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Welcome to The SACANDAGA MOHAWK Flotilla


Welcome to Flotilla 15-09 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's First Southern District. Named the Sacandaga-Mohawk Flotilla.

Flotilla 15-09’s area of responsibility includes Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties and includes Great Sacandaga Lake and the Mohawk River from east of Erie Lock 7 to west of Erie Lock 15.  In addition, air patrols cover all of the First Southern, communicating with Sectors New York, Long Island Sound, Northern New England, and Air Station Cape Cod. 

The Flotilla contributes thousands of man-hours toward the traditional Coast Guard Auxiliary functions of teaching boating safety courses and conducting vessel safety checks, routine on-water patrols, Search and Rescue (SAR), marine safety and environmental protection presentations, and maritime domain awareness operations. These operations are conducted shore side, on the road in Auxiliary vehicles, on the water in Auxiliary vessels, and in the air in Auxiliary aircraft, all of which are owned and supported (financially) by our members.

Image of Flotilla Commander Paul Berger 
Paul Berger
Flotilla Commander

Photo of Vice Flotilla Commander Harold Hawarth 
Hal Howarth
Vice Flotilla Commander

National Commodore’s Vision Statement

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary – the best trained most valued maritime volunteer organization in the world – highly effective during normal operations and ready for emergencies.


To promote and improve Recreational Boating Safety
To provide a diverse array of specialized skills, trained crews, and capable facilities to augment the Coast Guard and enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions
To support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical requirements

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Core Values

Honor – Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal and organizational actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.
Respect – We value our diverse membership. We treat each other and those we serve with fairness, dignity, respect, and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.
Devotion to Duty – We are volunteers who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.


Mission - Our members are trained and ready to execute all authorized Auxiliary missions according to exacting standards, providing the Coast Guard with an effective force-multiplier for normal, backfill and surge situations.
Leadership - Proficiency in leadership, at all levels, is imperative. A focused development program of training, coaching and assessment is readily available to all members.
Excellence - Recruiting, retaining, and rewarding excellence are essential. We foster a culture of excellence through inclusion and engagement to enable high quality performance, which is crucial to our ability to carry out missions.