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Welcome to the home page of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 4 First District Southern Region. As part of Team Coast Guard, we serve US Coast Guard Forces throughout Raritan Bay Area 

 To those fellow citizens thinking of how to give back to this great Nation, consider becoming a volunteer member of US Coast Guard Forces via the USCG Auxiliary. Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in providing public boating information and making recreational boating safer, while enjoying the fellowship that being a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers. Do something that really matters JOIN.

 

Commanders Report September 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 17  

Accomplishments as a Division: as of 9/16/2017

• Flotilla and Division 2017 RBS goals are reviewed at each meeting. Our DCAPT, Mike Rebeck has stressed an increase of 5% or greater over last year. Despite numerous challenges, we are on target to meet most of our goals.
• Flotillas participated in a variety of events including VE days, Town Proclamations and County/Town events to promote awareness of the CG Auxiliary and boating safety.
• The Division maintains a weekly AUXNET drill. Our goal is to expand participation and emphasize training on radio communications utilizing the newly released TCO lite.
• Flotilla 4-4 maintained the lead role in Division-wide member training. Boat Crew classes were held Thursdays at Station Sewaren. Three (3) of five (5) Flotillas have a total of 6 members participating in Crew training and 3 in Coxswain training. One coxswain has been qualified to date and we anticipate 1 additional coxswain and 2 new crew will be qualified before the end of the season.
• Despite numerous challenges, thanks to incredible team work and support from Flo-tilla 44, our SO-OP (George Reilly) and the QE’s, all members interested in continuing in the surface ops program are now out of REYR (approx. 5) and those due for currency maintenance (4) have been successfully re-qualified. In addition, those needing annual hours have or are in the process of attaining them.
• 4 members of the Division remain active (breaking-in or qualified) in the Watch-stander program. One qualified watchstander was available for Hurricane Harvey re-lief if needed.
• An SO-FS has been appointed and is active in promoting the program. One new member is interested in becoming active in the program.
• 3 of 3 Flotillas who achieved 90% compliance with Core Values training have now re-ceived their NACO 5 start. New members continue to be encouraged to complete the training in a timely manner.
• Collaboration opportunities with our neighboring Divisions (Division 2 and Division 14) continue to be explored.

Respectfully submitted,

Val Ramsberger, DCDR Division 4

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Commanders Report May 2017

Fri, 12 May 17  

Accomplishments as a Division: as of 5/7/2017

• Our TEAM is in place. We continue to recruit for 2 positions (SO-PE and SO-VE) which are temporarily being filled for information purposes by myself and my DVCDR. FC Tom Botsolas accepted the position of SO-MA and is doing a great job.
• Meetingscontinue to emphasize planning ahead and inter-flotillacollaboration. A draft calendar of annual events is reviewed at each meeting.
• Flotilla and Division 2017 RBS goals have been developed. Our DCAPT, Mike Rebeckhas stressed an increase of 5% or greater over last year. Progress towards meeting the goals will be reviewed at each meeting. Small decreases in Marine Safety, OPS Support hours, 99 missions reported, VEs and PVs are offset my substantial increases in Public Affairs/Community relations (195%) and PE courses (83%) over the same period last year.
• A variety of events including VE days and Town Proclamations are being planned by our Flotillas for National Safe Boating Week (NSBW).
• Flotilla 4-4 has taken the lead role in Division-wide member training. Boat Crew classes are being held Thursdays at Station Sewaren. Three(3) of five (5) Flotillas have a total of 6 members participating in Crew training and 3 in Coxswain training. One Flotilla is conducting its own training.
• 4 members of the Division remain active (breaking-in or qualified) in the Watchstander program. In addition, chargers have been purchased for District issued radios and distributed to Division/Flotillas.
• 1 member has expressed interest in participating/promoting the Culinary Service(CS) / Food Service (FS)program. Local training for anyone interested is being planned.
• 2 of 3 Flotillas who achieved 90% compliance with Core Values training have received their NACO 5 start award to date.
• Collaboration opportunities with our neighboring Divisions (Division 2 and Division 14) continue to be explored. 3 Members of Division 4 attended the 75th anniversary celebration of Sandy Hook Flotilla 02-01.

May brings the start of on the water activities. Division 4 stands ready with facilities, coxswains, crew and support staff to insure we are able to support Team Coast Guard!

 

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Commanders Report Feb 2017

Mon, 13 Feb 17  
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Division Commander for Division 4, Raritan for the year 2017. During my 8 years in the CG Auxiliary I have learned much and I look forward to supporting the growth of our Division. I would like to share our recent accomplishments as reported to our District Commodore at the January District Board Meeting:

• Our TEAM is in place. We continue to recruit for 3 Staff Officer positions(SO-PE, SO-VE and SO-MA). These positions are temporarily being filled for information purposes by myself and my DVCDR, Dean Ferraro.
• Our Change of Watch (COW) was held January 8th and was well attended. We were honored to have both Captain Day and STANY CO, LCDR Meyer present as well as our Commodore, Gus Formato and OTO, John Phillips.
• Our first meeting was held with an emphasis on planning ahead. A draft calendar of annual events was developed and will include Recruitment /Retention and Paddlecraft activities.
• D1RBS INST 16750.1A was distributed to each Flotilla along with their Unit Annual Summary in order to assist them in developing their 2017 RBS goals. The Division plan is expected to be completed by the February meeting. We are focusing on new, creative ways to meet and exceed goals in this area.
• Flotilla 4-4 is taking a leading role in Division-wide member training. Their meeting place “Station Sewaren” is finally complete and operational.
• 4 members of the Division are currently active (breaking-in or qualified) in the Watchstander program.
• 3 of our 5 Flotillas have now reached the 90% compliance mark for Core Values training. New members in AP status are being encouraged to complete the New Member Qual II course.
• Collaboration opportunities with our neighboring Divisions (Division 2 and Division 14) are being explored.
• All Finance and Inventory reports have been received and are in the process of final Division review.
• Congratulations to Tom Botsolas, Flotilla Commander of Flotilla 45 in achieving AUXOP!

6 members of Division 4 attended D-Train in Newport, RI February 3-5th. We are particularly proud of our Awardees: Valerie Krok, Division 4 Auxliarist of the Year, Tony Taveras, Division 4 New Auxiliarist of the Year and Flotilla 44, Division 4 Flotilla of the Year. Bravo Zulu to all.

Division 4 is looking forward to a dynamic 2017!

 

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