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Here are a few photos of CGAux Flotilla 12-09 in action. 

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Awards at the August 8 Flotilla 12-09 Meeting 

 Earnest Stevenson (r) receives an award from Flotilla Vice-Commander Roy Zimmerman (l) for 15 years of participation in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.    Earnest Stevenson (r) receives an award from Flotilla Vice-Commander Roy Zimmerman (l) for 15 years of participation in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Vice-Commander Roy Zimmerman presents Lewis E. McCullough with the Certificate of Membership in the CG Auxiliary.  Congratulations Lewis! 

Vice-Commander Roy Zimmerman presents Lewis E. McCullough with the Certificate of Membership in the CG Auxiliary.  Congratulations Lewis!

 

 

 

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 Dennis E. Nield receives the Membership Service Award for Fifteen years of dedicated service to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Pictured (l-r) Dennis Nield and Flotilla Commander Richard Stevenson who presented the award at the Flotilla meeting on July 11, 2017.

 Dennis E. Nield receives the Membership Service Award for Fifteen years of dedicated service to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Pictured (l-r) Dennis Nield and Flotilla Commander Richard Stevenson who presented the award at the Flotilla meeting on July 11, 2017.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts Delaware Safe Boating course at University of Delaware on June 26, 2017.

Text and photos by FSO-CS John Ballantyne
(L) Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Bill Tower; Public Education Officer Andy Smith; and Delaware University Director of Marine Operations, Jon Swallow.

 

  (L) Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Bill Tower; Public Education Officer Andy Smith; and Delaware University Director of Marine Operations, Jon Swallow.  Photo by John Ballantyne, Flotilla 12-09 Communication Services.

 

On a beautiful early-summer Tuesday at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment facility in Lewes, DE, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09 conducted a DE State Safe Boating Course to 25 DELTEC students.  Each were attending to obtain the DE state boating certification to qualify to pilot a vessel which is required for all who were born after Jan 1, 1978.  Flotilla Public Education Officer Andy Smith led the course assisted by CG Auxiliarists Bill Tower and John Ballantyne.  Andy was informative and entertaining as he led the group through all critical boating rules and procedures. 

DelTec students included Luke Frannel, Raquel Jaramillo, Mikoela Kropp, Harrison D. Smith, Louis Schlecker, Joe Gradone, Emily Ruhl, Mark Lundine,Kaliopi Bousses, Emily Estes, Aubia Thihault, Victoria Simons, Katherine Hudson, Taylor Tewksbury,Erin Papke, Ashley Barnett, Cassie Wilson, Laura Romanovich, Anna Internicda, Emily Kaiser, Carolyn Hamman, Austin Kitcher, Marina Frane, Jame McCray,Tye Pettay.

 

DelTec students included Luke Frannel, Raquel Jaramillo, Mikoela Kropp, Harrison D. Smith, Louis Schlecker, Joe Gradone, Emily Ruhl, Mark Lundine,Kaliopi Bousses, Emily Estes, Aubia Thihault, Victoria Simons, Katherine Hudson, Taylor Tewksbury,Erin Papke, Ashley Barnett, Cassie Wilson, Laura Romanovich, Anna Internicda, Emily Kaiser, Carolyn Hamman, Austin Kitcher, Marina Frane, Jame McCray,Tye Pettay.



Seven Auxiliarists Observe as Two Coast Guard MLBs Perform Exercises

Coast Guard Station Indian River BMC J. Pond (center) oversees training exercises on two CG 47' Motor Lifeboats (MLB) while Auxiliarists Richard Stevenson (Flotilla 12-09 Commander), left, and Auxiliarist Mike McGuire (rear) observe.

June 13, 2017.  Coast Guard Station Indian River BMC J. Pond (center) oversees training exercises on two CG 47' Motor Lifeboats (MLB) while Auxiliarists Richard Stevenson (Flotilla 12-09 Commander), left, and Auxiliarist Mike McGuire (rear) observe.

 Coast Guard members receive a heaving line from the other MLB in preparation for transferring a line for a towing.

Coast Guard members receive a heaving line from the other MLB in preparation for transferring a line for a towing. exercise. 

 

 

 

 On the second MLB were active duty Coast Guard and Auxilarists as well.  Above you can see (l-r front) Coast Guard BM2 Colin Snovell, Auxiliarists Earnest Stevens and Roy Zimmerman.

 

Auxilarists Richard Stevenson (l) and Bud Trainor (r) aboard the CG Motor Lifeboat during CG Training exercises.  Stevenson reports that the privilege of the opportunity for auxilarists to be aboard the CG training exercises was educational, exciting and great experience.  In all, seven flotilla members were aboard the two CG vessels during the 1+ hour routine. Auxilarists Richard Stevenson (l) and Bud Trainor (r) aboard the CG Motor Lifeboat during CG Training exercises.  Stevenson reports that the privilege of the opportunity for auxilarists to be aboard the CG training exercises was educational, exciting and great experience.  In all, seven flotilla members were aboard the two CG vessels during the 1+ hour routine. 
 

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Awards at the June 13, 2017 meeting:

 State of Delaware Office of Boating Education recognized William T. Tower, Jr. for his outstanding perforance in Vessel Safety Checks for the year of 2016.

The State of Delaware Office of Boating Education recognized William T. Tower, Jr. (l) for his outstanding performance in Vessel Safety Checks for the year of 2016.  Presented by Flotilla Commander Richard Stevenson (r).

 

Membership Service Award was presented to John Ballantyne (l) for Ten Years of Dedicated Service as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.    Presented by Flotilla Commander Richard Stevenson (r).

 

 

Membership Service Award was presented to John Ballantyne (l) for Ten Years of Dedicated Service as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.    Presented by Flotilla Commander Richard Stevenson (r).  Photo by Ernest Stevens.

 

John Wallo presented the 1996 Flotilla 12-09 Plank Award to Station Indian River for display.  BMC Pond and BM3 Raxter were on hand to receive the award.  This award represent the significant Flotilla support to the station during a period of reduced capacity.

John Wallo (l) presented the 1996 Flotilla 12-09 Plank Award to Station Indian River for display.  BMC Pond and BM3 Raxter (r) were on hand to receive the award.  This award represent the significant Flotilla support to the station during a period of reduced capacity. 

 

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Surface Operations Workshop 2017

Back Row (l-r): Tim Precht, Peter Branker, Dave Killian, BM2 Colin Snovell, Jerry Roderick, Doug Deiss, Mike Fagen  Front Row: Tom Roberson (Instructor), Rob Brennon, Deb Roberson, Carolyn Dunch  Seated: Marty Intelli, Betty Smith  Also in attendance but not shown were Andy Smith, Dick Stevenson and John Ballantyne.
Back Row (l-r):
Tim Precht, Peter Branker, Dave Killian, BM2 Colin Snovell, Jerry Roderick, Doug Deiss, Mike Fagen
Front Row:
Tom Roberson (Instructor), Rob Brennon, Deb Roberson, Carolyn Dunch
Seated:
Marty Intelli, Betty Smith
Also in attendance but not shown were Andy Smith, Dick Stevenson and John Ballantyne.

The 5th Northern Region Coast Guard Auxiliary is preparing for the upcoming boating season in Delaware.  One of the required training seminars is the 2017 Operation Workshop, a group activity that presents key policy changes or clarifications that must be thoroughly understood by crew members.  

This seminar on April 15 was conducted at the DENREC Lewes boat ramp facility by Auxiliary Instructor Tom Roberson.  Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate (BM2) Colin Snovell from C.G. Station Indian River was in attendance and offered valuable input.

Volunteers for the Coast Guard Auxiliary may offer their personal vessels which are inspected for Coast Guard Aux required operational and safety equipment.  The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. They balance missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security.

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BOATING SAFETY CLASS

This Boating Safety and Seamanship Class began on 27FEB, 2017, at Short's Marine in Long Neck Delaware.   Organized and primarily conducted by Lead Instructor Andy Smith, from the Flotilla which meets at Coast Guard Station Indian River, this course is highly recommended by past attendees.

Seven consecutive weekly sessions covering all aspects of recreational boating were held at Short's Marine in Long Neck.  A total of six CGAux instructors provided informative presentations for the twenty-five registered class members. 

After completing their final examination Monday evening, April 10, graduates of this United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety and Seamanship (BS&S) class heard from representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and of the U.S. Coast Guard. Graduation offers Delaware State boating certification for boaters on Delaware waters.

The next class will begin in fall 2017.  Come back to this site for more details as they become available.

Instructors seated in the front row (l-r) Dick Stevenson, John Wallo, Andy Smith.  Standing in background are class members Andrew Bell, Valerie Faden, Glen Faden, Janet Henderson, Daniel Henderson, Robert Hoffman, Charles Kelminsky, Linda Sue Lett, Mark Lubenstein, Bob Malone, Mike McClellan, Christopher Palmer, Dave Peoples, Paul Reid, Earl Rentz, Wanda Rentz, Patricia Sipe, Dennis Sipe, donald Sherow, Sandy Sherow, Thomas Sprigle, Stephen Strappelli, Jimmy Szymanski, Jeanne Walsh, Barry Weighall

Instructors seated in the front row (l-r) Dick Stevenson, John Wallo, Andy Smith.  Standing in background are class members Andrew Bell, Valerie Faden, Glen Faden, Janet Henderson, Daniel Henderson, Robert Hoffman, Charles Kelminsky, Linda Sue Lett, Mark Lubenstein, Bob Malone, Mike McClellan, Christopher Palmer, Dave Peoples, Paul Reid, Earl Rentz, Wanda Rentz, Patricia Sipe, Dennis Sipe, Donald Sherow, Sandy Sherow, Thomas Sprigle, Stephen Strappelli, Jimmy Szymanski, Jeanne Walsh, Barry Weighall

 

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It was a cold and breezy 39 degree day in Rehoboth Beach where 3,602 folks requested to run into the 41 degree water! Shown above are CG Auxiliary volunteers who joined (no, they did not plunge!) with event staff to monitor the crowd and maintain communications with the Coast Guard 47 foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Indian River.

Auxiliarists from 5NR (l-r) John Umbel, Fran Doyle, Joe Kulesa, John Ballantyne, Cindy Chiamowitz, Don Gerhardt, Donna Doyle, Roy Zimmerman, Ernie Stevens and Bob Lippman.

This annual event raised $900,000+ for Special Olympics Delaware.

Twenty-one more photos of this event are here:  More CGAux Pictures

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  Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09 (5NR)

Christmas Holiday Dinner and Recognition

Text Richard Stephenson, photos John Ballantyne

The Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, DE, was the venue for the December 13, 2016, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09 (5NR) Christmas Holiday Dinner and Recognition.

Seven USCG Flotilla 12-09 Auxiliary elected and appointed Officers for 2017 were initiated by District Commander Warren Hoff as over-seen by Coast Guard BMC Jim Pond, Chief of CG Station Indian River.   l-r: USCG BMC Jim Pond; CG Auxiliary DVDR Warren Huff;– IPFC John Umbel ; VE Bill Tower; PV Jim LaValley; VFC Roy Zimmerman; PE Andy Smith; CS John Ballantyne; FC Richard Stevenson.
l-r: USCG BMC Jim Pond; CG Auxiliary DVDR Warren Huff;– IPFC John Umbel ; VE Bill Tower; PV Jim LaValley; VFC Roy Zimmerman; PE Andy Smith; CS John Ballantyne; FC Richard Stevenson.

Seven USCG Flotilla 12-09 Auxiliary elected and appointed Officers for 2017 were initiated by District Commander Warren Hoff as over-seen by Coast Guard BMC Jim Pond, Chief of CG Station Indian River. 

CGAux Flotilla Commander, Richard Stevenson (l) watches on as Coast Guard Station Chief, Jim Pond, (r) addresses the CG Auxiliary holiday party attendees.  The Chief routinely makes himself and his crew available for training, education and support for Auxiliarists.
CGAux Flotilla Commander, Richard Stevenson (l) watches on as Coast Guard Station Chief, Jim Pond, (r) addresses the CG Auxiliary holiday party attendees.  The Chief routinely makes himself and his crew available for training, education and support for Auxiliarists.

This was our annual Christmas Dinner.  Following dinner, a video was presented on the history of Milford shipbuilding.  Staff Officers for 2017 were sworn in by BMC Pond and DVDR Huff.  Guest remarks were provided by Warren Huff, DVDR, Coast Guard BMC Jim Pond, BM2 Joscelyn Greenwell, and BM3 Reece Raxter.

More photos of this event are available for viewing by everyone at

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 As the civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard, we are dedicated to educating the public in Boating Safety.

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Twenty-two University of Delaware Students Complete State Required Boating Class
"Boat Delaware"

Photos and text by John Ballantyne, FSO-CS

Congratulations to these folks who all completed the Delaware Safe Boating class on June 27, 2016.  They are Jason Button, Cordielyn Goodrich, Megan Cain, Yi Ma, Catherine Prunella, Chris Chambers, Enid C. Munoz Ruiz, Cassandra Harris, Melanie Brennan, Aviah Stillman, Amanda Williams, Nicole Coffey, Lucas Pensinger, Stephanie Dohner, Lane Johnston, Paul Leingang, Peter Barron, Thacuan Gierno, Naomi Gilvert, Sam Blackburn, Robert Jaquette, Alexandra Matacchieri.

A class of 22 students at the University of Delaware Marine College in Lewes, DE, participated in a one-day Delaware Boating Safety class led by Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education instructor Andy Smith with assistance from William Tower, Vessel Safety Examiner and John Ballantyne, Communication Services Officer.  

The course, which was held on 27 June, 2016, covered all of the major boating safety items and satisfies the State requirement for Delaware recreational boaters born after 1 January 1978.  The Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes (Roosevelt Inlet) provided a fitting venue as marine and environmental research is conducted there on a daily basis.

The curricula covered all of the state and federal required items including various types of boats, required equipment, regulations, navigation aids, operational practices, rules, and more.  Andy's experience also provided a few personal boating stories to liven things up.

 

Public Education instructor Andy Smith (r) offered a Delaware State-sponsored Boating Safety class to 14 University of Delaware students at the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes Delaware.  Andy’s lively and often humorous presentation concluded with everyone completing the state test and gaining their Delaware Boating certificate. Pictured (l-r) CG Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Bill Tower, Jon Swallow, Captain NOAA (Ret.), Director of University of Delaware Marine Operations, and CG Auxiliary Lead Instructor, Andy Smith.

 

Public Education instructor Andy Smith (r) offered a Delaware State-sponsored Boating Safety class to 14 University of Delaware students at the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes Delaware.  Andy’s lively and often humorous presentation concluded with everyone completing the state test and gaining their Delaware Boating certificate. Pictured (l-r) CG Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Bill Tower, Jon Swallow, Captain NOAA (Ret.), Director of University of Delaware Marine Operations, and CG Auxiliary Lead Instructor, Andy Smith.

Other courses are available in addition to the one-day course.  The USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-09, offers a seven-week Boating Safety and Seamanship course in the spring and fall of each year in Long Neck.  The two-hour Monday evening classes will begin in September, 2016.  The first evening starts at 6:30pm to accommodate the sign-up process. All subsequent classes begin at 7pm and conclude by 9:00pm.  Cost is $35.00 per person, $15 for family members.  Contact Andy Smith for a reservation (required) at 302 537-2350 or email him at adweeb@mchsi.com.  Everyone is welcome; however space is limited to a first-come-first-serve basis.  More information can be found online at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=053-12-09&category=class-text.

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Kick-off: National Safe Boating Week

Coast Guard Auxiliary Was There

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Photos and text by John Ballantyne, Flotilla 12-09 FSO-CS

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife officials and Enforcement agents joined U.S. Coast Guard officers and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers to officially kick off National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) at the Lewes Public Boat Ramp.

“Delaware consistently has one of the lowest accident rates in the country, and that’s something we can be very proud of today,” said David Saveikis, Director of DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Our boating safety education program plays a significant role in that record. As a life-long boater myself, I encourage boaters to learn the boating ‘rules of the road’ and to practice safe boating each and every time they head out to enjoy our beautiful waterways.”

Shown above from left, CG Auxilarists in attendance were Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 12 Commander Warren Huff and Thomas Mann, FSO-MS, Flotilla 12-2.  Between them is Active CG Chief Warrant Officer Troy Lundgren, MSD Lewes.  Not shown is Auxiliarist photographer John L. Ballantyne, Flotilla 12-09 FSO-CS.  Held at the DNREC Facility in Lewe

Shown above from left, CG Auxilarists in attendance were Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 12 Commander Warren Huff and Thomas Mann, FSO-MS, Flotilla 12-2.  Between them is Active CG Chief Warrant Officer Troy Lundgren, MSD Lewes.  Not shown is Auxiliarist photographer John L. Ballantyne, Flotilla 12-09 FSO-CS.

Held at the DNREC Facility in Lewes, Delaware, the small but enthusiastic audience was treated to presentations by notable officials: David Saveikis, Director of DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.  Next was DNREC Deputy Secretary Cara Coats, Delaware Senator Carper, and finally Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates.  Also in attendance were, Senator Ernest Lopez, State Representative Harvey Kenton, DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats and State Representative Richard Collins.

Shared by all was the warm sun (FINALLY!), clear skies and many boats in the Lewes Canal with fishermen seriously competing in the flounder tournament, one of the first fishing tournaments of the season.  

Left to right: Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02 FSO-MT Thomas Mann, Auxiliary Division 12 Commander Warren Huff, State Senator Ernest Lopez, State Representative Harvey Kenton, DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats and State Representative Richard Collins.
Left to right: Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02 FSO-MT Thomas Mann, Auxiliary Division 12 Commander Warren Huff, State Senator Ernest Lopez, State Representative Harvey Kenton, DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats and State Representative Richard Collins. 

 


Coast Guard Auxiliary Greets Cape May-Lewes Maritime Day

Text by John Ballantyne.  Photos by Nikki Fisher and John Ballantyne

The Coast Guard Auxiliary had the best location to exhibit at the 3rd Annual Maritime Day festival in the Cape May and Lewes Ferry, at the Lewes, Delaware, terminal.  Everyone who entered was greeted initially on the right by Flotilla 12-02’s display staffed by members from Flotillas 12-02 and 12-09.

It was an exciting day with the Delaware State Police offering a real-life helicopter water rescue simulation, while the Lewes Fire department later demonstrated their rescue boat’s water cannon capability.  Several presenters offered history of Lewes shore and Cape Henlopen (Fort Miles) involvement in WW2 defenses.  

The Coast Guard Auxiliary
The CG Auxiliary excels in promoting boating safety through such public exhibits, safety inspection of vessels (knowledgeable advice, no fines), on-water safety patrols, assisting the Coast Guard with public safety awareness, classes on Boating Safety and Seamanship.  The Auxiliary exists to support recreational boaters with all USCG missions except  law enforcement.  As of 2015, there were approximately 32,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  FMI http://www.5nr.org and http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=053-12-09&category=pictures

Pictured from the left:  Kenneth H Steinmann, Ernest D Stevens, Donald A Gerhart, Martin P Inteli, and John L. Ballantyne, all who provided event participants with general boating safety information and guidance.

Pictured from the left:  Kenneth H Steinmann, Ernest D Stevens, Donald A Gerhart, Martin P Inteli, and John L. Ballantyne, all who provided event participants with general boating safety information and guidance. 

Delaware State Police demonstrate a helicopter water rescue.  “Oscar” is hooked up so that the rescuer is not required to hold on to him (her) at all!

 Delaware State Police demonstrate a helicopter water rescue.  “Oscar” is hooked up so that the rescuer is not required to hold on to him (her) at all!

Right: Auxiliarist Earnest Stevens (12-09) is checked-out by Cape May & Lewes Ferry’s “Pete the Pirate” at the Maritime Day festivities on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  (He passed)

Right: Auxiliarist Earnest Stevens (12-09) is checked-out by Cape May & Lewes Ferry’s “Pete the Pirate” at the Maritime Day festivities on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  (He passed)

 Above Left: Nikki Fisher, Terminal Manager CMLF,  and Donald A Gerhart (12-02) with Lewes historical re-enactors behind in the main hall of the Ferry Terminal.  “Many displays and presentations focused on the rich maritime history of Lewes, DE” reported Auxiliarist John Ballantyne.  “I think everyone had a good time.”

Above Left: Nikki Fisher, Terminal Manager CMLF,  and Donald A Gerhart (12-02) with Lewes historical re-enactors behind in the main hall of the Ferry Terminal.  “Many displays and presentations focused on the rich maritime history of Lewes, DE” reported Auxiliarist John Ballantyne.  “I think everyone had a good time.”

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April, 2016, Awards and Announcements

USCG Chief James Pond (L), Officer in Charge of USCG Station Indian River, receives historic Coast Guard memorabilia from retiring Auxiliarist Thomas O'Dore (R).  Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (C) assists in the presentation on April 12, 2016.  Roy Zimmerman (L) receives two awards at the April 12, 2016, Flotilla 12-09 meeting. They are from USCG Auxiliary 5th Northern District (5NR) for Service in Vessel Safety Checks, and from the Commendant of the Coast Guard for 60 Vessel Examintions during 2015. Both awards presentation by Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (R).  Bill Tower (R) receives two awards at the April 12, 2016, Flotilla 12-09 meeting.  They are from USCG Auxiliary 5th Northern District (5NR) for Service in Vessel Safety Checks, and from Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police for his outstanding performance in Vessel Checks, 2015. Awards presentation by Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (L).

Left Photo: USCG Chief James Pond (L), Officer in Charge of USCG Station Indian River, receives historic Coast Guard memorabilia from retiring Auxiliarist Thomas O'Dore (R).  Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (C) assists in the presentation on April 12, 2016.

Center Photo: Roy Zimmerman (L) receives two awards at the April 12, 2016, Flotilla 12-09 meeting. They are from USCG Auxiliary 5th Northern District (5NR) for Service in Vessel Safety Checks, and from the Commendant of the Coast Guard for 60 Vessel Examintions during 2015. Both awards presentation by Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (R).

Right Photo: Bill Tower (R) receives two awards at the April 12, 2016, Flotilla 12-09 meeting.  They are from USCG Auxiliary 5th Northern District (5NR) for Service in Vessel Safety Checks, and from Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police for his outstanding performance in Vessel Checks, 2015. Awards presentation by Flotilla 12-09 Commander Richard Stevenson (L).

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BOATING SAFETY CLASS

This Boating Safety and Seamanship Class began on 22FEB, 2016, at Short's Marine in Long Neck Delaware.   Organized and primarily conducted by Lead Instructor Andy Smith, from the Flotilla which meets at Coast Guard Station Indian River, this course is highly recommended by past attendees.

 This Boating Safety and Seamanship Class began on 22FEB, 2016, at Short's Marine in Long Neck Delaware.   Organized and primarily conducted by Lead Instructor Andy Smith, from the Flotilla which meets at Coast Guard Station Indian River, this course is highly recommended by past attendees.

 Class members include Tremaine Batson, Ray Bouchaud, Richard
Crosariol, Kathleen Ebbert, Tim Ebbert, Dennis Jones, Mary
Jones, Catherine Krajewski, Sarah Krajewski, Keith
McAllister, Kevin McTigue, Kenneth Reiland, Bill Staab,
Nancy Van Dyke, Beverly Steinour, Denise Antenucci, Alex
Ruggiero, Christopher Clasing.

Mr. Smith comments that it is refreshing to meet these individuals who are dedicated to the 7 week course in which class interaction offers superior knowledge to abbreviated
or on-line classes.  They all passed!

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 Auxiliary Crew Re-certification - 30SEP2015

 Memo to All by Dick Stevenson, Photos and captions by John Ballantyne

Memo to All,

Congratulations to all re-certifying boat crew members: Bob Adams, coxswain, Fran Doyle, Barry Widmer, John Ballantyne, Dave Killian, and Bud Trainor, boat crew.  Congratulations to our newest boat crew members in their qualification, Tom Mann and Jerry Roderick.  Many thanks for the assistance of Andy Smith and his facility, and Dave Ritondo,crew, and for the excellent QE service of BM1 Steve Kline.

We beat the weather!

Dick Stevenson, Acting SO-OP 12
Active Coast Guard BM1 Klein (center) was the Qualification Examiner on both Facilities during certification exercises.  Shown here he is aboard Coxswain Adam’s Facility (who is at helm)
Active Coast Guard BM1 Klein (center) was the Qualification Examiner on both Facilities during certification exercises.  Shown here he is aboard Coxswain Adam’s Facility (who is at helm)  

 


Both Crews areBoth Crews are active in establishing a side tow between the Auxiliary Facilities.  Every crewman is required to show proficiency in this task for initial certification and three-year re-certification. active in establishing a side tow between the Auxiliary Facilities.  Every crewman is required to show proficiency in this task for initial certification and three-year re-certification.

 

 
 

More Photos of this patrol are here... 

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 Class of Sept - Oct, 2015

Beginning in September, 20015, 13 students are enrolled in the 7-week Delaware Boating Safety class led by Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education instructor Andy Smith and his supporting instructors.  The course covers all of the major boating safety items and satisfies the Delaware State requirement for  recreational boaters born after 1 January 1978.  Short's Marine in Long Neck graciously provides the classroom space.
Included in this class photo are participants Wayne Argo, Jack Burt, Mary Burt, Tracy Dormer, Warren Hardy, Roger Kelly George Marker, Susan Murtz, Rick Palmer, Linda Palmer, Martin Rossiter, Joy Strieby and Joe Zaya.

Beginning in September, 20015, 13 students are enrolled in the 7-week Delaware Boating Safety class led by Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education instructor Andy Smith and his supporting instructors.  The course covers all of the major boating safety items and satisfies the Delaware State requirement for  recreational boaters born after 1 January 1978.  Short's Marine in Long Neck graciously provides the classroom space.

The curricula covers all of the state and federal required items including various types of boats, required equipment, regulations, navigation aids, operational practices, rules, and more.  The instructors' experience also provides personal boating stories and real-life, local maritime wisdom to liven things up and make it a real, personal experience for boaters of the inland bays, Delaware River and mid-Atlantic ocean waters. 



 Class of February-March, 2015

  Photos and text by John Ballantyne, FSO-CS

Beginning February 23, 2015, a class of 8 students successfully graduated from the 7-week Delaware Boating Safety class led by Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education instructor Andy Smith and his supporting instructors.  The course covers all of the major boating safety items and satisfies the Delaware State requirement for  recreational boaters born after 1 January 1978.  Short's Marine in Long Neck graciously donates the classroom space.

Beginning February 23, 2015, a class of 8 students are participating in a 7-week Delaware Boating Safety class led by Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education instructor Andy Smith and his supporting instructors.
From L:Virgil Martin, Don Turnell, Ryan Brown, Laura Graves, William Baird, Kathleen Baird, Paula Pisoia, Hanna Pistoia.

 The curricula covers all of the state and federal required items including various types of boats, required equipment, regulations, navigation aids, operational practices, rules, and more.  The instructors' experience also provides personal boating stories and real-life, local maritime wisdom to liven things up and make it a real, personal experience for boaters of the inland bays, Delaware River and mid-Atlantic ocean waters.  

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Special Olympics Delaware
24th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

On February 1, 2015, nine Auxiliary members from 5 Northern Region braved the crowds and elements to provide the radio communication link between the Plunge organizers and the safety boats off shore.  Delaware Police, Lewes Fire Rescue and Coast Guard Station Indian River each had vessels near the shore to assist any over-achieving swimmers in this frigid water. Fortunately no rescues were required, but we were there if needed and were able to assist the crowd control staff.

Photo thanks to an Event Staff volunteer. Text and other photos by John Ballantyne, FSO-CS 5NR 12-09. From left: John Morrill 12-09, John Umbel FC, MT 12-09; Tim Precht, FC 12-02, John Ballantyne, FSO-CS 12-09; Dennis Nield, FSO-PA 12-09; Cindi Chaimowitz ADSO-PA 12-08, Richard Stevenson, VFC 12-09, Donald Gerhart, ADSO-MT, 12-02; Ernest Stevens.

 Photo thanks to an Event Staff volunteer. Text and other photos by John Ballantyne, FSO-CS 5NR 12-09.
From left: John Morrill 12-09, John Umbel FC, MT 12-09; Tim Precht, FC 12-02, John Ballantyne, FSO-CS 12-09; Dennis Nield, FSO-PA 12-09; Cindi Chaimowitz ADSO-PA 12-08, Richard Stevenson, VFC 12-09, Donald Gerhart, ADSO-MT, 12-02; Ernest Stevens.

The air temperature was 36 degrees, water temp was 37. The organizers report 3,325 folks registered which brought in $780,000  for a total of 8.3 million for Special Olympic of Delaware during the past years.

Organizers further report that the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, held annually on the first Sunday in February, has developed into a truly unique Delaware happening and is Special Olympics Delaware’s most significant fundraiser.

The mission of Special Olympics Delaware is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 3,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

 

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CGAux On-The-Water Crowd Management

Text by John Ballantyne, Photos by Becky Lloyd

  Fireworks display at PotNets Bayside, Millsboro, DE, on AUG31, 2014. Photo by Becky LLoyd. Fireworks display at PotNets Bayside, Millsboro, DE, on AUG31, 2014. Photo by Becky LLoyd.

One role for which the Coast Guard Auxiliary assists the active Coast Guard is on-the-water crowd control.  Such was the case on the pleasant evening of 31 AUG, 2014, when the fireworks display at Pots Nets Bayside drew many boats to view the fireworks from the Indian River Bay.  

Our job was to assure that the spectators anchored a safe distance from the fireworks barge

 Fireworks display at PotNets Bayside, Millsboro, DE, on AUG31, 2014. Photo by Becky LLoyd.
and they were displaying proper position lights.  Although we played the leading role, also present were vessels from the active Coast Guard, Marine Police a Fireworks display at PotNets Bayside, Millsboro, DE, on AUG31, 2014. Photo by Becky LLoyd.nd DENREC.

 

The boaters were well-behaved and most were well prepared.  No issues or emergencies occurred.  And being at the front of the staging line, we had the best view of the show!

Our patrol boat belongs to Coxswain Andy Smith, crew were Ron Martz, Dave Killian and John Ballantyne.  

 A special thank you to Becky Lloyd for providing photographs of that fireworks display. 

 



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July, 2014

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Kicks off the boating season with Two Boat Crew Training Seminars –Back to Back

Text and Photos by John Ballantyne unless otherwise noted.

After a long freezing winter of scarce boating in this area, the Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted two day-long refresher courses for trainees, crewmen and coxswains (captains).  The first class took place at the DNREC facility, North Shore Marina, Indian River Inlet on June 6, 2014.  The following week (June 14, 2014) it was again held in the Coast Guard station at Roosevelt Inlet on the north end of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Attending were Auxiliarists from all around the Fifth Northern Region plus instructors from the active Coast Guard Station Indian River.  More than 40 Coast Guard Auxiliarists and active-duty personnel actively participated throughout the 2 courses.  

Many topics were covered in the morning classroom and afternoon on-the-water sessions including search and rescue patterns, knots and splices, communication (radio) procedures and techniques, operation of de-watering pumps, crew coordination, risk management assessment (GAR Model), boat handling, anchoring, Standardized Aux Boat Operation(SABOT), and more.

The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. We balance our missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security and other challenges that emerge as a result of our growing understanding of changes required in the post-9/11 era.

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US Coast Guard Station Indian River Chief Kristiansen instructs/reviews various search and rescue patterns, the need for each, and how to determine the best pattern for the situation.

 US Coast Guard Station Indian River Chief Kristiansen instructs/reviews various search and rescue patterns, the need for each, and how to determine the best pattern for the situation.

 

 Event organizer Dick Stevenson (L) and principal instructor Don Gerhart (In doorway) with Bud Trainer listening to questions from the floor.    Event organizer Dick Stevenson (L) and principal instructor Don Gerhart (In doorway) with Bud Trainer listening to questions from the floor.

 

The Class from the Indian River Inlet class on the first seminar day, the participants are from left back: John Umbel, Bob McCleary, Dick Stevenson, Bud Trainor, Dennis Murphy, Doug Deiss, Bob Tigani, Bruce White, Betty Smith, Joe Harris, Dave Ritondo, Denny Nield, John Ballantyne, BM3 John Nash, Len Gerhart, Don Gerhart, Bob Adams, Alan Boucher, Ron Martz.

 The Class from the Indian River Inlet class on the first seminar day, the participants are from left back: John Umbel, Bob McCleary, Dick Stevenson, Bud Trainor, Dennis Murphy, Doug Deiss, Bob Tigani, Bruce White, Betty Smith, Joe Harris, Dave Ritondo, Denny Nield, John Ballantyne, BM3 John Nash, Len Gerhart, Don Gerhart, Bob Adams, Alan Boucher, Ron Martz.
 

The class at the Lewes Coast Guard Station:  Top Left to Right: Bob Bradish, Marianne Bernardi, Marti Inteli, Leslie Hegamaster, Jamie Tourison, Len Gerhart, Fred Zikas, Denny Nield, Alan Boucher, Dave Hermansader, Angelo Caputo, BM2 Coleman, Don Gerhart, Al Grimminger, FN Sosa, BM2 Thurman, BM3 Strack, FN McIntrye

 The class at the Lewes Coast Guard Station:  Top Left to Right: Bob Bradish, Marianne Bernardi, Marti Inteli, Leslie Hegamaster, Jamie Tourison, Len Gerhart, Fred Zikas, Denny Nield, Alan Boucher, Dave Hermansader, Angelo Caputo, BM2 Coleman, Don Gerhart, Al Grimminger, FN Sosa, BM2 Thurman, BM3 Strack, FN McIntrye

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