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Volume L Number 1 Spring 2003
ATribute to the Coast Guard Auxiliary
at USCG Station Islamorada
(See article on page 21)
Published by the USCG Auxiliary
7th Coast Guard District
909 SE First Avenue
Miami FL 33131
Dist. Commander RADM Jay Carmichael
Director of Auxiliary CDR Kevin Crawley
Assistant Director CWO Robert P. Flynn
7th District Auxiliary Bridge
District Commodore (DCO)
Jay H. Dahlgren
1579 Purst Street NW
Orangeburg SC 29115
Home: 803.536.6538
Fax: 803.534.3966
District Vice Commodore (VCO)
Peter E. Fernandez
16415 SW 86th Court
Miami FL 33157
Home: 305.255.4999
Fax: 305.252.6853
Rear Commodores
James E. Dennen, RCO-E
900 Venetian Blvd.
Islamorada FL 33036
Home: 305.664.2242
A. Bruce Magyar, RCO-N
23525 Bahama Pt. #1612
Fernandina Beach FL 32034-8082
Home: 904.277.4896
Fax: 904.261.2774
Allen W. Brown, Jr., RCO-W
3625 17th PL SE
Cape Coral FL 33904
Home: 239.549.6007
Fax: 239.549.6280
Immediate Past District Commodore
Mary T. Larsen, IPDCO
4621 South Hope Springs Rd.
Stone Mountain GA 30083-5121
Home: 404.294.7550
Fax: 404.370.1336
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Mariano Velazquez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 1
Edward R. Skelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 2
John R. Rungo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 3
Edward L. Callahan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 4
William J. McMahon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 5
Felix R. Garcia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 6
Steven B. Plass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 7
Casey A. Jankowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 8
Charles L. Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 9
Don A. Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 10
Robert Ayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 11
Ellen C. Kreiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 12
Jeremy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 13
Robert M. Ping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 14
Mary E. Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Division 15
William J. Dunne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 16
Cecil F. Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PPDCPA
Mark E. Ratliff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aids to Navigation
Billy J. Enfinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aviation
Richard L. Stolsmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Career Counselor
Eric M. Glasscott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Communications
Todd S. Thuma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Communication Services
Terri Bivona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Finance
Nancy H. Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Information Services
William F. Everill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Legal/Parliamentarian
Theodore E. Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Materials
Marine Safety &
Joel Aberbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Environmental Protection
D. Kent Shockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Member Training
Cathie Welty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marine Dealer Visitor
Calvin M. Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Operations/QE
Louis R. DeNunzio Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Public Affairs
Carol G. Rickard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Publications
Bobbye H. Paxton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Public Education
Cecil F. Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Personnel Services
Rosalind M. Lucash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary/Records
George J. Kacmarik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vessel Examination
John C. Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Administrative Assistant
Carolyn R. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aide to the DCO
Dwight E. Shingledecker
Alejandro M. de Quesada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Historian
Carolyn R. Thomas, Chair, Jeff Mahl, Betty Riddle
You can obtain an Auxiliary change of member information report
(CGAUX33) from your Materials Officer. After completing the form,
please give it to your Flotilla Staff Officer-Information Services.
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District Commodores message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Director of Auxiliarys message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
District Vice Commodores message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Rear Commodore North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Rear Commodore East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Rear Commodore West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Aids to Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
March 2003 Miami Air Auxiliary Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Career Counselor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Communications Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Information Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Marine Safety & Environmental Protection . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Marine Dealer Visitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Florida Keys Coast Guard Auxiliarists earn top honors . . .15
Member Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Operations/QE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Public Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Public Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Personnel Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Vessel Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
A tribute to the Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
We can do it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
ISAR 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Rescue on the sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Auxiliarist skippers freedom schooner Amistad . . . . . . . . .24
Seventh Districtwinner of three BoatU.S. Boating
Safety Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Volunteer pilots keep vigil over coastline . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Recognition long overdue ... here now . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
District Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Flotilla 93 celebrates 50 years! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
DCON 7 Spring 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
DCON Pre-Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
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Ft. Myers
Tampa St. Petersburg
Tarpon Springs
West Palm Beach
Vero Beach
Cape Canaveral
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San Juan USVI
Telephone numbers and addresses of members are protected
by the Privacy Act of 1974. As a matter of policy, rosters of
names, addresses and telephone numbers shall not be made
available to the general public or any outside organization.
Privacy of all rosters shall be safeguarded and the page clearly
labeled. The publication of these rosters, addresses and tele-
phone numbers on any computer online service including the
Internet is prohibited by the Privacy Act of 1974.
The BREEZE is published at no expense to the government.
Cost of its publication is borne by dues-paying members of
the 7th District Coast Guard Auxiliary; a volunteer, unpaid
civilian body whose mission is to assist the regular Coast
Guard in promoting and maintaining safety on the water.
Reprints of articles appearing in the BREEZE may be copied
by other publications provided proper credit is given.
Carol G. Rickard
581 Yardarm Lane
Longboat Key FL 34228
Home: 941.383.7362
Fax: 941.387.4360
Divisions of
USCG AuxiliaryDistrict 7
(Address Removed)
As I close out my first year as
your Director, I have to say
that its been a fun, exciting
and educating year. I have had
the opportunity to meet many
of you and there is no doubt
that the Auxiliary is an out-
standing organization filled
with selfless, dedicated and
untiring volunteers. You are
an integral part of the Coast
Guard and I can assure you
that when the Commandant
talks about Coast Guard
Forces, the Auxiliary is included.
There have been many changes over the last year and my
office intends to continue that practice for the forthcoming
year. The office continues to develop an electronic program to
bring better and more efficient services to you. We have
implemented a Directive system and to date have put out over
25 Directives. These are designed to assist the Auxiliary by
giving guidance and information that will enable you to more
effectively perform the services youve volunteered for. I can
assure you that there are more being written. We are diligently
working towards a reduction if not elimination of data errors
through more effective review processes. We recently com-
pleted a review of all Auxiliarists files. This included the cor-
rection of hundreds of typos, misspellings and AUXDATA
entries. These accomplishments would not have been possible
without the help of your fellow Auxiliarists. I would like to
thank all my Auxiliary Staff who have performed so magnifi-
cently here in my office, at DIRAUX West and as part of our
Information Technology/Web Team. They are the key compo-
nents of my staff who perform the work and provide the serv-
ices that the rest of the Auxiliary deserves and benefits from.
As we are all aware, the current conflict in the Middle East
is bringing new and important challenges for our Coast Guard
Forces. At the same time the Coast Guard is involved with its
transition into the Department of Homeland Security. These
issues make the partnership between the Auxiliary and Active
Duty Coast Guard a critical element for the safety and securi-
ty of our borders. Make no mistake; the Auxiliary will be
heavily relied on in all facets of homeland defense. Not all of
it is fun and glory, but that does not diminish its importance.
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There is nothing stronger
than the heart of a volunteer.
Welcome to the Department
of Homeland Security. In a
previous article for our
District Seven Website, you
read that by putting together
the right mix of people, pro-
ductivity would follow. Your
District Board and Staff for
20032004 will do our level
best to afford you the leader-
ship and guidance we will
need in the coming year
As we are now engaged in war, I trust we are all properly
prepared to assist the Coast Guard. Remember that terrorists
are limited only by their imagination and access; there is noth-
ing we can do about imagination, but we can do our best to
deny access.
This is our first BREEZE publication with articles written
by the incoming Board and Staff. It is our wish that the articles
will contain information of interest to you. Hopefully each arti-
cle will whet your appetite for attending the District 7 Training
Conference, 2225 May 2003, in Daytona Beach. Conference
information should already be posted on the Website.
During these very turbulent times when you are asked to
give even more of your precious volunteer time in patriotic
support of the Coast Guard and your country, it must be clear
to everyone that we must work together and do what is best for
the overall mission. There should be no silos. If one division
or flotilla has something that another division/flotilla needs or
can use, it should be willing to share it for the good of the
whole. The something can be as simple as a good idea.
Teamwork has to remain a byword. The Commandant is seek-
ing Operational Excellence in 2003. We will strive to deliver.
Think about Prime Minister Tony Blairs recent comment con-
cerning America: There is a single way to take the true meas-
ure of a countrythink about how many people want to get in
... and how many want to get out. This should pump you up.
We must concentrate more on improving retention.
Recruiting is not a major problem in the Seventh. One very
positive story told to me by a former FSO-PS in a flotilla that
had zero disenrollments in two straight years was that he
immediately enrolled each new member in a training program
... Seamanship, Boat Crew, Vessel Examiner, etc. The mem-
bers were kept busy and, consequently, happy with their
accomplishments. Please share with us other successful reten-
tion stories (no silos). At the Spring Conference you will wit-
ness the presentation of a new program called AUXPAL
(Auxiliary Personnel Allowance List). This involves the
recruiting of members to fill existing requirements made
known to the Auxiliary by each Coast Guard unit. This is tar-
geted recruiting at its very best and we are excited about the
promise it holds for improving our retention.
Jay H. Dahlgren
Kevin Crawley
continued on page 5
Many of you have heard me discuss how the Active Duty
will be asking you to do more. Because of this, many of you
are asking me to define what more means. I cannot give a
definitive answer, but I can tell you that it is an evolving
process. Daily, we identify, define and re-define what
Homeland Security is. Because of this, the operational com-
manders will continue to re-define the Auxiliarys role during
various Maritime Security (MARSEC) postures. The District
Commander, RADM Carmichael, is a very outspoken sup-
porter of the Auxiliary and is continually urging closer part-
nership between the Auxiliary and the Active Duty side.
Recently the EXCOM met with the District Seven senior lead-
ership and identified goals and initiatives that more clearly
define how we will achieve a more effective and closer part-
nership. We are in the process of developing a strategic plan to
meet these goals and you can expect them in the foreseeable
In closing, I want to thank all of you (on behalf of the
Active Duty Coast Guard) for all that you have done and all
that you are currently doing. Commander Ed Seebald,
DIRAUX District 1 Southern, wrote the following and I
couldnt have said it better:
Our Commander-in-Chief has spoken, and we as a nation
are now on the offensive, not only with regard to the war on
terrorism, but the supporters of enemies of the United States
as well. While our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are
risking their lives in order to ensure the safety and security of
the free world, we at home must be prepared for threats
against our own country. As members of the Auxiliary, you
have sworn an oath to support the United States Coast Guard
in all civil missions. This means keeping your eyes and ears
open, and following the orders of your Operational
Commanders. Since terrorists attacked our civilian population
on 9/11, many of you have been engaged in training activities
to meet the needs of homeland security. For those who have
not, please make sure that your qualifications are updated,
and that your training is complete, by filling out and submit-
ting an Operation Patriot Readiness form with your Flotilla
Commander. In the meantime, remember that I am proud of
each and every one of you, and your continuing service to this
God Bless America.
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The Coast Guard Seventh
District Auxiliary is ready
today, preparing for tomor-
row, and training for the
future. Readiness, reliability,
resources and sustainability
will be the key words for
future missions, and our con-
ference will be offering you,
the members, the opportunity
to learn how to be ready. An
excellent training program
will be offered at the Spring
Conference in Daytona Beach
23 to 25 May. Our staff officers are well prepared and eager to
answer any question you may have. Mark your calendar and
The Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for the
Homeland Security Department, and we, the Auxiliary, are the
leaders in maritime volunteer service in this country. We must
continue to increase the readiness of our organization to pro-
vide support to the Coast Guard with the availability of oper-
ational facilities. To be ready, we must be trained and able to
accomplish our missions. We also will revamp the Seventh
District Contingency Plan, simplifying it to encourage mem-
bers to participate and to become fully integrated with the
Coast Guard unit contingency plan.
We must not forget our prime mission area, Recreational
Boating Safety. The Coast Guard, now more than ever, will
rely on us to carry out Public Education areas, Vessel Safety
Checks, Marine Dealer Visitations, and Public Affairs.
Through appropriate training programs, qualified members,
teamwork, fellowship and involved leaders, we will succeed.
A new exciting program will be introduced shortly,
Augmentation and Recruiting (AUXPAL), implemented
and tested at Station Fort Myers Beach last year by Jeff Mahl.
We must know what the Coast Guard needs, and AUXPAL
will help the Auxiliary fulfill those needs. Aseminar is sched-
uled to present the AUXPAL at the conference.
1. Increase the member training relevant to our
2. Increase the readiness,
3. Increase our resources,
4. Increase and retain our focus on our prime mis-
sion, Recreational Boating Safety, and
5. Retain and increase the membership.
Peter E. Fernandez
continued from page 4
RETENTION: the act of
retaining, the condition of
being retained, the capacity
or power of retaining.
People volunteer for a wide
variety of reasons. Adding
your effort to the work of oth-
ers makes everyones lives
better. Here are a few of the
many possible motivations
identified as to why people
volunteer: Civic duty, com-
mitment to a cause, satisfac-
tion from accomplishment, keeping busy, recognition, repay-
ment of a debt, donation of skills, learning something, being
challenged, making new friends, fun, feeling good, being part of
a team, and standing up and being counted.
Once youre in an organization, you will continue to serve
as long as you feel that your efforts are accomplishing some-
thing, that your talents are appreciated and that you make a
difference. And if you also like the people with whom you
work, so much the better. In fact, it tends to strengthen your
commitment to volunteering when you can see the benefits to
both the organization and to yourself.
One of the reasons people say no to taking on additional
responsibilities or serving as officers or continuing in the
Auxiliary is the previous experience of attending meetings
that have no purpose, are monopolized by a few people, or last
longer than necessary.
As an Auxiliary leader, can you answer these questions?
Do I have to attend the meetings?
Do I have the right equipment & materials to do a
good job?
How will this project benefit the boating public?
What is expected of me in the Auxiliary?
Do I have an opportunity to do what I do best?
Do my opinions count?
Is someone going to talk to me about my progress?
Do I have the opportunity to learn and grow?
Do you care about me as a person?
If a member asked you any of these questions, could you
have answered them honestly? Have we as an organization
bought into the importance of Retention in the Seventh
District for 2003?
We must continue to renew our commitment to the well
being of our people
Admiral. T. H. Collins, Commandant
We must be listening and responding to our members
needs now if we are going to retain their membership in 2004!
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A. Bruce Magyar
continued on page 7
Were at war with Iraq. Our
homeland perimeter requires
a constant vigil in our harbors
and ports and on the periph-
ery. Not since the beginning
of World War II have we been
in a similar situation. Back
then, the Coast Guard
Temporary Reserve (Auxiliary
and Reserve Act of 1941) was
doing things that were similar
to, and yet very different from,
what the Auxiliary members
of Coast Guard Forces do
today. There has seldom been a time since our founding when
weve been in a more critical position than that in which we
are now. The threat to our shores is now more insidious than it
was even in the days of the U-boats. Our enemy, even in sub-
marines, was not as deceptive in his methods as the enemies of
the world are today. Our borders are more vulnerable, just by
the sheer number of daily transits alone, than they were in the
old days. Our vigilance in everything that we do, in our private
lives and as Auxiliarists, has never been more important.
Todays Coast Guard Auxiliary, however, is not the organi-
zation to which our parents and grandparents belonged.
Technology and training have evolved tremendouslyparticu-
larly in the past ten years. In one of our divisions, we now have
members learning to use surveillance equipment of which our
parents could only dream in order to provide 24/7 coverage. We
have an incredible number of OPFACS, coxswains and their
crews throughout the Seventh District who have pledged to
provide whatever support is necessary if they are needed. We
should take great pride in the opportunity to be part of the new
Department of Homeland Security. How many Americans
wished after 9/11 that there were some way in which they could
help our country in its time of need? We have that opportunity!
What we need here is commitment. We need commitment to
complete our individual missions to the best of our ability. We
need commitment to fulfill the missions of the Coast Guard to
the best of our ability.
The past several years have seen the Auxiliary using the
same training methods and manuals that the active duty uses
for their training. This makes the task of becoming crew qual-
ified on a standard or non-standard Coast Guard vessel a much
easier task and makes cross-training between the regulars and
us far more effective. If were to provide the support that will
be required by the Coast Guard, we must not only continue to
play new roles that involve security, but we must get much
better at traditional missions. To do this, we must train con-
stantly, repeating each task until it becomes routine. Properly
James E. Dennen
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In the Aids to Navigation
Department, we are dependent
on the Light List and the
Coast Pilot to do our jobs
effectively. The cost of these
publications sometimes makes
their purchase prohibitive for
many Auxiliarists. Well, I have
some great news. With the
establishment of a few Internet
sites, all Auxiliarists have
ready access to these impor-
tant publications.
1. The first of the sites, also the oldest, is provided by
NOAA. This site has a searchable version of Volume III of the
2002 light List. When you use this site, you are assured of
using the most up-to-date version of the Light List, since
Notices to Mariners are automatically applied as they are
received. The Light List is searchable in three ways: by using
an individual light list number, a range of light list numbers, or
a minimum bounding rectangle search. Unfortunately, you
cannot download the entire light list from this site.
2. Although Volume III of the 2003 Light List will not be
released for sale until April 2003, it can be downloaded now
from a Coast Guard Website. This version of the Light List
cannot be searched, but can be downloaded to your own com-
puter for later use. This version is not automatically updated;
however, a summary of the Local Notices To Mariners that
affects this edition is included as a separate file for download-
ing. As of March 15, it included corrections through LNM
3. The most recent development has been the posting of
electronic versions of the Coast Pilots. Provisional copies of all
nine Coast Pilots are available from this NOAAsite. This year,
these provisional documents are not certified as correct and are
intended for testing purposes only. In the spring of next year,
NOAAplans to post free, certified copies of all Coast Pilots.
At present, you can download the entire Coast Pilot, or you
can download a chapter at a time. In District 7, Volume 4 is
used by flotillas on the Atlantic Coast; Volume 5 is used by
flotillas on the Gulf Coast. Flotillas from the Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico must also use Volume 5.
In conclusion, although Auxiliarists may have trouble get-
ting published copies of the Light List and the Coast Pilot, they
are now readily available in electronic form at the following
web addresses:
1. http://pollux.nss.nima.mil/pubs/USCGLL/
2. http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pubs/LightLists/
3. http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot.htm
Mark E. Ratliff
continued from page 6
It hardly seems possible that
the year is almost one-third
overand how things have
changed. Its no longer the
same Auxiliary it was one year
ago. More and more the regu-
lar Coast Guard is relying on
us to assist in the execution of
mission readiness. As individ-
uals and leaders we need to be
cognizant of all that is happen-
ing and what enhanced respon-
sibilities fall upon each of us.
For example, each member
needs to update his or her information in Patriot Readiness with
his or her flotilla. Updating is a continuing process when changes
occur in your life: e-mail, moves, phone numbers, professional
qualifications. Personally I like to do this during my birth month
as this gives me a time certain each year for updating all impor-
tant documents. Commanders have the responsibility of insuring
that this is being done for all members, both old and new.
One of my concerns as I have traveled about is the use of
mentors, especially as it relates to the individual wishing to join
the Auxiliary. Mentors should probably be assigned during the
BQ process, insuring a commonality between the mentor and
the member. New member mentors are among the most impor-
tant jobs that an experienced Auxiliarist can undertake. It is cru-
cial if we are to have the professional force that the future
requires. Commanders, take time to recognize those who serve
in this import task; let them, for instance, stand beside the new
member as he or she is being sworn in and present a token on
behalf of the flotilla at that time. Member collar devices would
make a useful gift.
The gold side of Coast Guard Forces continues to recognize
the excellent work that we are doing on their behalf. I attended
a division awards dinner last week at which ninety-oneyes,
91members of Division 11 received the Coast Guard
Meritorious Team Commendation for their outstanding support
of the C-130 program at Air Station Clearwater. In addition,
three members received the Auxiliary Award of Operational
Merit from Group St. Petersburg for a SAR operation. Bravo
Zulu to all recipients and to the division itself for a job well done.
Professionalism, competence, duty are indeed by-words in
the West. Semper Paratus.
Allen W. Brown
trained, when were asked to backfill or augment, we will be
ready. We cant hold back and wait for something to which we
can react. We must be proactive and continue to hone our
skills. When we get the call, we must be ready.
003 has been action packed so
far for U.S. Coast Guard Air
Station Miamis Air Auxiliary.
Daily airborne patrols have
yielded great results for the Coast
Guard and people have started to
notice. At least two different media
sources have seen what we can do,
which is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Miami Herald visited us at the Miami Air
Stations annual fly-in. (See page 26 for the Miami
Herald article that appeared on February 12.)
We all joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to help
serve the country by volunteering our aviation skills.
With the high quality and intense training we received
we are able to carry out our desires to make an impact
by achieving results. Our customers, the American peo-
ple, are reaping the benefits of the hard work that has
been given by so many members of Team Coast Guard.
As recently as March 13 an article in the Stuart News
featured an Air Auxiliary mission and the results of the
hard work we, in all the Coast Guard, strive to achieve.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Pilot Art Elliott and Aircrew
member Ed McClaren helped find a man stranded in a
sinking sailboat. The Coast Guard surface vessels who
were responding to the scene had trouble finding the
craft in the 6-foot seas. They called in for air support to
locate and direct them to the distressed craft. Within
minutes the emergency vessel was located by the
Auxiliary aircraft and the person in distress was rescued.
(See page 23 for a story on the sea rescue.)
Lets keep up the good work, Air Auxiliary!
By Daniel Muelhaupt, USCG Aux.
8 Spring 2003 BREEZE
Four annual Auxiliary Air
Safety Workshops have been
completed this year.
These were conducted at
the Air Stations in Miami,
Savannah, Clearwater and
Borinquen. None of this could
have been accomplished with-
out the support and help of the
AUXLOs at each of the Air
This was the first Auxiliary Air Safety Workshop to be held
at Air Station Borinquen. A year ago there were only two
Pilots and one aircraft flying out of Borinquen, and they now
have three aircraft approved with three Pilots and are in the
approval process for an additional Pilot and aircraft. In addi-
tion there are ten Pilots and/or Observers in training to fulfill
the mission at Air Station Borinquen.
Billy J. Enfinger
Savannah is flying port security over Port of Jacksonville
and negotiating with Group Mayport to fly port security over
Port Canaveral. Negotiations are also in process with Savannah
and Charleston for port over flights of those two ports.
Clearwater is flying LE missions and logistic parts flights,
which has proven to be a tremendous help to Air Station
Miami is flying patrols daily from Miami to Key West.
They have spotted several illegal immigrant boats and have
also been active in locating illegal drug boats. They conducted
the first Air to Surface SAR training mission that is being used
as a template for the other Air Station AORs
A very comprehensive training program has been put
together by Mike Renuart, ADSO-AVT, and his staff. This will
consist of Air to Surface SAR training and classroom SAR
training, including both Pilots and Observers. Mike and his
staff have arranged for free flight simulator training for AIR
AUX Pilots at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in
Four Pilots attended CRM/ORM training at ATC, Mobile,
A separate article by the Miami AIR AUX has been sub-
mitted outlining some of their recent activities. (see below)
March 2003
Miami Air Auxiliary Report
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Rescue 21
The New Era of Coast
Guard Communications
Introduction: Most of us have
been aware that there are seri-
ous weaknesses in the Coast
Guards communications cov-
erage area and direction finding
capability, and we were made
painfully aware of the extent of
the problem with the 34-foot
sailboat Morning Dew disas-
ter just off Charleston Harbor on December 29, 1997, when a
father, his 13- and 16-year-old sons, plus a 14-year-old nephew,
were all lost when their vessel struck a breakwater at the
entrance to Charleston Harbor.
The existing communications system provides VHF-FM
coverage up to 20 nautical miles for most of the U.S. coast, but
limitations of the 30-year-old technology hamper efficient and
effective SAR efforts. These include limited direction-finding
capability, numerous communications-coverage gaps, and sin-
gle channel radio operation which prevent the reception of
radio calls when the system is engaged in a transmission. This
is all about to change dramatically in the near future with the
deployment of the National Distress and Response System
Modernization Project (NDRSMP). This official title is some-
thing of a mouthful and it is more commonly known as
Rescue 21 or even the Maritime 911 service. The impor-
tant point about this new service is that it is not just an upgrade
of an existing system, but a total replacement of the national
distress system that many say will take the search out of
search and rescue.
The importance of this change is best summed up by the
statement below from Admiral Collins, Commandant of the
Coast Guard:
The National Distress Response System Modernization
Project represents a quantum leap forward in coastal com-
mand and control and distress communications. It will
enhance our homeland security capabilities as well as other
safety and security missions, bringing tremendous benefits to
the Coast Guard and the American Public.
The Need: Today, despite the nations best efforts to prevent
accidents, the Coast Guard responds to almost 60,000 emer-
gency calls and saves nearly 5,000 people in any given year.
The SAR mission is likely to become even more challenging in
the years ahead because trends indicate increased maritime
trade resulting from growth in the size and numbers of ships
plying inland, coastal and international waters as well as a
dramatic increase in the numbers of personal watercraft and
Eric Glasscott
recreational boating, creating greater congestion on the nations
waterways. To meet this growing SAR challenge, it is essential
that the latest technology and communications systems are
made available.
This is why the Coast Guard has aggressively pursued the
deployment of a fully integrated communications system that
will revolutionize the Coast Guards way of communicating
and carrying out its many missions in support of maritime
safety and security. In addition, improved communications
and information sharing between Coast Guard units and their
federal, state and local partners, may make the difference
between life and death during emergencies in the maritime
System Capabilities: The core purpose of Rescue 21 is to
provide reliable two-way voice and data communications
among shore stations, vessels, and vehicles in the coastal
maritime environment. When fully deployed the system will
provide continuous coverage seaward to 20 nautical miles off
the entire U.S. coast, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Guam and the Gulf of Alaska coastal zone. Direction
Finding (DF) equipment accurate to plus or minus two degrees
will be installed throughout the entire coverage area. In addi-
tion, vessels equipped with GPS Digital Selective Calling will
enable pinpoint location accuracy to be obtained. The system
will feature enhanced VHF-FM coverage, position localiza-
tion on a VHF-FM transmission, increased number of voice
and data channels allowing watchstanders o conduct multiple
operations, protected communications, automatic asset track-
ing and digital voice recording with immediate enhanced play-
back capability.
Implementation Schedule: So when is this all going to
come about? The $600 million projects design and
validation phase was completed on February 5, 2002. The sec-
ond phase will consist of development and operational testing,
followed by deployment of the system nationwide. The imple-
mentation phase is currently planned to take place over the
period 2003 to 2006 and the current schedule includes Group
St. Petersburg in 2003; Mayport, Miami, and Key West 2004;
and Group Charleston in 2005.
For an expanded version of this article, which includes
implementation schedules nationwide, please visit the
Communications Department on the District web site.
The following is a letter (used
with permission) written by
4/c Jeffrey Daniel West sent to
Joan Lanz, ADSO-CC 7. Jeff
was an AIM student who is
now in the first semester of his
Coast Guard Academy career.
I felt it was informative and
interesting to hear what the
Academy is like through the
experience of a 4
The only changes made to the
letter were done to clarify some
of the military abbreviations.
Dear Joan,
It is very good to hear from you and Flotilla 59 once again.
To begin with, I wanted to start this letter by thanking you for
your guidance in taking me through both the Auxiliary, as a
caring mentor, and its AIM program, as the FSO-CC. I can say
with the utmost assurance that the Auxiliary, and in particular
the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) Week, greatly
impacted my decision to apply to the Academy and helped to
prepare me for what I would encounter as a Swab on
Reporting-In Day.
The following is the long over-due update that youve been
waiting patiently for about my adventures thus far as a cadet
at the United States Coast Guard Academy. The individual
days drag-on, but the weeks and months fly by quicker than
any I have ever spent. I have experienced so much over the last
eight months that I cant think of a better place to start than day
number one, July 1, 2002, when I stepped into Chase Hall at
0900 in the morning and started bracing-up. I had been think-
ing what this day would be like long before it ever occurred.
And, for anyone who has been indoctrinated into the military,
it was pretty typicalyelling, hair-cuts, supply and uniform
issues, signing your life away on a piece of paper, a little more
yelling, and finally saying good-bye to my parents and brother.
Overall, however, the Swab Summer experience for me
was an awesome one. Lets take a typical day, for example.
Wake-up at 0500 in the morning; get yelled at for 10 minutes
about how it took too long for your platoon to get-out of bed
and onto the bulkhead. (Yes, bulkhead, not wallas you
quickly find, the barracks is really the good ship Chaseno
sand peeps or land-lovers need bring their terrestrial lan-
guage on board.)
Next, we hit the Washington Parade grounds with the
breaking of daylight to do about 20-30 minutes of calisthenics;
then went for a 20-30 minute sectional run up and down, and
then again up and down the wonderfully steep hills on the
Academy grounds. We shower-up, form-up in one of the
10 Spring 2003 BREEZE
Richard L. Stolsmark
quads, get our uniforms inspected from shoe-shine to military
creases, spew INDOC (indoctrination) material at our cadre
(the 2/c cadets in charge of our training), and eat the first of
three truly square meals a day its an experience to eat
your meals without looking at them except to cut foods.
The rest of the days are spent doing any combination of
events from running through the obstacle course, going
through sailing training down on Jacobs Rock, and sitting
through many lectures on what we would be entering into as
cadets and members of the militaryUCMJ (Uniform Code of
Military Justice), fraternization, demerit/conduct system,
honor, and, of course, summer sailing on the Eagle and sur-
vival-at-sea training. Finally, the day draws to a close at about
2100, when we would partake in some push-ups, crunches,
general PT/military training, shower-up for the night, and final-
ly reflect on the days events as taps sound through the bar-
racks promptly at 2200.
Then, we did exactly what everyone had been looking for-
ward to as soon as we woke-up in the morningwe hit our
racks. To me, the most important thing that I took from this
training was not anything I learned from one of the lectures
that I sat through, but rather what occurred between myself
and the other 25 members of the Zulu 2 platoon of which I was
a part. The relationships which I made over those 7 weeks of
training were unlike any I had made up to that point, and I can
say with the most sound backing that I would do anything for
anyone of them. Swab Summer teaches you that the Coast
Guard, or any of the services for that matter, is about relying
on your teammates to get things donebe it your fellow offi-
cers, your BM1 (Boat Swain Mate, 1
Class) or the green
Seaman who just got-off the train from boot campteamwork
is what makes things happen.
Anyway, the first six weeks went by very quickly, but the
seventh and final week was by far the most exciting and eye
opening of them allthe week that my Zulu Company was
assigned to crew and sail Eagle from Salem to Boston, MA.
Oh, and by the way, if it wasnt cool enough that we were
going to be on Americas Tall Ship for a week, the fact that
Jimmy Buffet was the Captains guest, and even gave us a pri-
vate concert on the ships waist one night, sure made the trip
worth-while. In addition, I was also lucky enough to have my
dad surprise me and come up to visit for the three days that we
were in port at Salem. (See the picture of Jeff West and Jimmy
Needless to say, things werent quite as exciting when the
school year kicked-off in mid-August, but this doesnt mean
that I was any less busynot by any stretch of the imagina-
tion. Over Swab Summer, our cadre had told us that we would
get more sleep per night over the summer than during the
school yearnone of us believed them at the time, but they
were nonetheless right. On average, during the school week, I
get-up at 0530 and dont get to bed until between 2300-2400.
continued on page 11
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Were not allowed to sleep during the school day except from
1200 to 1600other wise you must be awake from 0600 to
2200. Sleep is not plentiful for anyone.
To be forward, things are toughI stand about 5 hours of
military duty per week, perform my other military obligations
such as attending formations twice a day and maintaining my
uniform appearance, keep-up with my personal qualifications
training to get ready for the fleet, practice 3 hours a day on the
water as a varsity sailor in New England, and finally must bal-
ance all of this with the 19.5 credits or so that I am taking
(whereas all my friends at civilian college only have to worry
about 13-15 credits per semester).
In this way, I believe that one of the most important les-
sons that cadets take from the academy to their careers in the
fleet is time management. And, as a kind of inside joke we tell
amongst each other as cadets, were the only college in the
country where once a month on a Friday night youll find all
the students cleaning their rooms and the common spaces of
their dormsyou see, we have formal room and wing inspec-
tions once a month on Saturday mornings. If you think youre
organized at home, which I thought I was, try coming here and
living in a state of perpetual organization and cleanliness. It is
trying at times.
Right now, as I sit in the cadet watch office standing a six
hour marathon of duty to make-up for my shipmates who have
escaped for the long Presidents day weekend, I am watching
the snow fall on the ground as we get hit with our third or
fourth snow storm this season. The only thing I have to get me
through it all is the fact that on May 12 of this summer, I will
step onto a flight with about 100 of my then-to-be 3/c cadets
and travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to board the
U.S.C.G.C. Eagle for a five week cruise in the Caribbean
which will take us to such warm, tropical ports-of-call as
Barbados, Antigua, and some to-be-determined deserted
island in the Virgin Islands. In addition, our 3/c summer also
gives us the opportunity to spend an additional 5-weeks of
training on board an operational Coast Guard cutter.
Personally, I have applied as my first or second choices to be
stationed on either the USCGC Jarvis or USCGC Rush, both
378-foot High Endurance cutters stationed out of Honolulu,
Finally, I should mention that I have done well so far in the
first semester of my cadet career. The combination of my aca-
demic and military grade-point averages, the way cadet stand-
ing is established, places me in the top 10% of my class. In
fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I received a commendation
from RADM Kinghorn, Chief Engineer of the Coast Guard,
for being the top performing 4/c cadet in the Civil Engineering
major. And, I should mention that the training I received as a
member of 59 has assisted greatly in my training as an officer,
thus far. You see, one of the classes we take first semester is
Nautical Science I, which is based upon 3 different disci-
plinesplotting, celestial navigation, and radar. In the end, I
was one of only two students from my class of 260 who
exempted the final examination because my grade was high
enoughthe other was my fellow Floridian and AIM alumni
Brian Ahearn, who remains committed to the Academy despite
the recent passing-on of his father, an Auxiliarist who had
been selected as the new SO-CC, 5 D-7. It is this kind of
courage and commitment demonstrated throughout the Corp
of Cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy that drew
many of us together and here in the first place, and which
serves further to set us apart from our peers in the civilian
world. I hope this gives you a little glimpse into what cadet life
at the CGAis like.
Semper Paratus,
S/s Jeff
4/c Jeffrey Daniel West
continued from page 10
Jeff West with Jimmy Buffet, on tour as the Captains
guest aboard the Eagle. Buffet provided a private
concert for the cadets while on tour with them.






12 Spring 2003 BREEZE
This is the second year of
AUXDATA for our Mission/
Member and Facility
(Resource) entry and many
pre-programmed Reports. It is
also our second year of access
to the AUXInfo Data Storage
facility. Between these two,
which replaced the AUXMIS
system used for six years, we
have many more ways to do
research and check on mem-
bers, missions and resources
on an ongoing basis. Reports
can be run using several different date triggers to tailor the data
to your information needs!
AUXDATA is growing on those of us who use it all the
time; it has already been upgraded many times, each for the
better. The CUBES of data we can access in AUXINFO allow
us to get at Auxiliary Results at all levels, from National down
to district, down to division, down to flotilla, down to the indi-
vidual contributors! This drill down capacity was promised
a few years ago, and now is reality. Trends over several years
can be spotted through the use of the various formats avail-
able, as well as very specific results. It is refreshed weekly
from AUXDATA downloads to stay updated as missions are
The reason I am recapping these changes is because YOU
have the opportunity to receive introductory training on how to
utilize both of these systemsif you are an officer at any
levelat the Spring Conference in Daytona Beach, May
22-25. Even if you are NOT an officer, you can learn how to
navigate AUXINFO to obtain useful data, and to monitor
results as the year unfolds! AUXINFO has no password
requirement, so anyone can use it via several Auxiliary web-
PLAN TO ATTEND the class to be scheduled for
Information Services, and get the overviews and handouts that
will give you a helping hand in these state of the art systems.
You may have had some local training already. Repetition can
help you, so dont hesitate to attend the district training in
May. We have been promised a live connection to both AUX-
DATA and AUXINFO, so you can see the real screens and
processes on a big screen! There are bound to be a lot of good
questions from the audience and firsthand answers to get the
straight scoop!
See you in May in Daytona Beach!
The focus of the CS staff this
year is training and informa-
tion exchange. A new CS
Handbook is available that
outlines the duties of the
FSO-CS, the SO-CS and the
DSO-CS. Understanding these
duties and performing them
on a regular basis with ease
and efficiency is the focus of
the training. Of course, there
will also be opportunities to
learn about web page design
and creation, Internet servic-
es, and important places to visit on the World Wide Web.
That brings me to the District Conference. There will be a
selection of learning opportunities that will be available at the
Conference. These opportunities will be available to partici-
pants in a live forum, an off line forum by way of a CD-Rom,
and an online forum through the Internet. Attendees to the
conference will be able to select whether they have the time to
sit in a workshop, take home a CD-Rom, or log online to
engage in a workshop with other 7th District members.
The workshops that will be offered in these three modes
will be the following:
Introduction to the Hypertext Mark-up Language
Web Page Design
How to use a free program to build a web page
Advanced Web Page Techniques
Stuff you can do with Adobe Acrobat
Basic PowerPoint How to make a presentation
Advanced PowerPoint Techniques
Where to go on the web for free stuff
Important Web sites for the Auxiliarist
Procedures for getting a Flotilla or Division Web site
I want to go wireless, how do I do it?
Note: Due to time and space considerations, not all of these
workshops will be offered in a live forum at the Spring
Conference. Any course not offered in the spring will hopefully
be offered at the Fall Conference in a live forum. All workshops
will be available in CD-Rom and online prior to the Conference.
These workshops will be open to all Auxiliarists and available
online at: http://www.cgaux7.org/workshops/index.htm.
The CS Department is working hard to bring computer and
Internet technologies to Auxiliarists and make them more use-
able and understandable to all members. Please direct your
questions and comments to me at: thumat@gactr.uga.edu.
Good luck this summer during the boating season.
Todd S. Thuma
Nancy H. Day
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For the past ten years, the 7
District Materials Center
(DMC) has been located in
Palm Coast, Florida. In
October 2002, we began the
planning process for moving
the DMC to Port Charlotte,
Florida, and in December,
with a handful of volunteers,
the move was completed.
M a r i o n
Doyle and
her capable
Palm Coast staff, provided the training we
would soon need to handle this new challenge.
While some might question the sanity of
orchestrating such an endeavor during the
year-end holiday season, we managed to get
everything moved from the east coast to Port
Charlotte before Christmas. We got the
shelves stocked and ready for opening on
Monday, January 6, 2003. The DMC address
is 3596 Tamiami Trail, Suite C, Pt.
Charlotte, FL, 33952. Our phone number is
941-625-0060; our Fax number is 941-625-
0067; and our e-mail address is:
cgaux7@earthlink.net. Our store phone
hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 1000 to 1400.
As many of you are aware, any Auxiliary
member can order online from the DMC,
using Visa or Mastercard. That address is:
http://cgaux7.org/d7store/shop.asp. Since online
shopping became available in October of 2002, the vol-
ume of purchases has continued to increase steadily.
We are now receiving orders from all across the coun-
try by mail, fax, and online.
We are still getting orders forwarded from Palm
Coast. Please be sure you use the correct address when
ordering, since it takes weeks for incorrectly addressed
orders to reach us. Also, please note the hours for
phone calls so that we can handle your questions
promptly. When ordering by mail, please include a
return, self-addressed label. If you need order forms,
or a copy of the current price list, you can copy these
from the online 7
District Forms site at:
http://cgaux7.org/forms.asp. If you order a wrong-
sized item, and wish to exchange it, simply return the
item together with your check for the amount of
postage needed for us to send the replacement. This
will be the same amount that you spend to return the
item to us.
Theodore E. Foster
Try to order as far in advance as possible, especially for
educational materials. Although we will do our best to accom-
modate special requests, special delivery costs can get very
expensive. While all public education courses are ordered
through the DMC, all ACN courses for Auxiliary members
must be ordered through Granite City.
Finally, please remember that your DMC is run by a few
dedicated Auxiliary members. We, like you, are volunteers
who spend as many as 30 or 40 hours each week filling an
ever-growing number of material orders. Be patient with us;
we will do our best to provide excellent customer service.
We will be at the Spring Conference in Daytona Beach.
Come meet us!
Left: Ted Foster, DSO-MA, and
Anne Ehmann, computer inputter,
at the ribbon cutting at the
newly opened District Materials
Store on January 6, 2003, in
Port Charlotte. The store was
recently moved to Port Charlotte
from Palm Coast.
At the ribbon-cutting on January 6, 2003. Front left to right: Ken
Bertram, SO-OP 9, Ed Rhea, VCP 9, and Charles Mitchell, DCP 9.
Back left to right: Anne Ehmann, computer inputter, Ted Foster, DSO-
MA, and Thelma Lindberg, computer inputter.




14 Spring 2003 BREEZE
The good news is that MS
continues to move forward in
many directions, in different
geographic areas. Not all of
our diversified programs fit
into all geographic areas or
present a pressing need for the
MSO units we serve. There is,
however, a great opportunity,
as well as a challenge, in ALL
to take an active part in one or more of our programs.
The first thing we must do is to make sure every flotilla has
an FSO-MS. The real work is done at flotilla level; but with-
out leadership providing direction and inspiration, we can not
accomplish our goals. The FSO-MS must fully understand and
believe in what were doing and that we can make a differ-
Prioritizing the directions we take is challenging as well as
changing. The world situation is not the same today as it was
when this article was written. At best, it wont be wonderful
and OPERATION ON GUARD will be with us for a very long
time. Yellow, Orange or Red, we can all help in the PORT
SECURITY arena. Every active AUXFAC is helping in the
security of our country. Whether its called Port Security,
Harbor Patrol, ATON Verification, Regatta or Safety Patrol or
just training on the water, our eyes and ears are alert to things
that could potentially harm us. Were trained to observe and
report. Several of our divisions have Auxiliary boats underway
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Were doing a creditable job
now; but, hows our sustainability?
Sustainability is a factor of continuing to overuse our boats
that have been supporting the program since 9/11, integrating
the boats on our rosters that seldom get underway and recruit-
ing new members, with boats and a burning desire to help us
get the job done. MS and Operations do not stand by them-
selves. They need the direct support of the FSOs PE, PA, PS,
MT, VE and MV, and the indirect support of EVERYONE
Our other missions continue to be important. We need
assistance to make the most dangerous industry in the U.S.
safer. Thats the Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiners
Program. Hand in hand with that, is the Uninspected
Passenger Vessel Program (six pack inspections).
Initial Pollution Investigation is working well in some
parts of the 7
, after a slow start. The Reserve forces are being
shuffled around, and its inevitable that well be needed more
now than ever before. It could well be that the Auxiliary will
take over the entire IPI program for the Marine Safety Office.
Joel Aberbach
The same is true with the Sea Partners. Three years ago, it
was a primary responsibility of the Reserves. Now, in many
Districts, the Auxiliary is running the program. If youre not
now participating in one or more Auxiliary missions, and you
want to do something truly worthwhile and gratifying, go on a
Sea Partner presentation, with an experienced presenter. Kids
in grade school are wonderful to work with. Your weekends
will be free to do other things. We get lots of calls to go to pri-
vate and public schools as well as summer camps, scouts and
other organizations. If you dont believe kids teach parents,
you really need to check it out.
After a traumatic beginning, the TRIDENT PROGRAMis
well underway. Blackboard is out and our new site is:
http://www.auxetrain.org/msep_support_page.htm. The
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION courses are readily acces-
sible, complete with test, test results and confirmation.
Other newsworthy events around the Super Seventh
include: saving the life of a stranded whale by members of
Division 13, training and providing monitors for the new
CATS EYE vessel tracking system in Division 3, river closings
and public service announcements concerning security zones
in Division 12 (military ships coming into ports for supplies),
Auxiliary roving security for Base Key West and guard duty
throughout the District, strengthening in our Air Program with
almost daily utilization, and Oath Officers throughout the
District for Marine Licensing. A totally new area for the
Auxiliary is our Weekly Operation ON GUARD Homeland
Security Summary, produced by Port Intel Team, MSO
Miami, with the support of Auxiliary Team, edited by Larry
Holdridge, ADSO-MS, and assistant editor Rene Haldimann.
The summaries are running over 100 pages and are distributed
to almost two hundred law enforcement agencies, throughout
the country.
Editors e-mail usmetro@bellsouth.net for input and com-
Finally, Cal Gordon, DSO-OP, and I will have visited three
divisions by the end of March. Our hope is to meet with all
divisions by the end of summer. We want to get to know you
better, what your goals and resources are, and the needs of the
Coast Guard MSOs whom you serve. We want to answer your
questions and address your concerns. Our job is to serve you.
Florida Keys Coast Guard
Auxiliarists earn top honors
On November 3, 2002, members of the U.S. Coast
Guard Marine Safety Office, Miami, presented Coast
Guard Auxiliarists Joe and Cathie Welty of Flotilla 13-8
(Upper Keys) with the distinguished USCG Marine
Safety Device, more commonly referred to as the M
Pin, in recognition of their sustained support of the
Marine Safety missions of the Coast Guard. The pin is
composed of a silver Coast Guard shield over a gold tri-
dent. This insignia is awarded only to those Auxiliarists
who have met the stringent requirements necessary to
earn qualifications throughout the Coast Guards Marine
Safety and Environmental Protection Program.
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continued on page 16
Members who have been fol-
lowing the Marine Visitor re-
engineering progress will be
happy to know we are now in
the review committee stages,
gathering comments and cri-
tiques on the draft Work-in-
Progress 2 manual. It is
hoped that NEXCOM will
receive a package for approval
in late spring or early summer
and the program revamping
will move forward.
Until that time, members of
the Marine Visitor program are hard at work. We are continuing
our usual functions of distributing boating safety literature from
federal, state and local sources to any businesses and marine
dealers who accept our display racks. We enlist the support of
these facilities for promotion of our Boating Safety Education
Programs and VSC activities. Many facilities, such as hospital
ER waiting rooms or dental office waiting rooms, simply allow
us to provide a display rack of safety literature and education
program schedules. Any participation is acceptable in our
efforts to provide information to the general boating public.
Flotillas are encouraged to guide members into this valu-
able program. During visits to the various participating facili-
ties, the Marine Visitors have a unique opportunity to educate
their customers or consumers about the Coast Guard, Coast
Guard Auxiliary, boating safety, safety equipment and a wide
range of other topics. Marine Visitors are also often requested
to provide assistance in other boating related areas. In our
district, Marine Visitors have: 1) assisted a small company
obtain Coast Guard approval for a new fiberglass dinghy
mold; 2) helped arrange for the removal of derelict vessels in
a harbor area; 3) advised a marina how to request replacement
channel markers; 4) guided several marinas through the pro-
cedure to achieve the Clean Marina status via the DEP pro-
gram; and 5) a myriad of other assists that were only possi-
ble due to the depth and breadth of knowledge of our Marine
Visitors. We are truly the roving ambassadors of Team Coast
Of course, we should not forget our constant missions of
encouraging and promoting VSCs, including the Rental
Vendor program. This program has been streamlined and is
much easier to administer and sell to the vessel rental com-
panies. The Marine Visitor simply signs up the vessel rental
company in the MV program and either provides a VE to per-
form the VSCs or, if they are also a VE, completes them on the
spot. The Rental Vendor agrees to maintain his or her rental
vessels and safety equipment at the same level necessary to
pass the initial VSC examination and to provide customer edu-
cation on the safe operation of the rental equipment. The
Marine Visitor can evaluate this during subsequent visits to the
facility. This program affords tremendous possibilities for
education of the vendor personnel as well as the customers.
The VSC mission can also be promoted by the literature
we display in our racks, the posting of VSC station schedules
and the display/distribution of the VSC antennae cards with
a VE contact number clearly stamped. The Marine Visitor can
also advise the facility manager/personnel about the I Want
a VSC program. A small card with directions to request
a VSC online can be made and attached to the display rack,
i.e., At the Coast Guard Auxiliary National Website,
(www.cgaux.org) click Visitors Deck. On the next page, click
Free Boat Safety Check in the left hand column. This will
display a page offering information for vessel self-examina-
tion and directions on how to contact a local Vessel Examiner
for a VSC. Marine Visitors should urge all VEs to sign up in
this program at the Departments V: Vessel Examination site
on the National Auxiliary Website. Just visit the Interactive
Website in the V Department.
Opportunities to provide safety related materials and edu-
cation within the Marine Visitor program are limited only by
time and imagination. Our current efforts should now include
participation in the VSC Mega Weeks from 17MAY03
through 30JUN03. This covers six weeks (and six weekends)
to push the VSC program. While this time frame corresponds
to the opening of boating season in most of the country, here
in D7 our season is pretty much year round. This nationwide
program, however, offers the Marine Visitor another opportu-
nity to work closely with his or her VE and PAcounterparts in
getting the VSC message to the boating public. As we have all
recently been advised, the traditional Coast Guard emphasis
on boating safety has been passed heavily to the Auxiliary as
their missions are redefined and shifted in the move to The
Department of Homeland Security. By working together we
can rise to the task.
Cathie Welty
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The award ceremony was performed in Marathon
during the Auxiliarys year-end division meeting by
Commander Nancy Goodridge, USCG,
and Rafael Arizmendi of the Marine
Safety Office, Miami. On behalf of
Captain James A. Watson,
Commanding Officer, Marine Safety
Office, Miami, Commander Goodridge
designated Joe and Cathie Welty as
Marine Safety and Environmental
Protection Professionals.
Today I want to recognize once
again the importance of our own
Coast Guard Auxiliary. This is a time
when probably not since World War
II, we call upon and depend on the
Auxiliary to step up, manage, and in
some cases, take over control of tradi-
tional Coast Guard active duty roles,
said CDR Goodridge.
(Joe and Cathie Welty) are dedi-
cated to and are experts in the Marine
Safety missions of the Coast Guard
and have performed hundreds of
hours of Commercial Fishing Vessel
and Uninspected Passenger Vessel
exams, pollution investigation, and have been key mem-
bers of the Clean Marina Program in Monroe County. In
recognition of their efforts, and for completion of all
requirements, I would like to present on behalf of the
Captain of the Port, the Officer-in-Charge of Marine
Inspections, Miami, and with the assistance of Rafael
Arizmendi, the Marine Safety pin and certificate to Joe
and Cathie Welty, said CDR Goodridge.
Rafael Arizmendi, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety
Examiner, noted that the occasion also marked the first
time that this honor had been conferred upon a member
of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in District 7 (Southeastern
United States). Jim Perry, of Flotilla 23, Division 2 of
8th District Eastern Region (Huntington, West Virginia),
is the only other Auxiliarist in U.S. Coast Guard history
thus far to receive this distinctive insignia.
Cathie Welty was also recognized nationally last fall
at the Coast Guard Auxiliary District 7 Conference in St.
Petersburg, Florida. As Flotilla Commander 13-8 (Upper
Keys), Cathie Welty was presented with the National
Second Place for Marine Dealer Visitor Best Practices
Award by then District 7 Commodore Elect Jay
Dahlgren, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Both Joe and
Cathie Welty also serve on National Staff for the
Auxiliary. Cathie Welty is currently District 7 Staff
Officer in charge of the Auxiliarys Marine Dealer
Visitor program.
By Jeremy Smith, DCP 13
continued from page 15
Left to right: Cathie Welty, then FC 13-8, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Rafael
Arizmendi, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner, USCG Marine Safety
Office, Miami; Joe Welty, Flotilla 13-8, USCG Auxiliary.



30 years:
FL 89 (Rotonda West, FL)
FL 94 (Owl Creek, FL)
FL 96 (Wiggins Pass, FL)
FL 11-9 (Tarpon Springs, FL)
FL 15-8 (Hernando Beach, FL)
25 years:
FL 6-12 (Homestead, FL)
10 years:
FL 71 (Lakeland, FL)
FL 13-1 (Key West, FL)
District 7 flotillas celebrate
major anniversaries in
the year 2003
40 years:
FL 24 (Lake Lanier, GA)
FL 42 (South Brevard County, FL)
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I am honored and privileged
to be the Operations Officer
for District Seven. It is a posi-
tion, especially in these trying
times, that brings with it great
challenges and responsibility.
I am ready to accept these
challenges and responsibility.
I want to thank DCO Jay
Dahlgren and Peter Fernandez,
VCO, for their confidence in
me to properly fulfill the obli-
gation of this position.
Now that we are under the direction of the Coast Guard
and Homeland Security, we must assume not only a larger role
in operations, but a more responsible role than we have been
charged with in the past. We must commit ourselves to offer
the highest quality of service to the Coast Guard. Operations
has always been a multi-mission maritime job. Within the
scope of activities that Operations is involved with are
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, Aviation,
Communications, Member Training, Aids to Navigation, and
on the water training. To be effective today we must focus on
the big picture. We must get involved with anything that we
can do to support the Coast Guard, wherever and whenever
they call on us. Remember, our motto is SEMPER PARATUS.
The following are some important web sites that relate to
Operations. I hope you put them in your favorite places and
refer to them often.
To request a QE mission:
To visit the DSOOP 7 newsletter:
For information on visitors and transfers:
Always do the harder right than the easier wrong.
Many of us believe that
Member Training is the
lifeblood of our organization.
Without a strong MT program,
how would new members get
through the Auxiliarys New
Member course so they can
become productive members?
After they become members,
will they stay long if the Boat
Crew or Air Observer training
is inadequate? Does it take too
long to qualify trainees so they
can get on the water or in the air, keeping them from becoming
productive members? If mandatory workshops, TCT, Risk
Management, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, Private
Aids Verification, Specialty Courses, and many other courses
are not offered, can you keep the interest of our members? Can
we properly serve our many customers if we are not properly
The answer to each question is, No!
Member Training should involve every member of the
flotilla from the Flotilla Commander to the newest member. It
is not just the Instructors who should carry the load of teach-
ing. Many members are qualified to present In-Flotilla
Training subjects at flotilla meetings, or to serve as aides. This
is a good way to start members on the path to Instructor.
We also need to share Member Training experiences that
are innovative and successful. There is room on the DSO-MT
web page to include stories about training, helpful hints and
training aides that work. Just send the information to the DSO-
There is an enormous amount of Member Training material
available on various web pages. Make sure that all members,
even those without computer access, have an opportunity to
enjoy these benefits.
We will have many great training events at the Spring
Conference. See you there
Does your flotilla need a Member Training lifeblood trans-
D. Kent Shockey
Calvin M. Gordon
What is Public Affairs?
Public Affairs by any other
name could be called, Public
Relations, Marketing, or
Communications. The PA in
the Auxiliary must be willing
to wear many different hats.
This is particularly true at the
flotilla level.
The FSO-PAshould be the
main point of contact for
everything that goes on with-
in the flotilla. Vessel Exams, Marine Dealer Visits, Public
Education, and Fellowship, just to name a few, should involve
Public Affairs. Here is an example: the FSO-VE has some
news about his or her department, for instance, the date, time,
and location of an upcoming special Vessel Exam Day. This
should be given to the PA for dissemination to the widest list
possible. Television and radio news stations, as well as newspa-
pers, should be at the top of the list, as well as any other avail-
able media, such as Public Service Announcements. Now, I
realize Im telling you something you already know, and that
is what I want to do. You see, the problem is that most of the
time we dont do all the things we should be doing to get the
message out about our mission. We will let the members in the
flotilla know about it, but often it stops there. You must com-
municate with the target audience in the most effective way.
We want to reach boaters in the above case, so think like a
Another way of understanding what you do is to remember
this: Nobody knows that we exist, and to what extent we
exist, until someone tells him or her. In this case, that some-
one is you, the FSO-PA.
There is one important thing to remember, dont just sit
around waiting for all this information to come to you. Go out
and find it, ask for it. Do whatever you must to get the infor-
mation, but get it. Make it part of your routine to contact the
FSOs in the other department about their upcoming events.
You will be amazed at what is out there just waiting for you to
tell the world about.
Another very important skill the PA needs is the ability to
Think Outside of the Box.
Convention is OK if all you want is the same old tired for-
mat. However, being creative is a lot more interesting and fun.
So look for some new and refreshing ways of getting your
message across
We in the District PA office are, for the most part, pretty
creative. We dont even consider the Box; it doesnt even
exist in our vocabulary. In fact we are doing things that have
not been done before. For example, Pat Freighery, ADSO-PA
(East), has come up with a great kick-off to NSBW. Along
Communication is the impart-
ing of information by speech,
writing or signs. We, as
Publications Officers, com-
municate primarily through
the written word via our unit
newsletters. Its important
that our publications be
informative, interesting, and
timely in order to keep the
membership up to date on the
activities and events in the
USCG Auxiliary at the flotilla,
division and national levels. Our newsletters must also be
clearly presented so that they are understood.
The flotilla and division entries for the 2002 District
Publication Awards have been reviewed and the winners have
been selected. Congratulations to them and to all others who
submitted their newsletters. The Best Flotilla and Best
Division Publications will be announced at the Spring District
Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida, 22-25 May. I hope as
many of you Publications Officers as possible will be there to
honor them and to participate in one of our districts most
informative and enjoyable events of the year.
Assembling a newsletter is time-intensive, but a satisfying
job. It is we who are responsible for collecting written material
related to the areas of Auxiliary Operations, Public Education,
Vessel Safety Checks, and Fellowship from the elected and
staff officers as well as from other members. Once we have
completed an issue, we want it to be read.
Agrowing number of you are putting your publications on
your websites, and this is being encouraged to save the cost of
mailing copies to members and others to whom your newslet-
ters must be distributed. This move to the Internet certainly
cuts costs. However, will members take the time to read the
with Dottie Brooks, ADSO-PA (West), and the Florida
Sportsman Live radio show, representatives from flotillas
throughout Florida will have a chance to be radio personalities
for a day. On May 17 the station will broadcast statewide, a
call-in format that will allow boating enthusiasts to direct
questions about boating safety to the experts, the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliarists. Now thats what we call thinking outside
of the box.
Now go out and spread the word about the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary and its mission, and remember you are
always invited to visit us at the District 7 Web Site at:
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Louis R. DeNunzio
Carol G. Rickard
continued on page 19
When strategic plans are made
regarding Homeland Security
issues, the Department of
Education has a key role to
play. We have presented to us
additional educational needs
and opportunities. We need to
remind the general public to
be aware of Naval Protection
Zones, Community Coast
Watch efforts, Threat Level
Notification, and additional
information that we receive
pertaining to the public and recreational boating. Plans are
underway to have all Auxiliary PE course PowerPoint presen-
tations include a segment summarizing and teaching critical
Homeland Security issues. There is now a PPT presentation
entitled Home Land Security and the Recreational Boater for
download, which was developed by Operation Boat Smart. As
Dick Clinchy, our DC-E, commented, its an excellent first-step
in making the general public aware of their responsibility and
involvement in defending our nation.
The PE Media Library has revised and updated PowerPoint
presentations available in CD-ROM or download. All are
resources that any instructor might need to teach any
USCGAUX PE course.
Now in the library are two newcomers: Lets Talk Life
Jackets and The Rest of Our Story. These presentations
can be downloaded in either the normal format to use in stand-
up presentations at any and all public education activities or,
especially, the Lets Talk Life Jackets, in a timed and looped
version to use in a kiosk, at ramp days or when you have a
booth set up at a boat show. See PE-SpeedGram No. 2003-01
for more details.
Online you will find a great tool to assist your flotilla with
the most difficult task of funding your PE program. The
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Bobbye H. Paxton
Flotilla Marketing Plan! A roadmap to help you create,
execute and control the costs of not only the PE program but
assist with flotilla costs management overall. You will find
strategies, plans, examples, projectsall to assist you with
planning ways to manage and increase revenues. With the
need by all flotillas to fund electronic equipment for teaching
PowerPoint, this is a welcome plan and all are encouraged to
look it over. Sources of additional funds for operation of the
PE program and support of the flotillas other programs
depends on the creativity and dedication of all members.
Increasing prices charged for PE programs, increasing the
sales of PE products at the flotilla level, and increasing the
number of short courses offered to the public are several sug-
Recreational Boating Safely Outreach Campaigns slogan!
Challenges ahead for all of us are to change the concepts
boaters have thinking they are safe boaters already, Its My
equipment and Your behavior.
With numerous organizations promoting boating safety,
our most effective tool is that the USCG and the USCGAUX
are respected, knowledgeable, and authoritative sources of
information. We have the capability to make a tremendous dif-
ference, to reduce accidents and to save lives. The Public
Education department has a very responsible role ahead and I
know all members will support and assist it in this most
demanding effort.
continued from page 18
publication, particularly a long one? And will members down-
load it to have to refer to when not at their computer?
Many members may still be uncomfortable with or not
have a computer, or not want to read much copy on a monitor.
Receiving a newsletter in the mail continues to be an event
many anticipate so that they can read about their units activi-
ties and other Auxiliary items of interest and importance at
their leisure. Having your newsletter on the Internet is a good
move. I wonder if, however, this move should be at the
expense of mailing copies of each issueno matter what the
Hope to see you at the DCON in May.
As our nation adjusts to the world-changing events of
9/11, we too in the boating community need to do our
part. Smart and safe boating can help in our nations
homeland security efforts by keeping our safety forces
available instead of looking for a boater who has a
mishap due to lack of education or not following com-
mon safety practices. Boaters simply need to BOAT
SMART and BOAT SAFE to help in this effort.
We need to encourage enrollment in safe boating courses
and to stress the importance of a well-equipped and
properly maintained boat. In addition, we need to point
out the dangerous effects of alcohol and carbon monox-
ide. Our campaign efforts reach out to both the boat
operator and the passengers on boats.
National Safe Boating Week
May 17-30*
*Extended from May 23 to May 30
Membership recruiting is
every members job. With this
in mind let us look at where
we have been, where we need
to go, and what ways will
help us to achieve the goal of
membership growth.
During the time period
from 1998 through 2001, in
District 7 we recruited over
4,100 members. Great, you
say, if we kept them busy.
Apparently we did not, since
there was only a net gain of about 400, something less than
We have a target to increase the national force to 40,000
members by the end of 2004, and to 45,000 by the end of
2007. In our district we need to grow at an annual rate of about
500 to 600 members per year to achieve our share. Can we do
it? Of course we can. If we recruit at the same rate, and
increase our retention rate to 40% over a similar period, we
will exceed the target.
One might ask how we can do that with the lack of partic-
ipation by so many of our members. Perhaps we need to look
at the causes of this lack of involvement. Do we make sure
new members are welcome? Do we find out what these new
members want to be involved in? Do we provide the training
that members want and need? Do we really mentor new mem-
bers? Do we find out why so many members leave in the first
or second year? Do we target our recruiting to meet both the
needs of the Coast Guard and our particular unit? Do we make
it easy for all new members to get the information they need
to be productive? My suspicion is that the answer to all of
these questions is a resounding, No.
One way to satisfy the requirements of the Coast Guard
and the Auxiliary is to focus on the new members. Make them
feel important and help them to become productive parts of the
team. We have a responsibility to increase the force and make
new members feel they are part of it. Indeed, we have a
responsibility to involve the entire membership.
Members of the Flotilla Recruiting Team, Personnel
Services, Public Education, Member Training, Public Affairs,
and the elected officers all have a responsibility. Through tra-
ditional recruiting in Public Education courses, at safety
booths, and in the electronic media, prospective members
should be found. Keeping the interest of members through
training, participation in activities, and fellowship will help to
retain members, as well as to encourage others to join the
I hope to see all of you at the
Conference in Daytona. There
is a great deal of information
that has come to light this
year. Just to give you one of
the highlightssafety checks
of rental boats is an important
step in bringing our numbers
up and being a team member
with the Marine Dealer
Visitors. So, if youre a Vessel
Examiner and a Marine
Dealer Visitor, youre really
able to make your time worthwhile by visiting the rental dealer
and checking the rental fleet.
The big news is National Safe Boating Week. It is May 17
through 23, but is extended through June 30. This is so we can
really cover marinas and ramps to our fullest coverage, and
coordinate local advertising with Marine Dealers to set up
safety check booths at their stores. Ask if you can set up liter-
ature and find a way for their customers to contact an examin-
er for a special exam.
The most important item is the Conference in May. Check
out the District website for time and place, and the Conference
Workshop schedule. See you all at the Conference!
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Cecil F. Spencer
George J. Kacmarik
22-25 MAY
For information and registration form
see pages 30 and 31
Plan to attend!
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A tribute to
the Coast Guard Auxiliary
oday is a well-deserved tribute to the men and women of our team, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary. We honor you for 64 years of faithful and devoted service, said CWO3
Dennis Zecca, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Islamorada, at the unveiling of a
commemorative plaque this week (03 March 03) honoring the many contributions by
the Auxiliary to the Coast Guard and boating safety.
The distinctive aluminum plaque was mounted on a mar-
ble pedestal, constructed by Petty Officer Billy Hadaway,
USCG, at the main entrance to Coast Guard Station
Islamorada. The location chosen for the monument was as
much an honor as the inscription on the plaque. Engraved in
raised silver letters on a gold colored background are the
proud words: Dedicated to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
These brave men and women, the civilian volunteer arm of
the United States Coast Guard, donate their time and expert-
ise to support the Coast Guard and improve boating safety.
The ceremony was attended by well over 100 Coast
Guard and Auxiliary personnel from throughout the Florida
Keys, as well as representatives from the Director of the
Auxiliarys office, local law enforcement agencies, and the
general public. Keynote speakers included Captain J.L.
Nimmich, Commanding Officer, USCG Group Key West;
CWO3 Dennis Zecca, Commanding Officer, USCG Station
Islamorada; and James Dennen, Rear Commodore-East,
District Seven, USCG Auxiliary.
The value and impact of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is
without question, and now more than ever, playing a vital
role for Team Coast Guard, noted Mr. Zecca. The
Auxiliary has been very active in assisting Station
Islamorada by providing countless hours of community spir-
ited projects, participating in joint color guards, boat parades,
civic ceremonies, partnership in education, and volunteer
work with charitable non-profit organizations. This involve-
ment has provided an enriching life for both those who live
in the community and for the members of Team Coast Guard
who volunteer their time and talents, Mr. Zecca said.
Captain Nimmich, USCG, commended the Auxiliary on
its emergence as an integral part of todays Coast Guard
Forces in the new Department of Homeland Security,
noting with pride, This is not your fathers Auxiliary.
On March 1, 2003, Coast Guard Forces (the Coast Guard,
the Coast Guard Reserve, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and
Coast Guard civilians) merged with 21 other federal agencies
into the Department of Homeland Security. The 37,000 mem-
bers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary comprise by far the largest
volunteer organization in the major new Department.
The Captain also recounted the exceptional bravery and
devotion to duty of Auxiliarists Casey Purvis, Rob Fuller and
other Auxiliary members of District Seven who paid the
supreme sacrifice while performing missions of great
courage within Coast Guard Group Key West.
James Dennen, Rear Commodore-East, USCG
Auxiliary, highlighted some of the Auxiliarys contributions
to national security, in addition to boating safety. It is ironic
that over 60 years ago we were in a similar situation, Mr.
Dennen said. We were close to going to war and the Coast
Guard was looking for unique ways that those civilian volun-
teers could help the Coast Guard.
Left to right: James Dennen, Rear Commodore-E, USCG
Auxiliary; Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Zecca, Commanding
Officer, USCG Station Islamorada; Jeremy Smith, Division
Captain, Division 13 (Florida Keys), USCG Auxiliary; and
Captain J.L. Nimmich, Commander, USCG Group Key West.




continued on page 22
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Mr. Dennen recalled with pride that his father had been
active in the Auxiliary at the time of the Second World War.
The names of several active duty members who had been
instrumental in advancing the cause of the Auxiliary at
Station Islamorada were also cited in his remarks. Notably,
the leadership of Mr. Zecca earned high praise from
Auxiliary and enlisted personnel alike.
continued from page 21
As we move into the future, with the many uncertainties
that it will bring, we couldnt possibly have a stronger or
more effective leader than Chief Warrant Officer Dennis
Zecca, Mr. Dennen said. We are proud to have him as our
leader. The plaque behind me belongs here. It now has real
meaning for us. God bless Team Coast Guard.
By Jeremy Smith, DCP 13
We Can Do It!
The call has gone out to increase Auxiliary membership
to 40,000 by the end of 2004, due to the increasing needs of
Coast Guard Forcesof which we are an integral part; this
is not an option, but rather a compelling necessity. This
means a net increase of approximately 4,000 members nation-
ally. Historically, our boater education classes, and other tra-
ditional methods have kept our numbers relatively flat over the
past few years. Such an undertaking will mean that we will
have to look to new and more effective methods of recruiting
and filling Station needs.
One such method has just completed over a year of testing,
and the results are (in the words of a Station Commanding
Officer) Spectacular! It is the Auxiliary Augmentation and
Recruiting Program, initiated at Station Ft. Myers Beach,
Florida. Shortly after 9/11, the Station identified specific
needs for Auxiliarists who were Group and Station qualified
Watchstanders and for CG qualified Boat Crew and
Engineers. The needs were well beyond what the current
membership could provide, so a Targeted Recruiting pro-
gram was developed.
The D7 program is actually in two parts. Every CG unit
has a Personnel Allowance List (PAL). AUXPAL (Auxiliary
Personnel Allowance List), which is an extension of PAL (for
Active) and RPAL (for Reserve members), is used by the
Stations to *clearly* define their Auxiliary personnel
needs. The Auxiliary then fills those needs with both current
members and newly recruited people who become members
using the A&R program, a combination of the latest technolo-
gy resources. There are several integrated components includ-
ing PowerPoint, a recruiting website platform with special
administrative and statistical support, eMail distribution lists,
and local media support including press, radio and TV.
These resources were focused at sectors of the public
where potential candidates were most likely to be found. One
example is for Watchstander candidates, where amateur (Ham)
radio clubs proved to be extremely productive sources of new
members, and ultimately Comms Watchstanders. The local
supporting website http://www.auxonline.org/~crew/ will
give you a better idea of just how the process is initiated.
The results of this approach generated the sustainable
Auxiliary support Station Ft. Myers Beach was looking for. A
combination of new members and current members entered an
extensive training program. Now nearing completion, it has
provided the Station with eight Auxiliary G&S Watchstanders
serving over 64 hours of watch *every* week. This is nearly
50% of the Stations total Comms watch schedule. The Station
just completed its third CG check ride, qualifying the first
three of ten Auxiliarist Boat Crew trainees. These Auxiliarists
will become part of the Stations regular scheduled duty sec-
tions and be involved in all low risk underway missions. The
program has demonstrated that it can deliver effective and sus-
tainable Auxiliary augmentation on a large scale to our local
While these new members greatly helped satisfy the
Stations needs, the program also netted three local flotillas
with 32 new members! The program has demonstrated excel-
lent retention of these new members. All this in one year.
The A&R Program was recently presented to all DSOs-PS
and DSOs-CC attending NTRAIN 2003. They received a CD
Kit that included all of the program details, including various
templates, making it easy to localize to any situation. The
A&R Kit is going to be modified for use with our CC Program,
to aid in recruiting efforts for the CG Academy. The Kit is flex-
ible and can be easily adapted to virtually any Auxiliary recruit-
ing need both for members and the public.
The AUXPAL/A&R program was also presented to
RADM Carmichael at a recent Summit in Miami and plans are
proceeding for implementation in D7. Cecil Spencer, DSO-PS,
has been working with his PS staff, and you will be hearing
more details in the near future!
The mission is clear, and we now have a very effective tool
to help reach our objectives of meeting the needs of our
Stations and developing new membership.
With your dedicated efforts, We Can Do It!
Jeff Mahl, DC-Id
BREEZE Spring 2003 23
Rescue on the sea
n March 4, 2003, Ed McClaran and I received a
request from GRP Lake Worth shortly after depart-
ing the North Palm Beach County airport, F-45, to
look for a 36' sailboat with dinghy in tow some 4-5 miles
east of Del Ray.
Seas were 6' to 8' with a lot of white water.
We commenced a search pattern south of that point and
worked north. The boater was in the dinghy, as the sailboat
had sunk. He had a cell phone, which saved his life, as he
was able to talk to Lake Worth about what he was able to
see out there. He
was waving a red
shirt; and after spot-
ting him, we relayed
the L/L to group and
circled on scene.
With the posi-
tion of the boater, a
PBCSOs boat
arrived and took the
dinghy in tow 10 to
15 minutes later.
By Arthur M.
Elliott, FL 58
Above: Ed McClaran, Flotilla 51,
Observer the day of the rescue, and
Art Elliott, Flotilla 58, stand beside
Arts Cessna 310.
St. Johns, Newfoundland, September 26 and 27, 2003. There
will be two teams that will represent the Atlantic Coast in
Newfoundland. The SUPER SEVENTH will be one of them,
as we were last year.
The following tasks should be mastered. Remember, The
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting the event in
Newfoundland. This is the Fourth Annual ISAR competition
and we have never wonyet. They have the home team
advantage and are great seamen. Nevertheless, this is the
year that the SUPER SEVENTH will be the winner. Hone
your skills and have fun.
(1) Heaving line toss for distance and accuracy, (2) uni-
form inspection, (3) pre-op check list, (4) crew briefing, (5)
stern tow and side tow, (6) man overboard, (7) approaching a
burning vessel, (8) search patterns, with set and drift, calcu-
lating and running the pattern, (8) communications, (9) ring
toss, (10) pump drill, and (11) marlinspike seamanship.
All tasks are in the Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification
Guide for Crew and Coxswain. All information regarding
these tasks is in the Boat Crew Seamanship Manual.
Cal Gordon, DSO-OP/QE 7
ISAR 2003
By now we should have the best team from the North, East,
and West to compete for the Seventh District championship.
This contest will be held in Punta Gorda, Florida, May 3,
2003. The Coast Guard has partitioned off funds to pay for
the three teams to go to Punta Gorda.
A team will be made up of two designated coxswains,
and two designated crew members. The team may be, and I
suggest that they be, all coxswains. One of the crew will be
chosen at random and not participate with the underway
team. That team member will compete in a shore side com-
petition. The shore side score will be added to the total team
The winner of the competition in Punta Gorda will have
the honor to represent the Seventh District for the Atlantic
Coast run off. Last year the Atlantic run off was in Cape
May, New Jersey. At this time I have not received confirma-
tion that it will be held there, nor do I have a confirmed date.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will pay for travel and lodging
for the team for this event.
The winner of the Atlantic Coast would then be the Coast
Guard Auxiliary Atlantic Coast representative to compete in
Left: Picture from the plane of
the dinghy in tow by the Palm
Beach County Sheriff s Office
(PBCSO). The rescuee was in the
sheriff s boat.
Photos: Art Elliott, FL 58
One of Russos first moves was to offer a scholarship to
ASTA crewmembers to upgrade their skills. In return a sail-
ing vessel would give one of Russos students 30 days of at-
sea training.
Amistad America was the first scholarship recipient.
Russo had seen the Steven Spielberg movie on the slave
revolt, but he didnt know the ship. The movie had used the
Pride of Baltimore. Learning that he was a Tall Ships skipper,
Amistad executives invited Russo to captain the schooner on
a trip from Jacksonville to Key West. Boy, did I jump at that
one, he remembers. She is one beautiful ship.
The original Amistad was a Cuban coastal trader that in
1839 received a cargo of 53 captives from what is now Sierra
Leone for sale as slaves to a sugar plantation. One of the cap-
tives, Cinque, led a revolt forcing the captain to sail the ship
toward the rising sunAfricain the daytime, but the cap-
tain turned back at night. After 63 days of such zigzagging,
the ship was apprehended off Long Island, and the captives
were thrown into jail on charges of murder. Former president
John Quincy Adams successfully argued for their release
before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the defendants were
returned to their homeland. It was one of the few incidents in
the history of American slavery with a happy ending.
The present day freedom schooner Amistad was con-
ceived, built (by Mystic Seaport, Connecticut) and launched,
in 2000, to celebrate the legacy of the Amistad incident. She
serves as a maritime ambassador for reconciliation and
human rights education and to foster cooperation and unity
among people of diverse backgrounds. She was built with
financing from the United Church of Christ, Phoenix Life
Insurance Company and the State of Connecticut, and is
operated by Amistad America, Inc., New Haven,
Connecticut. She has traveled extensively along the East
Coast playing host to thousands of school children and
church groups. In the summer of 2003 the ship will sail the
Great Lakes.
24 Spring 2003 BREEZE
Auxiliarist skippers
freedom schooner Amistad
hen the freedom schooner Amistad sailed into Key
West, Florida, in January, the man at the helm was
Coast Guard Auxiliary member Robert J. Russo.
It was the thrill of a lifetime, says Russo as a flotilla of
schooners, tour boats and a Coast Guard cutter greeted the
129-foot topsail schooner whose history was chronicled by
Steven Spielberg in the movie of the same name.
Ive sailed on lots of Tall Ships, but this one is special,
says Russo, who is a member of Flotilla 14-4, Jacksonville
Beach, Florida. Hes had lots of experience with all kinds of
boats, having served for 22 years with the Coast Guard in
such disparate ports as Boston; New Orleans; Washington,
D.C.; Ketchikan, Alaska; Honolulu; Barcelona, Spain; and
Istanbul, Turkey.
After retiring in 1987 as Chief Warrant Officer, he kicked
around for several years working for a towboat and barge
company, but then decided he wanted to share his years at
sea with newcomers and in 1998 started Bluewater Maritime
School, Atlantic Beach, Florida. (At the same time he joined
the Auxiliary as training officer.) This is a Coast Guard
approved educational facility to train young people for a
seagoing career, from able-bodied seamen to masters and
It is a good honest profession, says Russo, who notes
that there are few schools teaching basic marine skills. He
also realized that classroom knowledge needs to be tested at
sea. Nowhere are these skills better honed than on a sailing
ship. So I joined the American Sail Training Association,
Russo says, with the idea that he would find vessels on
which to fine tune his students.
Freedom schooner Amistad.






At the helm of the freedom schooner Amistad is Robert J.
Russo, a member of USCGAUX, Flotilla 14-4, Jacksonville
Beach, Florida.
continued on page 25
BREEZE Spring 2003 25
Seventh District
winner of three BoatU.S.
Boating Safety Grants
Three flotillas in District Seven were selected by BoatU.S. as
recipients of their Boating Safety Grants for 2003.
Congratulations to 57 in Okeechobee, 95 on Marco Island
and 15-8 in Hernando Beach!
Visit any marina or waterfront and youll find volunteer
boaters working to make their waterway safer. To help these
groups continue their work, the BoatU.S. Foundation for
Boating Safety & Clean Water has just awarded over $40,000
in grants to nonprofit groups aiming to spread the message
about safe boating practices.
The BoatU.S. Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated
to safe and clean boating, received over 120 applications for
the 2003 grant cycle. Of these, 28 groups were selected to
receive grants of up to $5,000 in locations from Hawaii to
Florida. Grant projects included creating signs at boat ramps
to educate the public on lifejacket laws, distributing boating
safety trading cards to children, and producing guides about
water safety.
Its exciting to see how a small group of dedicated peo-
ple can make a difference in recreational boating, said Ruth
Wood, President of the BoatU.S. Foundation. These grant
recipients know the issues that face their waterways, and
through this program, we help them make an impact in their
local communities.
The USCG Auxiliary submitted approximately one-third
of all of the applications received by BoatU.S. and received
50% of the grants. What did the three winning D7 applicants
propose that met the criteria set by BoatU.S.? Hernando
Beach plans to erect two reader boards on the Auxiliary
grounds to advertise their boating safety courses and vessel
safety checks. Marco Island will print 1,500 English and
Spanish boating safety brochures for school age children.
And, Okeechobee will purchase radio equipment that will
improve emergency communications during Auxiliary patrols
on Lake Okeechobee. These grants run the gamut from
Public Affairs to safety materials for children to radio com-
munications for patrols and public safety.
Since 1988, the BoatU.S. Foundation has awarded
$535,000 in boating safety grants to fund projects that pro-
mote responsible boating on a local level. Why not start
working on some ideas NOW for your flotilla or division?
The actual grant applications should be available at the end
of May or the beginning of June. Meanwhile, this gives you
time to think of good ideas, flesh them out with samples of
the material or details of the project and establish a budget.
Then, once the applications are available, carefully follow
the instructions posted on Whats New and submit the grant
request. It doesnt take any experience in grant writingthe
application is simple and the only limiting factor is your
If you want to see what projects were funded in prior
years, for all organizations, go to: www.boatus.com/founda-
tion/grants/. Here you can see what worked in other years.
So, start the creative juices flowing, and good luck.
By Karen Miller, FSO-MT 11-1
As a skipper, Bob Russo is gregarious and easy going. On
the two-day passage from Tampa to Key West he quickly
bonded with mates and crew, the latter a rather free spirited
collection of 20s-something salts. But in an unobtrusive way,
crewmembers quickly sensed a military presence overtaking
the ship. Commands became more crisp and procedures
tightened, the sequence for docking being a notable example.
Amistad meets all Coast Guard requirements, but Russo
says the things he would like to see upgraded are safety stan-
dards to exceed what the Coast Guard requires. That trans-
lates into more efficient use of existing safety gear and a bet-
ter appreciation of the merits of every crewmembers job. He
noted that PFDs were rarely used and was alarmed when
crewmembers leaned way over the side to launch a rigid
inflatable without them. Safety is number one in the
Auxiliary and so it should be on Amistad, he says.
Amistad is a great ship, and Bob Russo can only make
her better.
By William C. Winslow, Public Affairs Officer,
Flotilla 53, New York, New York, January 2003
continued from page 24
(Extended from May 23 to May 30)
26 Spring 2003 BREEZE
Volunteer pilots keep
vigil over coastline
By Nicholas Spangler, The Miami Herald
They never forget the Five Percent.
Those times, when flying reconnaissance in a prop plane
at 1,000 feet over this nations coastline, they spot something
in the water. Something or someone.
Even if it happened two years and a couple hundred flight
hours ago, as it did for Chris Kirk, a Miami Beach firefighter
who joined the Miami unit of the U.S. Coast Guard Air
Auxiliary three years ago.
Kirk is one of 50 civilian pilots in the Miami unit, a tiny
component of the all-volunteer 36,000-strong Coast Guard
Auxiliary that devotes most of its attention to more mundane
matters, such as boating safety courses and harbor patrols.
But the pilots have the more glamorous-sounding job
description of scouting for smugglers, migrants, polluters and
boats in distress.
Except, 95 percent of the time they dont see a thing.
Then theres that Five Percent.
There were three men in the plane the afternoon that
made Kirks Five Percent. Casey Purvis was in the pilots
seat. Rob Fuller was the
spotter, whose job it was
to scour the ocean below.
Kirk was co-pilot.
Take us down a little.
I think we got something
there. We got something!
one of them said, and the
adrenaline began to throb.
They were 15 miles
off Marathon, finishing up
a routine mission along
the Keys. They had been
in the air close to four
hours when the call came
from base: A migrant-
smuggling boat from
Cuba was on its way to U.S. waters. A two-master, approxi-
mate coordinates only. Check it out.
The crew of the Piper Cherokee headed straight for the
coordinates they had been given. They set up a search pat-
tern, making a series of parallel passes over the area.
Fuller, scanning the ocean with no instruments but his
eyes, spotted the boat first. We got something!
They called in the boats coordinates and circled overhead
until a U.S. Coast Guard cutter arrived.
They saved the lives of the eight migrants on that boat
that day, maybe. When they got back on deck at Opa-locka
Airport there were backslaps and praise for a job well done.
But Kirk doesnt know what happened to the migrants.
Its our Job
We dont get those details, he said. Its our job to protect
the coast of this country. We leave the politics to other peo-
Only Kirk is alive today to tell that story. Purvis, 50, of
West Palm Beach, and Fuller, 49, of Miami Shores, died later
that year when their plane crashed into Florida Bay during
night interdiction exercises with the Coast Guard. We lost
two very good men that night, Kirk said. They were my
friends. When they died, we had a choice to shut down the
program and say, This is never going to happen again, or
take the lessons we learned out of that tragedy and build on
The Auxiliary chose to continue.
Today, its mostly men who make up the Miami air unit.
They are commercial airline pilots, lawyers, doctors, retirees.
Most of them are well offyou have to be to own and main-
tain a planeand most of them are middle-aged, in their late
40s and 50s. More than half of them are veterans.
Because of the practical limitations of prop planes, they
cant hover just above the open water and pluck people up,
the way a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter can. And
they dont have the range, the speed or the infrared gadgetry
of the Coast Guards HU-25 Falcon jet.
Saving Money
But on basic reconnais-
sance missions, the Pipers,
Cessnas and Citabrias
owned by the members of
the Auxiliary unit might
have an edge over their
high-tech cousins, the vol-
unteers say. They dont
scream Law
Enforcement the same
way a giant orange Coast
Guard aircraft does; and
they save money.
A lot.
The U.S. Coast Guard
estimates it costs $4,240 every hour a Falcon is airborne; the
Dolphin runs at $3,184 per hour. An Auxiliary plane costs
between $150 and $200 an hour to fly, most of which goes
toward reimbursing the pilots for gas.
After the accident that killed Purvis and Fuller, the Miami
unit didnt fly for the better part of a year. New rules were
put in place for night flights and the regulations for Auxiliary
pilots were tightened.
Those regulations call for every Auxiliary pilot to attend
fly-ins several times a year at the Coast Guard base at the
Opa-locka Airport for a series of seminars on risk management,
communications, weather-pattern recognition and the like.
Left to right: Auxiliarists Michael Catalano and Shawn Meiman.
Photo: Gene Kahn
continued on page 27
BREEZE Spring 2003 27
The last fly-in was on a Saturday two weeks ago. It was a
long day, 10 hoursmost of it spent in a lecture hallwith
only breaks for lunch and a swimming test.
By the end, most pilots were ready to go home.
But Shawn Meiman and Michael Catalano, three-year
Auxiliarists and longtime pilots with thousands of flight
hours between them, volunteered for a short recon mission
along the ocean coast. Begged might be a better word. I
wasnt sure if theyd let us, said Catalano, a trial lawyer.
Meiman owns his own copy business. Both have the flying
bug. Believe me, after today, Im ready to get into the air,
Catalano said.
They dressed in olive green flight suits and black combat
boots and hauled their gear to the plane they own together, a
Piper twin-engine Geronimo. There was a long checklist to
go through, some instructions to confirm with the guys back
at the Coast Guard base.
Beautiful Day
They taxied out to the runway and revved the engines up to
2,500 rpm. It only took a few seconds for the light plane to
pick up 80 mph of ground speed and catch lift.
Meiman leveled off at 1,000 feet. The inlets of Biscayne
Bay and the condominiums of Bal Harbour passed below.
It was a beautiful clear dayvisibility stretched to Fort
Lauderdale and beyond.
They headed south over Miami Beach and dropped to
500 feet when they spotted a freighter steaming south a few
miles off the coast. Later they saw a sailboat coming the
other direction. Neither vessel exhibited any signs of distress,
and neither one seemed a likely smuggler. It turned out to be
a 95 Percent Day, which bothered Meiman and Catalano not
in the least.
This, said Meiman into his microphone, is a great day
to fly.
Reprinted from The Miami Herald, February 12, 2003,
by permission of the Editor
Seaman SOLTWISCH is cited for heroic actions on a
Monday afternoon during the Summer of 1951, in the rescue
of two individuals from a 17-foot capsized sailboat about
three miles off Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As
Seaman SOLTWISCH, and the Coast Guard rescue team,
approached the scene, they witnessed two victims clinging to
the sides of their boat; however, one individual lost his grip
and slipped beneath the surface. Without hesitation and
thought of personal safety, Seaman SOLTWISCH ripped off
his shoes and jacket, and selflessly dived into the water from
the rescue boat. He located the victim that had gone under
the water and brought him to the surface. With the help of
his fellow Coast Guardsmen, the victims were revived, one
victim succumbed. Seaman SOLTWISCHS determined
efforts and outstanding initiative demonstrated in this rescue
most definitely saved one soul from drowning. Seaman
SOLTWISCHS dedication, judgment, and devotion to duty
are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.
Recognition long overdue ... here now
Standing left to right: Chief Dalrymple, Michelle Soltwisch,
Charles Yonts, and LTJG Sara Platt. Seated: Ernest Soltwisch.
continued from page 26
rnest W. Soltwisch, Jr, Flotilla 15-8, was in the Coast
Guard during the Korean War. During that time he
performed a heroic lifesaving rescue that never got
into his records. For 50 or more years his wife Michelle held
on to an article that appeared in the newspapers, and finally
contacted U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who took it from there.
Those in attendance on January 20, 2003, to recognize
Ernest, were LTJG Sara Platt, USCG Group St. Petersburg;
Chief Mark Dalrymple, Yankeetown CG Station; Ken
Winkle, Hernando County Liaison to Veterans; Mary Aiken,
County Commissioner, District 5; Charles Yonts, Military
Veterans Advocate to U.S. Senator Bob Graham; Philip
Merrill, 2001-02 Rear Commodore West, USCG Auxiliary;
Mary Kennedy, DCP 15; Larry Berman, VCP 15; and many
friends and almost every member of Flotilla 15-8.
Although Ernest had a stroke not too many years ago, he
is still able to be a Radio Watchstander in the flotilla.
From Norma Karpiscak, FSO-PA 15-8



28 Spring 2003 BREEZE
Will what we do today be remembered tomorrow?
Preserving our USCGAuxiliary history
By Alex de Quesada, ADSO-PAH 7
Please let me introduce myself. My name is Alejandro Alex
de Quesada and I have recently been appointed Historian for
the 7th District. Im contacting all flotillas and divisions within
the district to inform them of the Auxiliarys history program.
My interest in the history of the USCG Auxiliary began
when I joined Flotilla 79 in Tampa, Florida. Being a historian
by trade I was asked to research the history of my flotilla. This
was a daunting task, since throughout the flotillas history the
unit had moved from one place to another. Much of the flotil-
las documents and even its charter had been lost. Based on
interviews with the longest serving members of the flotilla, I
determined that many records had been thrown away due to
either lack of space or foresight or both. I have a history
though somewhat choppyof the unit going back prior to
1942. However, my research continues in order to fill in some
of the gaps and, it is hoped, to make the story flow a little
The lack of historical documentation of Flotilla 79 is typi-
cal of many flotillas in the Auxiliary within the 7th District. In
order to prevent our ongoing history from disappearing at the
local levels up to district, we must begin to learn how to ade-
quately preserve vital information before it is lost forever.
Eastern Carolina University has been designated the offi-
cial depository for all records pertaining to the Auxiliary. All
district publications (flotilla, division and district) and impor-
tant documents, as well as surplus historical materials, should
be sent to:
Ms. Mary Boccaccio, Curator
O.W. Martin, Jr. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Collection
Special Collections
J.Y. Joyner Library East Carolina University
Greenville NC 27853-4353
Artifacts such as uniforms, insignias, flags and other non-
print materials related to Auxiliary history need to be evaluat-
ed and, eventually, sent to the Coast Guard Curator, Gail
Fuller. It is best to let her know what you would like to send
and she can determine if its worth sending to her. Her contact
address is
Ms. Gail Fuller
Coast Guard Curator
USCG Exhibit Center
7945 Fernham Lane
Forestville MD 20747
Duplicate issues of newsletters also should be sent to the
7th District Historian (address provided at the end of this arti-
cle). Some of the duties of a District Historian are to gather,
preserve and safeguard materials that show the members and
units activities over the years. These include documents, pub-
lications, physical objects, and sound and visual material. The
District Historian is also to assemble and maintain a complete
reference set of the unit publication, board and committee
minutes, standing rules and by-laws with changes, staff
reports, officer directories, correspondence, event programs,
clippings and other permanent historical records, and, to main-
tain a record of past and present elected officers, staff officers,
committees and members. In addition the job entails the col-
lection of photos of units in action and the development of an
oral history program within the district. (Tambien uno puede
mandar historias y documentos en espaol sobre del USCG
AUX en Puerto Rico).)
Since there are only a few appointed historians within the
Auxiliary, I encourage you and your fellow members to
appoint historiansthough it may be an unofficial position as
of the present timeat the flotilla and division levels. By
doing this, it will facilitate recording historical events within
the 7th District efficiently and will be of great assistance to the
District Historian. Encourage these local historians to research
and write articles for their flotilla newsletter.
Oral interviews with video of those members who have
served for decades and/or have contributed significantly are
great resources for any researcher. Eastern Carolina University
seeks these interviews as well. For those of you seriously
involved in living history (re-enactors), why not create a
World War II Auxiliarist (USCG Reserve Temporary) impres-
sion and educate the public about the Auxiliarys role during
those years at these events.
There are many other ways of researching and preserving
our colorful and distinguished history. Hopefully, what we did
yesterday and today will be remembered tomorrow.
The District Historian, ADSO-PAH 7, is always seeking
documents, photos, stories, and artifacts relating to the
Auxiliarys history and its role within the 7
District for
future articles and for preservation. For more information
please e-mail Mr. De Quesada at: cgaux7thdisthist@aol.com
or snail mail to A.M. de Quesada, ADO-SO-PAH 7, USCG
AUX, c/o ADEQ Historical Resources, Inc., 5012 West
Lemon Street, Tampa FL 33609 USA.
Brian Ahearn ... Flotilla 52
Robert Bowers ... Flotilla 67
James D. Clark ... Flotila 34
Alfred L. Johnson Jr. ... Flotilla 14-2
Edward Duff Thomas ... Flotilla 56
Michael Waldron ... Flotilla 15-1
In Memoriam
not to mention the continuous flow of Public Education
classes and Vessel Safety Checks.
The flotilla had planned a big celebration at their Station
last November, when their snowbirds returned; but those
plans had to be canceled. In January of this year, they held a
joint 50
Celebration/Change of Watch. In attendance were
60 members, significant others, National and Division 9 offi-
cers, and Coast Guard officers.
Through the years members come and go, along with
facilities. At present we have 42 members (March 2003) and
six facilities. We continue our traditions of successful Public
Education classes 50 weeks out of the year, Vessel Safety
Checks, patrols of all sorts, Safe Boating booths, parade
entries, and informing the public of our presence. We are
always ready to help the Coast Guard and live up to being
part of Team Coast Guard. May we continue for another 50
Mary A. Lipstate, BC-ADC, and member of Flotilla 93,
Naples, Florida, for 39 years (on July 7, 2003)
BREEZE Spring 2003 29
Flotilla 93, Naples, Florida, was chartered 12 August 1952,
with 16 members and 14 boats. It was then known as Flotilla
3 of Division IX of the 7
Coast Guard District. In the early
months of the flotilla, regular monthly meetings were held in
members homes and later in the Sunshine Kitchen of the
Florida Power and Light Co. Public instruction classes were
held in the Naples Jr. High School; but because of the large
classes, these were later held in the new Naples High School.
In 1963, due largely to the efforts
of member Frank A. Clayton, an
architect, the flotilla decided to build
its own Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station. There was no public drive,
but with 100% of our membership
contributing and some gifts from
friends of the flotilla, work began.
The original Station was complet-
ed in 1964 at the cost of $10,000, with
1,860 square feet of working space.
This included a complete radio room,
two heads, meeting area, galley, dock
area on the north side and storage
space. The building was dedicated on
23 August 1964. At that time the
flotilla had 54 members and 42 facilities. The Station, located
on Naples Bay, was used regularly for free CMEs and safe
boating classes. Anew addition to the Station, also constructed
primarily by the membership, was completed in 1981, adding
2,750 square feet, at the coast of $125,000.
In March 1967 the BILGEWATER BUGLE came into
being. One of the members had a printing press in his store
and took on the job of Editor/Publisher of the first issue. This
publication was one of the first, if not the first, flotilla publi-
cation in the 7th District.
Flotilla 93 was awarded the Kiekhaefer Mercury Gold
Cup Award for 1970 in 1971. The trophy was accepted in
New York City by a member of the flotilla, and formally pre-
sented to the Flotilla Commander in February 1971. In the
same year, the flotilla received the Directors Award of
Excellence. An estimated 3,600 man-hours of work were
required to achieve these two coveted awards.
Through the years Flotilla 93 has continued to make its
mark in the local community by participating at boat shows,
patrolling at regatta, races, and the Fourth of July fireworks,
Past Flotilla Commanders of Flotilla 93, Naples, Florida,
enjoyed the 50th Celebration/Change of Watch held in
January 2003. Left to right: Stanley A. McDonald, 1970-
71; O. Allen Landreth, 2002 (holding our 50 years
Certificate); Philip H. Vaughan, 1997; Jean Cruickshank
Oswald, 1995-96; Allen Miller, 1998; Richard Forte,
2000-01; and Allen Brown, RCO West, Seventh District.





Left: Our flotilla building,
built in 1964. Photo was
taken in 1975. A large
classroom addition has
been added to the near
(right) end of the building.
Flotilla 93
30 Spring 2003 BREEZE
ALOHA everyone from Daytona Beach, Florida! The 2003
Spring District Conference will be held 22 May thru 25 May.
The Adams Mark is a very nice hotel right on the beach.
Please bring your favorite Hawaiian clothes for Saturdays
Fun Night.
For Room Reservation please call toll free 1-800-444-2326
or local 386-252-8678. Be sure and tell them youre with the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Conference. The Room Rate will
be $79 a night.
On-Line through the District 7 On-line Store with your credit
card. You can register, make banquet selections, sign up for
the lunch and/or the free Ladies Coffee. The Ladies Coffee
should be a lot of fun; Mary Dahlgren (Mrs. DCO) will be
the hostess. e-Register works exactly the same way you
would if making an order on-line.
The hotel has six restaurants on site, and local maps will
be available upon arrival for area restaurants and stores to
shop. There will be three types of parking: free parking out-
side across the street (southwest of the hotel), valet parking,
$10 a day, or self parking in a garage for $6 a day. The hotel
didnt have directions printed for our usethey suggested
using Map Quest. That way you get exact directions from
your home to the Adams Mark Hotel100 North Atlantic
22 25 MAY
AvenueDaytona Beach, Florida 32118.
Guest rooms include telephones with data port, voice
messaging, remote color TV with Pay-Per-View movies, alarm
clock radio, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, and coffee maker.
Also, the hotel has two pools, a health club, whirlpools, sauna,
steam room, tanning and massage salon, and childrens pool.
Thursday Night the Commodore will have a Hospitality
Room for everyone to greet old friends and to make new
ones. Come by and meet the new conference staff: Betty
Riddle, Jeff Mahl, Bernie Lucash and BJ Thomas.
Friday Night will be the Commodores Formal Banquet.
Saturday Night will be FUN NIGHTplease bring
your Hawaiian clothes, grass skirts, or civilian clothes.
Everyone will have a leiunless you want to purchase your
own and bring it with you. Jan Trem has some fun things for
us to do with prizes! Jeff Mahl will be MC for the night, with
SASHA doing their thingwhich spells F U N, as always.
Carolyn Thomas, D-AD7
Conference Chairman
Respect ... Inclusion ... Recognition
Brief summary of the training offered at the Spring
Conference 23-25 May, Daytona Beach, Florida
The workshops and seminars have been tailored to satisfy
the needs of our members in many areas. It is important to
stay qualified to assist the Coast Guard Forces in the
everyday mission of Homeland Security. Some may not
have had the opportunity to take the mandatory 2003
Operations Workshop due by June and/or the Risk
Management Workshop due by the end of this year; and
both are on our agenda. For those interested in qualifying
for the CFVS and six-pack, we have a morning workshop
that will earn the qualification. In the afternoon there are
seminars on Homeland Security, Operation on Guard, and
other exciting Marine Safety missions.
Need computer training? Part one will teach you how to
use Acrobat, Windows and other programs. A three-hour
seminar by Nancy Day, DSO-IS, will explore What is
new with AUXDATA.
We have Operations/Marine Safety, RBS and Member
Services directorates presenting updates on what is new for
all the Division Captains, Division Vice Captains, Staff
Officers and anyone wanting to attend.
Sunday morning, Jeff Mahls E-Auxiliary: Your Next
Move and the District Aviation meeting are open to all
who want to attend.
Good fellowship and an opportunity to train.
Peter Fernandez, VCO-D7
22 25 MAY
100 North Atlantic Ave
Mail to: Carolyn Thomas, D-AD7, Conference Chair 863.385.7270
1322 Chloe Terrace, Sebring, FL 33870
I am enclosing my check for $________made payable to the 7
District Auxiliary Board, Inc. Please do not mail AFTER 17
May to Sebring address. Call me!
Cost X No. Persons = Amount
Registration Fee $10.00 ________ ________
Friday Night Banquet Formal
Chicken Marsala $29.00 ________ ________
London Broil $29.00 ________ ________
Saturday Fun Night casual
Hawaiian Pork $28.00 ________ ________
Past Division Captains Luncheon
Open Faced Turkey w/potatoes $16.00 ________ ________
Free Coffee (indicate # only if attending) ________ TOTAL $___________
Name(s) _____________________________________________CG/AUX Office _______ Flot._______
Address___________________________City______________________St___Phone_______________ E-OPTION: You may
e-register on-line at: http://cgaux7.org/d7store/ This is our D7 Auxiliary on-line store it is a SAFE & easy way to register.

Mail, Call or Fax Your Reservation Early Directly to Hotel

100 North Atlantic Ave
1-800-444-2326 - toll free 386-252-8678 direct Fax: 386-253-0275
Group Name: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Rate: $79.00 per night, single or double
Group Dates: 22 25 May, 2003 Price rate is based on availability. Call
before deadline
Arrival Date: ___________________Departure date: ____________________
Arrival by 6:00 PM of first night guaranteed by deposit $________ enclosed or by MasterCard ( ) Visa ( )
Amex ( ) #______________________________________
On average, approximately 700 recreational boaters
will die this year due to a boating mishap. The vast
majority of boating mishaps are caused by operator
controllable factors and not by the boat, equipment, or
environmental factors.
1. The majority of fatalities (about 79%) occur on inland
waters, such as rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.
2. Drowning continues to be the #1 cause of deaths in boating
accidents. Approximately 80% of drowning victims were not
wearing life jackets. More than 60% of boating fatalities result
from capsizing, falling overboard, or flooding/swamping.
3. Fatality rates decrease significantly when a boater has
some boater education. Eighty-eight percent of fatalities
occurred on boats where the operator had not taken a boater
education course.
4. Open motorboats have the highest overall number of
fatalities (approximately half).
5. Canoes and kayaks have high numbers of fatalities due to
drowning. Personal watercraft (PWCs) have a relatively high
fatality rate due to trauma.
6. Roughly one-third of recreational fatalities occur while
boaters are engaged in fishing activities. A smaller number
die while hunting from a boat.
2003 National Safe Boating WeekMay 17-30
Fatality Facts
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