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Three Members of Marlton Flotilla 1808 Recognized by United States Coast Guard and Auxiliary

Marlton, NJ, September 18, 2016   Three members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marlton, New Jersey Flotilla 1808 received Meritorious Service Awards in September, 2016, for their support of Coast Guard activities.  

Russ Rosenzweig and Michael Slepian were recognized for their participation in a program in which they qualified as watchstanders on the 87 foot Coast Guard Cutters stationed at Cape May, New Jersey.  According to Auxiliarist Rosenzweig, “We trained with help from regular Coast Guard crew and fellow Auxiliarists, to become familiar with all systems on board the Cutter.  This enables us to stand watch when the Cutter is in port and we can actually relieve the regular crew members so they can pursue other activities.”

For his achievements assisting the Coast Guard in “Helo-Ops”, which saves taxpayer money by relying on trained Auxiliarists and their boats to act as vessels in distress, Auxiliarist Mark Rubino said, “It is quite exciting to have a Coast Guard Rescue helicopter hovering over you!  And we are helping Coast Guard rescue pilots and crews practice life-saving skills, using boats manned by Auxiliary crews.” 

All three men received the commendations in early September at the Coast Guard, Fifth Northern Region Fall conference, and are now eligible to wear a special commendation ribbon on their Coast Guard Auxiliary uniforms.


The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, founded in 1939, is the uniformed, volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard.  Auxiliary duties include: Promote and improve Recreational Boating Safety, provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard and enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions and support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical requirements.

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary members mark Auxiliary's 76th anniversary with special radio operations from historic Battleship New Jersey

Camden, NJ, (Oct. 20, 2015) The radio room on board America’s most decorated and historic battleship came alive on Saturday, October 17, as U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from the Delaware Valley joined Auxiliarists throughout the United States who are also Amateur (HAM) Radio operators, in a special "on-air" event recognizing the 76th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Members communicated using voice and digital modes over shortwave frequencies, with radio operators in 29 states and countries throughout Europe.

Auxiliarist Rick Tighe, of Blackwood, New Jersey, couldn’t wait to start scanning the airwaves. “We used the same antennas that served the ship through several wars, since 1942. That was exciting!”

Using the government issued call sign NJ2BB, four radio operators transmitted simultaneously, while their colleagues maintained a record of each contact in the ship’s radio log. According to Auxiliarist Mike Slepian, of Flotilla 1808, Marlton, New Jersey, “Our goal was to celebrate our 76th anniversary but many of my contacts told me about their great experiences with the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary.”

Team member Donna Ferron summed up the group’s feelings; “Thanks to Marge and Dave Burgess and the Battleship New Jersey Radio Club, we were honored to represent the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary from an authentic radio room on a magnificent ship.”

All two-way contacts and shortwave listener reports will receive confirmation with a commemorative, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary "QSL" card.

Our thanks as well to Auxiliarist Dan Amoroso, for organizing the entire event!

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, founded in 1939, is the uniformed, volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard. Auxiliary duties include: Promote and improve Recreational Boating Safety, provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard and enhance safety and security of our ports, waterways, and coastal regions and support Coast Guard operational, administrative, and logistical requirements. www.cgaux.org

The Battleship New Jersey, our nation's most decorated battleship, is an 887-foot long, 45,000-ton living window on the most important half-century in U.S. history. Group Tours, Education Programs, Events and Meeting Space and Overnight Encampments are always available if reserved in advance. http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org

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South Jersey Members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Provide Additional Level of Security During Papal Visit


While security was tight on the streets of Philadelphia during the recent Papal Auxiliary Vesselvisit, the city’s waterways were closely monitored as well. Nearly 50 Southern New Jersey members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer component of the Coast Guard, provided on-water patrols to supplement the U. S. Coast Guard and Marine Police from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

Auxiliarists maintained direct radio contact with the Coast Guard, reporting all unauthorized vessels entering the “secure zones” on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. According to Auxiliary Coxswain Jerry Goldkrantz of Cherry Hill, NJ, “Coast Guard Auxiiary safety patrols are common during the recreational boating season, but this was a unique mission, giving the Auxiliary the opportunity to serve the public and put all our volunteer training to good use.”

(At left, Auxiliary Helmsman Art Miller guides his patrol vessel past the Battleship USS New Jersey, looming in the distance, at its permanent mooring on the Delaware River.)

 

 

 

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South Jersey Auxiliarists Provide Enhanced Security at Atlantic City Air Show

As fighter jets roared overhead, Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Marlton and other Southern New Jersey flotillas worked alongside their Coast Guard colleagues to provide an extra measure of on-water security during Thunder Over The Boardwalk, the spectacular annual air show, over Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Wednesday, September 2.  Auxiliary patrols helped maintain a safe area, free of spectator boats. 

More than 15 Coast Guard Auxiliary members took part in the day-long exercise, including Dave Tryon, shown manning an Auxiliary Facility as it passed Coast Guard Station Atlantic City. 

The Coast Guard showed its skill in "Helo Ops," demonstrating highly specialized search and rescue techniques, as tens of thousands of thrilled visitors watched from the beaches.

Auxiliarists spend hundreds of hours training and participating in patrol missions, on a completely volunteer basis.

 

 

Coast Guard Auxiliary Southern New Jersey