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               Flotilla Commander

Walter Franek

We meet 7:30PM the 1st Wednesday of each month at Coast Guard Station Ponce, Peninsula AV, New Smyrna Beach FL. Stop by and see how you can fit in.

The Auxiliary is a great organization where individual members can train and qualify in many different areas. This can be good for one's own satisfaction, reaching a personal goal or learning and using newly acquired skills. Teamwork is at the very foundation of what we do.

Note from FCO

SHIPMATES: Welcome to the USCG Aux. Flotilla 48, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Web Site. We have been very busy over the last year and updating this site kind of got away from us. Rather than focusing on the past I want everyone to know where our Flotilla is headed in this year 2018.

     We are working closely with the active duty USCG, Operations Section, Station Ponce with on the water training, chart updating, food service, a coordinated effort for National Safe Boating Week, and participation in various workshops to maintain our certifications. We have increased our effort regarding water safety by offering more Boating Safety Classes, focusing on high profile vessel inspections to include canoes, kayaks and paddle craft. Our Program Visitors team is reaching out into the community to not only stress boating safety but to enhance our recruiting program. This effort has led to a closer working relationship with our local municipalities and we are frequently invited to attend community functions as part of the USCG Team.

     Another very important program this year is our effort to obtain the NACO Three Star Award for Excellence in Diversity. As I recall, we won that award five years straight and we're going for it again this year. It takes a lot of effort throughout the year from the entire flotilla team, but our Diversity Officer will keep us on track and we'll do our best in 2018.

     We're also proud of our Loaner Life Jacket program that is coordinated with the USCG, the Sea Tow Foundation, local marinas and in one case a local municipality. We currently have SEVEN loaner stations in our general area and one more to be added in the near future. The object of this program is to support the use of life jackets (PFD). A boater in need of a PFD can very simply go to one of the stations, borrow a jacket and return it at days end at NO cost.

     As you can see, our flotilla is very busy. A few of our members have been inactive over the past year or two, come and give us a hand and get involved. We have something for almost everyone. Don't foret, we're always looking for new members.

Respectfully, Walt
Flotilla Commander, Flotilla 48, NSB

 

 


 

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ABOUT THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

  • Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.

    The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention (see the message "From the Commandant"), and each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.

    And in many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence!

  • But the Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety; we regularly serve alongside our active-duty shipmates serving as communications watchstanders, uninspected passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen "qualifications" open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!

  • Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. We are organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas. No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you. Find the unit nearest your Zip Code by clicking on "Units" at the top of this page. And for dozens of reasons why you should join, visit "Recruiting". You will not be sorry!

  • PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT US BY EXPLORING OUR SITE. IT'S FOR EVERYONE!