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Welcome to the First Southern Public Affairs Website
Public Affairs is an informational catalyst that successfully promotes the Auxiliary and its programs. The Public Affairs Department builds, reinforces and promotes the Coast Guard Auxiliary by initiating and maintaining ongoing relationships with the US Coast Guard, multi-level media and the entire national public. Internally we interact with every department of the Auxiliary promoting their efforts and accomplishments on both an internal and external level.
Our mission is to promote the development and enhancement of public understanding in regard to the role of the Auxiliary. In addition we focus on elevating public level of appreciation for the Auxiliary and its programs
District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
District Staff Officer, Public Affairs
First Southern District
Assistant District Staff Officers
- Kenneth Hoeg
Divisions 6, 10, 15, 20
- Virginia Daniels
Divisions 7, 24, 25
- Edward Wanamaker
Divisions 12, 18
- Jean Geiger
Divisions 1, 13, 22
- Jeffrey Sadler
Special Projects - Video Corp
- Salvatore Musmeci
Divisions 11, 14
Special Projects - Photography
- Thomas Ceniglio
Special Projects - Technology
- Michael Rebeck
Divisions 4, 5
Special Projects & Events
- Ernest Ehling Jr.
- Barbara Ingram
Public Affairs Initiatives
- Build new media relationships, establishing a larger scale of Television, Radio, Internet, coverage for the Auxiliary. Establish new relationships with Boating Magazines, newspapers and other sources of media.
- Install new chain of command guidelines in regard to both internal and external transmission of articles, stories, etc.
- Create District Master Media Contact list to broaden our range of outside exposure.
- Develop a Prevention Newsletter.
- Organize an intense PA training program within District. Identify most effective technique for training all levels of public affairs officers on a large scale.
- Develop innovative events to promote the 70th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary during 2009.
Lou DiGiusto - Bio
Lou is a media/public affairs professional whose clients include major global marketing, media/pr communications firms . He currently trains and coaches media professionals across all types of media. His career includes, film & television producing, directing, writing, and editing for Fortune 100 Brands, Government, Military, TV Networks and Major Sports. Since joining the USCGAUX ten years ago, he has served in Public Affairs positions from National (established Video News Program, which set the stage for the National Video Corps), District (ADSO- PA/Video), Division and Flotilla Staff Officer. He is a member of the National Video Corps. He received SECLIS Innovation and Leadership Awards for videos he produced for the Coast Guard Channel. Lou directed Public Affairs for the launch of the D1SR Water Watch Program with SECLIS Press Conference and major newspaper/tv feature placements, and developed recruiting press & tv news events in coastal Connecticut for the opening of the feature film “The Guardian” about USCG Rescue Swimmers. He also serves as State President –CT of the Navy League of the United States and served on the Commissioning Committee of the USS Missouri SSN 780, Groton, CT., in 2010. For the US Navy, Lou has led the “Leaders At Sea” Program for Navy Region Southeast, escorting civic and business leaders aboard aircraft carriers, surface warfare vessels, submarines and patrol aircraft for orientation missions. Lou resides in Darien, CT and is a member of Flotilla 78, Divison 7.