MANNY FUCHS - An 8 year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Captain Fuchs currently serves as the District Captain for the New York-South area of the First Southern District. Captain Fuchs is AUXOP qualified and certified as boat crew, Instructor, VE and MDV. Captain Fuchs during his Auxiliary career has also served in various leadership roles to include FC, VCDR and DCDR.  Additionally he has served in several staff officer positions which include CM, FN, MT, OP, PA & PE. 

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SESSION SOC007 - STAFF OFFICERS OPEN SESSION (SHOT ON GOAL)

 

This session is a leadership led open forum wrap-up of the program that will focus on current membership concerns, staff officer issues and any other topics the group wishes to explore together with feedback from all and guidance from the District leadership.

INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

Mark Stone - Mark is the District Chief of Staff for the First Southern District.  Mark has been a member of the Auxiliary since 2011.  Over the course of his Auxiliary career Mark has held various elected and appointed positions at the Flotilla, Division and National levels.  Mark is an AUXOP member and is qualified as Air Crew, Instructor, Telecommunications Operator, Fingerprint Technician and a Vessel Examiner.  Additionally Mark has instructed at both the District LDA and DTrain conferences on leadership and management.

 

Mike West - Mike currently serves as District Captain for the New York-North area of the First Sothern District. Mike, over the course of his Auxiliary career has served in a variety of appointed and elected positions which include Flotilla Commander, Division Commander, DSO-FN and FSO-HR. Mike is an experienced instructor with time spent instructing on topics of leadership and management at the District LDA and DTRain events.

Peter Byrne - Peter joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2007.  Peter currently serves as the District Directorate Chief-Special Projects for the First Southern District.  Additionally he currently serves in the roles of FSO-CS and ADSO-CS.  Over the course of his Auxiliary Career Peter has served in a variety of elected and appointed offices which include Vice Flotilla Commander, Flotilla Commander, Vice Division Commander, Division Commander, FSO-IS, SO-IS, ADSO-IS, DSO-FN and DQO.  Peter's Auxiliary qualifications include AUXOP member, Boat Crew, PWO, Finger Print Technician, Instructor, Telecommunications Operator and VE.  Special training course taken include AUX-10 C-School.  Peter is an experienced instructor with time spent instructing on topics of leadership and management at the District LDA and DTRain events.