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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.



 2018 Schedule



January 13: Division 8 Change of Watch, Spring House Dining, 9789 Richmond Hwy, Lynchburg, VA 24504 ; 1000 - 1330

Uniform of the Day - Service Dress Blue

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



February 18: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00 

February 23/24/25: Southwest Virginia Boat Show, Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA

February 23/24/25; D-TRAIN Short Pump, Virginia - Details to follow


March 18: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00



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


May 27: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00 



June 24: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXDET, Moneta @ 15:00









                                                   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.

Flotilla Commander  Charles Curtis Law Email
Vice Flotilla Commander  Jeffrey D. Demers Email
Membership/Human Resources Officer  Thomas R. Merriman Email

General Email Mailbox :


Coast Guard Auxiliary Station Voicemail - 540-721-3237

IT Directorate Approval