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 Flotilla 81

AUX Detachment

Roanoke, Virginia

Smith Mountain Lake

Division 8

5th District Southern Region

Serving Central Virginia since 1961

Welcome Aboard

The Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to promote safe recreational boating. With 35,000 members, it is as large as the active duty Coast Guard.

The service accepts the Auxiliary as part of the team, offering the best training available, along with many other benefits. Auxiliarists range from experienced recreational boaters and radio operators to licensed aircraft pilots who promote safe boating through Vessel Safety Checks, public education courses and search and rescue operations.

Auxiliarists are Congressionally-authorized, unpaid volunteers who assist with many Coast Guard missions. In reducing the Coast Guard's size, opportunities for the Auxiliary have grown. It is estimated that the Auxiliary provides nearly free of charge, almost $1 billion in service to America.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary on an average day saves one life, saves $11,119 in property damage, educates 594 people, completes 68 safety patrols, performs 13 assists, participates in 185 operational support missions and performs 383 courtesy marine examinations.

Here in the Roanoke area, Flotilla 81 educates almost 1000 boaters a year, completes 70 patrols a year with 35 assists, 100 support missions and 150 courtesy marine exams.

Membership in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is open to U.S. citizens at least 17 years of age.

If you are interested, we'd enjoy hearing from you.

You might be interested in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets if you are under age 17.

 2017 Schedule



January 14:Division Change of Watch, Spring House: Lynchburg, VA

January 22: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00



February 224/25/26: Southwest Virginia Boat Show, Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA

February 26: Flotilla Meeting: CANCELLED due to conflict with Boat Show 


March 3/4/5: S-Train, TRACEN Yorktown

March 26: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00



April 23: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00

Program : Operations Workshop

Pot Luck/Covered Dish: Meatballs and Cocktail Wieners


May 4: VE session with SheDoos @ Bridgewater Marina  10:00 a.m.

May 15/16:   Boat Virginia Class : Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke @ 18:00

May 28: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00

Program : Vessel Safety Check Review - R Kenyon

               Operations Workshop Repeat - T Merriman

 Pot Luck/Covered Dish: Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef Sliders


June 24: Paddleboard Race, State Park

June 24/25:   Division Training Weekend, Lake Anna

June 25: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00

               Pot Luck/Covered Dish: Cookout - Burgers and Hotdogs provided by the Flotilla -

                        Bring side dishes to go with entrees


  • George Tawes, Training Officer for the Scruggs Volunteer Fire Rescue & Dive Team will give a presentation on Boat Fires.

  • The 1 hour TCT course will be given.

  • Tom Merriman will demonstrate heaving line procedures.

June 30/July 1:   D.G.I.F. Operation Dry Water

TBD:      Boat Virginia Class, Roanoke

TDB:      Division 8 Staff Conference call


July 2:   4th of July Fireworks Events

July 14/15/16:   Pirate Days at SML

July 23: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00

July 25:   Wake the World, Crazy Horse Marina

July 29:   Cardboard Boat Race, 4H Center

TBD:   Boat Virginia Course, Roanoke

TBD:   Striper Club, VE @ Bridgewater Marina









                                                   Hope to see you there.


Visit with Us

Stop by on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 and visit with us. During the Winter months, we meet at an alternate site. Changes in the meeting location will be announced on this page.

Directions to the SML Detachment  (SML AUXDET) are as follows:

 From Rt. 122, turn on Merriman Way Road (Rt. 666) at the Epworth Methodist Church. Turn left on Oldfield Road, then right on Oak Grove Lane. Follow Oak Grove Lane to the end, turn left – follow the road down to the gate and proceed to the white building near the antenna tower.

Contact us :Flotilla Commander -      Charles Curtis Law


General Email Mailbox :


Coast Guard Auxiliary Station Voicemail - 540-721-3237

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