ARCHIVE 2016


19DEC16
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT STATION MANASQUAN
Christmas Caroling at Station Manasquan

On Monday, 19 December, members of Flotilla 07 joined with active duty personnel from Station Manasquan Inlet in singing Christmas Carols on the mess deck. For the past six years we have performed this act of kindness to bring some joy to our Coasties who will be away from their families during the holidays. In attendance were Bill Castagno, John Rimmer, John Ignozza and his daughter, Susan, and Pat & John Fisher. Though we sang off-key, we had a wonderful time, especially afterwards when we enjoyed treats provided by our members and had an opportunity to have nice discussions with "our kids".

Coast Guard Auxiliary story and image by John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07

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04DEC16
DIVISION 16 AUXILIARIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Greg Porteus receives Div 16 AOY Award from District Commodore Kevin (KC) Murphy

District Commodore Kevin (KC) Murphy presented the Division 16 Auxiliarist of the Year award to Greg Porteus and Jim Picciano at the Division Change Of Watch, Sunday, December 2, 2016. Jim was in Florida. Also pictured is fellow Flotilla 16-07 member, Dennis Georgia.

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04DEC16
DIVISION 16 CHANGE OF WATCH
 Auxiliarists Noreen Schifini DCDR and Paul Casalese VCDR take the pledge for elected officers administered by CAPT Scott Anderson USCG

POINT PLEASANT, NJ - Auxiliarists Noreen Schifini DCDR and Paul Casalese VCDR site the pledge for elected officers administered by CAPT Scott Anderson USCG during the Division 16 (5NR) Change of Watch. The annual Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony is the symbolic representation of the change of administrative leadership at the flotilla and division levels and to recognize the accomplishments and service of the outgoing officers. The Change of Watch is often the only formal gathering of division and flotilla members during the year, and can offer the opportunity for Gold and Silver Team Coast Guard members to meet in a social setting.

Division 16 Staff Officers take their oath of office from Noreen Schifini, far right, Division 16 Commander.
Division 16 Staff Officers take their oath of office from Noreen Schifini, far right, Division 16 Commander Kevin (KC) Murphy.

On Sunday, 4 December, Division 16 held their Change Of Watch at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant,NJ. Just over 100 Auxiliarists and their guests attended. Honored Guests included Captain Scott E. Anderson, Deputy Commander of Sector Delaware Bay, Commander Ted Hutley, Commanding Officer, Atlantic Strike Team, Lieutenant Kieran S Clayton, Sector Command Center,Sector Delaware Bay, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rick Clark, Deputy Director of Auxiliary, 5 NR, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Sparkman, Commanding Officer, Station Manasquan Inlet,, District Commodore Kevin (KC) Murphy and Joseph Giannattasio, District Captain East.

Taking their oath of office were Noreen Schifini, Division Commander for her second tour, and Paul Casalese, Division Vice Commander for his first tour. Some of the awards presented were Division 16 Auxiliarist Of The Year. For 2016, there was a tie with Auxiliarists Gregory Porteus and James Picciano, both from Flotilla 16-07. The Operational Support Award went to Garth Dugolinsky,Flotilla 16-01, Noreen Schifini, Flotilla 16-03, Bill Francen, Flotilla 16-05, Paul Casalese, Frank deFilippo and John Morrone,all from Flotilla 16-08 for almost 2000 hours of Operational Support. Next, the Atlantic Strike Team awarded a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation to their Auxiliary Watch Standers, Harvey Monter, Flotilla 16-01, Fred Kretch, Flotilla 16-03 and Dorothy Smith, Flotilla 16-05.
Auxiliarists Franz Azoulas, Jim Haag, Joe Kran and Jerry Weaver, all from Flotilla 16-01, recieved the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation for their work with Station Atlantic City's UTL Boat Implementation Team. Auxiliarist Bill Francen, Flotilla 16-05, received a Sustained Service Award for 25,334 cumulative hours. Auxiliarist Kevin Pace was recognized for 40 years of service. Auxiliarist Terry Bearce, Flotilla 16-05 received the Commanders Award for consistently going above and beyond the duties of his position in support of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Coast Guard Auxiliary photos by Joseph Giannattasio

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On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay; Regular Coast Guard and Auxiliary personnel from Station Manasquan Inlet, Station Barnegat Light, and Air Station Atlantic City; Tow Boat U.S.; the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Department; and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, participated in a boat disaster drill in the intercoastal waterway near the Route 37, Thomas Mathis Bridge. A total of nine boats and one helicopter participated in this response readiness drill.

Click this link to see the full report with images.

The purpose of the drill was to test the interagency response time for a damaged vessel in distress, with injured people on the vessel and in the water. The plan was devised to integrate the response capabilities of multiple agencies under a unified command.

Each of the agencies participating in the drill was charged coordinating specific emergency response roles to the different rescue capabilities of each on-scene agency, which is key to efficiently and expediently handling an on water crash with multiple victims, injuries, and vessel damage.




Launch 5 and CG 25708, Ocean County Sheriff Boat

Towboat US





CG 29291 by Launch 5



USCG Auxiliary Facility

Island Heights Fire Boat Rescues Oscar

Island Heights Fire Boat

The drill was designed to be as realistic as possible. It included Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay; two Regular Coast Guard facilities, one each from Station Manasquan Inlet and Station Barnegat Light; two Coast Guard Auxiliary facilities, Launch 5, #523352 from Flotilla 1607 and FL 1608’s facility #262088; helicopter #6589 from Air Station Atlantic City; three facilities from Tow Boat U.S.; Island Heights Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Rescue Boat #5316; and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit.

Jim Picciano Ready for Helo Operation
The drill began at 9:45am on Wednesday, May 25 with a “MAYDAY” radio call on CH 23A to US Coast Guard.

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Launch 5, a 52’ green hulled commercial vessel with 3 crew and 6 passengers aboard, has collided with the south side of the Route 37 Bridge, and is listing to starboard, taking on water, 6 bridge workers (passengers) are in the water, and all three crew are injured, one seriously....we need help, this is a drill" (write up by AUX Bob Daraio)

By 11:00am, all six persons in the water were recovered with first aid administered as required; the helicopter drop and recovery of a rescue swimmer, line drop, basket drop, and pick up of injured person for transport completed; fire extinguished and water pumped out successfully.

This was a great drill with outstanding participation and unified emergency response collaboration between agencies. This is how we get better at what we do, this is how we ensure the highest probability of survival to people we serve.
We are already planning our next drill! BRAVO ZULU to all of the emergency responders, job well done.














 




































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 22MAY16
2016 OFFSHORE POWERBOAT RACE





2016 OFFSHORE POWERBOAT RACE


On Sunday, May 22, Launch 5 served as Station Manasquan  Commander, Chris Sparkman's PATCOM Vessel for the 2016 Offshore Powerboat Races.

Synergy Race Boat
Synergy Race Boat

GEICO RACE BOAT
Geico Race Boat

PATCOM Chris Sparkman, OIC Station Manasquan, with Jim Picciano
PATCOM Chris Sparkman, OIC Station Manasquan, with Jim Picciano
FL 16-08 Facility
FL 16-08 Facility 262088
Station Manasquan 25702
Station Manasquan 25702
John Fisher checks the Coast Guard ensign
John Fisher checks the Coast Guard ensign
Returning through Manasquan Inlet after the race
Returning through Manasquan Inlet after the race
Divers
The Dive Team

Diver







Chris Sparkman, Diver, and John Ignozza
Chris Sparkman, Diver, and John Ignozza
PATCOM Chris Sparkman signals a job well done as he passes over from Launch 5 to the 47' motor lifeboat
PATCOM Chris Sparkman signals a job well done as he passes over from Launch 5 to the 47' motor lifeboat

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21MAY16
LAUNCH 5 FIRST 2016 PATROL

Launch 5 at Johnson Brothers Boat Yard
Launch 5 at Johnson Brothers Boat Yard

Launch 5 came down to Pt. Pleasant for the first patrol of the season on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Coxswains Greg Porteus and Jim Picciano brought the 52' Coast Guard Auxiliary facility down from Ossining on the Hudson River on Friday.

John Fisher, Jim Picciano, and Greg Porteus give pre-underway briefing
John Fisher, Jim Picciano, and Greg Porteus give pre-underway mission briefing

They were joined by Flotilla 16-07 members Robert Daraio, John Fisher, John Ignozza, Bill Castagno, Frank Schmidt, Glenn Delmonico, and Paul Harren for the Saturday patrol. 

Frank Schmidt and Paul Harren

Frank Schmidt and Paul Harren
John Ignozza and Greg Porteus
John Ignozza and Greg Porteus
















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04MAY16
CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING
Story and images by John Fisher 
 B.Bauer practices CPR while T.Conroy provides instruction in use of AED on patient
  B.Bauer practices CPR while T.Conroy provides instruction in use of AED on patient

On Wednesday, 04 May, 2016 Flotilla 16-07 provided CPR/First Aid training to its members and members from Flotillas 01 and 08. 

Below: Flo Melo provides instruction on the operation of a training AED unit

Flo Melo provides instruction on the operation of a training AED unit


Below: Instructors Flo Melo and Tom Conroy of the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad instructed us in procedures and techniques used in CPR, use of the AED, bandages used in bleeding, and the Heimlicht Maneuver. 

F.Melo, T.Conroy of Pt. Beach 1st Aid Squad provide CPR-1st Aid training

Following the instruction, all present were tested on their knowledge of CPR and the use of the AED in order to receive their certification cards from the American Heart Association.

R.Sheridan, S.Gallagher, P.Harren practice CPR technique under direction of F.Melo
R.Sheridan, S.Gallagher, Paul Harren practice CPR technique under direction of Flo Melo

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30APR16
D5N COXSWAIN WORKSHOP

 Story by John fisher, images by Greg Porteus









30APR16 D5NR Mandatory CX training at Air Station Atlantic City
30APR16 D5NR Mandatory CX training at Air Station Atlantic City

The 2016 mandatory D5NR Coxswain workshop was  held at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City on 30 April, 2016. The workshop was led by D5NR Operations Training Officer BOSN4 Richard Clark, with assistance from CX John Morrone Flotilla 16-07, Walter Alsegg DSO-OP D5NR, and BM1 Jim Maida, Operations Officer at Station Manasquan Inlet, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

D5NR OTO Clark, J.Morrone, Flotilla 16-08, and BM1 J.Maida, Sta. Manasquan Inlet discuss SAR procedures
D5NR OTO Clark, J.Morrone, Flotilla 16-08, and BM1 J.Maida, Sta. Manasquan Inlet discuss SAR procedures

 J.Morrone and W.Alsegg, DSO-OP provide instruction on use of new type of skiff hook
 J.Morrone and W.Alsegg, DSO-OP provide instruction on use of new type of skiff hook
D5NR Mandatory CX training at Air Station Atlantic City
D5NR Mandatory Coxswain training at Air Station Atlantic City

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27-28APR16
HURRICANE DRILL
MANASQUAN INLET TO OSSINING ON THE HUDSON RIVER

Fl-16-07 member Jim Picciano with members of the Station Manasquan 47' Motor Lifeboat Crew
Fl-16-07 member Jim Picciano with members of the Station Manasquan 47' Motor Lifeboat Crew

47' Motor Lifeboat from Station Manesquan at Westerly Marina in Ossining
47' MOTOR LIFEBOAT
Flotilla 16-07, D5N member, Jim Picciano with the Station Manasquan Inlet crew that brought the 47' Motor Lifeboat from Point Pleasant to Westerly Marina in Ossining as part of an area wide hurricane drill. 
FL 16-07 member Bob Daraio with Station Manasquan Crew from the 47'


The team for this training evolution included Coxswain Cavallo, and crew members Freeman, Yarnall, Walsh, Scangarella, and Fox, with Porteus,  Picciano, and Daraio as local support.

FL 16-07 member Bob Daraio with Station Manasquan Crew from the 47' (right) Photo by Jim Picciano

USCG Station Manasquan Ball CapFlotilla 16-07 members Greg Porteus, Jim Picciano, and Bob Daraio arranged for docking to be available at both Westerly Marina and Shattemuc Yacht Club for Station Manesquan to get the boats out of harm's way in case of a hurricane level storm heading into Point Pleasant.

Below, right, FL 16-07 member Bob Daraio with 47' Motor Lifeboat Crew members at Westerly Marina in Ossining.

Bob Daraio on the Station Manasquan 47' Motor Lifeboat
Bob Daraio on the 47' Motor Lifeboat

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USCG AuxiliaryThe United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America's Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions. For more information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary visit http://www.cgaux.org


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