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Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

RECIPIENT OF THE 5TH DISTRICT SOUTHERN REGION FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2009 & 2010 & 2012

                                                          

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WELCOME TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY FLOTILLA 33 WEBSITE!

AN ONLINE RESOURCE FOR U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY MEMBERS, AND THE RECREATIONAL BOATING PUBLIC.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 COMPLETES 1ST 2017 FREE STATE OF VIRGINIA SAFE BOATING PUBLIC EDUCATION COURSE AT LANCASTER COMMUNITY LIBRARY ON SATURDAY 11 MAR 17

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GRADUATES OF THE VA SAFE BOATING COURSE INSTRUCTED BY FLOTILLA 33 ON SATURDAY 11 MAR.

THE NEXT SAFE BOATING CLASS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 08 APR AT THE NORTHUMBERLAND RESCUE SQUAD IN REEDVILLE.

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AUX 25992 CONDUCTS OPERATIONAL TRAINING WITH CG 29278 & CG 45745 ON 21 FEB 17

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CG 29278 & CG 45745 CONDUCTING WINTER OPERATIONAL TRAINING ON THE PIANKITANK RIVER. 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY THOMAS & JIM THOMAS, & FLOTILLA 16-01 MEMBER ALLEN FREDD RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD SECURITY CENTER ON SATURDAY 18 FEB 17

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(L TO R): JIM THOMAS, AMY THOMAS, & ALLEN FREDD WITH SECURITY CENTER CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION.

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS JERRY HAWLEY, FRANS KASTEEL, BRIAN MCARDLE, & HARRY SADLER PRESENTED U.S. COAST GUARD TEAM COMMENDATION FOR "EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE" AS COAST GUARD QUALIFIED WATCHSTANDERS AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN ON WEDNESDAY 01 FEB 17

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JERRY HAWLEY IN THE COMMUNICATION CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD WITH THE CHART OF THE AREA IN THE BACKGROUND.

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FLOTILLA 33 RECEIVES 2016 FIRST PLACE FLOTILLA OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE DIVISION 03 MEETING IN RICHMOND VA ON SATURDAY 21 JAN 17

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AT THE DIVISION 054-03 MEETING IN RICHMOND VA ON SATURDAY 21 JAN, FLOTILLA 03-03 WAS AWARDED THE 2016 FIRST PLACE FLOTILLA OF THE YEAR AWARD.

THE AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO WALTER MONTROSS, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER (2ND FROM L) BY COAST GUARD COMMANDER KATE HIGGINS-BLOOM, SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS (2ND FROM R), BOSN2 JACK WILLIAMS, OPERATIONS TRAINING OFFICER DISTRICT 5SR (R), & AMY THOMAS DIVISION 03-03 COMMANDER (L).

DURING 2016 THE 29 MEMBERS OF FLOTILLA 33 AVERAGED 472 HOURS OF SUPPORT TO THE COAST GUARD & RECREATIONAL BOATING PUBLIC.

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2017 FLOTILLA 33 BOATING SAFETY COURSE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED 

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AS OF JULY 1, 2016 ALL VIRGINIA MOTORBOAT OPERATORS REGARDLESS OF AGE MUST HAVE COMPLETED A NASBLA APPROVED BOATING SAFETY COURSE.

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"SUDDENLY IN COMMAND CLASS"

** DATE TO BE DETERMINED ** 

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THE CAPTAIN FALLS OVERBOARD OR IS INJURED, YOU ARE SUDDENLY IN COMMAND. A 4-HOUR CLASS PRESENTED BY:

 MICHELLE THORNTON (TOP L), DISTRICT 5SR CHIEF OF STAFF

JEN STACK (TOP R), DISTRICT 5SR FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER

BETTY MILL (LOWER L), PHD NURSING, NURSE PRACTIONER

AMY THOMAS (LOWER R), DIVISION 03 COMMANDER

TOPICS INCLUDE: HOW TO HANDLE THE BOAT, HOW TO GET HELP, COMMUNICATING WITH THE COAST GUARD, HOW TO SAVE YOUR CREW, PLUS ENGINE FAILURES, FIRE, STORMS, DARK, FOG, SINKING, & QUESTIONS FROM ATTENDEES.

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FLOTILLA 33 CONDUCTS ANNUAL CHANGE OF WATCH AT INDIAN CREEK YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB ON WEDNESDAY 13 DEC 16

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BMC BRIAN MARTIN OFFICER IN CHARGE (L) & BM1 CHRISTOPHER PARKER EXECUTIVE OFFICER (R) FROM U.S. COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN ATTENDED THE FLOTILLA 33 CHANGE OF WATCH.

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U.S. COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN & FLOTILLA 33 TEAM UP FOR KILMARNOCK CHRISTMAS PARADE ON FRIDAY 09 DEC 16

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COAST GUARD 29279 DECORATED AND PULLING INTO THE KILMARNOCK CHRISTMAS PARADE. COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY PERSONNEL GAVE OUT AUXILIARY COLORING BOOKS TO KIDS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.

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THE U.S. COAST GUARD OVERVIEW TO PROVIDE THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION TEAM WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO KEY STRATEGIC MISSION INFORMATION ISSUED ON 10 NOV 16

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CLICK TO WATCH: USCG OVERVIEW

On an average day, the Coast Guard:

Conducts 45 search and rescue cases;

saves 10 lives;

saves over $1.2M in property;

seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana;

conducts 57 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure;

interdicts 17 illegal migrants;

escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels;

conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports;

screens 360 merchant vessels for potential security threats prior to arrival in U.S. ports;

conducts 14 fisheries conservation boardings;

services 82 buoys and fixed aids to navigation;

investigates 35 pollution incidents;

completes 26 safety examinations on foreign vessels;

conducts 105 marine inspections;

investigates 14 marine casualties involving commercial vessels;

facilitates movement of $8.7B worth of goods and commodities through the Nation’s Maritime Transportation System.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY & JIM THOMAS AMONG RECEIPIENTS OF COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION ON 14 OCT 16

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ON 14 OCT 16 CAPT F.T. BOROSS, CHIEF DIRECTOR OF THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AT COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS VISITED THE U.S. COAST GUARD SECURITY CENTER TO PRESENT THE AUXILIARY AUGMENTATION TEAM WITH A CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION FOR "EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE FROM JUNE 2015 to AUGUST 2016".

PICTURED ABOVE ARE COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY ADJUDICATION TEAM MEMBERS (L TO R): LTJG JOSEPH DILLIER, AUX AMY THOMAS, AUX ALLEN FREDD (BACK), MECM ROGER ALVARICO, AUX JIM THOMAS, AUX RICHARD DUNNINGTON, MSTC LAURA JEPSEN, & CDR STEVEN FACHKO.

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15 FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE ON 10 OCT 16

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AWARD RECIPIENTS ATTENDING THE FLOTILLA 33 MEETING ON 10 OCT 16 WERE (L TO R): IAN DUNCAN, PAUL LASSANSKE, WALLY JACHIMSKI, FRANS KASTEEK, RITA THEISEN, TED TULIS, JOHN MILL, OWEN MCGUILL, DON GALLAGHER, & BRIAN MCARDLE.

AWARD RECIPIENTS NOT PICTURED WERE WALLY DAWSON, JERRY HAWLEY, AMY THOMAS, & JIM THOMAS.

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DIVISION 03 HOLDS 4TH QUARTER MEETING & ELECTIONS FOR 2017 IN TAPPAHANNOCK ON SATURDAY 08 OCT 16

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AMY THOMAS (L) OF FLOTILLA 03-03 IN KILMARNOCK & ERIC PERKINS (R) OF FLOTILLA 03-01 IN RICHMOND RE-ELECTED AS DIVISION COMMANDER (DCDR) & DIVISION VICE COMMANDER (VCDR) FOR 2017.

AFTER THE BUSINESS MEETING THE DIVISION BOARD, STAFF, & MEMBERS ATTENDING CELEBRATED BEING THE 1ST DIVISION IN SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS TO REACH 75% COMPLETION OF ALL MANDATED TRAINING COURSES WITH A PIZZA PARTY.

 

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IAN DUNCAN COMPLETES OPERATIONAL 3-YEAR COXSWAIN RE-CERTIFICATION CHECKRIDE ON 07 OCT 16

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WALLY JACHIMSKI (L), QUALIFICATION EXAMINER, & IAN DUNCAN (R) ABOARD AUX 24567 DURING THE RE-CERTIFICATION CHECKRIDE.

 

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TWO FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS COMPLETE OPERATIONAL 3-YEAR RE-CERTIFICATION CHECKRIDES ON 04 OCT 16

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JOHN MILL (L) & JOHN MILL (R) COMPLETE 3-YEAR RE-CERTIFICATION CHECKRIDES ABOARD AUX 25888.

 

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WALLY JACHIMSKI (R), QUALIFICATION EXAMINER, OBSERVES JOHN HOEKSTRA (L) & JOHN MILL (C) DURING TOWING EVOLUTIONS ABOARD AUX 25888.

NOT PICTURED ARE BRIAN MCARDLE & JIM THOMAS ABOARD AUX 25888. ALSO DON GALLAGHER, JIM LINDAHL, & AMY THOMAS ABOARD AUX 17617.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 PROVIDES SAFETY PATROL SUPPORT FOR THE ANNUAL TURKEY SHOOT REGATTA ON 01 & 02 OCT 16

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ABOVE (L TO R): JOHN HOEKSTRA, DON GALLAGHER,  BRIAN MCARDLE, & JIM THOMAS ABOARD AUX 25888 ON SUNDAY 02OCT16. ADDITIONAL CREW ON SATURDAY 01 OCT WERE WALTER MONTROSS & DAVID POPE (NOT PICTURED).

The 21st Annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, hosted by Rappahannock River Yacht Club was held on the Rappahannock River over the weekend of September 30th-October 2nd. Proceeds from this event benefit Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck and Riverside Hospice agencies.

 

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MIKE KELLEY & ALEX MOSKVIN PRESENTED BOAT CREW QUALIFICATIONS ON 08 AUG 16

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WALTER MONTROSS, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER (L) PRESENTS MIKE KELLEY (R IN L PICTURE) & ALEX MOSKVIN (R IN R PICTURE) BOAT CREW QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATIONS.

 

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IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE !

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THE NORTHERN NECK IS HEAVILY POPULATED WITH RECREATIONAL BOATERS, BUT MOST DO NOT REALIZE THAT THEIR RADIO CAN BE CONFIGURED TO HELP THE COAST GUARD LOCATE THEM IF THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. MOST NEWER RADIOS HAVE DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING (DSC) CAPABILITY, THEY ARE DESIGNED TO SEND OUT A DISTRESS SIGNAL WITH THE PRESS OF THE DSC BUTTON. 

 

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FLOTILLA 33 AND THE TOWN OF KILMARNOCK TEAM UP FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY ON 14 JUN 16

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS FRANS KASTEEL, OWEN MCGUILL, MIKE KELLEY, KILMARNOCK MAYOR MAE UMPHLETT, FORTUNE ODEND’HAL, FLOTILLA COMMANER WALTER MONTROSS AND WIN SCHWAB.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 CHAPLIN FRANS KASTEEL HONORING OLD GLORY

WE HOLD THIS CEREMONY ON JUNE 14TH EACH YEAR SINCE THIS IS FLAG DAY AND THE DAY MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE AMERICAN LEGION,” COMMENTED FRANS KASTEEL, CHAPLIN OF FLOTILLA 33. “WE HAVE FOUND THERE IS A REAL NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR THE RESPECTFUL DISPOSITION OF FLAGS,” STATED SUSAN COCKRELL, KILMARNOCK’S DEPUTY TOWN MANAGER. “SINCE THE INAUGURAL EVENT IN 2012, OVER 1,200 FLAGS HAVE BEEN RETIRED IN THE COMMUNITY.”

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS CONDUCT SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING WITH COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN CREW ABOARD CG 29618 ON 09 JUN 16

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THREE FLOTILLA MEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN A SEARCH PATTERN EXERCISE ABOARD ONE OF COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN’S NEWEST BOATS.  JOHN HOKSTRA, OWEN MCGUILL AND DAVID POPE PARTICIPATED IN RUNNING SEARCH PATTERNS WITH A CREW FROM THE LOCAL STATION.

 

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  • SAVE 10 LIVES & AIDES 100 PEOPLE IN DISTRESS.

  • CONDUCT 54 SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATIONS.

  • RESPOND TO 9 OIL OR HAZADAROUS CHEMICAL SPILLS.

  • KEEP 646 LBS OF COCAINE OFF OUR STREETS.

  • PROTECT 361 U.S. PORTS & 95,000 MILES OF COASTLINE FROM A VARIETY OF THREATS.

  • MAINTAIN COUNTLESS AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATONS).

 

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