ARCHIVE 2018

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet Holds Annual Change of Watch

Story and Photos by AUX Christopher M. Orlando

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ-- On Monday, 12/10/18 Flotilla Manasquan Inlet held its annual Change of Watch at Half Point Moon in Point Pleasant Boro where our Auxiliarists gather for fellowship and to reflect on 2018 while swearing in the new Flotilla Staff Officers for 2019.

Outgoing Flotilla Commander Bill Iwanyk was presented with an oar honoring his time as Commander and all outgoing Staff Officers were given Certificates of Appreciation.

Incoming Flotilla Commander Christopher M. Orlando swore in the 2019 Flotilla Staff Officers and presented them with their Appointment Certificates.

We had the honor of hosting Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River Commander BOSN2 Michael Kristiansen and Operations Officer BM1 John Babbini. Thank you for joining us for our celebration.

We are all ready for an exciting 2019!


STA Manasquan Commander Michael Kristiansen (left) speaks to the flotilla about the role the Auxiliary plays at the Station and the appreciation expressed by the Active Duty members on the base. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.
STA Manasquan Commander Michael Kristiansen (left) speaks to the flotilla about the role the Auxiliary plays at the Station and the appreciation expressed by the Active Duty members on the base. AUX Photo by AUX Christopher M. Orlando.
The 2019 Staff Officers proudly accept their appointments from Incoming Commander Christopher M. Orlando (second from left) and Incoming Vice Flotilla Commander John Fisher (far left). Congrats Shipmates! Photo Taken By BOS2 Michael Kristiansen - Commanding Officer, STA Manasquan.
The 2019 Staff Officers proudly accept their appointments from Incoming Commander Christopher M. Orlando (second from left) and Incoming Vice Flotilla Commander John Fisher (far left). Congrats Shipmates! Photo Taken By BOS2 Michael Kristiansen - Commanding Officer, STA Manasquan. 

Division 16 Holds Annual Change of Watch

Story and Photos by AUX Christopher M. Orlando


POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ -- On December 2nd, 2018, USCG Auxiliary Division 16 held its annual Change of Watch ceremony where Division and Flotilla elected officers were sworn in for the 2019-2020 calendar year as well as the Division Staff Officers. In addition to the swearing in ceremony, members of Flotilla Manasquan Inlet (16-7) were honored with multiple awards.

For 2019-2020, AUX Christopher M. Orlando was sworn in as Flotilla Commander and AUX John Fisher was sworn in as Vice Flotilla Commander. AUX Orlando and Fisher took their oath from CWO4 Douglas Shubert of the U.S. Coast Guard.

For 2019-2020, AUX William Castagno was sworn in as Navigation Systems Staff Officer for Division 16 and AUX Bill Iwanyk was sworn in as Vessel Examinations Staff Officer for Division 16. AUX Castagno and Iwanyk took their oath from Division Commander Paul Casalese.

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet members also won multiple awards.

Operational Support Award (members who have provided support to Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River: AUX Paul Harren and AUX Bill Castagno.

Public Education Award (member who puts in the most hours in the field of public education Division wide in 2018): AUX John Fisher.

Vessel Safety Check Award (member who completed the most Vessel Safety Checks Division wide in 2018): AUX Bill Iwanyk.

Outstanding Performance Award (member who stands out in their performance as a Division Staff Officer) AUX Christopher M. Orlando.

Commander Award (member who constantly goes "Above and Beyond" their duties to support the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: AUX John Fisher.

Also present for the event were honored guests:

BOSN4 Douglas Schubert - Operations Training Officer, Fifth Northern Region.

CAPT Scott Anderson - Commanding Officer, Sector Delaware Bay.

CDR Raymond Negron - Commanding Officer, Atlantic Strike Team.

LT Kieran S. Clayton - Sector Command Center Chief.

LT Taylor Smith - Commanding Officer, STA Atlantic City.

BOSN2 Michael Kristiansen - Commanding Officer, STA Manasquan Inlet.

BMC George Ramirez - Executive Petty Officer, STA Manasquan Inlet.

AUX Tom Devers - Commodore Elect, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary 5th District Northern Region.

AUX Joseph A. Smith Sr - District Captain East, USCG Auxiliary 5th District Northern Region.

AUX Douglas Smith - District Chief of Response, USCG Auxiliary 5th District Northern Region.

Patrolman Eric Haugh - Marine Unit, Brick Township Police Department.

STA Manasquan Inlet members: BM2 James Delagarza, SN Krystal Moriyn, FN Zachary Alan Neil, and FN Meghan Perkins.

Congratulations to those sworn into their leadership positions and our award winners! Bravo Zulu!

AUX Bill Iwanyk (left) proudly accepts his Vessel Safety Checks Award from Division 16 Commander AUX Paul Casalese (right) for completing the most Vessel Safety Checks in Division 16 during the 2018 year.

CAPT Scott E. Anderson, Commanding Officer of Sector Delaware Bay, congratulated all those who were chosen for elected and appointed office and wished all the flotillas a successful 2019.

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet Commander AUX Christopher M. Orlando (left) and Vice Flotilla Commander AUX John Fisher (right) are all smiles as they prepare the flotilla for the 2019-2020 year. Congratulations shipmates!

BOSN2 Michael Kristiansen, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Mansquan Inlet/Shark River praised the work of USCG Auxiliary Division 16 and the support they offer the Station.

AUX John Fisher (left) accepted two awards yesterday. His first award was his Public Education Award and the other was his Commander's Award for his work with fellow Auxiliarists on the Old Station Building. Also pictured: Division 16 Commander AUX Paul Casalese (right of AUX Fisher) and MC for the Change of Watch AUX Noreen Schifini (far right).

Flotilla Manasquan Inlet members AUX Bill Castagno (second from left) and AUX Paul Harren (fifth from left) were honored with Operation Support Awards.

USCG AUX Manasquan Inlet Sets up Public Affairs Events Across Monmouth and Ocean County

Story by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando
Photos by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando and Glenn Delmonico

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ -- US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet had a busy weekend! We participated in the Seaside Semper Five 5K Charity Run and the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce 41st Annual Festival of the Sea on Saturday, Sept 15th. We engaged the public about boating safety, the roles and missions of the US Coast Guard and encouraged people to wear their lifejackets at all times on the water.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet members (left to right) Scott Okal, Bill Castagno, Christopher Orlando, Rocco Summa, Bill Iwanyk and David Witherspoon gathered in the boating safety booth at the 41st Annual Point Pleasant Beach Festival of the Sea.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet members (left to right) Scott Okal, Bill Castagno, Christopher Orlando, Rocco Summa, Bill Iwanyk and David Witherspoon gathered in the boating safety booth at the 41st Annual Point Pleasant Beach Festival of the Sea. 
Auxiliarists David Witherspoon and Christopher Orlando set up a Public Affairs booth at the Seaside Semper Fi K Charity Run at the finish line. Information on boating safety, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and US Coast Guard Academy. were available for the public to take and allowed the public to ask questions and engage the Auxiliarist.
Auxiliarists David Witherspoon and Christopher Orlando set up a Public Affairs booth at the Seaside Semper Fi K Charity Run at the finish line. Information on boating safety, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and US Coast Guard Academy. were available for the public to take and allowed the public to ask questions and engage the Auxiliarist. 

Auxiliarist Christopher Orlando (right) poses with a member of the general public at the Public Affairs booth after the Seaside Semper Fi 5K Charity Run.
Auxiliarist Christopher Orlando (right) poses with a member of the general public at the Public Affairs booth after the Seaside Semper Fi 5K Charity Run.

Auxiliarist Bob Withams Receives Burial at Sea

Story by Auxiliarists Betsy Bauer and Christopher M. Orlando
Photos by Auxiliarists Jon Bernz and Greg Porteus

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ -- Auxiliarists from Division 16 and STA Manasquan active duty Coast Guard honored deceased 16-7 Auxiliarist Robert Withams with a burial at sea. Withams was a long time member of Flotilla 16-7 and his family joined the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary in honoring his life and legacy. 


(Left to Right) Auxiliarists John Fisher, Bill Iwanyk, David Witherspoon and Bill Castagno are aboard the Launch 5 vessel with the family of Robert Withams after spreading Robert's ashes at sea.

Auxiliarist Bill Castagno aboard the Launch 5 vessel for Robert Withams' burial at sea.

Auxiliarist Bill Iwanyk keeping an eye out aboard the Launch 5 in route to Robert Withams' burial at sea.

Auxilarist Jim Picciano (left) and Bill Iwanyk (right) aboard the Launch 5.

Two Auxilarists are standing watch as STA Manasquan 47ft vessel passes in route to Robert Withams' burial at sea.

USCG AUX Flotilla 16-07 Holds "About Boating Safely" Class in Seaside Heights

Story and Photos by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ-- USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 held an "About Boating Safely" Classwhere all students attended and passed their NJ State Police Boat License exam on Saturday, June 16th.

The students in attendance are now able to operate a personal watercraft and all other power vessels in the State of New Jersey. Five Auxiliarists instructed and served as education aides to the class.

"About Boating Safely" classes are required by the State of NJ to operate a personal watercraft and any other power vessel. Flotilla 16-07 will be holding multiple "About Boating Safely" classes throughout Monmouth and Ocean County and information is posted on their website and Facebook. Please contact us for more information at 732-785-2618 or uscgaux1607@gmail.com.

Auxiliarist Chris Malzone explains that the best boater is a prepared boater by making sure you have all necessary items before getting underway.
Auxiliarist Chris Malzone explains that the best boater is a prepared boater by making sure you have all necessary items before getting underway.
Auxiliarist John Fisher explains the three ways vessels can meet and demonstrates how captains should react if they meet head on to avoid collisions.
Auxiliarist John Fisher explains the three ways vessels can meet and demonstrates how captains should react if they meet head on to avoid collisions.



Auxiliarist Janet Malzone is all smiles while practicing knots with the class. Practice makes perfect!
Auxiliarist Janet Malzone is all smiles while practicing knots with the class. Practice makes perfect!

Auxiliarist Bill Castagno shows off his knot skills with the class. "Knot" a problem here!
Auxiliarist Bill Castagno shows off his knot skills with the class. "Knot" a problem here!

Auxiliarist John Fisher helps a student perfect his knot skills through one on one instruction.
Auxiliarist John Fisher helps a student perfect his knot skills through one on one instruction. 

Auxiliarist Bill Castagno explains how the different types of life jackets work to save lives. Castagno is holding a type 2 vest which is meant for near shore use.
Auxiliarist Bill Castagno explains how the different types of life jackets work to save lives. Castagno is holding a type 2 vest which is meant for near shore use.

Fellowship and teamwork are one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. On Saturday, our team of instructors (left to right) of Auxiliarists Chris Mazlone, John Fisher, Janet Malzone and Bill Castagno, taught the eight hour required course and had all students pass the NJ State Police exam. Bravo Zulu team!
Fellowship and teamwork are one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. On Saturday, our team of instructors (left to right) of Auxiliarists Chris Mazlone, John Fisher, Janet Malzone and Bill Castagno, taught the eight hour required course and had all students pass the NJ State Police exam. Bravo Zulu team!

National Safe Boating Week Highlighted on Memorial Day Week 2018 by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07

Story and Photos by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ - In honor of National Safe Boating Week, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 set up boating safety booths in Ocean County over the Memorial Day Weekend. Below are pictures from the Public Affairs event on Saturday, May 26th at the Stop and Shop in Point Pleasant Beach. Flotilla 16-07 engaged the public about the importance of taking your boating safety course, wearing the proper life jacket and the role of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in the boating safety mission and local community.

Flotilla 16-07 would like to thank our gracious hosts at the Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River Stop and Shop.

National Safe Boating Week inspires boating safety awareness including wearing a life jacket while out on the water and other ways to prevent boating accidents, and loss of property or life.

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reed (second from left) stopped by learn more about ways to encourage boating safety in the community. Point Pleasant Beach also presented USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 with a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week earlier this year. Pictured from left to right: Auxiliarist Alyce Schroth, Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid, the Point Pleasant Beach Stop and Shop Store Manager, and Auxiliarist David Witherspoon
Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reed (second from left) stopped by learn more about ways to encourage boating safety in the community. Point Pleasant Beach also presented USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 with a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week earlier this year. Pictured from left to right: Auxiliarist Alyce Schroth, Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid, the Point Pleasant Beach Stop and Shop Store Manager, and Auxiliarist David Witherspoon. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando.

Auxiliarist David Witherspoon spoke to potential members to recruit to join the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Auxiliarist David Witherspoon spoke to potential members to recruit to join the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando.

Part of National Safe Boating Week is encouraging the public to wear the correct life jacket out on the water. As you can see, the display has life jackets ranging in size to accommodate everyone on a vessel, even the family dog has a life jacket!
Part of National Safe Boating Week is encouraging the public to wear the correct life jacket out on the water. As you can see, the display has life jackets ranging in size to accommodate everyone on a vessel, even the family dog has a life jacket! USCG Auxiliary Photo by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando.

Auxiliarists David Witherspoon (left) and Alyce Schroth (right) answered a question about the role of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in the community.
Auxiliarists David Witherspoon (left) and Alyce Schroth (right) answered a question about the role of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in the community. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando.

Auxiliarists David Witherspoon (left) and Alyce Schroth signed up members of the public for a boating safety class and took questions about life jackets and joining the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Auxiliarists David Witherspoon (left) and Alyce Schroth signed up members of the public for a boating safety class and took questions about life jackets and joining the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando.

May 2018 Business Meeting Update

Story and Photos by Auxiliarist Betsy Bauer



POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ - Our May Business meeting saw one new member take her Oath of Membership (Donielle Turturro) and three members receive awards.  Bruce Haydu received his Sustained Service Award for 770 hours of service; Dennis Georgia received his Membership Service Award for 20 years of service and Ted Hall received his Annual Service Performance Award.

New member Donielle Turturro took her Oath of Membership at the May Business Meeting and posed for a picture with FC Bill Iwanyk. Congratulations and welcome aboard!
New member Donielle Turturro took her Oath of Membership at the May Business Meeting and posed for a picture with FC Bill Iwanyk. Congratulations and welcome aboard!

Auxiliarist Bruce Haydu received his Sustained Service Award for 770 hours of service from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.
Auxiliarist Bruce Haydu received his Sustained Service Award for 770 hours of service from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.

Auxiliarist Dennis Georgia received his Membership Service Award for 20 years of service from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.
Auxiliarist Dennis Georgia received his Membership Service Award for 20 years of service from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.

Auxiliarist Ted Hall received his Annual Service Performance Award from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.
Auxiliarist Ted Hall received his Annual Service Performance Award from FC Bill Iwanyk during the May Business Meeting.

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Teaches “About Boating Safely” with 100% of  Students Passing

Story by Auxiliarist Christopher M. Orlando


POINT PLEASANT, NJ – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 held an "About Boating Safely" class where 28 students attended and passed their NJ State Police Boat License exam on Saturday, May 5th.

The students in attendance are now able to operate a personal watercraft and all other power vessels in the State of New Jersey. Six Auxiliarists instructed and served as education aides to the class.


C. Malzone, 16-07 Flotilla Staff Officer of Public Education said, "Teaching a class of this size is always rewarding as the interaction between the instructors and the students helps everyone more thoroughly understand the course material.  It was a great class!"

"About Boating Safely" classes are required by the State of NJ to operate a personal watercraft and any other power vessel. Flotilla 16-07 will be holding multiple "About Boating Safely" classes throughout Monmouth and Ocean County and information is posted on their website and Facebook. Please contact us for more information at 732-785-2618 or uscgaux1607@gmail.com.


Auxilarist Chris Malzone engages the class about the necessary steps to take prior to getting underway in your vessel.
Auxilarist Chris Malzone engages the class about the necessary steps to take prior to getting underway in your vessel. USCG Auxiliary Photo from Alyce Schroth. 

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Presented with Proclamation Recognizing "National Safe Boating Week" From Wall Township Town Committee

Story by Auxiliarist Christopher Orlando


Wall Township, NJ – United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 was presented with a proclamation recognizing "National Safe Boating Week" from the Wall Township Town Committee on Wednesday, April 25. The proclamation was presented to Flotilla 16-07 by Township Mayor Timothy J. Farrell, Deputy Mayor Kevin P. Orender, Committeeman Dominick DiRocco, Committeeman George K. Newberry, and Committeeman Carl Braun to members of the flotilla.



Flotilla Commander Basil (Bill) Iwanyk said, "On behalf of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, I thank the Wall Township Town Committee for recognizing the significance of National Safe Boating Week which emphasizes the importance of safe recreational boating and watercraft activities for 2018. The Auxiliary mission is to educate the public in responsible boating, promote safe boating practices, and help in assuring that watercraft have the basic operational safety features. This proclamation is an endorsement of the work being accomplished by the Auxiliary as well as heightening the awareness of responsible recreational boating."



Flotilla 16-07 will also be presented a proclamation Seaside Heights Town Committee on Thursday, May 3rd at 5pm.



National Safe Boating Week inspires boating safety awareness including wearing a life jacket while out on the water and other ways to prevent boating accidents, and loss of property or life.



USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 members (left to right) Bill Castagno, Bruce Haydu, Flotilla Commander Basil (Bill) Iwanyk, David Witherspoon, Christopher Orlando, John Ignozza, and John Fisher are all smiles as they are presented with the proclamation recognizing "National Safe Boating Week" from the Wall Township Town Committee. Photo Courtesy of Abby Reinhard, Star News Group.


Flotilla 16-07 Commander Basil (Bill) Iwanyk (left) and Flotilla Staff Officer of Public Affairs David Witherspoon (right), thank Wall Township Mayor Timothy J. Farrell for the proclamation recognizing "National Safe Boating Week." USCG Auxiliary Photo Courtesy of Auxilarist Christopher Orlando.

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Presents "Water N' Kids" at Meridian Early Childhood Center at Ocean Medical Center

Story and Photos By Auxiliarist John Fisher

A team of Instructors from Flotilla 16-07 (5NR) presented water safety information from the Water 'n Kids Auxiliary National Program to a group of 30 children aged 3-4 at the Meridian Early Childhood Education Center at Ocean Medical Center on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Needless to say, the children were a lively and outspoken group of learners as they heard about the importance of knowing how to swim, the difference between people and fish, why life jackets are so important when around water, and the disposal and recycling of trash.



Our team consisted of Dennis Georgia, William Castagno, John Ignozza, and John Fisher. The team performed admirably in presenting their material while holding the attention of the little learners. 



Also in attendance were Vito Buccellato, Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Medical Center, and Allison Cerco, Anne Green, and Kristina Kelly, Administrators of the Early Childhood Education Center.


Auxilarists John Fisher, William Castagno, Dennis Georgia, and John Ignozza pose for a picture following an exciting presentation of "Water N' Kids."
Auxilarists John Fisher, William Castagno, Dennis Georgia, and John Ignozza pose for a picture following an exciting presentation of "Water N' Kids."

Auxilarist Dennis Georgia looks for participants to answer questions about the importance of wearing a life jacket as Auxilarist William Castagno assists.
Auxilarist Dennis Georgia looks for participants to answer questions about the importance of wearing a life jacket as Auxilarist William Castagno assists.

Auxilarist Dennis Georgia discusses the importance of wearing a life jacket when around water.
Auxilarist Dennis Georgia discusses the importance of wearing a life jacket when around water.

Auxilarists John Fisher, William Castagno, Dennis Georgia, and John Ignozza are all smiles with Vito Buccellato Chief Operations Officer of Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ.
Auxilarists John Fisher, William Castagno, Dennis Georgia, and John Ignozza are all smiles with Vito Buccellato Chief Operations Officer of Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ.

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Wins Public Education Award for Boating Safety Classes

Story by Auxiliarist Christopher Orlando

POINT PLEASANT, NJ – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 won the “William Ross McDonald Award” at District 5 Northern Training held in Wyomissing, PA on March 10th. This award is given to the flotilla in the district with the most points in public education for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2017.
Flotilla Commander Basil (Bill) Iwanyk was present to receive the award from District 5. Iwanyk said of the accomplishment, “This award is further testament to the hard work and dedication of the Public Education team in Flotilla 16-07 headed up by Staff Office Chris Malzone. Boating safety one of the prime missions of the United States Coast Guard and the training we provide establishes a solid foundation for recreational boating safety."
In addition to the “William Ross McDonald Award,” Flotilla 16-07 members were recognized in multiple categories for their work in 2017.
Top 10 percent for Vessel Safety Checks: William Castagno, Basil Iwanyk

Top 10 percent for Recreational Boating Safety Visits: Basil Iwanyk

Top 10 percent in Classroom Instruction: William Castagno, John Fisher Jr., Christopher Malzone, 

Top 10 percent in Operation Missions: William Castagno


Flotilla 16-07 members (left to right) Christopher Orlando, William Castagno and Basil Iwanyk, dressed in their dinner dress blue uniforms, attended District Awards Meeting in Reading, PA.
Flotilla 16-07 members (left to right) Christopher Orlando, William Castagno and Basil Iwanyk, dressed in their dinner dress blue uniforms, attended District Awards Meeting in Reading, PA.
Photo Courtesy of Terry Bearce

Flotilla 16-07 Commander Basil Iwanyk (center) accepts the “William Ross McDonald Award” which is awarded to the flotilla in the 5th Northern District that has the most points in public education in 2017.
Flotilla 16-07 Commander Basil Iwanyk (center) accepts the “William Ross McDonald Award” which is awarded to the flotilla in the 5th Northern District that has the most points in public education in 2017.
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Orlando.

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Holds Membership Training on Team Coordination and Photography for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Story and Photos by Auxilarist Christopher Orlando

Photos Courtesy of Auxilarists John Fisher and Christopher Orlando 


POINT PLEASANT, NJUnited States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 held a training session that included Team Coordination Training instructed by Auxiliarist John Ignozza and Photography for the Auxiliary directed by Auxiliarist Christopher Orlando on April 4th, 2018. Below you can see photos of members participating in both exercises which included risk assessment scenarios and Auxilarists practicing their photography and caption writing skills. 
Auxilarist John Ignozza poses for a picture.
Auxilarist John Ignozza poses for a picture while waiting for the team to finish their evaluation of a team coordination training module.

Auxilarist Christopher Orlando is leading the class about writing catchy captions.
Auxilarist Christopher Orlando gets animated while discussing the importance of catchy captions for photos taken at United States Coast Guard Auxiliary events and missions.

Three Auxiliary members are reading their team training exercise.
Auxilarists John Fisher (left) Jim Picciano (center) and Dennis Georgia (right) are reading up on the team coordination training situation and looking for the best course of action.

USCGA Flotilla 16-07 Hosts “About Boating Safely” at Thompson Park

Story and Photos by Auxilarist Christopher Orlando


POINT PLEASANT, NJ – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07 held an “About Boating Safely” class at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ where eleven students attended and passed their NJ State Police Boat License exam on Saturday, February 24th.

The students in attendance are now able to operate a personal watercraft and all other power vessels in the State of New Jersey. Instructors were: Bill Castagno, John Fisher, Chris and Janet Malzone.  C. Malzone, 16-07 Flotilla Staff Officer of Public Education said, “Teaching Boating Safety is the best part of our work as CG Auxiliarists, because it may be the difference that keeps these students safe.”

“About Boating Safely” classes are required by the State of NJ to operate a personal watercraft and any other power vessel. Flotilla 16-07 will be holding multiple “About Boating Safely” classes throughout Monmouth and Ocean County and information is posted on their website and Facebook. Please contact us for more information.


Bill Castagno shows the importance of a lifejacket.
Auxiliarist Bill Castagno explains the importance of wearing the correct sized personal flotation device (PFDs) and having throwable PDFs available in case of an emergency.

John Fisher shows how to do a clove hitch.
Auxiliarist John Fisher shows students how to tie a clove hitch when docking a vessel. 
Chris Mazlone and John Fisher help students perform knots.

Auxiliarists Chris Malzone (left) and John Fisher (right) assist students with different knots for different situations on a vessel.