Flotilla 11-5 What's New!

Online 7029 Webform Walkthrough Video

This Online Video shows members, in seven minutes, how to open and complete the 7029 form online, and tips for navigating the Webforms site. You can use the system each day, like a diary, or enter your data in bulk, at the end of each month or quarter.

The Walkthrough Guide Video may be viewed or downloaded here Online 7029 Video.

Mustang Inflatable PFD Recall - Please Read!

The United States Coast Guard is strongly urging all boaters and mariners who possess Mustang inflatable personal flotation devices (PFD) to check the model numbers against a voluntary recall notice by the manufacturer. The affected PFDs are the 22-lb capacity inflatables bearing model numbers MD2010 and MD2012, and are being recalled for the inspection and possible repair of the inflator installations.

Mustang Survival has indicated that the inspection and repair can only be performed at their factory, and urges mariners to contact Mustang Survival's Customer Service department for specific shipping instructions. The company will pay for all testing, repair and shipping costs.

For the complete recall notice, including color photographs of the affected PFDs as well as contact instructions, please click Download Recall Notice to download your own copy

The New Auxiliary Manual Available for Download

The New 710 page, 9.76 megabyte document (M16790.G), is posted on the Commandant Instructions page of the Chief Director's  COMDTINST Website.
For any questions regarding the Auxiliary you can check "The Manual" at this link.  For information regarding Uniform items, wear guidelines and restrictions see chapter 10.

Electronic Forms (E-Forms) for Auxiliary Activity Reporting

Shipmates these forms are submitted via e-mail inside the form, no printing required. You can now click Online E-Forms to submit your various member activity and hours data quickly, and easily from one page.

Commodore Jacobs Recommends Facebook Privacy Procedures to Members

In consideration of those members who use Facebook for Auxiliary-related activities, or just wish to be more security conscious, District 11SR Commodore Harry Jacobs has ask that this Facebook Privacy Settings guideline, prepared by the U.S. Navy, be made available to our membership.
The 32-page, step-by-step presentation explains the privacy and security versus social networking tradeoffs, and then provides specific instructions how you may set up your Facebook account with appropriate safeguards. Facebook Privacy Settings Presentation (pdf;32p)

NACO's Appeal to Educate Boating Public About Their DSC Radios

Many boaters have installed modern Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios on their vessels, which feature a single "Distress" button that will automatically broadcast a digital call for help, transmitting the vessel's identity and coordinates -- literally "taking the 'search' out of 'search and rescue'."  However, according to Auxiliary National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr., many of these installations will fail to operate as expected, because the boater failed to connect the radio to a GPS, and/or did not obtain and program in a unique, Maritime Mobile Service Identiy (MMSI) number.  The lack of either of these critical components could significantly hamper rescue efforts.
Commodore Vass has issued a written appeal to all Auxiliarists, but particularly to Vessel Examiners, Boat Crews, and Public Education instructors, to proactively work with boaters at every opportunity to confirm the correctness of their DSC radio installation, if any, and steps they need to follow if it is not correct.
DSC radios are a critical component in the Global Maritime Distres and Safety System (GMDSS). Commodore Vass's complete appeal with actionable steps for VE's, crew, and instructors may be read or downloaded here.