Potential Hazard to Navigation at Plum Island South Jetty
Work is finished on the south jetty at Plum Island, but local officials are concerned about a potential problem that could lead to a dangerous situation for boaters.
Over the years, older damaged stone blocks have fallen into the waters surrounding the far end of the newly rebuilt jetty. These can be seen in the photo at left.
This stone debris is not visible at high tide and could therefore be hazardous to vessel operators not familiar with the area.
Photo courtesy of Ron Barrett
Check out a photo essay that documents the work on the jetty, it also provides some great aerial views that our members in operations will appreciate.
Check out an incredible photo essay provided by Brian Welsh, Flotilla Commander 38. The aerial photos were taken by Brian during two AUXAIR missions he flew in October and November of 2016 from the Merrimack River to Cape Ann.
February was an enjoyable evening for dinner at Starboard Galley Restaurant
Meetings now return to the boat house (weather permitting)
4 April 2019
2 May 2019
6 June 2019
Uniform: Tropical Blue, or appropriate civilian attire
Flotilla 38 Member Crews at Helo-OPS Support Mission in 5th USCG District / North Carolina
Flotilla 38 member Scott Crocker and his wife Leslie recently paid a visit to a former Flotilla 38 member in North Carolina. They spent time with Charlie Pencinger and his wife Lois. During the visit, Scott had the opportunity to crew with Charlie and members of his new flotilla on an Auxiliary mission.
With his move south, Charlie transferred to Flotilla 16-01 located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Flotilla 16-01 is in the 5th District, Southern Region, Division 16 and meets at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport. Nearby is USCG Air Station Elizabeth City. Division 16 is responsible for the Albemarle Sound and Outer Banks areas. The usual area of operational responsibility for Flotilla 16-01 includes the Pasquotank River, Little River, Perquimans River and that portion of the Albemarle Sound adjoining them. Between Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic is Kittyhawk and Kill Devil Hills where the Wright Brothers made aviation history.
Note that featured stories and photos appearing on this page will be moved to Archived Stories and Photos after about 90 days.
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Public Education – Joe Amore, FSO-PE
• There will be up to four ABS courses at the Nock Middle School in 2019 which are co-hosted by the Newburyport School Department, Adult Community Education Program. The first class began 5 March 2019, the school department catalog has been published.
• Planning is also underway for an additional early spring ABS Course at USCG Station Merrimack River.
• A repeat of the very successful Introduction to Navigation (BS&S Chapter 9) is in the early planning stages. This will be at the North End Boat Club in the spring of 2019.
FLOTILLA 38 - COMMAND & STAFF NOTES
The Salvation Army hosts a dinner for local residents on Thursday evenings. Typically they serve a meal for about 40 to 60 elderly and low income residents.
On 17 May 2018, the weekly dinner was prepared and served by members of the US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. The food served was purchased by Division 3 USCGAUX; initial prep was done in the galley at CG Station Merrimack and the meal was served the following evening in the Salvation Army Headquarters in Newburyport.
SPECIAL COMMUNITY SERVICE MISSION
The 2018 Promotional Video for the Coast Guard Auxiliary has been produced and placed on YouTube® by the USCGAUX Public Affairs Directorate. The Flotilla 38 Staff Officer-Human Resources requested that a link be placed on our web site. You can visit the link right here from our Member Page and the link is also posted on our Recruiting Page. If you know of potential Auxiliary candidates, encourage them to view the video and then put them in touch with Scott Crocker, FSO-HR.
Links to non-Coast Guard entities that are not under the control of the United States Coast Guard or the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are provided for the convenience of our members and visitors to our site. Information on the YouTube® site, other than that provided by the USCGAUX Public Affairs Directorate, is unofficial and does not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of the linked pages or any commercial or private issues or products presented there.
COMO Ron Booth
Flotilla Vice Commander
FROM THE BRIDGE
Brian Welsh, IPFC, recently flew another USCG Auxiliary Air Mission that took him over Newburyport Harbor and Plum Island. In his photos, we see at left an excellent view of the Flotilla 38 boathouse. On the right he pans out to show a view of the jetties and the mouth of the Merrimack River.
(Above, Left to Right) BM1 Kevin Cramer, USCG; Ron Doescher, FL 38; MK3 Maxwell Balint, USCG; Brian Welsh, Immediate Past Commander FL 38; Glen Gayton, FL 37 & Division 3 Commander; Deborah Gonzales, FL 37.
USCGAUX DIVISION 3 - MERIMACK VALLEY
CHANGE OF WATCH
The Division 3 Leadership and Staff for 2019 were administered the Oath of Office at the annual Change-of-Watch and dinner held in Lawrence, Massachusetts on 15 February
Flotilla leadership for 2019: John Mitchell, Flotilla Commander 31; Joe Lafreniere, Vice Flotilla Commander 31; Tom Doane, Flotilla Commander 37; COMO Ron Booth, Flotilla Commander 38
COMO Charles Grossimon
Glen Gayton, Commander Division 3, administers the oath of office to incoming division staff officers: Lisa Loretti, Information Services; Deb Gonzalez, Finance; Steve McCann, Human Resources;
Joe Amore, Public Education; COMO Ron Booth, Operations
Photos by Scotty Crocker
and Leslie Crocker
Captain Eric Doucette, Commander USCG Sector Boston
The Oath of Office is administered to Glen Gayton, Commander Division 3 and Scott Crocker Vice Commander
NEW TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY 30 APRIL 2019
Introduction to Risk Management LMS Course (100202)
(Required for some / Recommended for all others)
Instructions for completing the on-line Introduction to Risk Management LMS Course (100202)
(1)Go on line to AUXLMS (Auxiliary Learning Management System)
(2)Log in (your user name is the email you created for the Auxiliary); enter your password.
(3) If you don’t have a password or don’t remember it, request one and AUXLMS will send you a temporary password to log in. You then need to create a new one, follow the instructions for creating the password.
(4)Once into AUXLMS, click on Catalog: Auxiliary
(5)Next click on Catalog: Auxiliary Operations
(6)Then you can click: 100202 - Introduction to Risk Management, and enroll
(7)Finally go to: My Account to launch the course.
Attendees are asked to contribute $5. to reimburse
Division 3 for the cost of lunch and coffee breaks
COMO Booth will also conduct the annual PPE inspection at that time
The 90-minute video, Introduction to Risk Management (IRM) is required for all elected officers, certain appointed staff positions and certain competencies such as aviation, surface operations, watchstanders, etc.
*See list below; if you hold any of these Auxiliary positions or competencies you MUST complete IRM 100202
See instructions below for completing the on-line video course (there is no test associated with the course).
Introduction to Risk Management goes along with Team Coordination Training (TCT). A facilitated TCT Refresher (4-hour) interactive presentation will be offered by Division 3 as follows:
USCG AUXILIARY FIRST NORTHERN
TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL AUXILIARY NIGHT AT THE POPS
Saturday, JUNE 8 2019 - 2000 HOURS (8:00 PM)
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston
CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE
Keith Lockhart, Conductor
Join us for the magical fusion of circus and live orchestral music. Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and other artists take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most experienced cirque talent ever seen. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared with the symphony, and each artist’s performance is choreographed to the music arranged in collaboration with the maestro. When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform in front of the full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms takes place.
Deadline for payment is 2 APRIL
Tickets will be mailed to you the end of APRIL.
$46 per person (check payable to: USCG AUX 1NR)
Mail to: COMO Carolyn Belmore
112 Saddleback Lane
East Falmouth, MA 02536
Following the concert we will meet with
Keith Lockhart for photos.
Uniform for the evening: Dinner Dress White Jacket; or, Dinner Dress Blue (Service Dress Blue Bravo Jacket, White Shirt, Black Bow Tie, Mini-Medals, no nametag); or, Appropriate Civilian Attire