As a Document Support Specialist, Rachel Born works with teams across the company to manage the status and development of the mapping documents that are used by the engineering, design and field teams. Needless to say, teamwork, attention to detail and precision are essential to her job.
Outside the office, she also uses those skills as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed, volunteer organization governed by the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is to provide trained crews to augment the Coast Guard, enhance safety of our ports and waterways and to promote recreational boating safety and training.
Rachel officially became an auxiliarist eight months ago. “It takes a while to get all the clearances and go through the necessary training because we are part of the Department of Homeland Security. I’m currently training to become Crew Certified, to assist with on water activities and a Materials Officer, which is a position that is responsible for obtaining and coordinating all of the uniforms, medals and equipment like first aid kits. The Auxiliary provides a lot of opportunity to learn and grow and take on different responsibilities both on water and on land.”
She became interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary through another adventurous activity she enjoys – dragon boating. She is a dragon boat team member and met other auxiliarists through the racing group she belongs to. Her dragon boating is also attached to a good cause. The annual races raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
“I enjoy the Coast Guard Auxiliary because I know that I am providing a service. There is a lot of camaraderie and I like the educational opportunities. You can really make of it what you want. I’ve met people from all walks of life that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”
The Coast Guard Auxiliary has units in all 50 states. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, visit cgaux.org.
Pictured above: Rachel, seated in the first row on the left, prepares to take on competitors during a dragon boat race.