FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
EIGHTH EASTERN REGION
Volume XX Issue 3 We’ve been busy. Stories to accom-
Flotsam and Jetsam pany these photos inside this issue.
Inside this Issue
From the Helm
Page 4 & 5
Page 7 PHOTO CREDITS:
Above: Phil Mamano Camera
Page 8 Below Right: Phil Mamano
General News Below Left: Lynn Miles
Left: Jim Myers
Pages 9, 10 & 11
Above Left: Randy Ventress
Pages 12 & 13
Schedules and Other
FROM THE HELM
2010 DIVISION STAFF
For several weeks now I have been trying to think of something to write about
for my contribution to this publication. I have gotten started several times, but
have come up short each time. However, an event recently really got my mind
Division Vice Commander to churning. Allow me to share with you if I may.
I have found our District Training sessions to be fantastic outlets for network-
Chuck Bader ing and expanding our thinking to outside our own perimeters. Too many times
if we have not had exposure to the outside world, we think that the way we do
our business is the only way and the right way. The opportunity to spend time
talking with and sharing with Auxiliarists outside our Divisions puts a new spin
Commander on the way we go about our work inside our Divisions.
Jim Williamson Fall DTRAIN 2010 in Chattanooga recently was no exception. Not only was I
able to again see friends I had made at the Spring DTRAIN, but we were able
to follow up on ideas that we had shared earlier as well and check the pulse of
SO-NS our organization. There was a vast amount of knowledge shared in our meet-
Phil Mammano ings and classes and quite frankly, my head has been spinning since.
While on lunch break one day, several of us gathered at a local restaurant for
SO-CM lunch, I believe we counted nine and all of us in uniform. We all had a great
Bob Wiggins lunch and afterwards the waitress came by and asked if we had room for de-
SO-CS sert, which none of us did, so she began clearing the table. After this was
completed she naturally asked if there would be anything else. We asked for
Bill Weeks our checks and were told that our checks had been taken care of, the entire
SO-FN table. The waitress was asked by whom, but we were not told. All of us
walked out in amazement that someone would be as generous to pick up the
tab on a ticket that was well over a hundred dollars. In all my thirty years being
SO-IS involved with the military, I had never had this happen to me, this act was only
Steve Gaines something I had heard about and seen on television.
So many times I hear Auxiliarists lament on how they feel they are not making
a difference. The results of what we do are not visible and nobody notices are
Rosemary Halldorrson some of the comments I get. Someone in Chattanooga, Tennessee noticed
SO-OP our uniforms and even though this person did not know any of us personally,
the fact that we were in uniform and giving back to the community and our
Country must have touched this person in such a way that this show of grati-
SO-PA tude was made. I have to tell you, this act touched my heart.
Harry Stephenson So when you feel you are not appreciated, that the work you do is going with
out visibility, just remember the act of just putting on your uniform and wearing
SO-PE it correctly speaks volumes to the neighborhoods we are in, to the citizens of
Steve Gaines our communities we work with, and to our Country that we are working for. If
we are busy with the work of the Auxiliary and not sitting on the couch gather-
ing dust, then we are visible, and appreciated.
SO-SR Randy Ventress
Division 11 8th Eastern Region
SO-VE Nashville, Tennessee
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Date: September 24, 2010
Contact: CGA Public Affairs
NEW LONDON, Conn. – After more than 30 years of military service, Coast Guard Academy instructor
and Bristol, Conn., native Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Brzezicki is scheduled to retire Friday at 10:30
a.m. in the Officer’s Club at the academy here.
Brzezicki enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1970 and separated from the Navy in 1976. After a break in ser-
vice, he enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1982 at Headquarters and Headquarters
Company of the 3/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Cookeville, Tenn.
In 1984, Brzezicki transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve at the Reserve Unit Nashville, Smyrna,
Tenn. He was selected as the Eighth District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year in 1996 and was pro-
moted to Chief Warrant Officer in 1998.
Brzezicki has served as an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy’s Leadership Development Center
since 2004, and in 2006, he was selected as the Instructor of the Year. Brzezicki evolved the Coast
Guard’s performance improvement system through a variety of means including policy, leadership and
teaching. He assisted in the rewrite of the Coast Guard’s Process Improvement Guide – an authoritative
standard for tools, processes and models to ensure the Coast Guard advances towards its goal of be-
coming the best-led and best-managed organization in the government.
Brzezicki developed the first Organizational Performance Consultant course curriculum to train experts
who help command, staff, align with and use Coast Guard management policies, practices and tools to
enable systematic performance assessment and improvement. Brzezicki facilitated the creation of the
student guide and teaching classes for the Senior Leadership Principles and Skills course providing lead-
ership knowledge, abilities and skills to more than 200 mid-grade officers.
Brzezicki will be the Coast Guard Auxiliary liaison to the Leadership and Management School after his
Editor’s Note: For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mi-
chael he is a member of Division 11, Flotilla 05. we know he will be a great
asset to our Division.
In addition to the above document, Michael has a long list of Military Awards
and Degrees, Military Service and Education that is most remarkable. The list
is much too long to include in this document.
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Deepwater Horizon Response
By Phil Mammano, SO-NS 11
Deepwater Horizon was a deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig owned
by Transocean. Built in 2001 in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the rig was commissioned by R&B
Falcon, which later became part of Transocean, registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and leased to BP plc
until 2013. In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft in the
Tiber field at Keathley Canyon, approximately 250 miles southeast of Houston, in 4,132 feet of water. On 20
April 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout killed 11 crew-
men and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on 22
April 2010 , Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore
oil spill in United States history.
For the US Coast Guard this quickly became an all-hands evolution as active, reserve, civilian and Auxiliary
employees were called to action. I had received several requests beginning in May as a radio operator and one
as a Marine Safety Watchstander and replied in the affirmative, but was never activated. So when the request
came again on 17 August, I again responded affirmatively but figured this would be another false alarm. That
was until I received a phone call a few hours later from Jim Williamson, IPDCDR 11, indicating that he and I
had been ordered to the Deepwater Horizon Response and would be flying out 23 August to serve as RADO’s
(ICS nomenclature for “Radio Operator”) and that is when I consulted the US Coast Guard Incident Manage-
ment Handbook to go over the checklists and start packing.
The afternoon of 23 August I met up with Jim at Berry Field and we boarded a flight to New Orleans Interna-
tional Airport. Within minutes of setting down in Kenner we boarded a shuttle van and were whisked off to BSU
New Orleans, which is located aboard the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Michoud Assembly Facility. On
24 August we mustered at 0730 to begin the check-in process for ICS. Safety briefings and a lot of paperwork
led to our being assigned to ICP Mobile, AL near the US Coast Guard Aviation Training Center. So we boarded
a shutlle bus with several other Coasties including three other Auxiliarists and began the 2-1/2 hour journey to
After arriving in Mobile we spent the rest of the day with more safety briefings and a lot more paperwork, ID
photos and orientations. Finally, we got our ICS assignments: Logistics Section, Services Branch, Communi-
cations Unit. The Communications Unit Leader, or COML, was LCDR John McLain and his deputy was OSC
Roger Krass. LCDR McClain serves with the Deployable Operations Group (DOG) and was featured in the last
“Proceedings” magazine for his role in re-establishing military and civilian communications last January in Haiti
following the devastating earthquake. All that remained was to receive our postings, which we did the following
Jim and I were assigned to Forward Operating Base Dauphin Island, AL, a barrier island about 30 miles south
of Mobile. We were taken to our post and introduced to the Incident Communications Dispatcher (INCM), ME3
Donovan Horner. The INCM is responsible for supervising RADO’s and overseeing the distribution and mainte-
nance of radios to users across the AOR, in this case Branch Mobile which extends from Pensacola, FL to
Bayou La Batre, AL. INCM assigned us to stand the watch at the Communications Center, Dauphin Island Dis-
patch. We were then introduced to Auxiliarist Larry Ankrum, a PDCDR from Hawaii, who gave us some initial
on the job training.
Within no time we were placed on the work schedule rotation and began our work as RADO’s. This has con-
sisted of 12-hours on/12-hours off for two to three days, followed by field days and (theoretically) “free time” to
regenerate. Our main duty has been to function as communication watchstanders for operational units in the
field. Those units have consisted of CMT’s, SCAT’s and VoO’s.
MST2 Lauren Thomas, left
SN Candace Leonard, right
Phil Mammano Photo
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(Deepwater Horizon continued from previous page)
CMT (Contractor Management Teams) beach crews go out and patrol the shoreline in 4WD utility vehicles
accompanied by NRA (Natural Resource Advisers) to provide federal oversight of oil cleanup contractors for
safety and environmental compliance. These contractors are the ones you may have seen on TV manually
recovering weathered oil in the form of “tar balls”. They also work alongside the automated Charrington and
Sand Shark machines normally used to groom tourist beaches that have been adapted to recover large
amounts of product from the heavily impacted areas. Whatever the machines recover has to be manually
sifted to remove as much unsoiled organic and geological material (i.e. seashells, driftwood, rocks, etc.) Most
of that work is done at night when cooler temperatures cause the oil to be more solidified and workers are less
prone to heat injuries.
The SCAT (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams) is responsible for walking and driving every mile of shore-
line to locate oil and make cleanup recommendations. In our AOR these activities have declined dramatically
since we arrived and most of that activity has been replaced by SSAT (Sub-Surface Assessment Teams) ac-
tivities. The SSAT’s patrol gridlines throughout the near shore environment and use bottom sampling and in-
strumentation to check for oil in the water column.
VoO (Vessels of Opportunity) are privately owned boats that have been contracted to carry out a variety of
tasks such as boom placement, monitoring and retrieval; ferrying government, NGO and contractor personnel
to un-bridged barrier islands and other areas that are otherwise inaccessible by land. All of these units have
embedded Coast Guard personnel and so they must have a radio guard, similar to when we do our routine
surface and aviation patrols in order to provide accountability and monitor the status of our forces for safety
When we haven’t been on the radio we have been in the field working with the very units we have been provid-
ing radio guard for. We have been out on daytime and nighttime beach patrols and cleanup operations, as
well as underway on airboats for boom retrieval in sensitive marshlands. I am planning to get underway with
the SSAT’s in the next few weeks.
We have had the privilege and pleasure of working with many of our Gold Side counterparts and they have all
been really terrific here. We have made many new friends and learned much about ICS and SONS (Spill of
National Significance), as well as sharpened our radio communications and ICS skills and qualifications. One
of the great experiences for me has been working with OS2 Kimberly McCallep from Sector Juneau, AK. Kim
has been mentoring us for the active duty Communications Watchstander PQS, and it has been a real eye
opener to gain the perspective of someone whose main specialty in the Coast Guard is to be the voice on the
Phil Mammano Photo
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District Training Conference Updates
FALL DTRAIN 2010
This year Eight District Eastern Region Fall DTRAIN 2010 was held in Chattanooga from Septem-
ber nine through eleven. The affair was well attended overall and I would like to thank those mem-
bers of Division Eleven that made the trip down for not only the Conference but the great training
that took place as well. There were several new classes offered and I will attend to that subject
On Friday the District Board met and conveyed the following:
• We were welcomed by the Hamilton County Mayor, Claude Ramsey.
• Larry Richmond, Commodore for 8th Coastal Region spoke and praised our work.
• The District held elections for Commodore, Chief of Staff, District Captains West, East, and
South. Rick Washburn will be our Commodore for the coming year, Bill McGonigal will hold the
Chief of Staff Office, while Rick Schaal will be the District Captain West, Gerlinde Higginbotham
will hold the Office of District Captain East, and Jim Myers will be our District Captain South.
• We have a new District Staff Officer for Materials, Mary Ward from Division 16.
• The District buzzwords for the coming year are Dependability, Integrity, and Diversity.
• There will be a new Strategic Plan for the District out with an expanded emphasis on Personal
Watercraft and our focus in our RBS Program will be toward this end.
• Diversity Training will be a focal point in the coming year.
• We have been asked in the Operations Training areas to breath new life into the Operations
• The District Search and Rescue Competition After Action Report was presented and reviewed.
• We have been asked to check our Flotilla and Division Standing Rules for not only cosmetic
wording but any updates that may need to be made for currency.
• There will be a new set of District Standing Rules ready to be approved by Spring Conference.
• Amateur Radio Day 2010 on the 23rd of October will help celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the
Auxiliary. There will be three stations in 8th ER set up in Divisions 1, 5, 8, and 12 broadcasting
throughout the World.
• ICS will be available on Distance Learning in the future.
• Some Divisions are growing and some are not. This holds true for flotillas. We have each
been charged with taking a look at our own areas and identifying the weaknesses we may have
and work toward strengthening these weaknesses.
• District 8 Western Rivers will be holding a District Search and Rescue Competition such as Dis-
trict 8 Eastern Rivers held this year in Alabama. The competition next year will be on either the
Lake of the Ozarks or Table Rock Lake.
• Incoming District Commodore, Rick Washburn has challenged our District with getting back to
the basics of our four Cornerstones and his motto will be Leadership, Opportunities, and mem-
• The Spring 2011 DTRAIN will be in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indy Sheraton Crossing Hotel,
the theme being Race Day.
• The Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award has been re-instituted.
• There is a working MOA with the American Canoe Association. We will start teaching Paddle
Craft Safety classes next year.
• There is a need for a District Contingency Plan and we plan to start work on one for Division.
There is a separate report on our Operations Program in this issue and there will be a list of Awards
that members of our Division won as well.
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DIVISION 11 AWARDS FROM NACON and DTRAIN
The following members have received awards from both the National Conference
held this year in Scottsdale Arizona, and our Fall District Training Conference held in
Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
This award was presented as a result of participation in DSAR 2010
Randy Hawkins-11-02, Larry Carter-11-04, Bob Wiggins-11-04, Jim Williamson-11-04
Toby Balda-11-05, and Rich Long-11-05
Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
John Whelan-11-09 for participation on 2010 National Conference Exhibitor Team
Coast Guard Auxiliary Membership Service Award (Five Years)
Public Affairs First Place Award-Video
The photo to the right is of Harry Stephenson showing his
plaque that he received at NACON for the Public Affairs First
Place Award-Video, for a video that he put together for our Na-
tional Public Affairs Department.
Photo: Randy Ventress
Harry Stephenson spearheaded a drive to obtain for
Division 11 the fantastic guitar to the left. There will
be the entire story on this coming out soon. The plan
is for our Division to donate this guitar to Auxiliary
Headquarters for their display case.
Fender Guitar Company designed the guitar with the
logo of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Anniversary.
Thank you Harry for going above and beyond.
Photo: Randy Ventress
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Division 11 now has acquired Oscar for use in training our Surface Operations personnel in
Person in the Water retrieval. Oscar weighs about fifty pounds dry and about one hundred and
fifty pounds after being placed into the water with the option of adding more weight for realism.
This will be a great training aid for our Division Surface Operations Program.
ITEMS OF INTEREST PERTAINING TO OUR OPERATIONS PROGRAM
As you can see by the photo above, Division 11 has our own Oscar that has been
hand receipted from the Director’s Office for our use in training for Person in the Water
exercises. One of the items on OTO Pinto’s agendas is to have our On Water Training
Programs more realistic. “The days of practicing with fenders and life jackets are
over” and he plans to have an Oscar in each Division.
NEW DETACHMENT IN DIVISION 11
Flotilla 11-05 has formed a Detachment in White
House, Tennessee, named the White House De-
tachment. One of the first events that the Detach-
ment participated in was the Annual White House
Public Safety Day held on Labor Day. The Detach-
ment supported the White House Police and Fire
Departments in a very successful event.
Supporting the Detachment were Larry Carter from
Flotilla 11-04 and Zell Andrews and Ken Kingdon
from Flotilla 11-09. The members of White House
Detachment want to thank all three for helping to
P.F.D. Panda, Bernie Rhoades and Panda Handler make the event a success for the Detachment and
Laurie Rhoades, both new members of the White our Division.
House Detachment, Flotilla 11-05 at the White House,
Tennessee Public Safety Day.
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Auxiliary Training Program Changes and Updates
(From ALAUX dated Friday 17 September 2010)
1. Auxiliary Trident Program Qualifications (effective immediately): ALCOAST 192/10 (Marine Safety
Insignia), dated 16 April 2010, provided updated guidance for the entitlement of the Coast Guard Ma-
rine Safety (Trident) insignia. These changes also apply to the Auxiliary Trident insignia. Permanent
entitlement for wear has been updated to require five years of sustained activity and support at a ma-
rine safety field unit. Auxiliarists who have already earned marine safety insignia, and those who have
achieved temporary-awaiting-permanent status, under the four-year requirement do not have to meet
this five-year requirement.
2. The New Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (IMSEP) Course dated Septem-
ber 14, 2010 replaces the July 2002 IMSEP course (effective immediately): The associated test will be
available October 1, 2010. The Initial Indoctrination to Marine Safety Course (IIMS) is no longer required
as a prerequisite to the new course when the new course is taken.
3. Boat Crew Qualification Program (BCQP) Currency Maintenance (effective 01 January 2011): In clarifi-
cation of maintenance hours for Personal Watercraft Operator (PWO), coxswain, and boat crew member,
Auxiliarists are required to perform at least 12 currency maintenance hours per calendar year
after being qualified as a boat crew member. If an Auxiliarist is a PWO and boat crew member, then at
least 18 annual currency maintenance hours must be performed, with at least 12 of those hours performed
as PWO AND at least six hours as boat crew member. If an Auxiliarist is a coxswain and PWO, then at
least 18 annual currency maintenance hours must be performed, with at least 12 of those hours in any
combination as coxswain or boat crew member, AND at least six hours as PWO. BCQP currency mainte-
nance requirements are summarized as follows:
• Boat Crew Member only At least 12 hours/year
• Coxswain only At least 12 hours/year (all hours may be performed in any combination as Coxswain or Boat
• Coxswain and PWO At least 12 hours/year in any combination as Coxswain or Boat Crew Member, AND at
least 6 hours/year as PWO
• PWO only At least 12 hours/year PWO and Boat Crew Member At least 12 hours/year as PWO AND at
least 6 hours/year as Boat Crew Member
4.. Air Observer Medical Screening (effective immediately): In order to increase overall program safety
and standardize medical requirements, all Auxiliary air observers are required to meet the same medical
screening requirements as Auxiliary air crewmen. Air observer medical screening is now included as a
task for qualification and currency maintenance purposes, and it must be completed prior to performing
any swim task. Qualified air observers and trainees must meet this medical screening requirement by 01
January 2011. Proof of medical screening already performed in 2009 and 2010 is acceptable to initially
meet this requirement. The new Flight Crew Medical Screening document AV-10-1 dated 16 SEP 10 and
ANSC 7042A revised 05/2010 updates all flight crew medical requirements. The direction and form use is
5. AUXOP Program (effective 01 January 2011):
a. The AUXOP program will be revised to consist of core, leadership, and elective credit elements in
order to give variety to Auxiliarists, increase practical AUXOP relevance to Coast Guard missions, and
better assist the Coast Guard to fulfill needed skill sets. Under the new program, Auxiliarists will be re-
quired to successfully complete a minimum of seven (7) credits from three categories of courses detailed
in items (a)-(c) below to receive the AUXOP qualification. This revision will give Auxiliarists more choices
to meet program requirements, allow the pursuit of preferred focus areas, and apply credit for ICS training
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Auxiliary Training Program Changes and Updates
(continued from previous page)
(1) The three required core courses, each worth one credit, shall be:
(a) Auxiliary Weather Specialty Course (AUXWEA).
(b) Auxiliary Seamanship Specialty Course (AUXSEA).
(c) Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM)*.
* Updated Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM) (effective immedi-
ately): This updated course is now available from the Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC). It has
been reviewed, approved, and promulgated under signature of the Chief Director of Auxiliary (CG-542),
and it now replaces the previously numbered Coast Guard course publication. Auxiliarists who have al-
ready begun the previous AUXCOM version have until December 31, 2010 to successfully complete that
course for credit.
(2) Auxiliarists will be required to complete one of the following leadership courses, worth one credit
(AUXOP credit will not be applied for more than one course from this category). These courses include:
(a) Auxiliary Leadership and Management (AUXLAMS).
(b) Auxiliary Mid-Level Officers Course (AMLOC).
(c) Auxiliary District Captain Course (Formerly
(d) Flotilla Leadership Course (FLC) - this includes online and classroom versions.
(e) Auxiliary Senior Officers Course (ASOC).
(3) Auxiliarists will be required to complete their AUXOP credits by completing a combination of the
following elective courses, totaling three or more credits:
(a) Auxiliary Search Coordination and Execution Specialty Course (AUXSC&E) (the Auxiliary Navi-
gation Specialty Course (AUXNAV) is a pre-requisite for AUXSC&E) - 2 credits.
(b) Auxiliary Navigation Specialty Course (AUXNAV) - 2 credits.
(c) Introduction to Marine Safety - 2 credits.
(d) Auxiliary Patrol Specialty Course (AUXPAT) - 1 credit.
(e) Auxiliary Aids-to-Navigation (ATON) and Chart Updating C-school (AUX-06) - 1 credit.
(f) Coast Guard Incident Command System (ICS) 300 & 400 (ICS 210 cannot be used as a
substitution) - 1 credit.
(g) Auxiliary Air Coordinator C-school (AUX-15) - 1credit.
(h) Specialty ICS courses count as one credit for completion of the in-class course and one credit
for the completion of the PQS for a possible two credits. If an in-class course is not available, then PQS
must be completed for credit. Specialty ICS courses include:
1. ICS 346 (Situation Unit Leader) 4. ICS 430 (Operations Section Chief)
2. ICS 347 (Demobilization Unit Leader) 5. ICS 440 (Planning Section Chief)
3. ICS 248 (Resources Unit Leader) 6. ICS 351 (Finance Section Chief)
(4) The previously canceled Auxiliary Search-and-Rescue Specialty Course (AUXSAR) and Auxiliary
Administration Specialty Course (AUXMIN) shall be acceptable if already completed. They shall
be worth 1 credit each and may be used on a one-for-one basis in lieu of course options listed in
b. Additional elective courses may be added by CG-5421 in the future.
c. If AUXDATA is not modified to reflect these AUXOP program changes by the implementation date,
then AUXOP program completion will have to be manually tracked. Primary responsibility for tracking
personal training and successful course completions rests with the Auxiliarist.
d. No time limit shall apply to successful completion of AUXOP eligibility requirements.
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Auxiliary Training Program Changes and Updates
(continued from previous page)
e. Provisions of section 11.A.12 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual that deal with the Auxiliary Spe-
cialty Ribbon shall be modified as follows:
"This recognition is presented to an Auxiliarist who has successfully completed any AUXOP
course. Auxiliarists add 3/16-inch bronze or silver stars to show successful completion of additional
courses which move them closer to achievement of the AUXOP device. AUXOP designation
recognizes the successful completion of all AUXOP requirements, and entitles the Auxiliarist to wear the
AUXOP device. Once the device is earned, the Specialty Ribbon shall be removed."
6. Mandated Training: New mandated training course requirements for all Auxiliarists are still being
developed. CG-5421 is working on putting all of these courses on a CD/DVD available from ANSC
Completion of this project is not expected until early 2011. The following new mandated training
course and frequency requirements will be placed in effect at that time:
a. Required to be performed by all Auxiliarists during their first year of enrollment and then once every
five years thereafter:
(1) Suicide Prevention.
(2) Security Education & Training Awareness.
(3) Privacy Awareness.
(4) Prevention of Sexual Harassment*.
(5) Sexual Assault Prevention.
(6) Human Relations Awareness.
* Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) (effective immediately): This course has been developed
by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). It has been reviewed and
approved for Auxiliary use by the Chief Director of Auxiliary (CG-542). It now replaces prior Sexual
Harassment Prevention (SHP) training materials, and a corresponding AUXDATA field for completion
entry is available. The course is only available on DVD from ANSC. It should be reviewed by the
planned facilitator before presentation because it requires a nominal degree of audience preparation
(e.g. - having pen/paper ready for pre/post quizzes) and it is designed for discussions throughout its
b. Required to be performed only once by all Auxiliarists (new members during their first year of enroll-
ment): (1) Ethics Training
(2) Influenza Training
District 8 Eastern Coast Guard Region Area of Operation
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Flotilla 11-02 Internet Web Sites of Interest
First Monday of each month
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Home Page
Auxiliary Training Page
Flotilla 11-04 http://www.auxetrain.org/
Third Monday of each month Eight Eastern Region District Home Page
Division Eleven Website
Second Thursday of Each Month
http://a0821105.uscgaux.info/ UPCOMING EVENTS
October 2nd- Fellowship at Two Rivers Park
White House Detachment
Flotilla 11-05 October 9th- Boy Scout PA Event
Second Tuesday of Each Month October 22nd thru 24th- AuxNav Class
October 28th– Division Meeting
October 30th- Boating Safety Class/White
TBA House, Tennessee
Flotilla 11-09 November 27th- Flotilla Leaders Class
First Tuesday of each Month
OFF SITE LINKS NOTICE/DISCLAIMER:
Links to non-Coast Guard entities are not under
the control of the United States Coast Guard or
the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and are
provided for the convenience of our readers. They
do not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of
the linked pages or any commercial or private
issues or products presented there. We cannot
make any warranty or representation concerning
the content of these sites, or secondary sites from
the pages to which they link.
Volume XX Issue 3 Flotsam and Jetsam Page 12
SINKER SMITH SEZ:
The United States Coast Guard Auxil-
iary was established by Congress in
“Boating Season is wind-
1939 to assist the Coast Guard in pro- ing down. Please do not let
moting boating safety. It boasts nearly our safety training wind
35,000 members from all walks of life
who receive special training so that down”.
they may be a functional part of Team
Coast Guard. Auxiliarists assist the
Coast Guard in non-law enforcement
programs such as public education,
vessel safety checks, safety patrols, Tip of the hat to Harry
search and rescue, marine environ- Sweezey 8CR for the draw-
mental protection and Coast Guard ing of Sinker Smith
Academy introduction programs for
youth. Auxiliarists volunteer more than
2 million hours annually to benefit NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:
other boaters and their families.
Back in May we had a devastating blow hit our local area in the form of
major flooding the likes of which this area has not seen in a very long
time. We were all impacted in some way, some much more than others.
Several of our members had major flood damage to their homes and
DISCLAIMER: This publication is
neighborhoods. Several were impacted in their jobs and even this late in
an official publication of Division
Eleven, 8th Eastern Region of the
the year are still feeling the crunch. Even those of us that live on the “high
U.S. Coast Guard. The information ground” around Nashville are feeling the effects of the flooding in some
provided here is for the conven- way.
ience of members of the U.S. This is true with Division 11 in the fact that Rich Long, our Staff Officer
Coast Guard Auxiliary and the for Publications that produced a very good newsletter has had to step
readers of this publication. Re- down from his Staff Officer positions. This is true on both the Division and
prints of articles in this publication Flotilla levels due to an increased work load in trying to get the business
may be used by other publications he works for back up and running.
provided proper credit is given and
We had to cancel some of our Surface Operations at the time of the
a copy sent to the editor of this
flooding as well. Our focus as a Division was on the welfare of our mem-
bers and neighbors. So, you can see how we are all affected as a result
in the flooding.
I feel that we need a newsletter in this Division to keep our members in-
formed. As my tenure of Editor and Publisher for a few years, I got the
negative comments that ran along the lines of “we don’t need a newslet-
ter”. I disagree.
Please direct any comments or While some of the articles may be old news to some, there are those in
constructive criticism to: the organization that for whatever the reason do not get the information
passed on to them. This is an opportunity for our members to be in-
formed. So on the positive side, a newsletter is important.
We are winding down our year now, but as Sinker Smith says, let’s keep
Editor: our guard up and not let our safety training wind down. There are still op-
Randy Ventress portunities for classes to the Public, there are still opportunities to get out
205 Meadow Brook Lane and do some Program Visits, and even a Vessel Safety Check or two
White House, Tennessee could be done. Doing a VSC is an educational opportunity for the boat
owner and we need to stress this as Vessel Examiners and trainers.
“Striving To Improve”
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