Flotilla 16-07 In Action- Feature Stories

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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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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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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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20JUN12

 INSPECTING PATONS OFF INDIAN POINT 
Indian Point from USCG Facility Azimuth Star
Indian Point from USCG Facility Azimuth Star


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

THE HUDSON RIVER GREENLAND KAYAK FESTIVAL
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.  
Kayaks
There were 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. 
Kayaks

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.A good time was had by all.

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Friday, December 16, 2011



 USCG AUXILIARY FACILITY, HENRY A. WALBURGER, 
PATROL LAUNCH No.5

 

The most recent edition of the Navigator Express includes this short video detailing the restoration of former NYPD Harbor Unit patrol boat, Launch 5. and her early years of service as an operational facility with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Launch 5 now serves Flotilla 16-07, D5N where owner Greg Porteus with crew Jim Picciano and Bob Daraio support Coast Guard Station Manasquan.

Below is a more recent video, a Hudson River marine police unit mutual aid training film produced for the Ossining Police Department by Greg Porteus's daughter Amanda.





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Sunday, 25 Sept. 2011
 Patrol: Search For Missing Boater Drill
Dennis Georgia, Coxswain  Bob Kady  Pete Hartten

Patrol Area:  Barnegate Bay from Beaver Dam Creek south to Silver Bay

Dennis Georgia, Coxswain  Bob Kady  Pete Hartten
Crew: 
Dennis Georgia, Coxswain

Bob Kady

Pete Hartten

Paul Harren (taking the pictures)

Length of Patrol:  1300 to 1700 hrs.


This drill was designed to test the crew's navigation skills between the two points listed above and, the search pattern for a person in the water.


Dennis Georgia, Coxswain  Bob Kady  Pete Hartten
This training exercise was very successful in testing the skills of all on board.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW KAYAK LAUNCH AREA AND STORAGE RACKS OPEN IN OSSINING, CREATING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VEs


Auxiliarist Bob Daraio and Kayakers
September 17, 2011 at 11 a.m., the Town of Ossining, N.Y., home to FL 1607 members Bob Daraio, Greg Porteus, and Jim Picciano, hosted a press conference to announce the opening of their new Kayak Launch at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park. The kayak launch has new public kayak storage racks available to all on a first-come-first-serve basis.

2011 VSC Sticker
Robert Daraio,  was on hand to talk about the partnership between the Recreation Department, Town and Village of Ossining elected officials and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bob also performed free Vessel Safety Checks on the kayaks while fellow FL 1607 member, Greg Porteus, took photos of the event, which was coordinated by his daughter, Amanda.
Auxiliarist Bob Daraio and Kayaker
Bob Daraio does a VSC
Town of Ossining Department of Parks & Recreation and Director, Henry Atterbury works closly with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary, promoting and providing free space for boating safety classes at the Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, which also provides programs for senior citizens and preschoolers in the mornings and early afternoon, after school and summer programs for children, and adult evening programs such as social dance, yoga, and aerobics.

Happy Boater
Happy Boater

The Parks & Recreation Department also works closely with the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, committed to supporting the waterfront as a living interface between the Ossining community and the Hudson River, one of our country's great natural resources.  

VSCs on canoes and kayaks are vital to increasing boating safety. Small utility boats are the fastest growing segment of recreational boating.


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The Binnacle June-July 2011 Edition


Saturday 21 May 2011 Division 16 Picnic

FL 16-07 Fellowship
During the June business meeting held at the USCG Station Manasquan, Awards were given to: Gerry San Antonio, Mark Crane & Mark Pawlak. read more at The Binnacle June-July 2011 Edition as FSO-NS. BETSY BAUER, Editor, The Binnacle

FL 16-07 Fellowship




The July meeting was held at the home of Doris Schermond in Bay Head Shores, Pt. Pleasant. FC Dan Fuchs presented Awards/Certificates to: Doris Schermond for hosting our flotilla meeting at her lovely waterfront home; Bob Kady in recognition of achieving his AUXOP status and Carlos Cajeira for becoming a new member. IPFC Bill Castagno presented Frank Schmidt his 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for his services

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FL 16-07 FellowshipFL 16-07 FellowshipFL 16-07 Fellowship

 
FL 16-07 Fellowship
Attendees included 48 USCG Auxiliary members and 8 from the gold side. This was a big improvement over the last 2 years. The weather was perfect.

The food was good and the company the best. Nearly all Division 16 Flotillas were represented. 

Next year the  picnic will be 19 MAY 2012.

Fellowship is one of the cornerstone values of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. These fun activities with shipmates, friends and family are truly priceless.
FL 16-07 Fellowship

The Coasties from Station Manasquan were out on patrol during our fellowship activities.
Station Manasquan's 47
Station Manasquan's 47

The 47FT Motor Life Boat is designed to perform mission activities in adverse weather and sea conditions. Its primary mission is surf/heavy weather SAR, but it is designed to support multi-mission operations.

The 47FT MLB was designed by the Boat Engineering Branch of the U.S. Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center. Textron Marine and Land Systems of New Orleans, LA, completed the detailed design and built the 47FT MLBs. The prototype craft (CG 47200) went into service in 1990. The pre-production boats (CG 47201 – CG47205) were delivered in 1993-1994. The first production craft (CG 47206) entered service in 1997.

Station Manasquan has two of these great facilities and wonderful crews to operate them, as you can see in the pictures above.

Doug Smith DCDR 5NR-16 said "Thank you all. I know I had a great time and I hope you did also. For those that were not able to attend, I hope you give us a try next year."


See more pictures of the Division 16 Picnic at FL16-07 on Flickr at 
Division 16 Picnic 21 May 2011 
  

14 MAY 2011 FLOTILLA 16-07 INFO BOOTH AT
SHORE ACRES YACHT CLUB

FLOTILLA 16-07 INFO BOOTH AT SHORE ACRES YACHT CLUB
FL 16-07 members Paul Harren, VFC and Carol Tomazic
FL 16-07 members Paul Harren, VFC and Carol Tomazic
Flotilla 16-07 members Carol Tomazic, Carlos Cajeira, and Paul Harren manned aU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary information booth at the antique boat and auto show at theShore Acres Yacht Club in Brick, NJ. on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
FL 16-07 members Carlos Cajeira, and Paul Harren, VFC
FL 16-07 members Carlos Cajeira, and Paul Harren, VFC
Dennis Georgia SO-VE shares the latest VE best practices at the FL16-07 Training Meeting.
Dennis Georgia SO-VE shares the latest VE best practices at the FL16-07 Training Meeting.


Dennis Georgia SO-VE shares the latest VE best practices at the FL16-07 Training Meeting.
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Flotilla Change Of Watch And Business Meeting
Flotilla Change Of Watch And Business Meeting
13 December 2010
By Betsy Bauer Editor, The Binnacle
On 13 December 2010, Flotilla 16-7 held its annual Change of Watch Business Meeting and Holiday Party. The Forte Restaurant in Pt. Pleasant provided an excellent venue for this occasion, along with exceptional food and atmosphere. A total of 31 people (25 members and 6 guests)  were in attendance. Many members offered to staff new positions and offer their time and talents to their flotilla.

Bill Castagno presents FL 1607  Auxiliarist of the Year Award to  John Fisher
Bill Castagno presents FL 1607
Auxiliarist of the Year Award to
John Fisher

After enjoying hot Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a choice of 5 delicious entrees and fellowship, Bill Castagno, FC called the meeting to order. Numerous awards, Certificates of Appreciation & Extra Fathom Awards were presented.

Noteworthy: Auxiliarist of the Year to John Fisher, who received this award at both the Flotilla and Division 16 levels.








WATER-N-KIDS: A SATISFYING INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

By John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07

COMO Witemeyer answers questions
COMO Witemeyer answers questions.
Of all the missions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary perhaps public education is the most important. Reaching out to folks and preparing them for the unforeseen as they enjoy water activities is essential for their well-being. Flotilla 16-7 (D5-NR), based at Station Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, has expanded its role beyond offering the standard courses to include the Auxiliary course entitled "Water 'n Kids".

The program in Division 16 began in 1991; it was Dona Turner (16- 8) and Patti Witham (16-7) who persuaded then new member Brenda Moscatiello (16-7) to become qualified as an instructor and join them in teaching young children.

Your Life Jacket is orange so you can be seen
Your Life Jacket is orange so you can be seen.
She became known as "Miss Brenda" to all the children where she brought Water 'n Kids program. As the program grew Mrs. Moscatiello enlisted shipmates Jack Witemeyer (16-7) in 1998 and Ron Coleman (16-7) in 2001. Today, the program is spear-headed by Jack Witemeyer who is the 5NR Immediate Past District Commodore (IPDCO).


Joining Jack and Ron in offering boating and water safety classes to children are Flotilla 16-7 Auxiliarists Gerard San Antonio, Dennis Georgia, Bill Castagno, Charmaine Schermondstires, and John Fisher. The flotilla has been called upon to teach children from age three all the way to age seventeen. Groups of children in local nursery schools, elementary schools, scouting programs, summer library and recreation programs all have received water and boating safety instruction.
Make sure it fits!
Make sure it fits!

Classes are interactive; show and tell items such as plastic boats, throw rings and life jackets are displayed and discussed. The children are encouraged to try on the life jackets while proper sizing is discussed. Safety items like first aid kits, flashlights, and radios are included in the items that should be aboard any vessel. Sitting quietly while a boat is in motion can be boring for youngsters, so ways to be helpful, like being a lookout, are discussed.

Additional topics presented to the children include pollution and environment issues. The impact of soda cans, plastic water bottles and bags, and plastic six-pack soda can rings are reinforced by stories about "Inky the Whale" and "Officer Snook". The three R's of recycling - reduce, reuse, recycle - are stressed.

This is how to adjust the lifejacket
This is how to adjust the lifejacket
Youngsters are encouraged to follow the adage: "If you load it at the dock, unload it at the dock." As the age level of the children increases, so to does the complexity of the lesson and the books utilized. "Boating Fun - Adventure on the Water" and "Waypoints - A Guide to Boating Safety" are used in the instruction process. Sometimes adults are in attendance at these classes and they are quite thankful for the information given to the children. Hearing their comments and seeing the smiles on the faces of the youngsters makes it all worth the effort. 

If you are an instructor and wish to expand your horizons, look into this program. You will be stimulated beyond belief!

Article by John M. Fisher, Jr., Flotilla 16-7, Point Pleasant, NJ
Reprinted from SITREP (10/03/2010)



Contact:

Janet Malzone, FSO-PE at: 
Flotilla 16-07 Hotline: 732-785-2618 

AUXILIARIST OF THE YEAR: JOHN M. FISHER JR.


Commodore John S. Witemeyer presented the Division 16 Auxiliarist of the Year Award to John M. Fisher Jr.

“The recipient of the Auxiliarist of The Year for Division 16, like many of us, was not quite sure what he wanted to do."

"He quickly followed his instinct and began with what he did best. Using his over 30 years of teaching experience he became a qualified instructor and also began to help formulate and shape the Public Education programs of Flotilla 16-7. Not being satisfied with those two major endeavors he also entered the crew program, became qualified as crew,and soon thereafter was a qualified Coxswain. He is currently working toward his AUXOP certification."

"Offering his vessel as an operational facility, this member used that platform to perform on-water member training, conduct marine observation missions,regatta patrols, and to be available to the operational membership, within Division 16, who needed hours for currency."

"Seeing the need for strong leadership he accepted the nominations for Vice Flotilla Commander and Flotilla Commander,serving his terms with honor and dignity. He continues to serve both his flotilla and division as the HR Staff Officer. He is an active member of the mentoring committee within his flotilla, working with new members as well as members of longer tenure. His current mentoring activities resulted with one member becoming qualified as crew in 2010."

"Heading the Flotilla Nominations Committee in 2010, he worked tirelessly to see that the two members for the offices of Commander and Vice Commander were fully qualified to hold these offices He does not seek recognition or thanks for his efforts. These contributions are from his belief in the Auxiliary, his fellow members and for the betterment of the Coast Guard."

"For his unselfish dedication and service, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the United States Coast Guard and the Untied States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Division 16 Auxiliarist of the Year Award is presented to John M. Fisher Jr.”
  

For More Information Contact:

Charmaine Stires, FSO-HR FL-1607 at   stires9@gmail.com
Call the Flotilla 16-07 Hotline at:
732-785-2618 

   
Flotilla 16-07 Training Patrol
09 October 2010


Flotilla 16-07 Training Patrol
On a really nice Saturday morning we were heading out on a MOM patrol aboard Pete Hartten's facility The Boat. In addition to Pete there was Glen Delmonico, Ron Ivanicki, Dick Muller of 16-06 and me. The sky was bright, temperature was warm, and the mood was good. The plan for the day was to patrol in the Manasquan River and off shore. We were to meet a crew from Station Manasquan later in the day to conduct training exercises and work on Pete's sign offs.

The first sign of a bad day started with the bridge tender of the Beaver Dam bridge. Now the bridge was up to let a larger vessel through and we requested the bridge to stay open as we were coming from the other side. He yelled at us because we did not lower the outriggers---but remember I said the bridge was already open.

Motoring into the bay Pete was bringing the boat up on plane but for some reason it did not have a lot of git up and go. Now having 5 experts on board came to the conclusion that the bottom had slime and the prop had gunk. How could 5 experts be wrong?

We transited the canal and started to power up in the Manasquan when the boat shuttered. Tried it again and the boat shuttered.. We weren't going anywhere. I called the station and informed them of our problem and that we were anchoring and would change comms to 15 minutes and keep them informed of our progress.

Flotilla 16-07 Training Patrol
Now the fun began. Coxswain in training Hartten directed us to clear the deck area and open the hatches. Hanging up side down he got a few sign offs by demonstrating how to handle a shaft problem and not merely describe it. As the tools were being handed back and forth the other 4 experts looked down into the bilge speaking words of encouragement. I bet Pete really found that comforting.

Getting the shaft problem repaired we notified the station we were bringing up the anchor and getting under way. But, we didn't get to go very far as the boat kept turning to the right. Turning the wheel to the left did not help as the boat kept going right. That was a bad sign.


Once again opening the hatch and hanging up side down, Pete found the problem, a break in the steering linkage and another sign off. Once again the anchor went down and the station was notified. We knew we were not getting underway again and the patrol was over. The station was sending a boat to get us and tow us home.

The folks at the station were taking an all day TCT class---you know the paint drying, grass growing one. Well three happy coasties were selected to come to our rescue. BM3 (coxswain) Nick Gera, Seaman Ashley Fowler, and SNBM Robert McNamara crewed CG256547 and proceeded to our position. Talk about professionals and folks who knew what they were doing.

They gathered the usual information before getting to our location and were prepared to take us in a side tow upon arrival. The voice communication and interaction between the crew was outstanding. We thank them very much.

Flotilla 16-07 Training PatrolAfter a successful hookup and a side tow down the canal, they brought us to the marina and laid The Boat up against the pilings. from which we could spring line her in.

Now the idea behind the day was to do a nice patrol, get Pete a few sign offs, and get in some practice with the Coast Guard. Somehow we accomplished that, but not in the manner we expected.

Article and photos provided by Dennis Georgia, SO-VE


USCG Auxiliary
The 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



Contact us:
Flotilla 16-07 Hotline: 732-785-2618 
     E-mail: Flotilla1607@yahoo.com

U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach;
40-06' 52"N x 74-01' 43"W in 1880; 40-07' 00"N x 74-02' 00"W in 1915; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map