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Flotilla 38 members involved in the week long support mission.
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Brian Welsh
Flotilla Commander
(at right in photo)

Larry Carnevale
Flotilla Vice Commander
(at left in photo)
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Newburyport officially designated a COAST GUARD CITY by US Congress in 2012
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.

Go to AUXAIR Mission
1930 (7:30 pm) Thursdays at the Plum Island Boat House
6 September 2018
4 October 2018
Uniform: Tropical Blue, ODU, 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.

CLICK HERE for more details and photos.
Photo Essay by Scott Crocker

The September flotilla meeting was attended by 17 Auxiliarists for a meet and greet with USCG BMCS Patrick Brown, the new Officer-in-Charge at Station Merrimack River.  Senior Chief Brown gave us a little info about his path through the Coast Guard and the awesome privilege and responsibility of being in a command position. He also expressed his appreciation for the mission and efforts of the Auxiliary, and his expectations going forward. He summed it up as follows, "keep doing what you are doing.".

That's right!  At the September flotilla meeting there was enough ice cream to make everyone happy.  We'd like to thank HARBOR CREAMERY, the newest addition to Pleasant Street in downtown Newburyport, for their generous support providing the ice cream.
I recently visited Merri-Lee Steeves, the owner of Harbor Creamery, to arrange for the ice cream for our event. She was thrilled to tell me that she has a warm place in her heart for our flotilla, because her dad, Walter J. Lesynski, Sr. was the longest serving member of Flotilla 38!  Indeed, he brought COMO Ron Booth and many other members into the flotilla.  Thanks to Harbor Creamery for their generous donation to help make our night SWEET.
Comment from Rich Rubino, Flotilla 38
Merri-Lee recounts a story about her dad
My dad's name was Walter J. Lesynski Sr. and was known to everyone as Wally. He was recognized for 60 years of continued membership in Flotilla 38.  He taught the Boating Skills and Seamanship class for more years than I can count.  My mom was also a member of the flotilla right up until her death in 1998.   They would both be so pleased that you arrived at my door and that our ice cream will be at one of your meetings.  As a child, I remember all the times our mom and dad would head out to the Auxiliary meetings or the times when they would take my brother Jay and I along to Auxiliary family events. I also remember him going on weekend volunteer patrols up and down the Merrimac.  There are so many wonderful memories with my parents and their connection to Flotilla 38 and its members.
(Photo at right)
Wally Lesynski helps students master the bowline knot during the marlinspike session of a Boating Skills and Seamanship class.  The photo was taken sometime in the mid-1990s at the Newburyport Middle School. 
(Photo below)
Wally's official operational Auxiliary Facility that went on patrol was a 38-foot cruiser the Sea Princess, which he built from the keel up at his marina, the MeriMar Yacht Basin.  But he also had an unofficial operational facility the Deep Princess, a yellow one-man submarine.
Merri-Lee Steeves, owner of Harbor Creamery in Newburyport and daughter of Wally Lesynski, longest serving member of Flotilla 38.
Check out a picture of Wally and Flotilla 38 in the early 1950s.
There's also an article of nautical history by Wally on another page of this website.
Nautical Notes
& ARCHIVE of Flotilla Missions

Note that a number of stories and photos appearing on this page over the past months have been moved to Archived Stories and Photos.
(Links on left margin)
Public Education – Joe Amore, FSO-PE 

- Flotilla 2018 ABS The April course offered in cooperation with Newburyport School Department Adult & Community Education had had 44 originally enrolled.  But due to the cancellation of three nights because of storms, 34 graduated. The remainder are completing the course as part of the latest course that began in May.

Flotilla 38 spring 2018 Introduction to Navigation course at the North End Boat Club started 23 May.  This PE course also serves as the first three sessions of the AUXACN member training program.  The AUXACN will continue at the Plum Island Boathouse in the following weeks.  AUXACN could use some Auxiliarists experienced in  navigation to act as aides to students. PE is still looking for Auxiliarist to qualify as instructors for future classes.
Human Resources – Scott Crocker, FSO-HR
New members are in various stages of the Auxiliary enrollment process including clearance by the USCG Security Center and completion of mandated training: Bob Langlais, Rick Heile, and Barb Bartoszell
AUXACN (formerly AUXNAV)

Division 3 will be presenting in conjunction with Flotilla 38’s public education program, the AUXACN course in two segments.

Segment One:

Class sessions 1, 2, and 3 will incorporate the elements of the Public Education course Introduction to
  Navigation (BS&S chapter 9) and will be open to the general public
- Location for these sessions is the North End Boat Club, 1 Manson Ave, Newburyport
- Commencing at 1900 on Wednesdays, starting 23 May 2018 for three weeks

Segment Two:

Classes 4 through 12 for Auxiliarists only will be held at the Flotilla 38 Plum Island Boathouse
- These classes will run from 13 June through 15 August
- Class 11 is the multiple choice exam; Class 12 is the charting exercise

What if your vessel suffers an electronic failure? Can you get your vessel from where you are to where you want to go, safely and efficiently without the use of electronic instruments?

The AUXACN course covers coastal navigation and embraces two basic concepts - location and direction - and three basic disciplines - dead reckoning, piloting and electronic navigation. We will review the subjects of marine magnetic compasses, nautical charts, navigator’s tool and instruments before proceeding with the basic disciplines. Piloting includes current sailing, tides and tidal currents, reference publications and voyage planning. This is a “hands on” course that includes a cruise exercise. The examination is in two parts – multiple choice and charting exercise.

CLICK HERE for the detailed syllabus and information on obtaining course materials

If you plan to attend, email COMO Gene Bernstein, Division 3 Member Training Officer

First District-Northern Region - AWARDS CEREMONY - 22 April 2018
Brian Welsh, Commander Flotilla 38 was awarded 3rd place in the district for most hours as Air Observer in 2017.
Joe Amore, Flotilla 38 & Division 3 Staff Officer – Public Education was awarded 3rd place in the district for most hours of public education in 2017.
Photos by Scott Crocker
Local Research on Coast Guard History
The National Coast Guard Museum

A story about a fundraising event for the proposed National Coast Guard Museum was recently published in the Newburyport Daily News. The author was Dyke Hendrickson, who is now the Outreach Historian of the Custom House Maritime Museum. Flotilla 38 members will remember that Mr. Hendrickson is an author, historian and former newspaper reporter who was a guest speaker at a flotilla meeting in October 2017.

All the details are in a story posted in the Flotilla 38 website archive.
Joe Amore:
Auxiliary Sustained Service Award (4th = 3,000 hours)
Public Education Annual Service Award (14 hours lead instructor)
Auxiliary Membership Service Award (20 years)
Scott Crocker: Auxiliary Sustained Service Award (6th = 4,500 hours)
Phil Wysocki: Auxiliary Membership Service Award (10 years)
Alan Foucault: Auxiliary Membership Service Award (10 years)
Larry Carnavale: Auxiliary Unit Coordinator Paddlecraft Team 2017
Jonathan Barkley: AUXOP-Seamanship
COMO Ron Booth: Public Education Annual Service Award (71 hours assistant instructor)
Flotilla Commander - Brian Walsh

Everyone is reminded to become familiar with the Form-7029 for reporting mission hours, including any time spent preparing for or driving to a mission. Also any time studying and doing reports should be recorded on a 7029 form, or online directly. Reporting mission hours is important since it has an impact on the Congressional appropriation for the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary. 

BM1 Kevin Kramer, USCG
Our local active duty liaison will be moving on. BM1 Kramer’s assignment at CG Station Merrimack River is coming to an end, his next duty station will be CG Station Southwest Harbor in Maine. He thanked us for all of our assistance to Station Merrimack and its crew.

USCG Station Merrimack River Change-of-Command
Change of command will be 26 July. Senior Chief Brown will be moving on to his next assignment and Chief Shaun Kran will be the new station chief.

Member Training - Ron Doescher, FSO-MT
The AUXOP courses for Seamanship and Weather course were completed, the Navigation course is underway and a presentation of the mandatory core training will take place at the Plum Island Boathouse, SCROLL DOWN for more info.
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.

(Above, Left to Right) BM1 Kevin Cramer, USCG; Ron Doescher, FL 38; MK3 Maxwell Balint, USCG; Brian Welsh, Commander FL 38; Glen Gayton, FL 37 & Division 3 Commander; Deborah Gonzales, FL 37.
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In lieu of an August Flotilla meeting there will be a Saturday cookout at the USCG Station
Exact date depends on when newly assigned crew will arrive.  Check back for details.