Division 12 What's New!

U.S. Coast Guard welcomes new commandant.

Adm. Karl Schultz relieved Adm. Paul F. Zukunft on June 1, 2018

Speaker Bruce Brady, ADSO-DV at the Division 12 meeting on May 16, 2018.Bruce Brady ADSO-DV

Passing of Anne Keating. Read notice in the Boston Herald.

Gerard Bogus (R) and Kevin Ritchie (L)

Election October 26, 2017. Leadership for 2018.
Gerard Bogus DCDR, and Kevin Ritchie VCDR
Change of Watch will be January 14, 2018, Hingham Yacht Club.  


On Thursday August 10th, the 1st District Team Coast Guard Color Guard Unit presented colors for the first pre-season game of the 2017 season for the five time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Ma.

color guard at Patriots game

The combined team of Division 12 Auxiliarist and active duty members from Station Boston, Station Pt. Allerton and Station Gloucester has been working with the Kraft organization for nine years, completing over thirty presentations at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots, Revolution and several other special events this year including the NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Championship and Monster Truck event.

In early July, Division 12 Color Guard Commander Kevin Ritchie was notified that the Patriots, after consultation with their internal public affairs team and the NFL, were selected to present colors for the opening game of the pre-season, and one regular season game. This is the second season in a row where Team Coast Guard was asked to present at two games for the season including the opening pre-season game, a honor not granted to any other color guard unit.

The six member team was required to arrive at Gillette Stadium at 4pm, three and a half hours before the 7:30pm game time. Upon entry to Gillette Stadium members were scanned and checked in and all equipment was searched by law enforcement and K-9 units. The unit was then escorted to a private conference room down the hall from owner Robert Kraft's office. At 5pm the team was brought on the field for a briefing and walk through for the opening ceremony and presentation of colors.  The team was then escorted back to the conference room they shared with country music star Timmy Brown who was singing the national anthem. Members of his entourage included DJ's from the country music station The Bull 101.7fm.

At 7pm, the Color Guard team members along with special assistant Lauren Suraci were escorted back down to the field for the presentation. At 7:24pm SK2 Justin Gatson called the unit to attention and the unit began it's single column march to the the fifty yard line. After the presentation, several members stayed and enjoyed the game and the surrounding entertainment of Patriot Place.  The team as always looks forward to future presentations at Gillette Stadium.

Photo's by Lauren Suraci . Team Members (photos 1,2,3,5,6,7 L to R) Aux Kevin P. Ritchie, MK3 Ryan Scandurra, OS2 Tony Lombardi, SK2 Justin Gatson, Aux Craig Hall, SK3 Rupica Avinizis.

Click for photos of Sail Boston

Matt Mulvey at the helm of the Eagle during Sail Boston, June, 2017.

Congratulations Division 12 1NR! 



This is a new course brought to you by the BoatUS Foundation and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Boston Light celebrates 300 year anniversary.

BOATING SAFETY. Useful information on regulations, accident statistics and much more.Every year the U.S.Coast Guard compiles statistics on reported recreational boating accidents.

  1. Eight out of every 10 boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.
  2. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
  3. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.

2015 Recreational Boating Statistics

Congratulations 12-5 for a clean sweep of the categories.

Auxiliarist of the Year: Kevin Ritchie, VFC, Flotilla 12-5
Trainee of the Year: Connor James Quinn, Flotilla 12-5
Flotilla of the Year: Flotilla 12-5

COLEMAN FLASHLIGHT RECALL due to fire hazard. Coleman CTAC Lithium-Ion flashlights. The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled flashlights and contact Coleman for instructions on returning the flashlights for a full refund.  

color guard
Color Guard at the New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA.

Photos of three carrier groups. Plus USS New York.
Nor'Easter, First District Northern. ME, NH, MA, RI. Volume 66, Issue I

SKUTTLEBUTT USCG  blog of interesting articles


WHEN YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON OTHERS    COB (Crew Overboard)  Downloadable pdf file.

MANDATORY TRAINING VIDEOS now available.  Go to D1NR webpage, click on Members, click on National Website Upgrade. At the top of the screen you will see videos for Mandatory Training topics.
FACEBOOK for U..S. Coast Guard Northeast
COAST GUARD BLOG. New and very interesting. Full of information and connections to Instagram. Youtube. Flickr.

mobile app

BOSTON - The United States Coast Guard released its first boating safety mobile phone app as part of the kickoff of National Safe Boating Week in May 2015. Read more here.   New Mobile app for Boating Safety.