ARCHIVE 2019

Flotilla Celebrates 2019 Change of Watch

Story by AUX Betsy Bauer
Photos by AUX Betsy Bauer and AUX Christopher M. Orlando

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ-- Our December 9, 2019 meeting was also our COW and Fellowship gathering, held at Waterman’s Tavern in Brielle.  FC Chris Orlando distributed numerous awards and certificates:  Rocco Summa, Boat Crew Member; John Fisher, a prestigious Commendation for all his contributions and Bill Castagno, numerous awards for all his service hours.  Additionally, Chris Orlando was presented a gift for contributions as FC and Paul Harren was surprised by an 80th Birthday Cake, arranged by his wife Gail Harren.  Certificates of Appreciation for Flotilla Staff Officers were presented for the completed 2019 year and Certificates of Appointment followed, for the 2020 term.  Station Manasquan Inlet BOSN3 Michael J. Kristiansen offered closing remarks of praise and thanks.  It was a very enjoyable evening!


Members of Flotilla 16-7 gather at the Waterman Tavern in Brielle to celebrate their 2019 Change of Watch.
Members of Flotilla 16-7 gather at the Waterman Tavern in Brielle to celebrate their 2019 Change of Watch. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

AUX Paul Harren celebrated his 80th birthday with Flotilla 16-7. His wife Gail arranged to have cake so that our flotilla could celebrate. Happy Birthday Paul!
AUX Paul Harren celebrated his 80th birthday with Flotilla 16-7. His wife Gail arranged to have cake so that our flotilla could celebrate. Happy Birthday Paul! AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

STA Manasquan Inlet Commander BOSN3 Michael Kristiansen spoke to the flotilla about all the accomplishments this year and how the Auxiliary contributed to mission success at the Station.
STA Manasquan Inlet Commander BOSN3 Michael Kristiansen spoke to the flotilla about all the accomplishments this year and how the Auxiliary contributed to mission success at the Station. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

AUX John Fisher (left) was presented the Letter of Commendation from the 5th Northern District by FC Christopher M. Orlando (middle) and VFC Rocco Summa (right) for his outstanding contributions in training and time committed to the Auxiliary.
AUX John Fisher (left) was presented the Letter of Commendation from the 5th Northern District by FC Christopher M. Orlando (middle) and VFC Rocco Summa (right) for his outstanding contributions in training and time committed to the Auxiliary. AUX Photo by AUX Betsy Bauer.

AUX Rocco Summa (right) was presented with his Boat Crew certification by FC Christopher M. Orlando(left).
AUX Rocco Summa (right) was presented with his Boat Crew certification by FC Christopher M. Orlando(left). AUX Photo by AUX Betsy Bauer.

AUX Bill Castagno won multiple awards for his contribution to the flotilla including: most operation hours (71 hours), most instructor hours (255 hours), and most hours overall (1649 hours). The awards were issued by FC Christopher M. Orlando(left) and VFC Rocco Summa (right)
AUX Bill Castagno won multiple awards for his contribution to the flotilla including: most operation hours (71 hours), most instructor hours (255 hours), and most hours overall (1649 hours). The awards were issued by FC Christopher M. Orlando(left) and VFC Rocco Summa (right). AUX Photo by AUX Betsy Bauer.


Search & Rescue Drill with Launch 5

Story by AUX John Fisher and Photos Provided by AUX Jon Berntz


OSSINING, NY-- It was a spectacular morning on 19 September 2019 – the sky was cloudless and bright blue with a light 5 knot breeze blowing from the North. The temperature was only in the 60’s, but we were quite comfortable in our “Hot Weather” uniforms as the sun was very warming. The tide was flooding and the current was approximately 1 knot. Local governmental agencies in and around the Ossining, NY area gathered at the Shattemuck Yacht Club where they were to stage a massive Search and Rescue drill on the Hudson River. Vessels and crews from the Ossining Marine Police, Ossining EMS, Westchester Fire and Rescue, Rockland County Marine Police, Westchester Police, and Tarrytown Fire and Rescue were on hand to participate in the drill. Also asked to participate was the D5NR OPFAC Launch 5 and its crew of Greg Porteus, Jim Picciano, Bill Castagno, and John Fisher, all from Flotilla 16-07. Also on Launch 5 was Jon Berntz of Flotilla 07-04 D1SR who helped to catalog the day with photos and a Lieutenant Slater of the Ossining Police, who was to serve as the Patrol Communications Director (PATCOM).

During the pre-Underway briefing with Lieutenant Montague of the Ossining Police, Launch 5 was tasked with setting out the North and South datum markers and then deploying six “bodies” at set intervals in the search area, which covered an area one mile long by one half mile wide. Once on board, the Launch 5 crew set the corner points of the search area in the chartplotter as per the Lat/Lon points provided by the Lt. Montague. Completing that task, Launch 5 and its crew set out on its mission. After all the “bodies” had been deployed, the PATCOM on board issued the order to begin the Drill. The search vessels were given different SAR patterns to work – Boundary, Parallel, and Creeping Line.

Our crew monitored recreational and commercial traffic as it transited the area and provided information to the various captains that the drill was taking place and to be on the lookout for all participating vessels. 

As each “body” was recovered, its LAT/LON position was recorded and then it was brought back to the dock where its medical condition was assessed. Once completed, it was placed on board our facility. After all six “bodies” had been recovered the hunt began for our datum markers. Both were spotted in areas too shallow for the draft of Launch 5, so two smaller search vessels were tasked with retrieving them.  

After our patrol terminated, our crew debriefed and our mission concluded. 

AUX Jim Picciano (helm), John Fisher (foreground), Greg Porteus (background), LT Slater of Ossining PD (by door), and Bill Castagno (outside) deploying bodies at set positions to optimize training.
AUX Jim Picciano (helm), John Fisher (foreground), Greg Porteus (background), LT Slater of Ossining PD (by door), and Bill Castagno (outside) deploying bodies at set positions to optimize training. USCGAUX Photo by AUX Jon Berntz.

AUX John Fisher spots the lost datum for LT Slater during the Search and Rescue exercise.
AUX John Fisher spots the lost datum for LT Slater during the Search and Rescue exercise. USCGAUX Photo by AUX Jon Berntz.

LT Slater (far left), AUX John Fisher (middle) and AUX Greg Porteus (far right) searching for the lost datum during the Search and Rescue training operation.
LT Slater (far left), AUX John Fisher (middle) and AUX Greg Porteus (far right) searching for the lost datum during the Search and Rescue training operation. USCGAUX Photo by AUX Jon Berntz.


Flotilla Manasquan Inlet Hosts Booth at Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach


Point Pleasant Beach, NJ-- Flotilla 16-7 had a fantastic day at the Festival of the Sea on Saturday, 9/21 in Point Pleasant Beach. We spoke to the public about our mission of recreational boating safety and sold our new tote bags! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and thank you to our team of AUX members Bill Castagno, Andrew Ferraro, Bill Iwanyk, Scott Okal, Christopher M. Orlando, Jason Reinke, Rocco Summa and David Witherspoon for manning the booth!

16-7 members (left to right) Bill Iwanyk, Andrew Ferraro, Christopher M. Orlando, Bill Castagno and Jason Reineke are all set to and ready to answer your boating safety questions at the Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday, 9/21. USCGAUX Photo Courtesy of Christopher M. Orlando
16-7 members (left to right) Bill Iwanyk, Andrew Ferraro, Christopher M. Orlando, Bill Castagno and Jason Reineke are all set to and ready to answer your boating safety questions at the Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday, 9/21. USCGAUX Photo Courtesy of Christopher M. Orlando

16-7 Members (left to right) Bill Iwanyk, Andrew Ferraro, Christopher M. Orlando, Bill Castagno and Jason Reineke show off their new tote bags that were sold at the Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach. Proceeds from the tote bags go back to our flotilla to continue supporting our mission of recreational boating safety. USCGAUX Photo Courtesy of Christopher M. Orlando.
16-7 Members (left to right) Bill Iwanyk, Andrew Ferraro, Christopher M. Orlando, Bill Castagno and Jason Reineke show off their new tote bags that were sold at the Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach. Proceeds from the tote bags go back to our flotilla to continue supporting our mission of recreational boating safety. USCGAUX Photo Courtesy of Christopher M. Orlando.

AUX Bill Castagno (left) and Bill Iwanyk (right) answer questions from a local boater about fishing regulations. USCGAUX Photo by Christopher M. Orlando.
AUX Bill Castagno (left) and Bill Iwanyk (right) answer questions from a local boater about fishing regulations. USCGAUX Photo by Christopher M. Orlando.

AUX Jason Reineke (left) and Andrew Ferraro (right) are standing by to answer all your boating safety questions and we have our brand new tote bags for sale and all proceeds support our mission of recreational boating safety. USCGAUX Photo by Christopher M. Orlando
AUX Jason Reineke (left) and Andrew Ferraro (right) are standing by to answer all your boating safety questions and we have our brand new tote bags for sale and all proceeds support our mission of recreational boating safety. USCGAUX Photo by Christopher M. Orlando


Flotilla Manasquan Inlet Issued Four Proclamations for National Safe Boating Week


Point Pleasant Beach, NJ--During National Safe Boating Week our members met with local townships to discuss the importance of boating safety. Toms River and Manasquan both recognize the importance of boating safety in their community by preparing a resolution in honor of National Safe Boating Week. Thank you FSO-PA Dave Witherspoon for setting this up.

In addition to Toms River and Manasquan, Mayor of Ossining, Victoria Gearity and the New York State Senate presented a proclamation in support of the 2019 National Safe Boating Week to AUX Bob Daraio. Great work Bob!

Members of Flotilla Manasquan Inlet were presented with a resolution from Toms River Township in honor of National Safe Boating Week. Pictured left to right: AUX John Fisher, AUX Bill Castagno, AUX Christopher M. Orlando, AUX Bill Iwanyk, AUX Dennis Georgia and AUX David Witherspoon. Photo Courtesy of Toms River Public Information Office.

Members of Flotilla Manasquan Inlet were presented with a resolution from Manasquan Town Council in honor of National Safe Boating Week. Pictured from left to right AUX Bill Castagno, AUX David Witherspoon, AUX Bill Iwanyk, AUX Christopher M. Orlando, AUX John Fisher, AUX Dan Fuchs and AUX Paul Harren. Photo Courtesy of Manasquan Township.
The New York State Senate presented AUX Bob Daraio with a proclamation recognizing National Safe Boating Week. Photo by AUX Bob Daraio. 

Mayor of Ossining Victoria Gearity (center right) presents a proclamation in support of the 2019 National Safe Boating Week to AUX Bob Daraio (center left). Photo Courtesy of AUX Bob Daraio.

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet Wins Multiple Awards at Region East District Training

Galloway, NJ--District Training (DTRAIN) is one of the most important opportunities that Auxiliarists have throughout the year. Unfortunately due to the government shutdown, the Fifth Northern District was forced to cancel their DTRAIN in March but thanks to the work of dedicated members of the Fifth Northern District, regional DTRAINS were held throughout the spring to prepare our members for the boating season.

Region East held their DTRAIN on Saturday, May 11th at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Sessions offered included: Team Coordination Training, Operations Workshop, Core Training, New Member Q&A, Incident Management Auxiliary Support Team, and AUX Food Services.

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet members would like to congratulate AUX Bill Castagno, AUX Bill Iwanyk and AUX Christopher M. Orlando for winning individual awards and our public education team for winning the William Ross McDonald Flotilla Public Education Award for 2018. Bravo Zulu shipmates!


Twice as nice! AUX Bill Castagno wins a pair of awards from Commodore Tom Dever at Region East District Training. He was awarded 9th place for Marine Safety and 10th place for Instructor. Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

Not seeing double! AUX Bill Iwanyk won two awards from Commodore Tom Dever at Region East District Training. The awards he won were: 7th place for the Public Affairs Award and 3rd place for the Vessel Safety Award. Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

AUX Christopher M. Orlando accepts the William Ross McDonald Flotilla Public Education Award on behalf of US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet from 5NR Commodore Tom Dever at Region East District Training. Photo by AUX Paul Casalese.

AUX Christopher M. Orlando accepts the fourth place award in pubic affairs from 5NR Commodore Tom Dever. Photo by AUX Paul Casalese.

March "About Boating Safely" Class

Lincroft, NJ -- On Saturday, 3/30 our flotilla held an "About Boating Safely" class at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ. We had 11 students take our course and pass the New Jersey State Police exam! Congrats to our students and Bravo Zulu to our public education team that came out in full force!

AUX Glenn Delmonico explains the different parts of a vessel to the class.  USCG AUX Photo by AUX John Fisher.
AUX Glenn Delmonico explains the different parts of the vessel to the class. USCG AUX Photo by AUX John Fisher. 

AUX Paul Harren provides an example of a pre-departure checklist for being out on the water.  USCG AUX Photo by AUX John Fisher.
AUX Paul Harren provides an example of a pre-departure checklist for being out on the water. USCG AUX Photo by AUX John Fisher. 


March Training Session


POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ -- Flotilla Manasquan Inlet (16-7) held its monthly training session on Wednesday, March 6th at Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River. The topics discussed this month were vessels used at Station Manasquan and their roles in boating safety. This presentation was given by BM3 Hawkinberry and BM3 Lawhun. Thank you for taking time to educate our flotilla.

The second half of the training session was on the 7029 form. This form keeps track of the hours you have volunteered to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This form is essential to Team Coast Guard and allows the Auxiliary to recognize achievements nationwide. This session was taught by Flotilla Membership Training Officer Bill Iwanyk and Vice Flotilla Commander John Fisher.

BM3 Hawkinberry goes over the uses for the 29ft RBS vessel in the local area. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M Orlando. 
BM3 Hawkinberry (left) and BM3 Lawhun (right) discuss the equipment used by the 47ft vessel. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M Orlando. 

FSO-MT Bill Iwanyk goes over the topics for the training session and introduces our guests from STA Manasquan. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M Orlando.

BM3 Lawhun takes questions from the flotilla about the 47ft vessel and its training requirements. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M Orlando. 


February Training Session


POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ- For our February Member Training meeting, Flotilla Manasquan Inlet had the pleasure of hosting Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini and New Jersey State Police Marine Safety Bureau Trooper Michael Hartnett who spoke about nautical jurisdiction and how Station Manasquan/Shark River coordinates with the New Jersey State Police to keep everyone on the water safe. Thank you for attending our training meeting and offering your knowledge to our Auxiliarists.

Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River explains how assets are used during the different seasons in the local area. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.
Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River explains how assets are used during the different seasons in the local area. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando. 

New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau Trooper Michael Hartnett explains the areas of responsibility for the State Police. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.
New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau Trooper Michael Hartnett explains the areas of responsibility for the State Police. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando. 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet, NJ Membership Staff Officer Bill Iwanyk (far left) poses for a picture with presenters Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini (middle) and New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau Trooper Michael Hartnett (far right). Great job Bill and thank you to our presenters for sharing their knowledge! US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet, NJ Membership Staff Officer Bill Iwanyk (far left) poses for a picture with presenters Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini (middle) and New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau Trooper Michael Hartnett (far right). Great job Bill and thank you to our presenters for sharing their knowledge! US Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.