ARCHIVE 2015

 03NOV15
FAMILIAR FACES IN THE "COAST GUARD PICTURE OF THE WEEK"
Janet Malzone and Tina Shymko
Coast Guard Auxiliary Live, the official blog of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, recently chose Division 5 Vice Commander John Fisher's image of Flotilla 16-07 members for Photo of the Week!
THOMPSON PARK, NJ – During a Auxiliary Boating Safety class, Flotilla 16-07 Public Education Instructors, Janet Malzone and Tina Shymko, review New Jersey State Police boating certificate applications. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Instructors must also be licensed by the State of N.J. in order to satisfy the requirements for the mandatory N.J. Boating Safety Certificate needed by all powerboat operators in N.J.
Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by John Fisher.
THOMPSON PARK, NJ – During a Auxiliary Boating Safety Janet Malzone and Tina Shymko, FSO-PE review New Jersey State Police boating certificate applications. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Instructors instructors must also be licensed by the State of N.J. in order to satisfy the requirements for the mandatory N.J. Boating Safety Certificate needed by all powerboat operators in N.J.
Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by John Fisher.
- See more at: http://live.cgaux.org/?p=4891#sthash.HS3dm67w.dpuf
THOMPSON PARK, NJ – During a Auxiliary Boating Safety Janet Malzone and Tina Shymko, FSO-PE review New Jersey State Police boating certificate applications. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Instructors instructors must also be licensed by the State of N.J. in order to satisfy the requirements for the mandatory N.J. Boating Safety Certificate needed by all powerboat operators in N.J.
Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by John Fisher.
- See more at: http://live.cgaux.org/?p=4891#sthash.HS3dm67w.dpuf
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 24OCT15 
COAST GUARD MANDATORY TRAINING WORKSHOPS AT STATION SHARK RIVER

FLOTILLA 16-07 MEMBERS AT STATION SHARK RIVER TRAINING


INSTRUCTOR BOB DARAIO FSO-CS FL 16-07On Saturday, 24OCT15 Flotilla 16-07 ran the introduction to the Coast Guard Mandatory Training Workshops and all eight of the courses at Station Shark River. Jimmy Picciano and John Fisher set up the opportunity to offer the Mandatory Workshops to our crew. Thanks go to Jimmy, for being the driver for the two hour drive from Ossining to, and the three hour return trip for Avon for Instructor Bob Daraio and fellow 16-07 member Greg Porteus.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Shark River

Station Shark River is a wonderful location, it is very kind of Mr. Sparkman to share this space with us, on short notice, for these important workshops. The value of the help Chris always provides in facilitating auxiliary training cannot be overstated.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Shark River docks
Thanks go to Dennis Georgia for the time he spent helping me prepare to present these workshops and making obtaining the assorted power point presentations so easy.

Special thanks to John Fisher for not only bringing the projector, screen, and laptop, but setting it all set up and having it ready to go before we even arrived.

Janet and Chris Malzone, Jim Picciano, Greg Porteus, Frank Schmidt, Georgia Walsh, Pat and Bob Witham completed their mandatory training. 


Workshops presented included Introduction to Required Coast Guard Workshops; Ethics and Personal Gifts; Influenza Training; Building Resilience and Preventing Suicide in the Coast Guard; Security Fundamentals; Privacy at the DHS: Protecting Personal Information; Sexual Harassment Prevention; Sexual assault Prevention/Response; and Civil Right Awareness.

Station Manasquan Inlet construction project sign Everyone who took the class was on time, prepared, and fully participated in these interactive workshops. Great students make any class a joy to teach. 

The fellowship at the training was augmented by John Ignozza joining Jim, Greg, and Bob for a late lunch/early dinner at The Shrimp Box, and a walk over to see how construction on the new Station Manasquan Inlet is progressing, a pleasant way to cap off a good day of training.

Construction at Station Manasquan Inlet



Bravo Zulu to everyone involved in making this a successful and enjoyable training evolution.
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06OCT15 
 DIVISION 16 HOLDS ELECTION
Noreen Schifini, Flotilla 16-03, Division Commander elect, and John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07, Division Vice Commander elect.
 Division 16 held their monthly meeting at Station Shark River last night and held their annual election of officers. Congratulations and best of luck to Noreen Schifini, Flotilla 16-03, Division Commander elect, and to John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07, Division Vice Commander elect.

Official USCG Auxiliary photo by Auxiliarist Paul Casalese

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18SEP15
FLOTILLA 16-07 TRAINS WITH COAST GUARD STATION MANASQUAN INLET 

Side Tow Launch 5 and 47 Photo by Gail Harren

Launch 5 Photo by Gail Harren

47' Motor Lifeboat. Photo by Greg Porteus
Launch 5  in stern tow by 47' Motor Lifeboat Photo by Gail HarrenThe exercise was on the ocean off Point Pleasant Beach and involved stern and side tow evolutions. The Coast Guard using their 47' practiced the towing of Launch 5 from the ocean through the Manasquan Inlet. 
47' Motor Lifeboat. witn Launch 5 setting up tow. Photo by Greg PorteusJim Picciano and John Fisher pull in lines. Photo by Greg Porteus
 Jim Picciano and John Fisher received the tow lines from the 47' Motor Lifeboat.
47' Motor Lifeboat. witn Launch 5 in stern tow. Photo by Greg Porteus

Once through the inlet, the 47' then took the Launch into a side tow to complete the exercises.
Setting up the side tow. Photo by Greg Porteus
Later in the day, the Coast Guard, using their 25', joined with the Launch in the Metedeconk River where each practiced stern and side towing.
25' RHIB with Launch 5. Photo by Greg Porteus.
25' RHIB with Launch 5. Photo by Greg Porteus.


This proved to be a very effective and well executed day of joint training. 

Photos were supplied by Gail Harren and Greg Porteus. See more photos of this great training on the Flotilla 16-07 Facebook page.

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06AUG15
QE CHECK-RIDES ON THE METEDECONK RIVER

Story and photos by John Fisher 

8-6-15 patrol - M.Shymko,F.Schmidt,J.Ignozza,G.Delmonico,J.Fisher.
8-6-15 patrol - M.Shymko,F.Schmidt,J.Ignozza,G.Delmonico,J.Fisher.

It was a beautiful sunny morning on 06 Aug 2015 with temps in the high 70's and wind out of the Northwest at 5-10 knots. Dennis Georgia, onboard Bill Castagno's 26 foot "Fantasea" and John Fisher, onboard Frank Schmidt's 30 foot "Party Express" completed their 3-year Coxswain check-rides on the Metedeconk River near Eagle Point.

B.Castagno's OPFAC
Bill Castagno's OPFAC
 
Dennis' crew also consisted of Jack Witemeyer, Ron Ivanicki, and QE E.R. Meyer while John had Glenn Delmonico, Mike Shymko and QE John Ignozza.

CX D.Georgia directing his crew during side tow evolution under watchful eye of QE E.R.Meyer
Coxswain Dennis Georgia directing his crew during side tow evolution under watchful eye of QE E.R.Meyer
After completing their towing evolutions, both boats went their separate ways and the coxswains directed their crews in Search and Rescue (SAR) patterns, man overboard drills, and anchoring evolutions.

Walking fender deployed during side tow evolution
Walking fender deployed during side tow evolution

All went well and Dennis and John were re-certified for another 3 years.

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10JUL15
Grand Prix Powerboat Race 
  
By John Fisher
Boom!



Launch 5 at STA Manasquan Inlet




Porteus, Sparkman, and Picciano on Launch 5


It was a bright and breezy day as the crew of Launch 5 shoved off from Johnson's Boat yard en-route to the Atlantic Ocean off Manasquan to work for the Grand Prix boat races. Stepping aboard our OPFAC, Station Manasquan commanding officer, CWO4 Chris Sparkman became the Patrol Command (PATCOM) for the day, directing four additional Auxiliary assets, two Coast Guard assets, the Brielle police department and NJ State Police assets. Remaining in direct contact with race officials and his assets, Chief Sparkman ensured all spectator boats stood off a safe distance from the competitors.
Launch 5 and Coast Guard RHIB
two divers from the Point Pleasant Beach Dive Team - Chet Nesley and Joe Southard.
On board Launch 5 were two divers from the Point Pleasant Beach Dive Team - Chet Nesley and Joe Southard. They were suited up and ready to enter the water should they be needed; fortunately, the races were completed without incident.

Ensuring all race boats were safely inside the inlet, Chief Sparkman gathered his Auxiliary and Coast Guard assets around Launch 5, climbed atop its transom, and congratulated everyone for an outstanding job of maintaining security in their respective sectors and thanked all for their service in support of the Coast Guard. Written by John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07.


Geico race boat


Chief Sparkman, thumbs up!


  Images by Flotilla 16-07 member and Launch 5 Coxswain, Greg Porteus
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09JUL15
TOWING EVOLUTION WITH STATION MANASQUAN INLET 


Coxswains Greg Porteus, Jim Picciano, and Bill Castagno on Launch 5
Coxswains Greg Porteus, Jim Picciano, and Bill Castagno on Launch 5

Flotilla 16-07 OPFAC, Launch 5, partnered with 47' Motor Lifeboat and Crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River partnered for a training patrol on 09JUL15. 

Heaving Line away!
Heaving Line away!

Station Manasquan Inlet 47' Motor Lifeboat
Station Manasquan Inlet 47' Motor Lifeboat
John Fisher, Bruce Haydu, and Betsy A. Bauer
Coxswains Greg Porteus and Jim Picciano brought Launch 5 down from Ossining, N.Y. the night before the patrol. Among the crew were John Fisher, Bruce Haydu, Betsey Bauer, Bob Daraio, and Bill Castagno. 
Towing Evolutions with a crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet with CWO4, Chris Sparkman were the focus of this training mission. 




STA Manasquan Inlet 47' Motor Lifeboat.
STA Manasquan Inlet 47' Motor Lifeboat.
CWO4 Chris Sparkman in Command.
CWO4 Chris Sparkman in Command.

 Photos by Bob Daraio, Flotilla 16-07 D5N US Coast Guard Auxiliary

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23MAY15
Not Everyone Had The Holiday Weekend Off

It may have been a holiday weekend, but the US Coast Guard Auxiliary was hard at work to help make this a safe boating season.

Bill Costagno and Dave Witherspoon, Photo by Auxiliarist Paul Casalese

 
Above, Bill Castagno, Division 16's Staff Officer for Vessel Exams,left, shows Dave Witherspoon ,a VE trainee from Flotilla 16-07 what to look for when inspecting life jackets. (Photos by Auxiliarist Paul Casalese)
Bill Costagno and Dave Witherspoon, Photo by Auxiliarist Paul Casalese

 Above, Bill and Dave review the paperwork together.


Hoffman's Marina West in Brielle, NJ.

In addition to having patrols out, Division 16 had a Vessel Safety Check (VSC)Station at Hoffman's Marina West in Brielle, NJ. Hoffman’s Marina is conveniently located just ¼ mile from the Manasquan Inlet, offering quick and easy access to the Atlantic and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Paul Casalese with kids and their Mom
These two young boaters, above, were spotted walking on a dock with their life jackets on. Paul Casalese, Commander Flotilla 16-08 rewarded them with coloring books and stickers while mom watched. (Photo by Auxiliarist Bill Costagno)

17 vessels were examined and only one failed. They also had a Boating Safety table set up in front of the Marine Store. 

Bill Costagno, SO-VE, Dave Witherspoon, Flotilla 16-07, and Paul Casalese, Flotilla Commander,16-08
The VE team today was, above, left to right, Bill Castagno, SO-VE, Dave Witherspoon, Flotilla 16-07, and Paul Casalese, Flotilla Commander,16-08. Congratulations to Dave who has completed his training and is awaiting the final approval. (Photo by Tara DeMartino, Hoffman's Marina) 

Thanks for giving up your holiday weekend to make everyone a bit safer.
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27MAR15

  Division 16 Continues Boat Crew School

 Division 16's Boat Crew School continued their training at Station Shark River in Avon, NJ on March 27, 2015.
Fl 16-07  member John Fisher Serving as an Instructor for Boat Crew Training
Fl 16-07 member John Fisher Serving as an Instructor for Boat Crew Training

 
David Witherspoon, right, completes a bowline knot as Bill Iwanyk watches an Instructor demonstrate the knot.

David Witherspoon, right, completes a bowline knot as Bill Iwanyk watches an Instructor demonstrate the knot.

 
Phil Licetti,sitting,Flotilla 16-08 ties a clove hitch for Bill Costagno,Instructor from Flotilla 16-07
Phil Licetti,sitting, from Flotilla 16-08 ties a clove hitch for Bill Costagno, Instructor from Flotilla 16-07


The training consisted of knot tying and basics of lines along with the beginning of Rules of the Road. Boat Crew.

John Ignozza, Instructor from Flotilla 16-07, uses model boats to demonstrate who has to yield the right of way on the water.

John Ignozza, Instructor from Flotilla 16-07, uses model boats to demonstrate who has to yield the right of way on the water.


Trainees will be tested on their knowledge and skills before they can become qualified as U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Crew.

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ABOUT BOATING SAFELY

About Boating Safely

Flotilla 16-07 will offer the USCG approved Public Education class,
About Boating Safely in 2015



DATES:


ABS Classes: Saturdays: 5/2/15, 5/30/15, 0830 - 1700*
ABS Classes: Mondays: 5/11/15, 5/18/15, 1800—2130*
ABS Classes: Thursdays: 6/11/15, 6/18/15, 1800—2130*
 
 Other upcoming boating safety classes:

Suddenly in Command, Thursday, 5/14/15, 1800 - 2130* 
Water ‘n Kids, Tuesday, 6/30/15, Ocean County Library


*Classes at Monmouth County Parks System are held at Thompson Park Visitor Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
 


The above courses are being held at Thompson Park, Lincroft and participants can go directly to Monmouth County Park Systems website to register:  www.monmouthcountyparks.com .  The fee is $65 per person.  Participants need to bring:  photo ID, pen, paper, and lunch (Saturday sessions) to the class.


For additional information, interested persons may call the Flotilla hotline at:  732 – 785 – 2618 or can email me directly at:  tms0607@comcast.net

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01JAN15
HAPPY NEW YEAR 
UNIFORM INSIGNIA FOR AUXILIARISTS

Uniforms, Insignia & Ribbons
For more information, read the current version of the
Auxiliary Manual

UNIFORM INSIGNIA

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Ribbons and Medals


Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award
Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award
Legion of Merit
Legion Of Merit
The Guardian Medal
The Guardian Medal
Plaque of Merit
Plaque of Merit
Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award
The Guardian Medal
Plaque of Merit

Auxiliary Meritorious Service Award
Auxiliary Meritorious Service Award
Award of Operational Merit
Award of Operational Merit
Auxiliary Commendation
Auxiliary Commendation
Auxiliary Achievement Award
Auxiliary Achievement Award
Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal
Award of Operational Merit
Auxiliary Commendation
Auxiliary Achievement Award

Transportation 9-11 Medal
Transportation 9-11 Medal
Auxiliary Sustained Service Award
Auxiliary Sustained Service Award
Letter of Commendation
Letter of Commendation
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation No Medal Issued with this Award
 Transportation 9-11 Medal
Auxiliary Sustained Service Award
Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation

DOT Outstanding Unit
No Medal Issued with this Award
CG unit Commendation
No Medal Issued with this Award
CG Meritorius Unit
No Medal Issued with this Award
CG Meritorious Comm

No Medal Issued with this Award
Secretary's Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation

Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Excelence "E" Ribbon
No Medal Issued with this Award
Not Currently Used
Not Currently Used
CG BiCentenial Unit
No Medal Issued with this Award
Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Excelence "E" Ribbon


Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation

Humanitarian Service
Coast Guard Auxiliary Humanitarian Service Award
9-11 Ribbon
No Medal Issued with this Award
CG special Ops
No Medal Issued with this Award
Auxiliary Recruiting
Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award
Coast Guard Auxiliary Humanitarian Service Award
Transportation 9-11 Ribbon
Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon
Auxiliary Recruiting Service Award

CG Recruiting

No Medal Issued with this Award
Speciality Ribbon
No Medal Issued with this Award
Marine Safety Trident Training Ribbon
No Medal Issued with this Award
Operations Program
Operations Program Ribbon
Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon
Specialty Training Ribbon
Marine Safety Trident Training Ribbon
Operations Program Ribbon

Examiner Program Ribbon
Examiner Program Ribbon
Instructor Program Ribbon
Instructor Program Ribbon
Auxiliary Public Affairs Ribbon

No Medal Issued with this Award
Auxiliary Membership Ribbon
Auxiliary Membership Ribbon
Examiner Program Ribbon
Instructor Program Ribbon
Auxiliary Public Affairs Ribbon
Auxiliary Membership Ribbon

Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award
Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award
Auxiliary Examinations/Marine Dealer
Auxiliary Examinations/Marine Dealer Visitation Service
Auxiliary Public Education Service. Award.
Auxiliary Public Education Service. Award.
Auxiliary Operations Service Award Auxiliary Operations Service Award
 Auxiliary Operations Service Award
Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award
Auxiliary Examinations/Marine Dealer Visitation Service
Auxiliary Public Education Service. Award.
Auxiliary Operations Service Award
"O" awarded for Operations
"S" awarded for Support