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Flotilla 38 members involved in the week long support mission.
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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
No January meeting
7 February 2019 - Dinner Meeting Starboard Galley Restaurant
Guests are welcome.  The Flotilla will contribute $5 towards dinner for each member.
7 March 2019 - back at the boathouse (weather permitting)
4 April 2019
Uniform: Tropical Blue, or Winter Dress 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.

CLICK HERE for more details and photos.
Photo Essay by Scott Crocker
Nautical Notes
& ARCHIVE of Flotilla Missions

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 begins 5 March 2019.
•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.
•I would like to thank COMO Ron Booth and Scotty Crocker, Vice Commander Division 3 for their participation at all the ABS classes held in 2018. With their assistance the classes went very smoothly, I and the student greatly appreciate their help.
​•As always, we always welcome any Auxiliarists as instructor aides to assist with class activities or who are seeking to qualify as instructors for future classes.
Human Resources – Scott Crocker, FSO-HR
• Barbara Bartoszek and Bob Langlais are now BQ. Congrats!
• A new process was initiated in Boston which should speed up our new member processing and turn-around time; new members no longer require fingerprinting
• New member Grant Quinn has completed his background clearance and only needs to complete core training and the ABS course.

Flotilla Leadership Training Course
Elissa Turner

Auxiliary Membership Service Awards
Congratulations to the following members who have reached the 
following milestones of Auxiliary service:

Fran Hunt – 35 years

Mary Holmes – 25 years

Steve Tudal – 25 years
Member Training - Ron Doescher, FSO-MT
​• The “Intro to Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (IMSEP)” course has been completed. It was the last of the Div-03 AUXOP training series that started in December 2017.
• Planning is underway for another series of courses in 2019.
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.
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The elections for Flotilla Commander and Vice Commander took place at the 1 November flotilla meeting.
Assuming the bridge for 2019 are COMO Ron Booth, Flotilla Commander and Elissa Turner Vice Commander.
The First District - Northern Region election for District Commodore was held on 21 September 2018

Congratulations to the incoming Commodore for 2019-2020
Flotilla 38 Member Charlie Grossimon

Charlie joined the flotilla in 2001 and he becomes the third member of Flotilla 38 to serve as District Commodore during his 17 year Auxiliary career.

Joining him on the district bridge is Byron Moe of Division 2 as Chief of Staff, Flotilla 38 member Steve McCann for his second year as District Captain-Sector Boston, Duane Minton District Captain-Sector Northern New England, and David McClure District Captain-Sector Southeastern New England. 
Charlie has his Commodore’s shoulder boards applied by National Commodore Richard Washburn (at left) and current D1NR Commodore Phil Kubat (at right)

(Photos by Scott Crocker)
Steve Tudal and Mary Holmes were both present at the September flotilla meeting to receive their recognition for 25 years of service

Presenting the awards was Past District Commodore and Flotilla 38 member Ron Booth and Brian Welsh, Flotilla Commander

(photo by Scott Crocker)

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, 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.
HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER – 14 December, 2018 at 1830
Lowell Motor Boat Club, 489 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA
Flotilla 31 will be hosting a holiday pot luck dinner and Auxiliarists from all flotillas in Division 3 are cordially invited.
For more details email Joe LaFreniere

US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT. Uniform is Winter Dress Blue (this uniform is required for attendance)
The academy is open to any Auxiliarist in a leadership position or a pending leadership position. For more information contact District Chief of Staff-Elect Byron Moe

DISTRICT TRAINING CONFERENCE (D-Train) – 8, 9, 10 March 2019
Location is the Gurnee Resort in Newport, RI. More details will be posted here and on the First District website as information becomes available. 
Communications – Rick Heile, FSO-CM
The communications staff officer is planning to do an email survey of flotilla members to determine what is available for marine radio resources and what be needed for patrols or even public events like vessel examination days.
COMO Ron Booth
Flotilla Commander

Elissa Turner
Flotilla Vice Commander
Operations – COMO Ron Booth, FSO-OP
Surface operations have ended, but three boat crew members have gone into REYR status. If there is sufficient interest, boat crew training starting with the shore side topics will start in March.
New Flotilla 38 member Jennifer Hale was sworn-in at the 6 December flotilla meeting by outgoing Flotilla Commander Brian Welsh.
Flotilla 38 member and District Commodore-elect Charlie Grossimon was awarded the USCGAUX Commendation Medal.  Presentation was by Commander Matthew Barker, USCG, Director of Auxiliary D1NR. 
AUXAIR Mission
December 2018
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, Commander FL 38; Glen Gayton, FL 37 & Division 3 Commander; Deborah Gonzales, FL 37.
USCGAUX Division 3 - Merrimack Valley
Saturday, 5 January 2019, 1800 (6pm)
Salvatore’s Event & Conference Center 
354 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts
1800 - Cocktails (Cash bar) 
1900 - Dinner 
Installation of Division Board and Staff 
Remarks by honored guests 
Buffet Menu: 
Caesar Salad 
Rigatoni with Marinara Sauce 
Roast Beef with Au Jus 
Chicken Florentine 
Roasted Tuscan Red Bliss Potatoes 
Seasonal Vegetable Medley 
Mini Pastries and Cookies 
Coffee, Decaf and Tea 
Tickets:  $45/person, 
$50/person after 15, December, 2018 
Final Ticket Deadline is  22 December 2018 

Mail payment to: 
Deborah Gonzales 
101 Jeffery’s Neck Road 
Ipswich, MA 01938 
(Check payable to USCGAUX Division 3, 1NR) 
You may also email Deborah for additional ticket info
Dinner Dress Blue Jacket,
or Dinner Dress Blue,
or Appropriate Civilian Attire