ARCHIVE 2013

                               2013 SERVICE AWARDS 


As the 2013 boating season winds down, it is important to make sure we put all of our hours into AUXDATA. 
The hours in AUXDATA affect the budget allocation for the Coast Guard and serve as a metric to measure the success and value of the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a force multiplier for the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. 
Auxiliarists receive recognition for their efforts is the form of awards based on the information entered in AUXDATA. There are awards for years of service, total hours accumulated etc. Below as the requirements for Operational Service Awards for your review.
 
VE/PV Service Ribbon
PE/MT Service Ribbon

The VE/RBSVP Service Award is awarded for completing sixty or more VSCs, which include examinations of recreational boats, personal watercraft, commercial fishing vessels and uninspected passenger vessels, or conducting sixty or more RBSVPs or conducting a combination of VSCs, CFVEs and RBSVPs, which totals at least sixty checks/visits. Also, the award may be earned by conducting a total of twenty CFVEs.
PE/MT Service Ribbon
PE/MT Service Ribbon

The PE Service Award is awarded for IT and/or ITs aides completing thirty or more hours of instruction (in PE or MT), or serving as an ITs aide for sixty or more hours,or completing a combination of IT hours and ITs aide hours to total at least thirty credits (one IT hour equals one credit and one aide hour equals one-half a credit, for example, twenty hours as an IT equals twenty credits and twenty hours as an aide equals ten credits, totaling thirty credits and qualifying to receive the award).

Operations Service Ribbon
Operations Service Ribbon
The Operations Service Award is awarded for supporting Coast Guard units and missions, including surface operations, air operations, and operational watch-standing (such as communications watch-stander, OOD, manning the SAR desk, etc.). Displays the operational “O” device for underway (excluding underway for training), surface mission activity (sixty or more hours), or for airborne aviation mission activity (excluding training) (thirty or more hours). Support for on-the-water readiness exercises does qualify as operational service. No combination of surface and air operations is allowable for this award. Support activity includes categories 01, 02, 03, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 51, 52, 53, and 54 identified on AUXDATA report 4. Activities 30 (AtoN-Federal) and 31 (AtoN-private) and 32 (Bridge Administration) should be for afloat activity, vice ashore, for this award.
Make sure to check your hours in AUXDATA to ensure you receive the recognition earned for your service and dedication to being Semper Paratus. 

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ABOUT BOATING SAFELY CLASS FOR
OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 137
09NOV13
Auxiliarist Lynn Glassman shows students "The King of Knots"
Lynn Glassman shows members of Operating Engineers Local 137 "The King of Knots"









Bob Daraio teaching ABS at the Local 137 Training Facility
Bob Daraio teaching ABS
On Saturday, November 9, 2013 Flotilla 16-07,D5N member Bob Daraio, along with instructors from Division 6, D1SR taught the second in a series of ABS courses for members of Local 137, Operating Engineers. These men and women will be working on the crew boats and tugs that will transport people and materials to and from the construction barges on the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

The replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the country, expected to employ as many as 40,000 workers for up to ten years.

Skip Mumford teaching ABS 
Skip Mumford teaching ABS
All 14 participants passed the course and many will go on to advanced training leading to deckhand, engineering, and Captain certification.
Happy Graduates with their Instructors
Happy Graduates with their certificates and Instructors

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TRAINING PATROL  
08SEP13
OPFAC 201097, John Fisher Coxswain
OPFAC 201097, John Fisher Coxswain

 On 08SEP13, on John Fisher’s facility, QE Joe Cotignola oversaw John Ignozza’s QE sign-offs.  John’s boat were:  John Fisher, Coxswain and helmsman, along with Joe Cotignola, John Fisher, and Paul Harren going through the towing procedures and evolutions in Silver Bay .  

Frank Schmidt's Grady White, OPFAC 3011748
Frank Schmidt's Grady White, OPFAC 3011748
John Ignozza was also QE'ing Paul for his 3rd year crew re-certification. After all requirements were satisfied they departed for the Metedeconk River where Joe Cotignola transferred to Terry Bearce's facility.

Coxswain Jim Picciano circles "disabled" vessel as part of towing evolution
Coxswain Jim Picciano circles "disabled" vessel as part of towing evolution
  
Joe then served to QE several members of that crew later in the day.  Joe was a busy man on Saturday and all were thankful for his service!  Mother nature blessed us with another beautiful day, drawing more boats out into the bays and rivers than seen on most summer weekends.   
  
Text & photos courtesy of JOHN FISHER & BETSY BAUER
  
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PATROL
30AUG13

Paul Harren, John Fisher, Betsy Bauer and Dennis-Georgia
Great Looking Crew: Paul Harren, John Fisher, Betsy Bauer and Dennis-Georgia

Paul Harren on the helm
Paul Harren on the helm

Dennis Georgia and-Betsy Bauer
Dennis Georgia and Betsy Bauer
 Text & photos courtesy of JOHN FISHER & BETSY BAUER

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TRAINING PATROL
28AUG13 
 
QE John Ignozza says "Off to the Rescue"
QE John Ignozza says "Off to the Rescue"
On 28AUG13, aboard John Fisher’s 20’ Grady White were Charmaine Stires, successfully and flawlessly completing her Coxswain sign-offs, John Ignozza, the QE, and Ron Coleman, completing his 3 year ride check.  


C. Stiles and R. Coleman paying out towline
Charmaine Stiles and Ron Coleman paying out Towline

Sidetow secure
Side-tow secure

Ron Coleman on the helm
Ron Coleman on the helm


The training and sign-offs went smoothly with calm conditions assisting in a productive and enjoyable patrol.  

Glen Delmonico and Betsy Bauer on bow-watch
Glen Delmonico and Betsy Bauer on bow-watch

C. Stiles after QE John Ignozza requalifies her as Coxswain
Charmaine Stiles is all smiles after QE John Ignozza re-qualifies her as Coxswain
Text & photos courtesy of JOHN FISHER & BETSY BAUER

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TRAINING PATROL
09AUG13 

Flotilla 16-7 has been busy with on water training, sign-offs and patrolling, as seen on these photos.  We are fortunate to have a very supportive core of Coxswains, facility owners, QE’s and crew.  Despite a drop-off in the number of facilities due to Superstorm Sandy, our Op’s members are completing their required hours and training. 
 
John Fisher took the pictures below during a training exercise with CG 25702 in the Metedeconk River on 09 August. The two CG crew were trainees working under the direction of Assistant OPS officer Joseph Hicks and CX Nick Gera.

Bill Castagno prepares to receive heaving Line
Bill Castagno prepares to receive heaving Line
Stern Tow
CG 25702 takes Aux Facility in Stern Tow

Side Tow, Line #1 Attached
Side Tow, Line #1 Attached

Side Tow Line #2 Attached
Side Tow Line #2 Attached

Side Tow Line #3 Manned
Side Tow Line #3 Manned
M. Ignozza and W. Castagno following Towing Evolution
M. Ignozza and W. Castagno Following Towing Evolution

 Text & photos courtesy of JOHN FISHER & BETSY BAUER
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28JUL13 
 Experts: Hudson River Crash Highlights Need for Better Boat Safety Law, Systems

 Posted by (Editor) Ossining-Croton Patch
Two New Auxiliarists Take ABS Course on Azimuth Star
About Boating Safety class for two new Auxiliarists aboard USCG AUX Facility Azimuth Star (Photo by Greg Porteus)
Marine Units on both the local and county levels have been stepping up their training and equipment for accidents anticipated with reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge

Greg Porteus, Captain of Launch 5, and member of Flotilla 16-07, D5N, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which operates out of Ossining, N.Y. and has most recently policed the waters for such events as the 8 Bridges swim and 100-Mile Paddle, says this tragedy took him by surprise.

“I’m out there a lot, and I didn’t think of this happening with the bridge construction,” Porteus said. “There’s seven boating seasons to come with this, and much more equipment out there, more obstacles. They might have to do something different out there. I bet they are talking about that today.”

In fact, the Tappan Zee Constructors had more lighting around their fixed barges as of Saturday, though experts have noted they were already perfectly abiding the Coast Guard regulations for lighting.

These lighting systems can be very confusing to marine professionals, let alone a casual boater, said Porteus.

“We really need to simplify these things,” he said. “It’s very confusing to people. You can’t expect all these pleasure boaters to be up to snuff.”

Most boats come with radar overlaid with radar these days, but that doesn’t mean boaters know how or even bother to use them. 
Porteus will be taking me out on Launch 5 soon to show me what that particular group of attached barges looks like on his detection systems, so stay tuned for a video update of that. 
He says it doesn’t take a scientist to learn to read the machines. The best idea is to keep radar on by day so you get used to seeing things on your radar by night.

In the meantime, Porteus sees this weekend’s event as a “quick shot in the arm for more education.”

He’s amazed, he said, by all the boats at night speeding up and down the river. A longtime veteran of the waters, he won’t even his take his boat out at night unless absolutely necessary, and when he does, he navigates very slowly.

“I sit at the shoreline and watch some of these boats go by at 40 miles an hour and say ‘wow, what are they thinking,’” Porteus said. “You just hit a tree and you can die.”

In the center channel, there’s a lot of traffic, but then to the sides of the river, there’s all the anchored obstacles. Pros and cons to either route, more cons if you're racing across both. Add to these obstacles now the ever-increasing amount of barges surrounding the bridge construction. 

“If you’re not paying attention, you’d miss the warning light for the barge – and it’s easy to miss – you’ve got to be constantly looking,” he said. On his boat with him if and when he does go out at night is a person dedicated to just reading the radar and charts.

Porteus mentioned how someone on his Facebook page had commented that anyone intoxicated on the boat should also be held responsible and not just the driver, as you need a sober crew to be safe at night.

“You see the paint from their boat on the barge. They hit it dead-on. The impact was severe,” Porteus said. Passengers having the misfortune of being ejected into the water “have a very slim chance of survival,” he said. The two passengers ejected in this case were later found dead though their cause of death has not been identified.

NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and NYS Senator David Carlucci have been pressing for boating licensing law reform with this petition to require “mechanically-propelled boat operators to possess boating safety certificates to protect the boating public and prevent future injuries and fatalities.” They’ve pushed for a package of bills since July 2012, but will certainly increase their efforts now.

Carlucci issued a statement of “thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families,” followed by this call to action:

About Boating Safely"While there is nothing we can do to change the course of events that transpired over this past weekend, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to try to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.  
It is clear that more education and public awareness is sorely needed. Mandatory boat safety education will go along way toward informing boat operators and their passengers about the importance of safe operating procedures on New York's waterways.

"New York must get serious about making sure that boaters understand the proper rules, regulations, and procedures of operating these powerful machines.  
This includes strengthening our BWI laws and enforcing stronger punishments for those who consume alcohol and operate a vessel.  Commuter safety does not end on paved roadways.  I strongly urge the Governor to sign the comprehensive boating safety legislation into law to make sure that all New Yorkers can be protected on our waters."

NYS Senator David Carlucci posted on Facebook today, "According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 93 percent of boating fatalities involve operators who have not taken a safety course. The Journal News editorial board makes the case that a safety course may seem like a small investment in time and effort, but produces dividends to be paid perhaps over a lifetime."

As it stands now, you buy a boat this afternoon and “you can be out there tonight,” Porteus said.
Lynn Glassman and Robert Daraio teaching a boating safety class
Lynn Glassman and Robert Daraio teaching a boating safety class to two U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists this weekend at Ossining’s Westerly Marina. 
Photo credit: Greg Porteus
This weekend at Ossining’s Westerly Marina, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was teaching a boating safety course, as they have done here since the 1950s. 
Lynn Glassman and Robert Daraio teaching a boating safety class
Photo credit: Greg Porteus

One among them was wearing a t-shirt saying “The sea yields to knowledge.”

Lynn Glassman and Robert Daraio teaching a boating safety clas
Lynn Glassman and Robert Daraio teaching a boating safety class
 Photo credit: Greg Porteus
“Training is key for anything you do,” Porteus said.
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27JUL13
Search and Recovery Mission After Fatal Hudson River Crash
 
 
Afternoon update on boating accident: Police officials talk about the fatal boating accident on the Hudson River, during a briefing, July 27, 2013. 
 (Video by Peter Carr / The Journal News)
On Saturday, 27JUL13, as per patrol #1013732, “Azimuth Star”, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Facility # 283623 set out from Westerly Marina on the Hudson River off Ossining, N.Y. on a standard Hudson River Weekend Safety Patrol.

Azimuth Star on NY1
Azimuth Star on NY1 report
Azimuth Star, with coxswain Lynn Glassman FL64, D1SR and crew Bob Daraio, Jim Picciano from FL16-07, D5N, and trainee, Dick Birgler, FL64, D1SR aboard, was assigned to Patrol Area 13, from the Bear Mountain Bridge to Tellers Point off Croton.
Jim Picciano FL16-07, Lynn Glassman FL64 D1SR, Dick Birgler FL64 D1SR
Jim Picciano FL16-07 D5N, Lynn Glassman and Dick Birgler FL64 D1SR

Lou Liotti FL67 D1SR and Jim Picciano FL16-07 D5N
Lou Liotti FL67 D1SR and Jim Picciano FL16-07 D5N

Sector N.Y. took our guard at 1020, GAR 12, 4 POB. George Reilly, DDC-R contacted Lynn and said our facility was being re-tasked to assist local law enforcement and Sector NY in a search and rescue operation at the Tappan Zee bridge.

P.O. Boyd from Sector NY called us and explained that on Friday 26JUL 13, between 2230 and 2300 a 19ft powerboat with 6 people aboard hit a construction barge at the Tappan Zee bridge, two individuals are missing and the search was continuing. We proceeded south to join the search.

Azimuth Star arrived at the scene at 1100 and made radio contact with the Westchester County Police Marine Unit at the scene, they informed us that the on scene Incident Command was through the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, and to monitor channel 17 on our VHF radio.


Boat that was involved in Friday nights fatal boat accident

The boat that was involved in Friday nights fatal boat accident is taken out of the Hudson River in Piermont July 27, 2013. ( Frank Becerra Jr / The Journal News )
We contacted Sector NY and PO Boyd told us he was in contact with the Rockland County IC and would relay instructions to us. Our guard changed from a 1 hour to ½ hour call in schedule.

At 1130 we picked up Auxiliarist, Lou Liotti, FL-67, D1SR at the Tarrytown Marina gas dock and added him to the crew for the rest of the patrol and informed Sector that there were now 5 people on board.

Greg Porteus, FL16-07 joined in the search efforts with Launch 5.

Greg Porteus, FL16-07 joined in the search efforts with Launch 5, although not under orders, Greg was able to support search efforts and provide a platform for media outlets including News 12.

Launch 5 from Azimuth Star
Launch 5 from Azimuth Star

Bob Daraio FL16-07
Bob Daraio FL16-07
Azimuth Star was first assigned to a barrier search from east to west parallel to the north side of the bridge and west to east on the south side.
Jim Picciano, FL 16-07, Lou Liotti, FL67, Lynn Glassman, FL64
Jim Picciano, FL 16-07, Lou Liotti, FL67, Lynn Glassman, FL64

At 1215 we were informed that body of a female, later identified as that of Lindsey Stewart, age 30, one of the two individuals missing after the Friday night crash, had been located and recovered just south of the bridge off Piedmont. The search would continue for Mark Lennon, also age 30.


Jim Picciano FL16-07
Jim Picciano FL16-07
At 1300 Sector asked that we initiate a shore line search heading 3 miles north from the Tappan Zee on the eastern side of the Hudson, then 6 miles south on off the western shore of the Hudson River. 

Lou Liotti FL67
Lou Liotti FL67
We continued the shoreline search until 1430, then headed back to Ossining and ended the patrol at 1530.

Subsequently, Rockland County Sheriff, Louis Falco reported that the body of Mark Lennon was found by a passing jet skier and recovered by the Sheriff’s Department a mile south of the Piermont Pier at 1112 Sunday morning.  


Hudson boat crash Sunday news conference: Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco announces that the body of a second victim of Friday's night's boat crash, believed to be that of Mark Lennon, was found in the Hudson River Sunday. (Video by Seth Harrison/The Journal News)


The operator of the vessel, Jojo K. John, 35, of Nyack, was charged Saturday with felony vehicular manslaughter in the crash. Mr. John, 35, was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault over Friday night’s crash, said Rockland County Sheriff William Barbera. Mr. John, along with the three other survivors was in the hospital been treated for injuries suffered in the fatal crash. 

Neither of the two individuals who lost their lives in this tragic boating accident were wearing life-jackets and it is alleged that the vessel operator had been drinking. 

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12JUN13 
FLARE TRAINING


By Betsy Bauer - FSO-PB
The June training meeting was another worthwhile endeavor, covered by our FSO-MT, John Fisher. 
   
FL-16-07 Flare Demonstration
FL-16-07 Flare Demonstration

John Fisher demonstrates how to hold a flare
John Fisher demonstrates how to hold a flare
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) was the topic; very timely for our members.  We were reminded of the many types of VDS (pyrotechnic and non-pyrotechnic) along with safety tips.   
Classroom instruction was followed by hands-on instruction at the beach, along the inlet.  
All members had the opportunity to light hand-held flares and shoot gun flares.  The review was beneficial and enjoyable for all.
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13MAY13
FLOTILLA 16-07 BUSINESS MEETING
Brick Oven Restaurant
Text and photos by Betsy Bauer

Brick Oven Restaurant signThe May meeting was held at the Brick Oven Restaurant on Mantoloking Road in Brick, owned by fellow member Jack McGrath.  
FL-1607 Members at the Brick Oven Restaurant
Members attended en masse, in part due to the Snow Birds return.  Jack again treated us to delicious pasta, chicken and salad.   
E. Robert Meyer receves award from Paul Harren for 20 Years of Service
Also noteworthy, aside from the venue, food and great fellowship were several members receiving recognition for their accomplishments.  
 Charmaine Stires Receives Sustained Service Award from Paul Harren 



Those awarded and pictured were:  
 E. Robert Meyer for 20 Years of Service; Dennis Georgia for 15 years; Ron Coleman and Charmaine Stires for Sustained Service. 
   
Ron Coleman receives Sustained Service Award from Paul Harren A great night was enjoyed by all!   
FL-1607 Members at the Brick Oven Restaurant









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                            19 APR 13
   OSSINING                   U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's
Ossining Daily Voice logo Robert Daraio Has A Basic Set Of Rules For Safe Boating.
FL-16-07 member Bob Daraio at Coast Guard Starion Eatons Neck
FL-16-07 member Bob Daraio at Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck. USCG Aux Photo by Greg Porteus

 Ossining Boater Gives Tips For A Safe Season
Ossining Daily Voice
Additional info and links from USCG Auxiliary

FRIDAY,19APR13: Boats along the Atlantic Ocean and inland waterways went into the water beginning in early April and along with the fun and fishing comes a set of important safety rules to follow. 
Ossining's Robert Daraio, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla16-07, who has participated in search and rescue missions on the Hudson, Long Island Sound and New York Harbor, offers the basics for boat safety
Wear It!Daraio suggest that boaters "always wear a life-jacket, don't drink alcohol while boating, take a boating safety course, get a free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) from the Coast Guard Auxiliary to make sure you have the proper safety gear and file a Float Plan for every trip." New York State recommends boaters take certified boating safety courses In both the States of Connecticut and New Jersey the course is required by law.  Safe Boating America's website is a prime source for boating safety, education, certification and Captain's licensing in the New York and Connecticut metropolitan area.  
In New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut any pleasure vessel, whether propelled in whole or part by mechanical means, must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The operator of the vessel is required to be in possession of the original registration when the vessel is in operation.  
Connecticut boaters are required to register all boats with a motor, boats that are 19' 6" feet or longer and personal watercraft, including jet skis with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  
The Westchester County Police Marine Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Connecticut and New York offer free vessel inspections help boat owners meet this goal. 
Boaters are also advised to check local weather forecasts for marine-related information prior to departure. 
Children under the age of 12 must wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when aboard a boat of less than 65 feet in length. A PFD must be available for every person on board, including in kayaks, canoes and rowboats.  
It is estimated that 70 percent of all boating-related deaths could be prevented if PFD’s were more fully utilized. 
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24 FEB 13
ABS CLASS
24FEB13 ABS class at Mahopac Marina
FL 16-07 member Bob Daraio teaching the ABS course

On Sunday, February 24, 2013 Flotilla 16-07 member, Bob Daraio, along with USCG Auxiliary members Elaine Pealey, Skip Mumford, and Eric Ment taught the About Boating Safely course to 19 students at the Mahopac Marina. All passed the ABS class. Pictured is USCG Aux Instructor Bob Daraio FL 16-07, D5NR

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Take A Boating Safety Class Now

ABOUT BOATING SAFELY

About Boating Safely

Flotilla 16-07 will offer the USCG approved Public Education class,
About Boating Safely in 2013

All PWC operators and all Power Vessel operators boating in New Jersey waters are required to take an approved boating safety course.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.


PWC operators must be at least 16 years old and possess a boating safety course certificate. Boaters age 13 to 15, possessing a boating safety course certificate, may only operate unpowered vessels,  vessels powered by electric motor, and powerboats with engines of less than 10 total Horse Power.


This basic boating safety class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain boating safety certification in New Jersey. See details of N.J. boating laws at  http://www.state.nj.us/.

DATES:

February 23, 2013   Sail Loft, Coast Guard Station Manasquan
March 23, 2013        Sail Loft, Coast Guard Station Manasquan
April 27, 2013          Sail Loft, Coast Guard Station Manasquan
May 18, 2013           Lavallette Yacht Club
June 1, 2013           Lavallette Yacht Club
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