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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.

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.

 Click this link to see the full report with images.

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.




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

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
The Dive Team


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


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


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


 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

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
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


Below are pictures that Paul took at the ABS taught on Saturday, April 2. The class was held at the Monmouth County Park in Lincroft, NJ for 20 students..
1. Support staff
2. Michael Shymko instructing 
3. Chris Malzone instructing 
4. Entire staff of instructors and aides

ABS Instructors

ABS Instructor Chris Malzone

Michael Shymko instructing

ABS Instructors


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.
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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.
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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.

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

Thornton doubles as Coast Guard Civilian Employee and Coast Guard Auxiliarist

Michelle Thornton
Michelle Thornton holds up the Coast Guard Auxiliary flag at Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va., July 6, 2015. Thornton, who works as a civilian employee for the Coast Guard, volunteers more than 20 hours every week to the Coast Guard Auxiliary where she serves as the district captain for Hampton Roads. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)

Michelle Thornton holds up the Coast Guard Auxiliary flag at Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va., July 6, 2015. Thornton, who works as a civilian employee for the Coast Guard, volunteers more than 20 hours every week to the Coast Guard Auxiliary where she serves as the district captain for Hampton Roads. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)For a service encumbered by an expanding operational mission and financial shortfalls, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and civilian work-forces have proven to be valuable assets for the Coast Guard. Like anchors on a ship, they provide needed stability during turbulent and unsure times.

Michelle Thornton, who currently serves as the Coast Guard Auxiliary district captain for Hampton Roads and as a civilian employee for the Coast Guard, has become one of the anchors; her story typifies the contribution and dedication of both Coast Guard Auxiliarists and civilians.

“Right now in my civilian job, I am the eyes and ears for Vice Adm. (William “Dean”) Lee,” said Thornton. “We monitor the districts and all of the cases that are going on anywhere in the Atlantic Area from east of the Rockies all the way to the Persian Gulf.”

Thornton said she is able to balance her civilian job and her volunteer work as district captain for Sector Hampton Roads largely due to her desire to better serve the Coast Guard.

“The volunteers, the active duty, there’s such a wide variety of experiences and knowledge that it’s never ceases to amaze me,” said Thornton. “We’ve got doctors and dentists and rocket scientists. It’s just wonderful. We have a diverse group of people who really want to help the public,” she said. “The Coast Guard has been so good to me, and I am passionate about the work I do for this great organization."

Thornton started her enlisted service to the Coast Guard in 1991, and became rated as a quartermaster responsible for navigating the Coast Guard’s surface assets. In her nine years of active duty she took the Coast Guard’s core values to heart, and even after her transition to civilian life felt the urge to continue her service to the nation.

After leaving active duty while stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, Thornton decided to pack up and move to sunny Key West, Florida, where she accepted a position as a civilian search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard.

While working as a civilian employee, Thornton was introduced to the idea of becoming a Coast Guard Auxiliary member in 2003.

“I was getting my feet wet with my new job and my sector commander came in one day and said, ‘Michelle, the auxiliary needs a sector coordinator and I think you’d be a great fit for the job,’” said Thornton. “I thought to myself, ‘wow this sounds interesting,’ and so my sector commander put me in contact with the local flotilla, and they got me active in the auxiliary right away!”

As an auxiliary sector commander, her responsibilities included being the liaison between the auxiliary and the local sector, as well as improving auxiliary readiness and performance in response to sector directives.

After excelling as the Coast Guard sector commander, Thornton was singled out for her exceptional leadership abilities and work ethic. Her exemplary service led her to be chosen for higher responsibility as an auxiliary staff officer.

“My unique background of being active duty and a civilian gave me a well-rounded, inside knowledge of what the Coast Guard does, and that proved to be valuable to the auxiliary,” she said. “Everything was lining up at the right time.”

Her advancement in the auxiliary found her moving from performing administrative duties to working directly with the district commander as an auxiliary district captain.

“I was elected as the district captain for Sector Hampton Roads in September 2014, to serve for the 2015 year. My leadership progression started as a flotilla staff officer, then as a vice flotilla commander. Commander moved into division commander and now district captain,” she said. “Right now, Sector Hampton Roads is my area of responsibility, so all the auxiliary members in the area report to me. I am also the liaison between all the auxiliary units and the auxiliary district executive committee.”

Thornton said she is currently a certified boat coxswain, public education instructor, and a marine dealer visitor. She also provides support to Regional Exam Center Miami by helping mariners with the fingerprinting and citizenship verification portions of their captain license applications.

“Getting the recreational boating safety word out to the public is one of the most important jobs I do in the auxiliary. But also, the vessel safety checks, the public education and meeting with marine dealers to promote awareness are all really important too,” she said.

Thornton said she doesn’t have any plans to stop her volunteer work with the auxiliary.

“I think I’ll always be a part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I take a lot of pride in the services we provide and in the relationships I’ve built,” she said.

The all-volunteer lifesaving service, with nearly 32,000 men and women, offers a unique opportunity to make a real difference in local communities and across the country.

“Imagine a stadium, filled with people who want to serve their nation, who feel comfortable on the water, and I’d ask them, ‘What have you done for your country? What service have you given to your nation?’ If you haven’t done anything, then we have an opportunity for you,” said Lee, the Atlantic Area commander.

According to the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Website, Congress established the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1939. The auxiliary’s main missions are to promote and improve recreational boating safety, to provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard, to enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions, and to support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical requirements.

But in addition to those missions, the auxiliary operates in any regular Coast Guard mission as directed by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard or Secretary of Homeland Security.

Thornton said the auxiliary is always recruiting members, and it’s easy to join.

“Anyone who’s 17 or older and who does not have a felony record can apply to the auxiliary. It’s so easy, and all you have to do is go to join.cgaux.org,” she said.

Beyond the statistics, beyond the pamphlets and beyond the training, Thornton’s dedication to the Coast Guard is clear. Her typical workweek includes 40 hours as a Coast Guard civilian and 20 hours as a volunteer auxiliarist for the Coast Guard.

“Michelle does great work, they all do so much, and with the hustle and bustle of our daily activities, we kind of forget sometimes what they’re doing, and have failed many times, regrettably so, to recognize them and give them due credit for all they do, and all they bring to the table,” said Lee.

He said both Coast Guard civilians and Auxiliarists are integral to the Coast Guard. They do important work that ensures their service is able to seamlessly respond to any of the Coast Guard’s missions.
“We, the active duty members, are immensely grateful for all that the auxiliary does. They bring their passion and energy, they are a force multiplier for us and we’d be foolish not to capitalize on that,” said Lee. “Michelle is amazing. She’s a hard worker who contributes so much to the Coast Guard. I would take a dozen of her any day. She works extremely hard and I’m happy to have her as part of our team.”

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Email: melissa.l.leake@uscg.mil
Office: (757) 398-6407



The new Vessel Safety Check Manual, COMDTINST M16796.8A can be found at: http://www.uscg.miUdirectives/cim/16000-16999/CIM 16796 8A.pdf or posted on the National V-Directorate website.


Winter Bress Blue uniform authorized from Nov 1 to March 31


V-Directorate LogoBob Daraio and FC Paul Harren with RHIB
Bob Daraio and FC Paul Harren

Coxswain Jim Picciano with FC Paul Harren
Coxswain Jim Picciano with FC Paul Harren

Greg Porteus on RHIB
Coxswain, Greg Porteus on RHIB



QE John Ignoza and Coxswain Jim Picciano
 QE John Ignoza and Coxswain Jim Picciano

Bob Daraio timing SAR search pattern leg
 Bob Daraio timing SAR search pattern leg

Jim Picciano
Jim Picciano
Bob Daraio at Station Manasquan Inlet
Bob Daraio at Station Manasquan Inlet

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


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

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



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

24 FEB 13
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


15-17 MAR 13 


 Doubletree Valley Forge
301 West Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
United States

  Map and Directions


 KEVIN TYLER - Conference Coordinator
Phone: 717-465-7994, Email: ktyler@ptd.net

WELCOME to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary 5th Northern Region District Training & Board Meeting.

This step by step registration form will get you registered the fastest and most secure way possible. 
This is how to register for the conference - ALL members and guests are to register here. HELP those who don't use computers!

Remember you MUST register if you are attending ANY conference event, meal, activity in any way.
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Email address is required so you receive your confirmation.

REMEMBER if you are a VIP or funded member, use your code given or you will be charged incorrectly!

If you have any questions feel free to email or call.

Thank You

Kevin & Vickie Tyler, DSO-C
Conference Coordinators

15 DEC 12 

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. Pictured at our storage facility.is John Ignozza, Bill Castagno, Dan Fuchs, Bob Meyer and Ted Hall.  Missing in the photo is Wes Meyer.  Photo was taken by Donna Schleuss.


 10 DEC 12

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


02 DEC 12
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 will be 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.

for more information go to:

 Invitation, RSVP Form, and Menu


14-16 SEP 2012

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



 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.

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. 

Sanderling/B Cat Sail Boat Race  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.

 20JUN12 & 18JUN12
Flotilla 16-07 Business Meetings

At our June meeting, Awards/Certificates presented were: Certificates of Appreciation to John
Ignozza, Marge Ignozza and Frank Schmidt; Sustained Service Award to Marge Ignozza and the Membership Service Award for 15 years of dedicated service to Jack Witemeyer. 

Our snowbirds, Marge & John Ignozza and Frank Schmidt, were absent during the December 2011 COW; they were sworn in for their 2012 FSO position during this meeting. 

On a lighter note, Patti Witham recently celebrated a big birthday - our flotilla shared in her special cake during and after the meeting. 

At the July meeting, Bob Kady received his Sustained Service Award for service in excess of 4,974 hours between 6/30/11 – 12/31/11. 

Glenn Delmonico received his 10 year membership Service Award. 

Not present was Bob Daraio, who received his Membership Service Award for 10 years of dedicated service and his 10th consecutive VE/PV Service Award, along with plaques for leading D5NR in both Vessel Exams and RBS Program Visits in 2011.

Coast Guard Commandant 
Admiral Bob Papp:
       State of the Coast Guard Address

February 23, 2012
Navigating Uncertain and Stormy Seas
USCG Admiral Bob PappGood morning Shipmates.
I would like to welcome all of you viewing via webcast, including our future leaders and heroes in New London and Cape May.
I did something new this year - I asked all Commanding Officers and Officers in Charge to ensure our entire Service views this address. Throughout our history, when Service leaders had an important message to communicate, it would be sent out with an order to read to all-hands at muster.
Today, we are attempting to revive this tradition by using technology.
I would like to start off by thanking our Pacific Area Commander, Vice Admiral Manson Brown for being such a gracious host, as well as Base Alameda's Commanding Officer Captain Gary Spenik.
To my knowledge, this is the first time we have held the State of the Coast Guard address outside of Washington, D.C., and I could not be more pleased that we're holding it in a great Coast Guard City like Alameda!
So, you might be wondering, why - Why did we decide to change the venue for this year's address? The answer is simple. I wanted to come to the field, where we conduct operations, to talk directly to you about our Coast Guard.
And while I am speaking to you from Alameda today, I want you to know that I am tremendously proud of all of you, wherever you are serving - you are performing challenging maritime missions that are vital to American security and prosperity.
But, there is another reason why I chose to address you from Alameda.
Because, from our vantage point, here at the edge of the Pacific Rim - we can see the future.
To the North of our compass lies the Bering Sea - one of the richest fishing grounds in the world - and farther north, the maritime frontier of the Arctic. In the summer, an entire new ocean is emerging. The promise of shorter shipping routes, petroleum discoveries and tourism are propelling an increase in human activity.

To the South, along the Americas, lies the Eastern Pacific transit zone - an area that smugglers continue to exploit to carry drugs to our shores and streets.

Looking to the East, across the Heartland, lie our Inland Rivers and Great Lakes -- the arteries of our maritime transportation system. The Gulf of Mexico with its vast, resources and farther still, the Atlantic Ocean, which, for the past two centuries, has dominated the focus of our operations.
To the West, lies the deep Pacific, a vital source of fish the world depends upon - and beyond . . . the Asia Pacific - the world's fastest growing region - home to more than half the global population - whose emerging markets and global trade (most of it carried by sea) are creating new jobs and opportunities. For trade to flow, shipping lanes must remain open, ports must be safe, and cargo secure.

The President recently stated that America will enhance its presence in the Pacific. Our Coast Guard has patrolled these waters for over a century and half. In 1849, the first cutter arrived on the west coast. And, in 1867, on the day Alaska became a U.S. territory, it was a Revenue Cutter that transported the U.S. delegation into Sitka.

Our crews sounded and charted the Pacific as we enforced federal law, aided distressed mariners, fought and died in wars, and maintained a continuous sovereign presence. While conducting these missions we developed strong, and what are now long-standing partnerships.
As the United States looks to expand its leadership in the Pacific, our combination of maritime, military, and law enforcement authorities, and experience in Pacific operations makes us even more valuable to the Nation. The Coast Guard offers the President unique national security options. The renewed strategic focus on the Pacific further validates our decision to retain separate Atlantic and Pacific Area commands.

Our experience has also taught us that what you need to operate on the high-seas - whether it's in the Atlantic or Pacific - are modern, capable, multi-mission high-endurance cutters and aircraft. We are working hard to get them. Directly behind me you can also SEE the future - the National Security Cutter Bertholf - the first of our new major cutters.

AND, she has shown us what the future holds - her speed, endurance and state-of-the-art detection capabilities stopped drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific - and her superior sea keeping abilities allowed her to launch and recover boats and helicopters in the Bering Sea . . . under conditions our old cutters could not. The National Security Cutter . . . the NSC - is proving to be a vital instrument for protecting American maritime security and prosperity.

Of course, I know that your hard work is taking place not just in the Pacific - but throughout the maritime domain . . . Coast Guard men and women - active duty, reserve, Auxiliarists and civilians - are on watch, ever vigilant.

America is, first and foremost, a maritime nation. 95% of our foreign trade arrives - or is shipped by sea - the Maritime Transportation System accounts for nearly 700 Billion dollars of the U.S. gross domestic product and 51 Million U.S. jobs. Our Nation's economy and its security depend upon maritime commerce. And our Coast Guard provides for its safe and secure approach to our shores.
I have long believed that the greatness of a nation can be measured by the resources that it provides for mariners to safely and securely approach its shores. By that measure, our Nation is the undisputed world leader in that it produced the United States Coast Guard . . . a unique merger of military, maritime, law enforcement, regulatory, marine safety and first response capabilities . . . it's no coincidence that so many other countries seek to emulate our Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard's value to the Nation has never been greater.
So where are we? What is the State of the Coast Guard today?
A year ago we took a fix and charted a course. This year's fix finds us on track, with a good speed of advance . . . but we are Navigating Uncertain and Stormy Seas.
Our Nation has made hard decisions to cut our deficit - and to put our fiscal house in order - these decisions include reductions in defense spending - reductions in our Department's spending - and after a decade of significant budgetary growth . . . they will likely include reductions in Coast Guard spending.
This challenging environment will require us to identify efficiencies, eliminate redundancies, and reinvest savings in the highest priority activities.
The de-commissioning of high endurance cutters and patrol boats and the tightening of staffs in 2013 budget will reduce our personnel strength by over 1,000 people . . . but this is necessary to make room to bring on our new assets.
We will do this, but in a deliberate way that ensures we deliver the level of Coast Guard services our Nation needs, targeting reductions in certain areas while investing in key initiatives to rebuild our Service. These decisions will provide the Coast Guard with the capabilities and force structure it needs for the next 40 years - and the tools you need to perform our missions safely and successfully now.
We will not allow our Service to become a hollow operational force.
We will not allow our mission support capacity to be reduced to the point where we cannot maintain acceptable levels of readiness.

What we will do is work with the Department, the Administration and the Congress to determine our budget priorities . . . and those activities that we may reduce in the short term, so we can do all our Nation requires of us in the long term.
But what is the proper balance? How do we position ourselves for success? These are decisions that call for leadership - at all levels of our Service.
So, today I'm going to speak to you as a sailor . . . I don't apologize for that . . . after all, we are a maritime Service. My experiences as a ship captain, navigator and cutterman have formed my view of the world.
And in my career as a sailor, I have found that no matter how severe the storm, no matter how difficult the problem, you continue to work, struggle, and fight . . . and you rely on your shipmates . . . because ultimately the weather will change, and conditions will improve. In sailors, I believe this instills a sense of optimism and faith. As we face our immediate challenges, I want you to know that there is good reason for optimism and faith.
In my experience, there are four consistent lessons for what it takes to safely navigate uncertain and stormy seas:
Lesson one, you need a well trained crew that is proficient in their jobs;

Lesson two, you need well crafted Standing Orders to guide the crew;

Lesson three, you need a sound ship, that is equipped to take on all threats and hazards; and,

Lesson four, YOU need to take care of your crew - and their families.

So, what have we done to prepare our Service to navigate uncertain and stormy seas?
Lesson one: Preparing the Crew…
You will recall that last year I spoke to you about sustaining mission excellence through proficiency. Proficiency goes well beyond training and qualification. It is also experience, seasoning, a commitment to excellence, and the continuous pursuit of the mastery of your craft. During all hands meetings this year, I have been asked frequently to define “proficiency.”
Well . . . during a recent visit to a Coast Guard Station, I asked the crew: Who is the best boat coxswain? . . . the hands of a half dozen Boatswain's Mates immediately went up . . . so I rephrased the question . . . if the Search and Rescue alarm sounded and YOU had to go out in a severe storm, who would you want to be the coxswain of the motor life boat . . . well then everyone pointed to the Commanding Officer . . . a warrant boatswain, a surfman with decades of experience. That's mastery of your craft. You know it when you see it.
Whether in the operational arts - or mission support and other disciplines . . . each of us has a duty to “Pursue Perfection” . . . and achieve excellence . . . Our new assets will be only as good as the men and women who crew them.

Commanding Officers and Officers in Charge are responsible for leading their units, and Chief Petty Officers are responsible for leading from the front regardless of whether it’s on the deckplates . . . or the hangar decks.
We have renewed our emphasis on traditional concepts of leadership, not the latest management fads. In particular, we've focused on command . . . command authority, responsibility and accountability.

We are now conducting screening panels for all command positions, whether operational or support . . . we're also requiring that ALL prospective Commanding Officers - whether afloat or ashore - attend pre-command training courses.
We have completed and continue to implement the results of the Aviation Safety Assessment Action Plan . . . it emphasizes command and leadership involvement from commanding officers to the aircrews... on the flight decks and hangar decks.

Last year, I expressed my grave concern over mounting accidents and deaths. I realize that the deaths of Coast Guardsmen, and the losses of aircraft, boats or cutters - in extraordinary circumstances - may very well be inevitable.
But we will never allow it to be considered as the cost of doing business.

Finally, in order to build maritime experience and credibility, we're sending more of our new officers to afloat assignments.
Over the past year, we reviewed our Deployable Specialized Forces, or “DSF” concept, from Stem-to-Stern - based on this review, I decided to place the DSF under the Pacific Area and Atlantic Area commanders to assign clear authority, responsibility and accountability for managing our DSF in synchronization with the shore-based and maritime patrol forces.
To enhance proficiency, we extended tour lengths in select DSF billets to six years . . . we have also standardized their equipment - and created a DSF center of excellence at the Special Mission Training Center.
We have established a Force Readiness Command - it stands as the center of excellence for training and standardization.
And, we have established a Director of Operational Logistics, or the DOL. The DOL is directly responsible for delivering mission support through our Base Commands . . . In April, we will complete conversion of all the fractured support units into 13 regional Base Commands . . . this will make a singular Commanding Officer at each base responsible and accountable for all mission support services.
Proficiency is Step 1 to weathering heavy seas.
To meet the challenges ahead, we need you to be the best.
The best aviators, cuttermen, and boat crews.
The best boarding officers, marine inspectors and engineers.
And just as importantly, we need the best acquisition professionals, financial managers, and lawyers . . . and the best trainers and educators.
Being in the Coast Guard is not a part-time job. It's a full-time commitment. We do dangerous things. That's just the nature of our work.
Working on the water or over the water, is not a natural environment for human beings. But this is where the Coast Guard operates all the time. The complexity of performing any mission on the water is significantly multiplied - particularly in darkness and foul weather. If we are going to do it - and we are - we are going to do it right.

I am counting on leaders at every level to make this happen.
Lesson two: Standing orders
Last year I mentioned to you that we gained many new responsibilities and resources post-September 11, 2001 . . . but, because of the high operational tempo, we did not have an opportunity to write the standing orders…
We're making it a priority to do so now!

Today I am releasing Coast Guard Publication 3.0 . . . enduring doctrine which describes in detail how and why the Coast Guard conducts operations. And, how our operations provide value to the Nation . . . it is posted on our web site.

Over the next month, I will release additional guidance that describes how our forces and missions are synchronized . . . I am committed to providing you clear guidance on how I expect you to carry out and perform our missions…
Lesson three: Once you have a well prepared crew and standing orders, you then need the equipment to do the job.
USCG National Security Cutter
I am pleased to report that we're making progress with rebuilding our fleet of cutters, aircraft and boats.
Since last year, we have awarded contracts to construct the 4th and 5th National Security Cutters. We've also received funding for NSC #6 long lead time materials… two things made this possible: the strong support of the Congress, and the excellent work of our acquisition workforce.

We are also grateful to Secretary Napolitano and the President for requesting full-funding in the 2013 budget to complete NSC # 6 . . . as well as money to continue the Offshore Patrol Cutter, or OPC project.
USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter
Offshore Patrol Cutter
We have 18 new Fast Response patrol boats on contract, and we'll commission the first one in April.
USCG Fast Response Patrol Boat
Fast Response Patrol Boat

USCG Response Boat Medium
Response Boat Medium
Response Boats Medium –
We have delivered 82 boats to date - and we will receive 30 more this year.

We have deployed the Rescue 21 distress communications system throughout most of the continental United States, including the Great Lakes. By the end of this year, Rescue 21 will be operational in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam.

We have accepted 13 new “Ocean Sentry” Maritime Patrol Aircraft - and numbers 14 and 15 are under contract . 

“Ocean Sentry” Maritime Patrol Aircraft
“Ocean Sentry” Maritime Patrol Aircraft
We are upgrading all our helicopters with state-of-the-art avionics to extend their service life, increase the safety of our crews, and most importantly, save lives. 

We have six missionized C-130J Maritime Patrol Aircraft numbers 7 and 8 are under contract, and thanks to Congress' support, we will begin building the 9th later this year.
C-130J Maritime Patrol Aircraft
C-130J Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Lesson four: To weather any storm, you must take care of your people - your crew, and their families.

Over the past year we achieved some significant milestones.

We've focused our transfer policies on greater geographic and family stability for our people . . . and as a result, we have reduced costs for our service and our families, and contributed to better continuity and experience at our units.

Housing - we have completed a comprehensive survey of our housing needs and inventory.

And, we have centralized the accountability for our more than 4,000 housing units right here at the Civil Engineering Unit in Oakland. This focused responsibility has improved oversight and accelerated improvement projects.

Childcare - We've expanded eligibility for our Child Care Subsidy program - while the program's focus remains to provide maximum assistance to our families with the lowest incomes, eligibility has been expanded to even more families.

We've hired 7 training and curriculum specialists for our Child Development Centers, this will allow us to continue providing the best programs possible - and we've hired 5 regional dependent care specialists. . . they will assist with setting up home care in our military housing areas.
We have added a new ombudsman program manager, who is now supported by a regional ombudsman coordinator for the Atlantic Area - and we are working to bring on a Pacific Area coordinator . . . these full-time coordinators will assist our current cadre of volunteer ombudsman . . . but my hope is that with their support, we will also soon have volunteer ombudsmen at every Coast Guard unit.

Chaplains Corps Shoulder Board
Our Chaplains Corps is conducting marriage retreats, communication workshops, and personal growth seminars to strengthen our families.

We've even brought someone on full-time to develop a retiree affairs program.

We will continue to advocate and support our loved ones who sacrifice on the home-front so Coast Guard men and women can remain always ready to perform front line operations.

Those 4 lessons - (a well trained crew, well-crafted standing orders, a sound ship, and taking care of your crew and their families) are how you prepare to navigate uncertain and stormy seas.

Now, what about the how? How will we continue to carry out our operations in the face of heavy weather?

As we describe in Pub 3, we've organized our operational assets into a maritime trident of shore based, maritime patrol, and deployable specialized forces.

We will deploy these forces individually, or in combination, throughout the maritime domain. 

Our core operational concept is Prevention - Response.

We seek to prevent dangerous or illicit maritime actions as far from our shores as possible, while providing safe navigation for mariners in legitimate commerce. When undesirable or unlawful events do occur - we will respond to protect the Nation, minimize the impact, and recover.

Preventing and responding to threats before they reach our ports is not a new idea. In 1787, the father of our Service, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”

Hamilton's vision remains true today. It's just that in today's globalized and interconnected world - the functional entrances to our ports are no longer at the mouths of our harbors, but far offshore. 

To effectively accomplish Hamilton's objective - and our current mandate - we have to be in overseas ports, on the high seas, along our coasts and in our domestic ports… we must be able to capably operate in all areas of the maritime domain.

Our layered strategy of providing maritime security is designed to accomplish this objective.
Let's begin overseas . . . our International Port Security Liaison Officers, or “IPSLOs”, are working in foreign ports to ensure the security of cargo and ships before they sail to our shores.
We continue to lead the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization . . . to set standards for maritime safety, security and stewardship.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic. Yet 100 years later, the Costa Concordia's recent loss reminds us of the importance of having safety at sea standards . . . and, that to ensure compliance, you need a robust marine inspection program.

Now let's take a look at our ports and coastlines . . . This is our best-resourced layer. We have recapitalized almost our entire fleet of boats . . . we are in the process of recapitalizing all our coastal patrol boats . . . we have repopulated our shore stations that were scaled back due to budget cuts in the 1990s . . . and, we have also added deployable security teams for our ports.
But, the last place we want to discover maritime threats is in our ports!
My most pressing concern is on the high seas . . . vast oceans lie between overseas loading ports and our domestic ports of arrival. It is in this offshore region that I see the greatest risk.
Patrolling the high seas requires multi-mission cutters and maritime patrol aircraft capable of sustained offshore operations. These assets are the most expensive to acquire and operate. Much of our current fleet of high and medium endurance cutters is beyond 40 years old - costly to repair, and in need of replacement.
Coast Guardsmen require modern ships capable of independently operating on the high seas to perform missions like drug interdiction. These cutters enable us to stop multi-ton loads of pure cocaine before they reach our shores and to protect our fish stocks and fisherman in the tumultuous Bering Sea.
This is why I am so pleased the NSC is already proving to be a more than worthy replacement for our obsolete cutters.
This is also why we must sustain the momentum of the NSC and OPC acquisition programs.
As I alluded to earlier, we also face another unique demand in the Pacific - the emerging Arctic frontier.
This summer exploratory oil drilling will likely commence in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. In this part of Northern Alaska, we currently have no shore-based infrastructure, such as hangars for our planes, bases for our boats or barracks for our crews.
So, we're going to send mobile, versatile infrastructure to the Arctic . . . the National Security 
Cutter BERTHOLF . . . BERTHOLF has world-wide communications and state-of-the-art command and control systems - better than any shore station - she also brings the added advantage of being able to launch and recover helicopters and small boats. BERTHOLF will be supplemented by our ice-capable seagoing buoy tenders.

We feel prepared to take on these challenges because we have adaptable cutters and aircraft, and proficient crews . . . we will employ them on a seasonal basis - while we continue to define our requirements for permanent Arctic infrastructure.
The Coast Guard is unique - we have the experience to participate in, and lead where appropriate, the development of our National Arctic strategy - but, the imperative for expanded Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic is now - not 20 years from now.


Recently, the eyes of the Nation were focused on Cutter HEALY as she broke through hundreds of miles of Arctic ice to enable a tanker to deliver fuel to Nome, Alaska.

Coast Guard polar ice breakers are the only ships in our national inventory capable of performing this mission, and right now, HEALY is our only operational polar ice breaker.
We are working hard to return POLAR STAR to operations in 2013 - and when she returns, we will regain one of the most powerful conventional ice breakers in the world - and another 10 years of service from her.
I want to be clear. This is only a bridging strategy. As I mentioned earlier, this is an example of scaling back where we must in the short term, so that we can do all that our Nation requires of us in the long term.

We need to come to a Whole of Government determination on the capabilities and resourcing our Nation must provide to protect our Arctic interests.
Early in my career . . . there was a time when the Coast Guard operated 8 polar ice breakers. 

How did that happen? In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed a hand written note to Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau - Morgenthau passed the note on to the Commandant, Admiral Russell Waesche, - it simply read, “Henry I want the world's best icebreakers, [signed] FDR”
I guess Federal acquisition Rules must have been easier then!

Times are different now, but FDR's order is the kind of action a visionary leader takes to prepare a Nation to navigate stormy seas.
USCG 327-foot Treasury Class Cutter
In even more difficult circumstances, in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the President and the Congress chose to invest in America's Coast Guard. They built a class of 7 new major Coast Guard cutters - the 327-foot Treasury class. Why?

Because leaders foresaw that America in the future required capable multi-mission ships to meet its challenges - the challenges that were known - but more importantly, future challenges that could not be known - but were certain to come.
These seven major cutters carried out missions never imagined in their original concept of operations. Most of these cutters served for more than 40 years -- The last was decommissioned at over 50 years of age.
They were able to do this because national leaders with vision foresaw that capable ships with . . . speed . . . endurance . . . and versatility were a sound investment against an uncertain, and what proved to be menacing, half century to come.
Secretary Napolitano understands this. That's why she continues to support our ongoing efforts to recapitalize - and specifically to build NSC #6.
USCG 378-foot High Endurance Cutter
USCG 378-foot High Endurance Cutter
The story of our 378-foot high endurance cutters is strikingly similar… they are also a class of ships that, though they are failing, survive today - they have served for more than 40 years…in combat off Vietnam - in coalition operations off Iraq - protecting our fisheries - interdicting drugs - working to prevent mass migrations from Haiti and Cuba - and saving countless lives . . . the 378s have served well beyond their time.
We know from experience that building multi-mission cutters and aircraft is a proven WAY to prepare for uncertain times - doing so keeps our Nation safe, our Service ready, and our domestic industries - which create American jobs - skilled and strong.
Most importantly, we know that the ships, aircraft and boats we buy today will not just shape . . . But . . . in large part, will define the Coast Guard's next 50 years of capability - They will be the primary tools that we rely on to do our job - responding to all threats, and all hazards throughout America's maritime domain.
So, what are these Uncertain and Stormy seas?
Dynamic and evolving threats are increasing in the global maritime domain: illicit drug and human trafficking, piracy, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, illegal fishing, environmental crimes, and belligerent nation-states.
These stormy seas are also budget driven. The current national deficit demands change. On our current trackline, we will likely see the Coast Guard get smaller.
We may also encounter those who seek to sacrifice long term investments - like recapitalizing our cutters, aircraft and boats - for short term budget gains.

But, we have faced tough times like this before . . . And, as any ship Captain can tell you, the most important element to weathering a storm is a great crew. And, we are truly blessed to have one in you.
We all come from a long blue line of Coast Guardsmen who have confronted heavy weather and prevailed in the face of seemingly in-surmountable challenges.

USCG Boatswains Mate First Class Bernie Webber
60 years ago this month, Boatswains Mate First Class Bernie Webber, was the coxswain of a 36-foot motor lifeboat . . . his crew headed out into 60 foot seas . . . and 70 knot winds . . . in near blizzard conditions off Cape Cod to rescue 32 men, one by one, from the tanker Pendleton . . . broken in two by the storm.
I am honored that the first of our new Sentinel Class response cutters will be named after this heroic Boatswain's Mate.

Richard Etheridge was the first African-American to command a life saving station - Station Pea Island - this was also the first life saving station crewed entirely by African Americans. Keeper Etheridge never backed down in the face of adversity. Soon after taking command, his lifesaving station burned to the ground. He did not hesitate. He rebuilt it.
He also understood the importance of proficiency - he developed rigorous lifesaving drills. He constantly tested his crew until he was satisfied they could take on any mission - the Pea Island surfmen would go on to rescue hundreds of souls from stranded ships in the most extreme conditions - Etheridge's station became known as the best on the Carolina coast - and he became a legend.
Captain Richard Etheridge, Keeper, USLSS and crew
Captain Richard Etheridge, Keeper, USLSS (far left)

It is a point of personal pride that our second fast response cutter will be named Richard Etheridge - who is not only a Coast Guard icon - but for me, a model for the importance of proficiency.
Seaman Apprentice William Ray “Billy” Flores
Seaman Apprentice William Ray “Billy” Flores
And, Seaman Apprentice William Flores, who died while saving the lives of his shipmates after the Cutter Blackthorn collided with the tanker Capricorn.
“Billy” as his shipmates called him, was just 19 years old. 

He was less than a year out of boot camp - one of the least experienced crewmen on board. 

But, when Blackthorn capsized, he took off his belt, strapped open a life-jacket locker door . . . which freed life-jackets to float to the surface . . . he then remained behind to assist other crew members.
In doing so, he displayed amazing courage. He also gave his own life to save others.
I am deeply humbled by his service and sacrifice - our third fast response cutter will bear the name William Flores as a constant reminder of the heroic deeds even our youngest Coast Guardsmen are capable of.
What a Service we have . . . to name an entire class of ships after enlisted heroes . . . it's extraordinary… but this is our heritage…And it continues today.
Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Thomas McArthur
Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Thomas McArthur
With people like Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Thomas McArthur . . . who, in an incredible display of bravery, made 12 consecutive rescues of individuals overcome by strong rip currents in Lake Michigan. 

For his actions he was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal.
And cuttermen like the crew of HEALY - represented here today by HEALY's Captain - Beverly Havlik, Command Senior Chief Brian Apolito and BM3 Diana Milian.
Captain of the USCG Healy, Beverly Havlik
Captain of the USCG Healy, Beverly Havlik
Last month, this crew accomplished something that had never been done before - they broke through hundreds of miles of ice to deliver fuel to the residents of Nome, Alaska . . . it was a shared moment of pride for our entire service!
Your efforts - and those of the long blue line of Coast Guardsmen who have gone before us - stand as a testament to human courage, seamanship, airmanship and skill . . . you showed the Nation once again what a small crew of dedicated Coast Guardsmen can do - and how our Service remains true to our motto - Semper Paratus - Always Ready to assist those in distress!
I feel so proud, yet so humbled to be your Commandant . . . you protect people on the sea, you protect our country against threats delivered by the sea, and YOU even protect the sea itself.
It is the strength of you - our crew - that allows us to keep doing it… and if we can continue to provide you with the cutters, boats and aircraft you need to perform our missions, we will ensure America's Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus well into our 3rd century of service to the Nation.
Now I'm an optimist . . . but during the few times I start to get discouraged, it's only because too many in our country seem to view these uncertain and stormy seas as reasons for doom and dismay - they claim our country is in decline - and that our best years just might be behind us. 

One thing I'm sure of . . . these people have never met anyone from my crew.
Because as we prepare for and proceed into heavy weather it is your commitment to excellence, your spirit, and your professionalism that will continue to fuel my optimism . . . eventually the weather will improve.
The key to navigating safely through uncertain and stormy seas is the same today as it has been for centuries - it's having a crew of strong, dedicated and disciplined men and women - and fortunately we have you in abundance in the Coast Guard.
When the storm clouds drive others for safe harbors, we head out…
To those who doubt our ability to navigate through the years ahead, I have a message for you:
We do not fear uncertain and stormy seas - that's when you need us most!
And, that's when we're at our best!
We're Coast Guardsmen.
This is our chosen profession. This is our way. This is what we do.
Thank you.
Semper Paratus.

 Commandant's Holiday Message


During this very special and meaningful time of the year, Linda and I would like to thank you and your families for your continued service to the Coast Guard and our nation.  Many of you are standing the watch aboard ships at sea, on stations along our coasts and waterways, and in ports.  

Some of you are forward deployed in combat zones in distant lands.  I am sure you would rather be with your loved ones, especially during the Holidays. 

But I also know that your dedication to duty and vigilance are responsible for ensuring our liberty, safety, and security.  We appreciate the selfless sacrifice of your families who remain on the home front and support your ability to serve.  If duty keeps you apart from your families this season, thank you for standing the watch. 

If you are fortunate enough to celebrate the Holidays with your family, friends and shipmates, we encourage you to safely enjoy your time together and look out for each other.  As we bring the year to a close, you continue to inspire us with honor, respect, devotion to duty.

We wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season and success in the New Year.

A digital version of the Commandant's Holiday Message is available at

Siemper Paratus,

Stand a Taught Watch. 

Admiral Bob Papp           


Newly sworn in Division 6, D5N Elected Officers for 2012
Newly sworn in Division 6, D5N Elected Officers for 2012
 Dear Members,

The Crystal Point Yacht Club
On Sunday, 04 DEC 2011, Paul and I, along with 15 other members and guests of 16-07, attended the Division COW Ceremony at the Crystal Point Yacht Club.

Newly elected and appointed officers were sworn in. The event was terrific, good food, good friends, a great day.

Swearing in Division 6, D5N Appointed Officers for 2012
Swearing in Division 6, D5N Appointed Officers for 2012

Mr. and Mrs. William Castagno and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harren
Mr. and Mrs. William Castagno and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harren

Members Cherie Stires, Bob Kady, Alice Schroth, and Jim Picciano
Members Cherie Stires, Bob Kady, Alice Schroth, and Jim Picciano

Jim Picciano and Auxiliarist of the Year Dennis Georgia
Jim Picciano and Auxiliarist of the Year Dennis Georgia

We are very proud to announce that our Flotilla "cleaned up" at the Awards presentation. 
Dennis Georgia, 2011 Auxiliarist of the Year
Dennis Georgia, 2011 Auxiliarist of the Year

Please join me in Congratulating Dennis Georgia as the recipient of the DIVISION 16, AUXILIARIST OF THE YEAR.  We are very proud of his dedication and the accomplishments he has made to the Auxiliary.  The Award was very must deserved. 

Dennis Georgia, 2011 Auxiliarist of the Year with Commodore Harold "Robbie" Robinson
Dennis Georgia, 2011 Auxiliarist of the Year with Commodore Harold "Robbie" Robinson

Other FL 16-07 Awards received yesterday: 

Ron Coleman- Superior Performance as a Staff Officer for PE 

Jack Witemeyer- Superior Performance as a PE Instructor
Bob Daraio- Superior Performance as a Marine Dealer Visitor
Also  Newly Appointed to  SO-CS for the Division.

Bob KadyReceived his AUXOP qualification device.

Congrats to All!!!

 Dan Fuchs,  FC-16-07
Dan Fuchs,  FC-16-07
Bob Daraio, Bob and Patty Witham
Bob Daraio, Bob and Patty Witham


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The Fall 2011 Coast Guard Proceedings

The Fall 2011 Edition of U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings Now Available

In This Issue:

The Coast Guard Proceedings
Search and Rescue: Always Ready for the Call: Leveraging tools, technology, and teamwork to improve response, save lives.
Also Inside:Lessons Learned from USCG Casualty Reports.

Download pdf (29.6 MB - 80 Pages)


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
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.

This training exercise was very successful in testing the skills of all on board.

Oct 2011 Edition of WATERCRAFT AND VESSEL SAFETY (WAVES) Now Available

USCG AUX Recreational Boating Safety Outreach
The October 2011 issue of Watercraft and Vessel Safety (WAVES), the newsletter of the Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Outreach Department is now available. This issue of WAVES features information about our efforts to work with the U.S. Power Squadrons to promote boating safety, paddlesports train-the-trainer training from the American Canoe Association, and vessel safety checks at fishing competitions. Also included are a number of best practice ideas for promoting recreational boating safety in your area.

WAVES can be downloaded at: http://bdept.cgaux.org/waves/wave201103.pdf


USCG AUX Compass

New Auxiliary Manual Is Available for Download

The Chief Director's office has announced today the availability of the official copy of the new Auxiliary Manual COMDTINST M16790.1G for download.

The 710-page, 9.76 megabyte document may be accessed at the following temporary URL: http://documents.cgaux.org/temp/Auxiliary-Manual-CIM16790_1.pdf.



Auxiliarist Bob Daraio with Ossining Kayackers
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 Seal
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.
Bob Daraio does a VSC for a kayaker
Bob Daraio does a VSC
Town of Ossining Department of Parks & Recreation and Director, Henry Atterbury works closely 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.


The Binnacle June-July 2011 Edition

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


Operation Dry Water
JUNE 24-26, 2011

Operation Dry Water, June 24-26, 2011, is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

Held each year during the weekend before the 4th of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner organizations.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is dangerous and illegal. BUI is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Learn more about the effects of BUI.
If you boat under the influence:
  • Your voyage will be terminated
  • Your boat may be impounded, and
  • You may be arrested.
Penalties can include fine, imprisonment,Impoundment of your boat, loss of boating privileges and even loss of driving privileges.


USCG AUX Compass

The March/April issue of the Division 16 newsletter, "COMPASS", can be found on-line at

Along with great articles and pictures, the March/April 2011 "COMPASS" sports a redesigned front page and announces a number of awards to members of Flotilla 16-07.
Jack Witemayer received the Meritorious Service Medal, Betsy Bauer won the Best Flotilla Publication Award for the FL 16-07 Newsletter "The Binnacle", Harvey Monter won the RBS Tactical Plan Team Award, John Fisher won a Top 10% In The Field of Instruction Award,  Kevin Rooney earned a Ten Year Service Award, Richie Detz earned a Five Year Service Award, Betsy Bauer and John Fisher received Sustained Service Awards, Bill Castagno earned his AUXCOM Qualification, and Bob Kady earned AUXNAV Qualification.

04 MAY 2011 Vessel Examination Workshop

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.

VE best practices at the FL16-07 Training Meeting


Navigator Express
The Saturday, April 16, 2011 edition of the Navigator Express is now available Here

The Binnacle - Feb-Mar 2011 Edition Now Available
2011 VE Tactical Plan, Part 1
Norm Fehr, DSO-VE D5NR, sent us part 1 of the 2011 VE Tactical Plan for the 5th Northern District. It will serve to explain the transformation that is coming in our program.

The attachments are two self-running Powerpoint presentations with a narration. If you do not have Powerpoint, you may have a Powerpoint Viewer ( CLICK HERE if you don't) or Open Office ( CLICK HERE). Both are free downloads.

Tacticalpt1FirstHalf.ppt (15059KB) and Tacticalpt1SecondHalf.ppt (11189KB)


The March/April issue of the Division 16 newsletter, "COMPASS", can be found on-line at
Along with great articles and pictures, the March/April 2011 "COMPASS" sports a redesigned front page and announces a number of awards to members of Flotilla 16-07. Jack Witemayer received the Meritorious Service Medal, Betsy Bauer won the Best Flotilla Publication Award for the FL 16-07 Newsletter "The Binnacle", Harvey Monter won the RBS Tactical Plan Team Award, John Fisher won a Top 10% In The Field of Instruction Award,   Kevin Rooney earned a Ten Year Service Award, Richie Detz earned a Five Year Service Award, Betsy Bauer and John Fisher received Sustained Service Awards, Bill Castagno earned his AUXCOM Qualification, and Bob Kady earned AUXNAV Qualification.

Click the link above to read the latest news in the Flotilla 16-07 Newsletter.

Great fellowship and pizza!
Great fellowship and pizza!

Spring Edition of Coast Guard Magazine Now Online

Post contributed by Coast Guard Magazine Editor, Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, and Executive Editor, Petty Officer 1st Class Kip Wadlow.

The Coast Guard Magazine

The Coast Guard Magazine staff is proud to present a pre-release of our latest issue, available for download online. 


A Week in the Life of the Coast Guard

Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine.

From February 7th to the 14th, Coast Guard Magazine set out to capture a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the many missions we  perform. This is the final post for a Week in the Life and we hope you enjoyed the day-by-day snapshot. There are over a thousand images that were captured from this week. To see more, visit the Coast Guard’s Visual Information Gallery and search “week in the Coast Guard.” 
  • Watch the Week in the Coast Guard feature story's highlight video: Click Here!
  • See more photos from the Week in the Coast Guard feature story: Click Here!



The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle
The Eagle will return to our area for a New York City visit August 5 through 8, 2011.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle left Philadelphia after a great  first stop of its 75th-anniversary tour across the Atlantic. After a stop back at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Eagle will leave May 7, 2011 for Ireland. Click here to see the full tour schedule.

The ship was ushered up the Delaware River at low tide by an entourage that included the Philadelphia Fire Boat Independence and two Moran tug boats. Both the USS New Jersey, from Camden, and the USS Olympia, from Philadelphia, issued gun salutes that the Eagle returned.

The tall ship's anniversary tour includes a visit to its birthplace in the German port city of Hamburg, where the ship, originally the Horst Wessel, was built in 1936.

Two of the original crew members of that post-World War II voyage, Horst Boettge and Emil Babish, attended an evening reception hosted by the Coast Guard Foundation at the Seaport Museum later Friday.

Also aboard are Capt. Eric C. Jones, the Eagle's commanding officer, and the ship's permanent crew of 55. Additionally, 41 officer candidates, members of the USS Constitution, cadets from the Merchant Marines, New York Maritime and Texas Maritime and guests are aboard the vessel.

The Eagle was built with the heaviest steel to manage ice in the Baltic Sea and engineered to withstand the wind and waves of Cape Horn, off South America. Jones believes the ship has 50 more years of service in her.

"She's very well-built, and we work like crazy to take care of her," Jones said. "Just like anyone who owns a boat, they know that it's a never-ending effort."

The Eagle was open for public tours this past weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. We encouraged all our members to go and be in uniform. Those who attended were glad they did.  

The U.S. CGC Eagle WIX 327 is a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail. It is home ported at the CG Academy, New London, Connecticut. 

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle
Horst Wessel
It is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services.  She is one of five such training barques in world.  Remarkably, her surviving sister ships include the Mircea of Romania, Sagres II of Portugal, Gorch Fock of Germany, and Tovarich of Russia.

Today's Eagle, the seventh in a long line of proud Coast Guard cutters to bear the name, was built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, as a training vessel for German Navy cadets. 

The ship was commissioned Horst Wessel and served as a training ship for the Kriegsmarine throughout World War II.  Click Here to read a translated-diary from a German naval cadet who trained aboard the Horst Wessel in 1937.

Following World War II, the Horst Wessel, in the age-old custom of capture and seizure, was taken as a war prize by the United States.   
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle
USCGC Eagle 1946
On May 15, 1946, the German barque was commissioned into U.S. Coast Guard service as the Eagle and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, Connecticut.  On her voyage to the United States she followed Columbus's route across the mid-Atlantic.  Click Here to read cutterman Emil Babich's recollections of this voyage (he was a Coast Guardsman who sailed aboard Eagle on the voyage from Germany to the United States soon after the end of World War II).

She rode out a hurricane during her trip and arrived in New London safely.  She weathered another hurricane in September 1954 while en route to Bermuda.  She hosted OpSail in New York as part of the World's Fair in 1964. 

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle
Operation Sail 1976
She again hosted OpSail in 1976 during the United States' Bicentennial celebration.  During Operation Sail (4 July 1976) in the Hudson River Eagle proudly led a fleet of Naval Sailing vessels from around the world through the Verrazano and up around Miss Liberty These gorgeous ships sailed smoothly between rows of an honor guard made from Modern Naval Vessels including the USS Enterprise As they passed each vessel fired a salute to their country but Eagle received special honors with salutes and all hands at Attention.
Eagle hosted the centennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty in 1986 as well.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque EagleOne of the major controversies regarding the cutter was generated when the Coast Guard decided to add the "racing stripe" to her otherwise unadorned hull in mid-1976.  She was the last cutter so painted and many in the sailing community decried the new paint job. Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 
Sailing in Eagle, cadets handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and 5 miles of rigging.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle
Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver.  The sails can provide the equivalent of several thousand through-shaft horsepower. The ship readily takes to the task for which it was designed.  Eagle's hull is built of steel, four-tenths of an inch thick.  It has two full length steel decks with a platform deck below and a raised forecastle and quarterdeck.  The weather decks are three-inch-thick teak over steel.

Cadets aboard The Eagle
Cadets aboard The Eagle
Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.

The Eagle has a standing crew of six officers and 56 enlisted; on training missions, she carries on the average a complement of 12 officers, 68 crew, and up to 150 cadets.[4] Each year, she takes one long training cruise to the Caribbean, the Pacific Coast, or Europe, and two shorter cruises along the U.S. East Coast.

Cadets aboard The Eagle
In September 1987, she undertook a yearlong cruise to Australia from her home at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During this cruise Academy instructors were embarked to conduct the cadets' courses while underway. In 2005, as part of the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review in the Solent off Southern England, Eagle was one of a number of tall ships from several nations to be reviewed by Queen Elizabeth II, along with the U.S. Navy warship USS Saipan (LHA-2). Later that Summer, Eagle returned to Bremerhaven for the first time since World War II, to an enthusiastic welcome.


Breaking News From the National V Department


2011 VE / PV Workshops are Available.

The 2011 VE / PV Workshops Are Available are now available for download on our website. These are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and can be downloaded from this web page:

Volume 58, Issue 1-2011
Volume 58, Issue 1-2011 of the USCG Reservist Magazine is hot off the presses! See it now at http://www.uscg.mil/reservist/.


AuxBWiki and High Focus Vessels


If you have not been to the Auxiliary's Paddlesports AuxBWiki, CLICK HERE. In 2011 we need to greatly increase our examination of canoes and kayaks and initiate a meaningful safety discussion with this segment of boaters. The AuxBWiki will provide access to some of the information you need to know.
In 2010, we had an objective that 70% of our VSCs would be on high focus vessels because that is where most of the casualties are occurring (see the attachment). This initiative had almost no impact on our vessel examinations. In 2009, prior to our objective, 51% of our vessel examinations were on high focus vessels. After creating the 70% objective in 2010, our percentage was 52%.
Satisfying this objective does not happen automatically and we did not have a plan. A goal without a plan is just a wish. This is where the Tactical Plan comes in. I have prepared a PowerPoint Presentation with about 70 slides (and counting) for the VE Tactical Plan presentation at the Spring Conference. In addition, I hope to teach AUXINFO skills (with the cooperation of hotel WiFi availability) so program managers can adequately track progress - a common management task

Below are links to both booklets and brochures containing info that is important to paddlers.

Adaptive Paddling Brochure.pdf (546KB); Beginners guide.pdf (705KB); Best Practices Brochure.pdf (315KB); Cold Water Survival Brochure.pdf (268KB); How to Choose the Right LJ.pdf (1833KB); Instructional Best Practices.pdf (328KB); Know.Your.Limits.pdf (1096KB); Paddler's Safety Checklist.pdf (537KB); Paddling101.pdf (7776KB); Practices-Ethics-Conduct.pdf (355KB); River Paddlers Guide to Rescue.pdf (301KB); Rules of the Road.pdf (293KB); SmartStartBrochure.pdf (2381KB); Wear It Brochure.pdf (450KB)

Please understand that many of the paddlers you come in contact with will have neither classroom nor on-the-water training.

This is where we come in.
Additionally, there are a number of videos on YouTube.com that demonstrate necessary on-the-water skills. The following links are only some of the videos that are available.
Norm Fehr
2009 Boating Accident Statistics

TOPSIDE: Winter "Topside Lite" on the Web

Topside Lite
TOPSIDE Lite is a periodical that highlights the members and activities of District 5NR. Published in a "e-Magazine" format, TOPSIDE Lite is designed to quickly provide members information between regular issues of TOPSIDE, the official magazine of 5NR

Each issue of TOPSIDE Lite will only be comprised of one or two pages and only distributed via email and download from the 5NR website. The latest edition can be found at TOPSIDE Lite Winter 2011 

Articles can be submitted by anyone. The preferred format for photos is .jpg (.jpeg) format. (We prefer lower resolution). A caption or short article is preferred for this type of newsletter.

Send stories and photos to:
The full, regular TOPSIDE editions can be found at TOPSIDE On The Web


Admiral Robert Papp Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

From the Coast Guard Compass, official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard
Admiral Robert Papp Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address
Admiral Robert Papp, 24th Commandant, delivers his first State of the Coast Guard Address.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Earlier today, Admiral Robert Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered his first state of the Coast Guard speech at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Papp painted a determined picture of the state of our Service while laying out his vision for the future, what he referred to as ‘charting the course.’

Commandant's Direction
During his State of the Coast Guard address, Adm. Papp released his Commandant's Direction. Click here to download and read the document.

“So, what is the state of the Coast Guard today? Well, I can report that we’re ready to meet mission demands, but we’re facing some real challenges,” said Papp. “But, when you’re facing challenges, it’s reassuring to be surrounded by a good crew.”

As might be expected from the Coast Guard’s longest serving commissioned cutterman, Papp’s address was peppered with nautical references and took on the tone of an ‘all hands’ meeting between a ship’s captain and its crew.

In regard to budget issues the Commandant quoted William Arthur Ward: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

Admiral Papp went on to say "It’s time to adjust the sails. As we work to recapitalize, we will do our utmost to ensure we are good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars."

On leadership Admiral Papp quoted John Maxwell, an internationally recognized leadership expert,  “Nearly anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Before leaders take their people on a journey, they become navigators and go through a process in order to give the trip the best chance of success:

…Navigators Draw on Past Experience
…Navigators Examine the Conditions Before Making Commitments
…Navigators Listen to What Others Have to Say.”

The Commandant recognized a number of members of Team Coast Guard including Auxiliarist Donald C. Hoge from the Seventh Coast Guard District. " Don tirelessly worked to support our Haitian earthquake response – and he’s currently serving as the Auxiliary coordinator for Sector St. Petersburg."

He continued "Today I am also releasing my Commandant’s Direction – my Direction is the sailing plan for my watch – it’s designed to keep the Service focused on pursuing my four principles."

My Direction’s Priorities Are:

1) Sustain Mission Excellence;
2) Recapitalize and Build Capacity;
3) Enhance Crisis Response and Management; and,
4) Prepare for the Future.

Every good Coast Guardsmen keeps a weather eye to windward — and it is clear there’s been a change in the weather — our Nation is facing serious fiscal challenges.

“No one else can do everything that we do. We protect citizens at sea, we protect America from threats delivered by sea, and we protect the sea itself. We are a military service, federal law enforcement agency, and our Nation’s lead maritime first responder with the mandate and bias to act. We are locally based, nationally deployed, and globally connected.”

Click Here for the full transcript of Admiral Papp’s State of the Coast Guard address.


Coast Guard OutlookDesigned to communicate the Coast Guard’s current plans, programs, and (most importantly) budgetary needs, 'The Coast Guard Outlook' is targeted at decision-makers throughout the defense and maritime industries, and will also address policymakers on Capitol Hill on the current condition of the service - enabling them to make more informed judgments when decisions that profoundly effect the development of the Coast Guard need to be made.

An interesting look at what goes into policy decisions for Team Coast Guard.



Safe Disposal of Expired Flares

Do NOT believe ANYONE, no matter how official appearing, that tells you that you can discharge a distress flare legally - YOU CANNOT!!!

The discharge of a visual distress signal is illegal, except in case of actual distress.

The discharge of expired flares is potentially dangerous
To date, flares can not be recycled but special care should be taken with their disposal. Throwing flares in your household trash can cause a dangerous situation and setting off old flares can result in false distress reports.

To dispose of expired flares contact your local county public works department, police or fire department. Alternatively check with a local boating education group such as your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla. They often use old flares for educational purposes.
If you live in the Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. area you can arrange to drop off your expired flares at USCG Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, 61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach. N.J.
For an appointment to drop off your expired flares, call the Flotilla 16-07 Hotline at: 732-785-2618 


 2011 National African American History Month

Admiral Robert Papp  Commandant, USCG
Admiral Robert Papp
Commandant, USCG
From: Papp, Robert ADM
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 2:59 PM
Subject: 2011 National African American History Month


February 2011 marks the 85th annual observance of
African American history month.  This year's theme is "African Americans and the Civil War."

Nearly 200,000 African Americans fought to preserve the Union and secure an end to slavery in the United States.  In many cases, however, their contributions were not featured in our history books.  As this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is appropriate to learn about and reflect upon the value of African American's contributions-both in the Civil
War, and in all our Nation's conflicts.

Throughout our Services 220 year history, African Americans have served in the Coast Guard and our many legacy agencies with distinction. 

A great place to learn about their contributions is the Coast Guard Historian's web site which features articles and oral histories of our African American shipmates. 

One of my favorite stories is "My friend! My brother! My shipmate!" By Coast Guardsman James Mooney.

You can link to the web site here:


Coast Guard units and commands should take time during February to recognize
the accomplishments and contributions that African Americans have made, and
continue to make to our Service and our Nation.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp


Congratulations for 2010 VSC Productivity

2011 VSC Sticker
Although 2010 is over, 2010 VSC productivity is still being recorded in AUXDATA. The current data shows 053 examined 12,604 vessels in 2010, more than a 1% VSC increase over 2009 results. This is certainly a positive outcome and VEs are to be congratulated.
Special congratulations are in order for 14 flotillas. AUXINFO has data from 2002 through 2010. Using that 9 year time period, 14 flotillas had their highest VSC productivity in 2010.
Flotilla 04-04 examined 593 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 467 in 2009.
Flotilla 05-07 examined 250 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 240 in 2009.
Flotilla 06-03 examined 269 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 111 in 2006.
Flotilla 06-09 examined 62 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 58 in 2002.
Flotilla 07-02 examined 430 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 254 in 2004.
Flotilla 08-01 examined 342 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 280 in 2009.
Flotilla 08-02 examined 652 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 594 in 2009.
Flotilla 08-06 examined 289 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 241 in 2009.
Flotilla 12-08 examined 121 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 27 in 2009.
Flotilla 13-07 examined 36 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 34 in 2008.
Flotilla 13-10 examined 267 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 259 in 2009.
Flotilla 15-04 examined 209 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 146 in 2009.
Flotilla 15-08 examined 955 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 545 in 2009.
Flotilla 16-07 examined 134 vessels in 2010. the previous high was 91 in 2005. 
I have been doing research to determine the degree to which we are fulfilling our mission. The following statistics are significant and should factor into our plans for 2011:

   • It is estimated that in 2009, 16,740,000 boats were in use in the U.S. in 2009. If this is correct, 99.2% of these vessels were not examined by the Auxiliary.
   • 95% of mechanically propelled vessels are < 26' in length. This does not include most canoes/kayaks.
   • 85% of boating deaths (625 out of 736) were on vessels <26' in length (high focus vessels). 308 of the 736 deaths (42%) were on vessels <26' in length. 19% of boating deaths were on canoes, kayaks and row boats.
   •Only 51% of vessels examined by VEs in 2009 by 5NR were high focus vessels (<26') (52% in 2010)
This e-mail contains a lot of statistics, but they are not cold numbers. Every boater that benefits from our safety message is less likely to become another statistic - casualty. These statistics should certainly be considered when planning an outstanding 2011.
Norm Fehr


American Canoe Association
American Canoe Association and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Promote Paddlesports Safety
ST. LOUIS – The American Canoe Association (ACA) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary announced signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to promote safety among those who use kayaks, canoes and other paddlecraft. The new agreement establishes cooperative efforts broadening outreach and education to the paddle sports community.  
Paddlesports boating is one of the fastest growing recreation activities in the United States.   In 2008 the Outdoor Industry Association reported that approximately 17.8 million people participated in paddlesports getting out on the water nearly 50,000 times daily. The explosive growth has triggered a disturbing increase in paddlesports injuries and fatalities.   Often, with little investment inexperienced individuals are on the water without adequate paddle sport safety equipment or training.
The American Canoe Association and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are committed to reversing this trend. With input from the ACA a new Auxiliary Paddlesports America Course is now available nationwide complementing traditional safety courses that have been offered by ACA for decades.   This classroom based training provides paddlers basic knowledge needed to safely operate their vessels including: knowing the paddlecraft, trip planning, safe operation, legal requirements, and paddling emergencies.

The American Canoe Association and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will also reach out to paddlers through the paddlecraft vessel safety check program.  

Experts will talk with paddlers as they examine safety gear and provide personalized paddlesports safety guidance.
“With this cooperative effort we will reach out to the growing population of paddlers providing needed training to keep them safe on the water”, said Jim Vass, Auxiliary National Commodore.
"The ACA is proud to continue our partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as we continually strive to improve the boating experience for the recreational paddler."- Chris Stec, ACA Chief Operating Officer

Founded in 1880, the American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to the aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation. For more information about the American Canoe Association visit http://www.americancanoe.org
U.S. Coast Guard 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


Flotilla Change Of Watch And Business Meeting

Flotilla 16-07 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.



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 life-jacket
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)


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


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   Flotilla1607@yahoo.com

Call the Flotilla 16-07 Hotline at:

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