ARCHIVE 2012

15 DEC 12 
MANASQUAN MOVING DAY

FL16-07 Members John Ignozza, Bill Castagno, Dan Fuchs, Bob Meyer and Ted Hall.
FL16-07 Members John Ignozza, Bill Castagno, Dan Fuchs, Bob Meyer and Ted Hall.

Due to the recent storm damage incurred at the CG Station, our Flotilla was asked to vacate our locker room in the Sail Loft, so the CG personnel can have the much needed space.  Members gathered Saturday morning with trucks, boxes and strong backs to box up and relocate our belongings  to a Storage Facility in Manasquan.


The 3 metal lockers and their contents and everything that was in the attic space was all moved by 10:30 AM.  You really never know how much stuff you have, until you have to move it. 


Special thanks to Donna Schleuss, Bob Meyer, John Ignozza, Ted Hall, Bill Castagno and Wes Meyer for their help and the use of their vehicles to transport the materials to Manasquan.  Great Job!
Photo was taken by Donna Schleuss.


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10 DEC 12
FLOTILLA 16-07 CHANGE OF WATCH
FL-1607 2013 Staff Officers
Swearing in the 2013 FL1607 Staff at the 2012 Change Of Watch

The 2012 Flotilla 1607 Change Of Watch (COW) was held on Monday, December 10, 2012
at  the Forte Restaurant in Pt. Pleasant, N.J.
A good time was had by all.


FL1607 Members at 2012 Change Of Watch
The men of Flotilla 1607 at the 2012 COW

FL1607 VFC Paul Harren with FC Dan Fuchs
Incoming FL1607 Flotilla Commander, Paul Harren, receives an award in recognition of his service as Vice Flotilla Commander from outgoing Flotilla 
Commander, Dan Fuchs, at the 2012 COW

FL1607 VFC Paul Harren with FC Dan Fuchs
Outgoing FC Dan Fuchs receives an engraved paddle from his former VFC, now incoming Fc, Paul Harren, in thanks for his service to Flotilla 1607

Outgoing FL1607  FC Dan Fuchs with appreciation award

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02 DEC 12
2012 DIVISION 16 CHANGE OF WATCH

The Crystal Point Yacht Club, 3900 River Rd, POINT PLEASANT, 08742

The Crystal Point Yacht Club 732-295-7000
The 2012 Division 16 Change Of Watch was held on 
Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 

1300 to 1700 at 

The Crystal Point Yacht Club

 Route 70 at 3900 River Road, Point Pleasant, N.J.




2012 Division 6 Change of Watch, swearing in the 2013 Flotilla Commanders
Swearing in the 2013 Flotilla Commanders
 


 Invitation, RSVP Form, and Menu

The Crystal Point Yacht Club, 3900 River Rd, POINT PLEASANT, NJ


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13 NOV 12
TROPICAL STORM SANDY DAMAGE
Boats floated off their blocks on Broadway in Point Pleasant
Boats floated off their blocks on Broadway in Point Pleasant

Washed up on the railroad siding in the Manasquan River
Washed up on the railroad siding in the Manasquan River

Center console aground in Brielle.
Center console aground in Brielle.

Boat comes to rest on a golf course in Brielle.
Boat comes to rest on a golf course in Brielle.

Flooded streets.
Flooded streets.

Boats blocking traffic.
Boats blocking traffic.

Damaged Boardwalk
Damaged Boardwalk
destroyed sport utility vehicle on the beach
A destroyed sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Brielle Road and First Avenue on the Manasquan beachfront becomes evident after the morning high tide recedes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore. 10/30/12 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)
Destroyed boats litter the Brielle Road drawbridge.
Destroyed boats litter the Brielle Road drawbridge on the Manasquan beachfront becomes evident after the morning high tide recedes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore. 10/30/12 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)
Collapsed oceanfront homes on the Manasquan beachfront
Collapsed oceanfront homes on the Manasquan beachfront becomes evident after the morning high tide recedes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore. 10/30/12 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)
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17-21 OCT 12
TRAINING AT STATION EATONS NECK
New 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) at Station Eatons Neck. USCG aux photo by Bob Daraio
New 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) at Station Eatons Neck. USCG aux photo by Bob Daraio
Flotilla 16-07 members Greg Porteus and Bob Daraio, along with Greg's daughter Amanda, an acclaimed young videographer, and her friend Joe Camera have been working with Regular and Reserve Coast Guard personnel under the supervision of BOSN3 Steve Pollock, Commanding Officer, Station Eatons Neck on a video to augment the training materials being used in the transition training from the 41' Utility Boats to the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) about to be rolled out at stations across the country.

Regular and Reserve personnel at USCG Station Eatons Neck during cold weather immersion quals. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
Regular and Reserve personnel at USCG Station Eatons Neck during cold weather immersion quals. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
Regular and Reserve personnel at USCG Station Eatons Neck during cold weather immersion quals.

The first round of  transition training was held at U.S. Coast Guard Station Eaton's Neck from 17-21 October 2012 and included both classroom and on-water training evolutions covering the full range of preparation, operation and maintenance of the new RB-Ms. All mission areas were covered including but not  limited to navigation and operations in various weather conditions, search and rescue (SAR), towing, boarding, ATONs, crew served weapons, electronics, etc.
Launch 5, a former NYPD Harbor Unit 52' Patrol Boat, now a USCG Auxiliary Facility operating out of Flotilla 16-07 on USCG Station Manasquan Inlet, will assist as a training platform for towing and boarding exercises as well as serving as a camera platform for the filming of on-water transition training evolutions later in this on-going training process.

The 41-foot UTB has been the general workhorse at multi-mission units since 1973. It was designed to operate under moderate weather and sea conditions where its speed and maneuverability make it an ideal platform for a variety of missions.
41 foot UTB at Station Eatons Neck. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
41 foot UTB at Station Eatons Neck. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
The 41-foot utility boat has two sleeping berths, a chemical toilet and a mini-galley below decks to add to the vessel's on-scene effectiveness. It also carries a full complement of marine band radios, radar and a depth sounder in the cabin. The 41-footer is equipped with a four inch fire fighting monitor, a two and a half inch fire hose and a 90 gallon per minute portable pump along with the usual rescue equipment to aid the crew in the completion of their missions.
The venerable Coast Guard 41' Utility Boats at Station Eatons Neck. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
The venerable Coast Guard 41' Utility Boats at Station Eatons Neck. USCG Aux photo by Bob Daraio
 These aluminum-hulled 41-foot utility boats, built at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md., combined speed and maneuverability to carry out a wide variety of missions. 

The crew at Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck viewed from the deck of the new 45' Medium Response Boat.
The crew at Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck viewed from the deck of the new 45' Medium Response Boat.
Bob Daraio on the dock by the 45' Medium Response Boat. USCG Aux photo by Greg Porteus
Bob Daraio on the dock by the 45' Medium Response Boat. USCG Aux photo by Greg Porteus
The 41s are being replaced by the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M). The 41-foot UTBs are at the end of their 25-year economic service life and are experiencing escalating maintenance costs and reduced operational availability. 
45' Medium Response Boat
45' Medium Response Boat
The new 45' platforms bring improvements in performance, efficiency and reliability. Having worked closely with operational commanders to develop a more capable response boat, the RB-M project has delivered a new boat with significantly increased speed and performance, improving response time and agility for missions. The boats’ also are designed with human factors systems engineering concepts in mind, decreasing crew fatigue on extended patrols.
The new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions. The RB-M is part of the Coast Guard’s plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based boat fleet for missions including search and rescue, fire fighting, law enforcement, pollution investigation, transport of navigational aid repair crews, safety boarding, harbor patrols and any of the hundreds of jobs the Coast Guard performs in near coastline waters.
Amanda Porteus getting ready to underway aboard the Station Eatons Neck 45'
Amanda Porteus getting ready to underway aboard the Station Eatons Neck 45'
Underway aboard the Station Eatons Neck 45' Medium Response Boat
Underway aboard the Station Eatons Neck 45' Medium Response Boat

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05 OCT 12
STATION MANASQUAN

USCG Station Manasquan. Coast Guard photo by Tom Souchek
Coast Guard photo by Tom Souchek
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14-16 SEP 2012
 2012 D5NR FALL DISTRICT CONFERENCE

it is that time of year to make plans to attend the District Fall Training at the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel located in King of Prussia, PA, Sept 14-16th. You can attend 1 day, 2 days or 3 days. It’s your choice. 

These training sessions are for everybody. From those brand new members to the retired members and everyone in between, everyone is welcome. The hotel has restaurants, a game room, lounge fitness room and much more.

Doubletree Valley Forge


Doubletree Valley Forge
301 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
Main number 610-337-1200 KEVIN TYLER - Conference Coordinator
Phone: 717-465-7994, Email: ktyler@ptd.net

The hotel is located across the street from the huge King of Prussia mall. Registration is now ONLINE. Register today at:


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09SEP12
 Service Academy Information Day

Janet Malzone, LTJG Tanya Nalesnik, and Chris Malzone. Auxiliary photo by Jerry SanAntonio
Janet Malzone, LTJG Tanya Nalesnik, and Chris Malzone. Auxiliary photo by Jerry SanAntonio

Flotilla 16-07 members Janet and Chris Malzone and Jerry SanAntonio participated in a  Service Academy Information Day at Rutgers University on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

 They assisted Academy Admissions Officer, LTJG Tanya Nalesnik, in introducing students to the advantages of attending the United States Coast Guard Academy.

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22AUG12
 Manasquan 125th Anniversary Lighted Boat Parade
boat parade

Manasquan celebrated its 125 anniversary with on-land entertainment and a boat parade through the Manasquan River and into the ocean and back.  The attached are some of the pictures that Paul Harren, VFC 16-07 took from fellow Flotilla member, John Fisher's boat while on patrol in the Manasquan River.

Jack Witmeyer and Coxswain John Fisher check the gear and set up to participate in the Lighted Parade of Boats.
Jack Witmeyer and Coxswain John Fisher check the gear and set up to participate in the Lighted Parade of Boats.

USCG Auxiliarists Terry Bearse and Bill Costagno
Terry Bearse and Bill Costagno

Terry Bearse, Joe Cotignola, & Bill Costagno patrol aboard the Flotilla 16-05  boat
Terry Bearse, Joe Cotignola, & Bill Costagno patrol aboard the Flotilla 16-05  boat
The Manasquan Elks Club Boat
a well decorated boat The Manasquan Elks club were there (Left) with a well decorated boat, along with a bevy of festively festooned vessels that made for an impressive and certainly patriotic display.

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15JUL12
Sanderling/B Cat Sail Boat Race  Lavallette Yacht Club

Lavallette Yacht Club
Lavallette Yacht Club
 FL 16-07 member Nancy Lopus, who is Commodore of Lavallette Yacht Club, skippered our friends B Cat to a 2nd place position in the LYC Sunday Race Series. After gaining on two boats on one leg and rounding the mark to a downwind finish, she skillfully finished in the correct position on the finishing line. Numerous competitors, often top place sailors, missed the proper finishing line and placed well behind, much to their chagrin. Pictured with Nancy (far right) are, from left: Sarah Punderson (crew), vessel owner Eve Allison and fellow Flotilla 16-07 member and crew, Betsy Bauer.

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06JUN12
SPACE SHUTTLE “ENTERPRISE” LANDS ON THE INTREPID

SPACE SHUTTLE “ENTERPRISE” on barge
120606-G-1583F-001 Aux photo by John Fisher
   by John M. Fisher, Jr.
 
On 06 June, 2012 my wife, Pat, and I traveled to New York City to view the shuttle Enterprise sail up the Hudson River from its overnight stay in Bayonne, NJ toward its new home on the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid. 

We arrived just in time to see the barge carrying the shuttle making its way up the river bathed in glorious sunshine and led by two fire boats shooting plumes of water high in the air. The flotilla of boats accompanying her included assets from the Coast Guard, New York State and City Marine Police, the CG Auxiliary (I counted six OPFACS), and a plethora of recreational vessels.
 
The barge carrying the lifting crane moved into position on the starboard side of the Intrepid and then the Intrepid's barge was secured to the crane barge. All this was fascinating to watch – tugs pushing and pulling, crewman scurrying about securing lines, helicopters hovering overhead providing coverage for the television networks. 

By approximately 1230 the barges were secured in place and the waiting began for the Enterprise to be lifted onto the Intrepid.
 
After what seemed like an eternity, the shuttle became airborne once again, firmly attached in its lifting cradle.
 
Ever so slowly the crane swung the shuttle over the stern of the carrier and gently placed one of America's finest achievements on the aft end of the ship, its nose pointing toward New Jersey. The wheels touched down at approximately 1615. Mission accomplished!
 
The exhibit allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the Enterprise will open on 19 July of this year. If you have never visited the Intrepid Air and Space museum, it is a trip you will thoroughly enjoy, especially now that the shuttle is on board.


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 03JUN12
 Eagle Scout Recognition Presentation
Proud Grandfather and Flotilla 16-7 Member Presides


On June 3rd, 2012, Dennis Georgia stood in for National Commodore James E. Vass Jr. and represented the USCGAUX in the presentation of Eagle Scout Awards to his grandsons Adam Krulewicz and Ryan Krulewicz (pictured below).

Dennis Georgia with Eagle Scouts Adam Krulewicz and Ryan Krulewicz

The relationship between the Boy Scouts and the Auxiliary dates back to March 2011. At that time, the USCGAUX issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boy Scouts of America, which in general is a participatory agreement between the two organizations. Part of this agreement is the recognition of all new Eagle Scouts or Quartermasters of the Sea Scout Program. A certificate of recognition and achievement is presented to the individual from National Commodore James E. Vass Jr. (or his representative) upon reaching Eagle or Quartermaster.

Ryan, now 19 years old, received his Eagle in 2009, before the program was in place. Adam, 16 years old, recently completed all of his requirements and had his Eagle award ceremony on June 3, 2012. With Dennis’s request for Adam's award, he also requested an award for Ryan, which was granted. Dennis is shown here with his grandsons Adam & Ryan.
 
Excerpts & Photo courtesy of DENNIS GEORGIA
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20JUN12
 INSPECTING PATONS OFF INDIAN POINT 
Indian Point from USCG Facility Azimuth Star
Indian Point from USCG Facility Azimuth Star


USCG Aux Coxswain Lynn Glassman
Coxswain Lynn Glassman
OSSINING,NY: Robert Daraio, 053-16-07, participated in an Aids to Navigation patrol on Wednesday, 20JUN12, as a crewman aboard USCG Operational Facility "Azimuth Star". 

The Coxswain was Lynn Glassman VCDR-06, 014-06-03, the crew included Elaine Pealey, 014-06-03, and Tom Cadwallader VCDR-20, 014-20-02. 

PATON marking Indian Point Security Zone
PATON marking Indian Point Security Zone
The "Azimuth Star" left Westerly Marina, Ossining at 1000, arrived at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant at 1100, and the crew proceeded to check the seven PATONs that mark the perimeter of the security zone on the Hudson river side of the plant. 

All were on station and functioning properly. The patrol ended back at Westerly Marina at 1400. Auxiliary photos by Bob Daraio


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22-24JUN12 

KAYAK INSPECTIONS AT THE HUDSON RIVER GREENLAND KAYAK FESTIVAL

HUDSON RIVER GREENLAND KAYAK FESTIVAL

Auxiliarist Bob Daraio with kayaker Nastaran Mohit
Bob Daraio with kayaker Nastaran Mohit
Flotilla 16-07 member, Robert Daraio inspected 18 of the 61 kayaks owned by attendees of the 2012 Hudson River Greenland Kayak Festival on Saturday, 23JUN12, day two of the three day annual event.  Although they all were very knowledgeable and up to date on their kayaking skill sets, since Saturday was a workshop and training day, many left most of their gear in their cars, just bringing the specific safety equipment necessary for the training evolution down to the beach. This meant Bob could not issue VSC decals to many of the kayakers that day.

Based in Croton Point Park, one of Westchester County's biggest and busiest public parks, the Hudson River Greenland Festival includes organized mentoring in paddling, rolling and Greenland Rope Gymnastics, paddle-carving workshops, kayak building demos, races, and various cultural presentations on Greenlandic life.  

HUDSON RIVER GREENLAND KAYAK FESTIVAL
There are kayak activities for all ages, cabins, camping, a lodge with full dining facilities and of course the Hudson River, where participants use Mother’s Lap beach for safe, controlled instruction. Mentors come from the top ranks of Greenland style paddling and rolling technique instructors, using multiple approaches that accommodate everyone from first-timers to experienced paddlers. 

The Hudson River Greenland Festival was founded in 2004 at Norrie State Park on the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY.  Organized by Wayne Gilchrist and Hudson Valley Pack & Paddle, the original, one day event featured Greenland kayak technique demonstrations, races and rolling competitions.  Some of the most recognized and highly skilled kayak mentors in the country were there, including Cheri Perry, Turner Wilson and Dubside.  After two successful years, sadly the organizers left the area and the park closed the Norrie facilities for major renovations.  Seeking a new home in 2005 , HRGF found a new venue at Croton Point Park a few miles downriver on the Hudson and was reborn as a multi-day annual event. 

 HRGF found a new venue at Croton Point Park


Brand New This Year!!!  HRGF was excited to announce the introduction of their new Youth Kayak Program.  A full kayak skills program for ages 5-14 with dedicated instruction and lots of fun, including paddling, games, Greenland Ropes and rolling. 

There were Rope Gymnastics demonstrations, a traditional way for the Inuit to keep fit during the long winter months, along with assorted other skill-inspired kayak games.

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NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK KICK-OFF






WASHINGTON – The 2012 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign officially begins this Saturday, May 19 and runs through Friday, May 25 – the start of Memorial Day Weekend and traditional start to the summer boating season.  

Since its inception, NSBW represents an ideal opportunity for the Coast Guard Auxiliary to partner with other like-minded organizations to help make America’s waterways safer by promoting recreations boating safety. 

“Recreation boating safety remains the primary goal for our organization,” according to James E. Vass, Jr., National Commodore of the  Auxiliary. “I encourage every  Auxiliary unit to maximize National Safe Boating Week opportunities to promote safety on the water."

 For more information on NSBW, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Marching Band
Photo by Greg Porteus, USCG Auxiliary
Photo Corps member Bob Daraio with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Marching Band
Bob with the Band, photo by Amanda Porteus
The FL 22-07, D1SR, USCG Auxiliary Marching Band, under the direction of Auxiliarist Patricia Catalano, participated with Regular, Reserve, and Auxiliary members of Team Coast Guard in the 252nd Saint Patrick's Day Parade. 

See more pictures here.

The NYC event is the largest annual parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762 -- fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence

FL 16-07 members Greg Porteus, Jim Picciano, and Bob Daraio were assigned to photograph the event and were assisted by Greg's daughter Amanda.  The image of the band marching with the Team Coast Guard formation was chosen as the USCG Auxiliary Photo Of The Week (POTW)

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