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 NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK STARTS MAY 19

 

VESSEL EXAMINATIONS
BOULDER BEACH BOAT RAMP 0800-1200 

  

 

SUDDENLY IN COMMAND

 

Your excited to go on your boating outing and all of a sudden the captain is not available to run the boat. What do you do? How do you handle an emergency?  Who do you call? How do you get the boat back to safety? What do you do if the captain is in the water and you need to perform a rescue?  We will answer al these questions plus more. This will be an very informative course and prepare you in case you become Suddenly In Command.  Be prepared, it just might safe your life and others too!

 

MAY 22

6PM TO 9PM

HUMANA GUIDANCE CENTER

1000 N GREEN VALLEY PARKWAY STE 720 

HENDERSON NV 

 


 
Auxiliary Life
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Schultz Nominated as Next Coast Guard Commandant

Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz has been nominated to be the 26th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the nomination by President Donald J. Trump on March 8.

 

Schultz, commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, currently serves as the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Persian Gulf, spanning five Coast Guard districts and 40 states. He also serves as commander, Defense Force East, and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and combatant commanders.
Pending confirmation, he is expected to relieve Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as commandant in a change-ofcommand ceremony June 1 in Washington. Zukunft will retire this summer.
"Vice Adm. Schultz will provide the sound leadership and steady hand needed to guide our global military service further into this dynamic and extraordinary era of our nation," Zukunft said.
Schultz’s previous operational assignments included sector command in Miami as well as command tours aboard the cutters Venturous, Acacia and Farallon. Staff assignments have included chief of the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs; congressional liaison officer to the U.S. House of Representatives; liaison officer to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; assignment officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command; and command duty officer in the 7th Coast Guard District Operations Center in Miami.

The president also has nominated Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, the current deputy commandant for Operations, as the Coast Guard’s 31st vice commandant. Pending confirmation, Ray will relieve Adm. Charles D. Michel in a change-of-watch ceremony May 24 in Washington. Michel, the Coast Guard’s first four-star vice commandant, will retire following the change of watch.

 

SEAPOWER Magazine
April 2018 

 


 

UNIFORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD EXCHANGE ONLINE !

 

Be sure to visit the Uniforms Tab to get the latest information on accessing the CGX as an Auxiliary member. 

 

 

 


 

 

Lake Mead News of Interest..

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

Arrowrock Reservoir in south-central Idaho.

Arrowrock Reservoir east of Boise. The U.S. government is offering a $100,000 prize for the best suggestion to stop invasive zebra mussels from spreading. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen .

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.

“We might as well give it a try,” said Sherri Pucherelli, a biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “Open water. That’s really where the challenge is. Nothing has been developed right now that causes complete eradication in a large water body.”

The filter-feeders that syphon in water to pluck out microscopic organisms can throw food chains out of balance, and their sheer numbers in attaching to surfaces can clog pipes at reservoirs and damage boat motors. Giant water bodies turning aquamarine blue is a sign that the base of the food chain is being depleted, risking starvation for other species, including sport fish.

Quagga mussels approach an inch in length while zebra mussels can be about twice that size. The species are native to Russia and Ukraine, and are believed to have arrived in the U.S. in the 1980s aboard ships that released ballast water into the Great Lakes.

They attach to boats and trailers and travel long distances, and their microscopic larvae can survive in water inside a boat or even an angler’s wading boots. Also, the mussels can sense toxins and close their shells.

The Bureau of Reclamation first started dealing with the mussels after discovering them in 2007 in Lake Mead in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. They’ve multiplied so fast that scientists now estimate the entire volume of the lake is filtered by the mussels every five days.

Federal officials say the only area not yet invaded in the contiguous United States is the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest. The basin is heavily used for hydroelectric power, and officials estimate it will cost $500 million annually to prevent the mussels from clogging pipes and infrastructure.

The environmental damage to the food chain could further strain struggling runs of salmon and steelhead in the basin where more than a dozen species are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The mussels are getting close to the basin. Sampling last fall found larvae of quagga or zebra mussels at Tiber Reservoir in north-central Montana. It was the first positive test in the state.

Federal and state agencies have mostly tried to contain the spread of mussels, typically with boat inspections. The goal of the prize competition is eradicate mussels in large water bodies. The deadline for ideas is Feb. 28.

Specifically, federal scientists are seeking a solution that kills 100 percent of the mussels in large water bodies, is cost-effective and environmentally sound. That means native species must survive whatever kills the invasive mussels.

“We can kill mussels,” said David Raff, science adviser at the Bureau of Reclamation. “Chlorine is very effective. But you can’t dump chlorine into a reservoir.”

The bureau has been experimenting with ultraviolet light and substances that prevent the mussels from adhering to pipes and other infrastructure. Mussel infestations could increase costs that would have to be passed on to consumers. The agency has 53 hydroelectric projects supplying energy and delivers water to 31 million people each year. Also, with partners, it manages nearly 300 recreation sites.

The mussels “are a huge problem currently and it has the potential to be a much bigger problem,” Raff said.

That threat prompted the governors of 19 western states in November to send a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in controls by spring to prevent the mussels, including mandatory inspections and decontamination of boats leaving infected water bodies.

Denise Hosler, a biologist with the Bureau of Reclamation who has been fighting the mussels since 2006, said boat inspections have had some success stemming the spread, even though it may only be temporary.

“But there is such a heroic effort being advanced at this point that, hopefully, we’ll have success,” she said.

AIS DECAL INFORMATION

http://www.ndow.org/Boat/Aquatic_Invasive_Species/Decal_Information/ 

 

 

 

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Flotilla Commander Dr. Michelle Keller 

 

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D TRAIN

The annual District Training Conference will be held on January 5-7, 2018, in beautiful San Diego, CA. The festivities will take place at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, which is close to many of San Diego's well-known attractions.

Come see old friends, celebrate the exceptional achievements of some of our members, and learn what's new in one of the many workshops that will be held on Saturday. The theme of this year's Friday night Fun Night is "Team Spirit." Don the jersey of your favorite sports team and let new rivalries begin! You also won't want to miss the new Fun Night talent competition: "Auxiliary's Got Talent."

To register, just click below to bring up the registration pages and check out through PayPal or credit card. This "all in one" registration is quite different from what you have seen in prior years. If you prefer to pay by check, just click the print button for a summary and mail it together with your check to the address identified on the summary. Come help make this year's D-Train the best ever!

REGISTER NOW

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FLOTILLA 96 MEETING AND ANNUAL ELECTION 

 

FLOTILLA 96 ANNUAL ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO  THE

2018 FLOTILLA COMMANDER

 

DR. MICHELLE BINKOWSKI-KELLER

FC ELECT FLOTILLA 96
BRANCH CHIEF H DIRECTORATE

 

&

2018 FLOTILLA VICE COMMANDER 

DIXON KELLER

VFC ELECT  FLOTILLA 96
BRANCH CHIEF T DIRECTORATE 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


PLEASE ATTEND THIS CRITICAL MEETING 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. COAST GUARD

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE

Why Alexander Hamilton Started the Coast Guard

Aug 04, 2017

Alexander Hamilton boasts many claims to fame: He was Secretary of the Treasury and the brains behind a national bank, founder of The New York Post, co-author of the Federalist Papers and the inspiration for a Tony Award-winning musical.
But this week, the U.S. Coast Guard community celebrates his role as the "father of the U.S. Coast Guard," the oldest continuous seagoing service. Friday marks the anniversary of the date in 1790 when Congress approved his plan for a small fleet to ensure the safe conduct of trade.

About a year into Hamilton's tenure as the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, the U.S. had hit rough seas, financially speaking. The American Revolution had created millions in debt, especially to France. There was no income tax to raise money, so the nation had to rely on tariffs on luxuries brought into the country.
However, in the lead-up to independence, the colonists had gotten pretty good at avoiding paying those fees. The high seas were the first highways, and a boat with a cargo of rum could be cruising up to Boston, when, to avoid paying a duty on the liquor, its crew might hand off the good to a small boat that paddled out to meet it.
"It was considered patriotic to smuggle because you were preventing funds from getting back to the British," says Jennifer A. Gaudio, curator at the U.S. Coast Guard Museum a t the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
As part of his plan to reduce the nation's debt, Hamilton federalized the nation's lighthouses and called for ten ships known as "revenue cutters" to check out the cargo on ships heading to U.S. ports and make sure the goods they declared matched up with the items actually on board. The government hired ex-smugglers, who could spot the small boats used for the practice, and established a military-inspired system of ranks. Customs agents at the ports would report to the federal government how much money they collected periodically (though they could be bribed easily).
The boats' first major test came during the so-called "quasi-war" with France at the very end of the 18th century.

"The French got annoyed that we weren’t paying [debts] back as fast as they wanted, and annoyed that we were trading with the British, which it was at war with," Gaudio explains, "so French privateers were sent over to capture American merchant ships and keep them to recoup their losses. The only agency around to fight them was the revenue cutters service."
The U.S. did not end up going to war with France, but the expanded role of the seafaring service stuck.
Nowadays, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection handles taxes and duties, but the requirements for the job that Hamilton spelled out in a letter for the service's first officers — to be "prudent, moderate and good tempered" — have become a timeless mantra of sorts for current service members.

"Officers will always keep in mind that their fellow citizens are free, and, as such are impatient of anything that bears the least mark of a domineering spirit," reads a version edited for modern-day readers. "They should carefully refrain from anything resembling arrogance, rudeness or insult. They will strive to overcome difficulties by a cool and even-tempered perseverance in their duty."

 

COPIED FROM:

http://time.com/4881169/coast-guard-birthday-history/

 

 

 

 

 

Man Dies at Lake Mead Recreation Area After Swimming

Authorities say a 33-year-old man died after swimming at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old man died after swimming at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover says several people called in to report a possible drowning on Wednesday.
National Park Service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and Community Ambulance responded to the reports and rescued three people by boat.
Bystanders pulled a fourth person from the water. He was unconscious and was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
Vanover says
the victim was not wearing a life jacket.
Authorities are investigating the death.
This is the sixth possible drowning at Lake Mead that the National Park Services has investigated this year.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/nevada/articles/2017-06-29/man-dies-at-lake-mead-recreation-area-after-swimming 

 

 

 

 

SAFE BOATING STARTS  BEFORE YOU GET TO THE RAMP 

 

Be a 4th of July holiday safe boater

Boating is one of many ways we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The USCG Auxiliary has reminders for ways to safely enjoy a day on the water with friends and family.

Boaters should not take safety for granted. We  suggest ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water.

 

- Wear a Life Jacket – Children under age 13 and anybody on a personal watercraft are required by law to wear a United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. People being towed by a boat on skis, a tube, or other similar device also must wear a life jacket.

 

- Avoid Alcohol – Boat operators can become impaired with less alcohol than motor vehicle drivers due to heat and dehydration. Boating Under the Influence is a criminal violation and is enforced actively in Nevada.

 

- Have All Required Safety Equipment – This will help boaters be prepared if an emergency occurs. Life jackets, throw cushions, fire extinguishers and bailing devices are required on most boats.  For safe boating information on Lake Mead, go to https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/boating.htm

 

- Be Wary of Surroundings – The best boat operators constantly are looking around for other boats, personal watercraft, swimmers, stumps and other hazards. Speeds in excess of 5 mph are prohibited if within 30 yards of any other vessel, swimming area or dock. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. For Lake Mead weather, go to: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AZZ036

 

- Take a Boating Safety Course – Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1985, who operates a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nevada must have successfully completed a boating safety course. Visit https://www.boatus.org/courses/ for a free Boating safety Course. For   “ Live “ Classes , contact us on this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US COAST GUARD FLOTILLA 96 AND 95 TEAM UP AT AVIATION NATION

 

 

Nellis Air Force Base is proud to present to the Southern Nevada community the "75 Years of Airpower" air show and open house November 12th and 13th, 2016. Attendees will get to experience exciting aerial acts, an array of static displays from both the past and present, and have the chance to interact with the Airmen who carry out the Nellis mission. The Airmen at Nellis are excited for the chance to say "thank you" to the community for the incredible support they give our mission each day.

USCG Auxiliary Flotillas 95 and 96 teamed up to exhibit on the flight line for both days. We were The Coast Guard flew in a H-65 Helicopter from USCG Station San Francisco. Lt Isom and his crew displayed their aircraft  along side of the USCG Auxiliary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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