Tuesday, June 23, 2009

David Cox Attends Public Affairs "C" School in San Diego

Division 16's SO-PB, David Cox, was in San Diego, Calfornia, for 3 days of CG Auxiliary Public Affairs traning at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego. The classes were held 12-14 June from 0800 till 1700 each day with a 1 hour break for lunch. As soon as the class day ended, the homework began. The class was split into groups which met in the hotel lobby to work on the assignment for the next day. Then it's off to your room to type your presentation and get a little shut-eye. My problem was that at 0400 my body thought it was 0700 so there I was, wide awake. I soon learned it was better to finish your homework in the morning hours before breakfast than to try to stay up late. Even now that the classes are over, we students have a long list of assignments which must be completed before we are given credit for the completion of the class.

The classes were fantastic! Very informative with lots of practical skills I can use in my Auxiliary work. So what's a Publications officer doing at a Public Affairs class? With the ever increasing use of electronic media (such as this blog site) the areas of PA, PB, and CS are becoming ever more intertwined thus creating the need for these areas to work together more closely than ever.

The weather was great. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 60s with low humidity. The base was very attractive with Spanish tiled roofs and lots of beautiful landscaping. The occasional arrival or departure of a USCG HH-60 Jayhawk added some excitement to the day. Auxiliarists in Sector San Diego have a very active role in on-base activities. They even have a few parking spaces "Reserved for Auxiliary". How nice is that!

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