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 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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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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(L TO R): CDR STEVEN FACHKO, DIRECTOR OF AUXILIARY D5SR, AMY THOMAS, JIM THOMAS, ALLEN FREDD, RDML MEREDITH AUSTIN, COMMANDER FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT, & DAVID ADAMS, DISTRICT COMMODORE, D5SR. MICHELLE THORNTON, DISTRICT CHIEF OF STAFF, D5SR OBSERVES FROM THE PODIUM.

 

SECCEN CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION

Per Department Of Homeland Security, to become a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard Auxiliary, an applicant must undergo a Personal Security Investigation (PSI) coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard Security Center (SECCEN). Once a Member Application and associated documents are received and processed by the District Director of Auxiliary (DIRAUX), they are submitted to SECCEN who coordinates the background checks with the Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Once the investigation is complete the info is reported to SECCEN and the case is assigned to an Adjudicator who reviews all documents and if all are in order sends the case to an Active Coast Guard Team Member for Second Review and Favorable Determination.

Since April 2016 an Adjudication Team of 8 Coast Guard and Auxiliary members have been conducting the initial and second reviews for Application Pending (AP) Members in all 16 Coast Guard Auxiliary Districts nationwide. From 04/10/16 thru 03/06/2017 over 3,200 AP member cases have been processed with Favorable Adjudications allowing the members to be moved from AP status if all other qualification standards have been met.

During the 5TH District Southern Board Meeting Banquet in Williamsburg VA on Saturday February 18, 2017, 3 Adjudication Team Members were presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Coast Guard Security Center:

“IN RECOGNITION of unfailing support and service which has assisted greatly in furthering the aims and functions of the Coast Guard Security Center.”

Receiving the certificates were Allen Fredd (Flotilla 054-16-01), Amy Thomas, & James Thomas (Flotilla 054-03-03). Presenting the Award was RDML Meredith L. Austin, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District, CDR Steven M. Fachko, Director of Auxiliary D5SR, & David Adams, District Commodore, D5SR.     

 

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THE COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY ADJUDICATION TEAM MEMBERS RECEIVED A CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION ON 14 OCT 16. (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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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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HARRY SADLER COMMUNICATES WITH A COAST GUARD RESPONSE BOAT FROM THE COMMS CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN.

 

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FRANS KASTEEL (L) & BRIAN MCARDLE (R) IN THE COMMS CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN AFTER RECEIVING THE CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION.

 

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PRESS RELEASE 

FLOTILLA 33 AUXILIARISTS HONORED BY COAST GUARD

 Kilmarnock Va.  “Vessel calling MAYDAY, this is Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, what is the nature of your distress?”  If you were the boat operator making that call, you would want a calm experienced person on the other end of the radio.  That person may have been U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 33’s member Gerald Hawley.  Hawley, a West Point Graduate, has served for over 12 years as a volunteer Communications Watch Stander at Coast Guard Station Milford Haven.

 On February 1st, Gerry Hawley, Frans Kasteel, Brian McArdle, and Harry Sadler of Flotilla 33 were awarded a United States Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation medal for their contribution to the success of the Coast Guard mission at Station Milford Haven.

 Accompanying the award was a citation that stated in part, “The Auxiliary Communications Team volunteered 6,152 hours (during the period January 2013 through July 2016), including support during 54 Search and Rescue cases and 153 boardings.  The team members stood watch Monday through Friday, staffing up to 54% of the regularly scheduled watch hours.  This effort permitted station personnel to perform additional duties, training and patrols resulting in increased readiness and proficiency.”

 “It is exciting and rewarding to be involved in a rescue mission that saves a life,” commented Frans Kasteel. “The men and women of the Coast Guard do an excellent job in keeping the people in our community safe and I am proud to be part of the Team.” 

 The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.flotilla33.org

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER

 

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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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FLOTILLA 33 RECOGNIZED

Kilmarnock, Va.  Contributing to the success of the United States Coast Guard missions is what the Auxiliary is all about.  At the January Division 03 meeting, Flotilla 33 was recognized for its support of the Coast Guard by being awarded the Flotilla of the Year Award.

Flotilla members contributed an average of over 472 hours per member in 2016.  “We are a very active Flotilla that interacts with the Coast Guard in lots of roles and on many levels, commented Walter Montross, Flotilla Commander.  “Our members serve at the Division, District and National levels.  Members are Instructors for Safe Boating classes, work with Coast Guard Task Forces on Port Security, respond to Search and Rescue missions, stand Watch at Coast Guard Stations, serve as Food Specialists, are Aids to Navigation verifiers, Marine Safety experts, Vessel Inspectors, and participate in many other activities in support of the Coast Guard.”

 Winter does not stop members of Flotilla 33.  In addition to patrolling the cold waters of the rivers and Bay during the winter, Flotilla members are planning for the next Boating Safety Classes starting March 11th at the Lancaster County Library.  “The Boating Safety Class, conducted by qualified Instructors, meet the Virginia requirements for obtaining a Safe Boating Certificate to operate a motor vessel,” stated Mike Kelley, Education Officer.

 The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.flotilla33.org

 Picture Caption (L To R): Amy Thomas, Division Commander, Walter Montross, Flotilla Commander, USCG Commander Kate Higgins-Bloom & BOSN2 Jack Williams at the presentation.

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER

 

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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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COAST GUARD 29279 PROCEEDS DOWN MAIN STREET. 

 

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STATION MILFORD HAVEN DUTY CREW GET A VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS. (L TO R): SA ALVAREZ-CARDERO, BM3 CARTWRIGHT, SANTA, FS2 SANCHEZ, & BM3 COLLINS.

 

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TIME FOR TEAM BLUE DINNER & FELLOWSHIP AFTER THE CHRISTMAS PARADE.

 

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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.

THE CITATION READS IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard takes pleasure in presenting the COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION to:

AUXILIARY AUGMENTATION TEAM

For service set forth in the following CITATION:

"For exceptional meritorious service from June 2015 to August 2016 while supporting the United States Coast Guard Security Center (SECCEN) and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Demonstrating superb commitment and esprit-de-corps, the Team achieved the extraordinary goal of significantly reducing a backlog of more than 3,000 Auxiliary entry-level background checks and their associated processing times. In March 2016 the Team rose to the challenge set by the Commandant to cut the backlog by at least 50 percent by August 2016. Exhibiting remarkable collaboration, initiative, and devotion to duty, the Team rapidly gained proficiency in the information background checks. This included development of unique standard operating procedure guides for training and qualifying Auxiliarists to perform personnel security processing functions. The Team then swiftly applied these skills and tools to systematically process more than 2,200 Auxiliary background checks to completion in less than five months. Their concerted efforts were instrumental to the Team's ability to quickly prepare itself to perform an unprecedented mission, significantly corrode the backlog of Auxiliary entry-level background checks, and reduce the processing times from nearly 18 months to less than six months. As a direct result of these efforts, long-standing upward trends in background check completion wait times and downward trends in Auxiliary membership were reversed and yielded profound improvements to the spirit, morale, and motivation of Auxiliarists nationwide. The dedication, pride, and professionalism displayed by each member of the Auxiliary Augmentation Team reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States Coast Guard.

For the Commandant,

F.T. BOROSS

Captain U.S. Coast Guard

Chief, Office of Boating Safety and Auxiliary

 

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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.

THE PRESIDENT'S LIVETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IS PRESENTED FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN EXCESS OF 4,000 HOURS. EACH RECIPIENT RECEIVED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE & LETTER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ALONG WITH A PRESIDENTIAL MEDALLION. 

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U.S. COAST GUARD SAFE BOATING APPLICATION FOR SMART PHONES & TABLETS

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AS THE NATION'S RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY COORDINATOR, THE COAST GUARD WORKS TO MINIMIZE LOSS OF LIFE, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HARM. THE COAST GUARD BOATING SAFETY PROGRAM INVOLVES PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS, REGULATION OF BOAT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, APPROVAL OF BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT, AND VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS. THE NEW COAST GUARD MOBILE APP SUPPORTS THESE MISSIONS BY PROVIDING THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND INFORMATION MOST COMMONLY REQUESTED BY BOATERS.

THE BOATING SAFETY MOBILE APP WAS NOT DESIGNED TO REPLACE A BOATER'S MARINE VHF RADIO, WHICH THE COAST GUARD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS ALL BOATERS HAVE ABOARD THEIR VESSELS. THE APP WAS MAINLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BOATING SAFETY RESOURCES FOR MOBILE DEVICE USERS.

FEATURES OF THE APP INCLUDE: STATE BOATING INFORMATION; A SAFETY EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST; FREE BOATING SAFETY CHECK REQUESTS; NAVIGATION RULES; FLOAT PLANS; AND CALLING FEATURES TO REPORT POLLUTION OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.  WHEN LOCATION SERVICES ARE ENABLED, USERS CAN RECEIVE THE LATEST WEATHER REPORTS FROM THE CLOSEST NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WEATHER BUOYS AS WELL AS REPORT THE LOCATION OF A HAZARD ON THE WATER.

THE USCG BOATING SAFETY APP FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • FIND THE LATEST SAFETY REGULATIONS
  • REQUEST A VESSEL SAFETY CHECK
  • CHECK YOUR SAFETY EQUIPMENT
  • FILE A FLOAT PLAN
  • NAVIGATION RULES
  • FIND THE NEAREST NOAA BUOY
  • REPORT A HAZARD
  • REPORT POLLUTION
  • REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
  • REQUEST EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

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       NOAA WEATHER BUOYS    FILE A FLOAT PLAN

INFORMATION ON THE COAST GUARD SAFE BOATING APP IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.uscg.mil/mobile 

THE APP IS AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE AND GOOGLE PLAY ONLINE STORES.

 

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