US Coast Guard Auxiliary Central PA Flotilla 19-01

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Central PA Flotilla 19-01 Official Page of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Central Pennsylvania Flotilla 19-01 Welcome! Thank you for visiting the official website of U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 19-01, South-Central PA.

We welcome you to look around and contact us with any questions or comments. The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer arm of the Coast Guard and was established by Congress in 1939. The search and rescue mission is the oldest and most well known mission associated with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. With over 30,000 volunteers we are dedicated to supporting the Coast Guard mission with vessel safety checks, safe boating courses, harbor security patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, just to name a few. Each year Auxiliary Members around the nation volunteer over two million hours. Flotilla 19-01 is proud to carry on the tradition of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and to serve the citizens of south-central Pennsylvania. DID YOU KNOW? Flotilla 19-01 has not only surface, and shore assets but also boasts air assets such as fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter. We proudly serve not only the central PA region but also assist Air Station Atlantic City with search and rescue, and port safety & security.

Mission: Search & Rescue, Vessel Safety Exams, Public Affairs, Boating Safety, Port and waterway security, Air Operations, Communications, Marine Environmental Safety.

Operating as usual

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
10/27/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Meet the CO!

We did a fun little Q&A with Chief Warrant Officer Brian Porter, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax (WLIC 315) so you could get to know the CO on a more personal level as well as an in depth look into some of the missions!

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* What are the primary missions the Smilax crew conducts?

"We are responsible for the construction of over 1,300 fixed aids to navigation in the rivers, sounds, and Intracoastal Waterway of North Carolina as well as maintaining 25 floating aids to navigation in the ever-changing ocean inlets of North Carolina. We're a 100-foot tender with a crew of 17. We push a 70-foot barge with a crane and diesel-fired pile driver. We could also be called upon for search and rescue, or to serve as a tender/mothership for law enforcement or ports, waterways or coastal security missions."

* Where are you originally from and how long have you been in the Coast Guard?

"I was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia before enlisting in the Coast Guard in January 2001. This coming January marks 20 years of service!"

* Do you have a particular favorite memory aboard?

"Every day onboard is a favorite memory. I was onboard as Seaman Porter during the 9/11 attacks, and while this is certainly NOT a favorite memory, it is forever with me."

* You mentioned your love for the Smilax - tell us a little about your history with her and why she is so special?

"My first unit out of recruit training was Smilax. I had no idea what the cutter was or did, nor did my company commanders. I used my 5 minute call home to send my Mom on a quick, rudimentary internet search (it was 2001) to figure out the what and where. As Smilax was previously homeported in Brunswick, Georgia, that's where I thought I was going until about week 7 when we got our hardcopy orders and mine said Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. So I reported onboard a few short weeks later, and began one of the coolest jobs in the Coast Guard. It was loud, dirty, hot work, but I enjoyed it. I was a Boatswain's Mate striker, completing on the job training vs. going to a formal "A" school. I completed my package and put on BM3 on her deck in November 2002. Later in my career, I was back at Fort Macon as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team Fort Macon as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. I was selected for commission as a Chief Warrant Officer in January 2014, and I put on my shoulder boards as a newly minted Boatswain on her decks in June of 2014. It is such an incredible honor and privilege to return to serve as her Commanding Officer almost 20 years later, leading and developing our next generation of Coasties to continue her proud legacy. Every day is an honor!"

#uscgcsmilax #coastguard #semperparatus #queenofthefleet

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
10/26/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Join us as we prepare to celebrate the 76th birthday/anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the oldest Coast Guard cutter also known as “The Queen of the Fleet!"

The construction tender was commissioned in 1944, five months after allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, and its crews have been tirelessly making waterways safe for vessel traffic ever since.

Follow Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic all week leading up to its actual commissioning day (Nov. 1) as we share some fun history and photos in celebration of the cutter and its crew!

#uscg #queenofthefleet #semperparatus #uscgcsmilax

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
10/24/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Over the past few days the Coast Guard and other members from the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response team have been working together to identify areas where tar is washing on shore and have been working together in the removal process.

The team even received a visit from the Governor of Delaware John Carney to inform him of operations and update him on the removal process.

#USCG #SemperParatus

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
10/13/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Can you see yourself in the Coast Guard uniform, doing what the #USCG does every day? If so, learn more about how to join at www.GoCoastGuard.com

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
09/27/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Meet Petty Officer 1st Class Catherine Smith!

Petty Officer Smith is a crew member on the #CoastGuardCutter Frank Drew, a buoy tender cutter based in #PortsmouthVA.

Smith hails from Lake Worth, #Florida!

Petty Officer Smith is an electrician's mate - - She works in the Engineering Control Center (ECC) of the ship! Here she is performing maintenance & adjusting over-speed on the port main engine.

"The most awesome thing about being an electrician's mate is simple - - I love that one day I can be completing normal maintenance items & the next taking a generator apart..." says Smith!

...In her free time, Smith loves spending time in her garden turning empty flower beds into something beautiful!

#USCGMidAtlantic #GoCoastGuard #Awesome

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
09/25/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

The Coast Guard's Mid-Atlantic District welcomes its new commander, Rear Adm. Laura Dickey!

Follow the link for images of the change-of-command ceremony: http://ow.ly/PriB50BBE5g

Click here to read her bio: http://ow.ly/xX9w50BBE5f

09/22/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Join us on Facebook Live Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 11 a.m. for the Fifth District Change of Command!

Rear Adm. Laura Dickey will relieve Rear Adm. Keith Smith. The Facebook Live broadcast will be right here on the #CoastGuard Mid-Atlantic's page!
#USCG #AlwaysReady

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
09/17/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Check out some photos from Tuesday's multi-agency strike force operation at the Port of Baltimore with crews from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.

The purpose of the operation is to provide a valuable opportunity for all involved agencies having shared jurisdictional interest in the safe and secure transportation of containerized cargo to collaboratively exercise inspection capabilities across all modes of transportation.

Additionally, a MASFO provides an ideal environment for cross-agency training and the sharing of operational awareness from the partner agency's prospective.

(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross)

#MASFO #PortofBaltimore #portsecurity #uscg

09/15/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Still bummed the weekend is over?

Let us help 'hammer out' some of your mental frustrations with the crew from Aids to Navigation Team Baltimore as they conduct a 'heat and beat' aboard a CG-49428 to change out a section of chain from Stony Creek Buoy 3 off of the Patapsco River in Maryland, Sept. 10, 2020.

On the torch giving the heat is BM2 John Guzman, on the sledge hammer giving the beat is BM1 Dennis Marinelli and BM2 Logan Graham comes in at the end to round things out on the chain.

CG-49428 is a 49-foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading Boat. The servicing of Stony Creek Buoy 3 included checking and replacing mooring chain if necessary as well as replacing the numbers and reflective tape on the buoy itself.

#uscg #coastguard #heatandbeat

(U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Runt)

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
09/14/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Sailing into the week!
The bow of the #CGCEagle while in Cape Henry, #Virginia. The #Cutter Eagle serves as a training vessel for new #USCG officers, teaching them about #navigation, #seamanship, and #teamwork. Learn more about the history of this cutter at: http://ow.ly/Tq0U50AHjUx
📸 by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Murray

08/27/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Southeast

U.S. Coast Guard Southeast

What does equality mean to you? How do you define equality? What is the biggest barriers to women's equality? We welcome your comments below to open up a discussion as we celebrate National Women's Equality Day. The observance of Women's Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women's contining efforts toward full equality. District 7 will host a USCG Women's Leadership Initiative November 4 at Air Station Miami, which will be streamed live right here. More info to come! So stayed tuned.

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
08/26/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Join the women and men of the #USCG in celebrating Women's Equality Day today! In 1978, all personnel restrictions based solely on sex were lifted and all officer career fields and enlisted ratings were open to women.

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
08/24/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

We’ll leave the light on for you...

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Cape May recently traveled to an offshore lighthouse to install a new battery, Aug. 12, 2020. The battery was provided via an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Atlantic City.

The ANT crew installed the battery into the lighthouse after breaking down the wiring, removing the old battery and then ensured the light was fully operational.

ANT Cape May provides maintenance to approximately 600 aids throughout the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region.

The Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring this network of signs, symbols, buoys, markers, lighthouses, and regulations is up to date and functioning properly so recreational and commercial boaters can safely navigate the maritime environment.

#uscg #coastguard #aidstonavigation

(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Seaman Josalyn Brown)

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
08/04/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Today marks 230 years of remaining Semper Paratus - Always Ready! Happy 230th Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard!

#USCG #230

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
08/01/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

The #USCG recommends those in the mid-Atlantic use this weekend to prepare for Hurricane #Isaias. Secure your vessels and move EPIRBS, life rings, and life jackets inside. Do your part and be #AlwaysReady

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
08/01/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Sailing into the weekend!
The stern of the #CGCEagle while in Cape Henry, #Virginia. The #Cutter Eagle serves as a training vessel for new #USCG officers, teaching them about #navigation, #seamanship, and #teamwork. Learn more about the history of this cutter at: http://ow.ly/cOKg50AHjqg
📸 by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Murray

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
07/31/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
07/31/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Be sure to make preparations before Isaias arrives!

07/20/2020
Admiral Karl Schultz

Admiral Karl Schultz

Saving lives at sea requires urgency and accuracy.

#DidYouKnow, the U.S. Coast Guard implemented new i911 technology to streamline the flow of information and better serve mariners in distress. Recently, U.S. Coast Guard San Diego had a case in which i911 was utilized.
#MissionMonday

Watch the video to learn more!

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
07/20/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

In a change of watch ceremony held today, Senior Chief Laurie A. Kennedy passed on the duties of the Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Silver Badge to Master Chief Kevin T. Eldridge.

Bravo Zulu to Senior Chief Kennedy on her impactful time at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region and on her next position as the Rating Force Master Chief for the Gunner’s Mate rating.

#USCG #SILVERBADGE #MASTERCHIEF

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
07/14/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Coast Guard rescue teams responded to six cases related to swimming in New Jersey this past weekend. Click the link below for tips on how to stay safe this summer.
http://ow.ly/9cWD50AyfxG

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
07/10/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Weather along the Mid-Atlantic is picking up, and mariners should be cautious of harsh conditions. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Tropical Storm Fay. The Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Cape May, NJ to Watch Hill, RI including Long Island Sound. Tropical Storm Fay is currently located east of Virginia, North Carolina border. The storm is currently producing an area of winds 35-40 knots to the east and southeast of the center. It is expected to produce heavy rains and flash flooding as it moves northward along the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

Boaters should always research weather conditions before any outing to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

For the latest information on Tropical Storm Fay, visit the National Hurricane Center at nch.noaa.gov or #TSFay on Facebook.

07/10/2020
Admiral Karl Schultz

Admiral Karl Schultz

When I released the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, I charged everyone to read it. If you have not done so yet, please take the time to read and understand the expectations put forth in the plan. https://bit.ly/3fXKGzf #USCG #InclusionIsAnAction

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
07/09/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City

Hoist training with Station Atlantic City today not only helped to keep boatcrews and aircrews proficient for Search and Rescue operations, but also helped us work towards qualifying new members. Whether newly-qualified or well-seasoned, our members are prepared around the clock to ensure the safety of those on the water. (Photo credit: BM1 Levin)

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Diversity & Inclusion
07/04/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Diversity & Inclusion

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Diversity & Inclusion
07/04/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Diversity & Inclusion

07/01/2020

The next monthly meeting for Flotilla 19-01 will take place on Wednesday July 15, 2020.
Member Training starts at 7:00 PM.
Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
06/20/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Coast Guard Capt. Jonathan Theel relieved Capt. Scott Anderson as commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay during a change of command ceremony at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, Friday.

http://ow.ly/CBCp50AdgxX

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
06/19/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

#Juneteenth marks the day the last enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom. It's celebrated as the end of U.S. slavery and our nation's second independence day.

06/19/2020
Admiral Karl Schultz

Admiral Karl Schultz

Earlier this month, myself, along with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard; and Rear Adm. Joseph Vojvodich, presented a group of exceptional innovators with the Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards in a virtual award ceremony. Capt. Thomsen invented the buoy chain stopper in the 1950s, dramatically improving the safety of buoy tending operations. The awards were presented in the areas of Science and Technology; Operations and Readiness; Administration, Training and Support; Management; Culture Change; and Auxiliary Achievement. There were more than 450 innovative ideas submitted through the service's crowdsourcing platform, [email protected], in 2019.

Congratulations to our 2019 award winners who dared to think creatively and submit their idea or invention to advance our Coast Guard! Bravo Zulu to our award winners. Check out the video so you can see their ideas in action!

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic
06/14/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

What exactly is a rip current? Knowing can help you understand what causes them, and in turn spot and avoid them! Remember, don't risk the rip!

06/14/2020

The next monthly meeting for Flotilla 19-01 will take place via ZOOM on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Member Training starts at 7:00 PM.
Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

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Thank you for visiting the official website of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Central Pennsylvania Flotilla 19-01. We welcome you to look around and contact us with any questions or comments. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer arm of the U.S. Coast Guard and was established by Congress in 1939. The search and rescue mission is the oldest and most well known mission associated with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. With over 30,000 volunteers we are dedicated to supporting the Coast Guard mission with vessel safety checks, safe boating courses, harbor security patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, just to name a few. Each year Auxiliary Members around the nation volunteer over two million hours. Central Pennsylvania Flotilla 19-01 is proud to carry on the tradition of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and to serve the citizens of south-central Pennsylvania. Central Pennsylvania Flotilla 19-01 has not only surface and shore assets but also boasts air assets such as fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter. We proudly serve not only the central PA region but also assist Air Station Atlantic City with search and rescue and port safety and security.

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