Welcome to the Flotilla 4-8, District 7 Web Site

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Photo of Flotilla Commander Walter Franek
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: Year 2015 was a good year for our Flotilla. We excelled in our Visitation Program (PV’s), Vessel Safety Inspections (VE’s), received an award from Seventh Coast Guard District Auxiliary for “Best Flotilla National Safe Boaters Week Program”, one of 3-recipients out of 97 Flotillas for the Three * Award for Excellence in Diversity, multiple training exercises with the USCG Station Ponce, presented the Mayor of New Smyrna Beach with a PFD in our Boater Safety Program and there’s a few more items I forgot, but you get the idea.

Year 2016 looks even greater with the hopes of upgrading our Boater Safety (ABS) Program, striving for an award with our News Letter and Web Page. We have also been invited to participate at the NSB Museum during the month of May at which time the USCG and our Facilities will be on public display, an ABS class in the museum and of course we will strive to achieve the same awards we received in year 2015.

Bottom line, for those of you who have not been active in the Flotilla, we have a place for you to serve. Our primary goal is Boater Safety thru Boater Education. We need assistants to hand out materials at various functions and our new Diversity Officer AFSO-DV will be looking for help.

You will also see a change in our Fellowship. Several wife’s of new members have volunteered to put a little “spark” into our get-togethers. If you’re unable to do anything else please come and enjoy some grilled chicken, sausage, ribs, hot dogs and burgers along with the trimmings.

Respectfully, Walt F-48
Flotilla Commander


2016 Web Site Compliance


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!