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BRIAN MCARDLE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY'S INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (IA) DEPARTMENT, PRESENTS AWARD AT THE FRENCH EMBASSY ON 16JAN12

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CAPT YVES POSTEC (L), FRENCH NAVAL ATTACHE, RECEIVES AN AMERICAN FEDERATION FOR RESCUE AT SEA (AFRAS) AWARD FROM FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER BRIAN MCARDLE (R), DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

 

Recently, Brian McArdle, Commander Flotilla 33 and Director of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary’s International Affairs Department, presented an AFRAS (American Federation for Rescue at Sea) to Captain Yves Postec, the French Naval Attaché at the French Embassy in Washington DC.

AFRAS presents a Caribbean Search and Rescue award to the most dramatic sea rescue in the Caribbean each year. The latest award was presented to SNSM (Societe Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) in Pointe-A-Pitre Guadeloupe. The award was in recognition of heroic efforts for a rescue in a Tropical Storm 10 miles off of Guadeloupe. The rescue boat, Fotis G. Poulides and crew of three experienced heavy squalls, waves between five and six meters and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. After 14 hours, the Fotis G. Poulides safely arrived back in Pointe a Pitre with their survivor. “The lifesaving actions of the Captain and crew of the Fotis G. Poulides are to be commended and are in the keeping with the highest traditions of the maritime community to aid others in distress.”

 

FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER BRIAN MCARDLE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

Brian McArdle, a member of Flotilla 33, was recently appointed the Director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s International Affairs (IA) Department. IA is made up of two separate but related departments; International Outreach and the Interpreter Corps.

The Auxiliary’s International Outreach (IO) program has three primary roles. The first is to build relationships and improve information sharing amongst volunteer civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) organizations around the world. The second is to help build the maritime safety and security capacity of partner nations by assisting them in forming volunteer SAR and auxiliary coast guard organizations on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, International Outreach personnel assist existing volunteer SAR and maritime auxiliary organizations in developing other programs such as Vessel Safety, Recreational Boating and Environmental Education, Search and Rescue and Maritime Domain Awareness. The IO programs third role is to coordinate and provide Auxiliary support to U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) Geographic Combatant Commands’ international engagement and theater security cooperation and assistance activities and exercises. This may include provision of planning, administrative, logistical, and instructor support to major exercises, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, and attendance at international conferences. In this role, IO is able to draw upon the Auxiliary’s diverse membership and supply the Coast Guard and Combatant Commanders with personnel possessing traditional Auxiliary and Coast Guard qualifications as well as unique skills in short supply or not resident within the regular forces.

The Interpreter Corps’ two major missions are: To provide to the USCG, the Department of Defense and to the Auxiliary capable, qualified and competent language interpretation services for their international mission requirements. At present, the Interpreter Corps has 440 interpreters qualified in 48 different languages.

Secondly, To provide to the USCG, the Department of Defense and to the Auxiliary the same high level of document and program translation capability. This enables the agencies to develop training materials or translate Public Affairs notices and documents in those same 48 languages.

“It is a privilege to be able to continue to serve not only my community but our country through the Coast Guard Auxiliary,” commented McArdle. “I did not realize all the opportunities that were available in the Auxiliary until I joined this volunteer organization.”

 

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