Now obsolete, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Observer Ribbon was awarded to members of the United States Coast Guard who perform meritorious service while searching for and assisting vessels and individuals in distress in and near waters.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by Congress on June 23, 1939 to provide support for Coast Guard operations in roles that do not entail military engagement or enforcement. Its 2015 numbers were estimated at 32,000 members.
Auxiliary members are permitted to engage in the proceedings listed below:
-Academy Admissions Partner Program (AAPP)
-Administrative Support for Coast Guard Units
-Auxiliary Food Service (AUXFS)
-Civil Air Patrol Support
-Coast Guard Unit Support
-Health Care Services Assistance
-Legislative Liaison Committee
-Licensing of Merchant Mariners
-Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection
-Maritime Domain Awareness
-Multi-Mission Harbor Safety
-National Safe Boating Week
-Port Safety and Security
-Public Affairs Support
-Recreational Boating Safety
-Search and Rescue Operations
-State Liaison Officer Program
-Vessel Inspections/ Examinations
-Vessel Safety Check Program
The ribbon is gray with a vertical golden yellow stripe on each edge.