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Coast Guard

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon October 11, 2018

    Thank you to Duane Treadon for the following article.
    The paddle sports industry has seen continued growth over the past several years. With a low cost and easy availability more and more people are trying kayaking and stand up paddle boards every day.
    Unfortunately there has also been an increase of injuries and deaths related to the sport. In recent years over 30 percent of boating accidents nationwide have involved paddle craft.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon Oct. 4, 2018

    The following article ran in the Navigator, a publication distributed by the United States Coast Guard: From the Editor: Semper Paratus – Answering The Call.
    “Semper Paratus, anyone remotely connected with the U.S. Coast Guard knows these words. But, what does “Always Ready” really mean? For the active duty, always being ready is ensured by Coasties standing the watch. Be the shore-bound ort\ underway, there is always someone in the active duty Coast Guard who is Semper Paratus what ever the needs of mariners may be.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon September 27, 2018

    As a follow-up to last week’s article, Wade Olson sent in a more detailed account of the ATON Verifier course.
    On Saturday Sept. 15, a group from FL12 traveled to Coast Guard Station Panama City for ATON Training.
    The group consisted of seven members of FL12, Bob Asztalos, Tim Ashley, Norma and Phil Hill, Wade and Linda Olson, and Joe Story, who met with several members of FL19 for the training.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon September 20, 2018

    This past weekend several members from Flotilla 12 and 19 headed over to Station Panama City to take part in the ATON (aids to navigation) Verifier Course. Bob Asztalos, from Flotilla 12 was one of the instructors.
    Flotilla 12 members in attendance included Tim Ashley, Norma and Phil Hill, Linda and Wade Olson and Joe Storey. Thank you to Wade Olson for the images.
    During the course, students went through classroom learning before heading out to the channel to demonstrate their skills.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon September 13, 2018

    For this week’s column, Bob Asztalos sent in the following:
    On Sept. 8, Flotilla 12 took our beloved Sherrie Alverson home when her ashes were spread over the waters just off Shell Point Beach. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Sherrie’s family and friends gathered with Jim Magill, a former Flotilla 13 member and six Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Flotilla 12 at the boat ramp in Shell Point.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon September 6, 2018

    This past week, Flotilla 12 conducted a safety patrol. The crew of Norma Hill, Phil Hill and Steve Hults along with Coxswain Tim Ashley set out to patrol our area of operation. Throughout the day the team worked on using carts for navigation and plotting courses. This is an important task to practice, because practice makes it easier to utilize skills if a call comes in for an emergency.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon August 30, 2018

    This week we have been faced with another tragedy, this time at Jacksonville Landing.
    But what does this have to do with safe boating? The answer is situational awareness. When you are out on the water, being aware of your surroundings can be the difference between a good day and one that may end with tragedy.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon August 23, 2018

    Have you ever been out and had your engine not start? It can be a very unnerving situation.
    With any mechanical or electronic device, problems can happen at any time – some quick fixes, some not so much.
    While there are standard safety items that you are required to have onboard when you are out on the water, an alternative propulsion device is not one of them. If you are lucky enough to have a secondary motor aboard, that can be a life saver. However, many boats do not.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon August 16, 2018

    This week, the local and state news has been addressing the increasing challenges faced from a red tide bloom.
    Did you know that part of the duties of the USCG Auxiliary is to respond to environmental issues?
    Member Gregg Stanton is currently working to earn his Marine Safety qualification. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Marine Safety program is designed to facilitate and encourage Auxiliary support for Coast Guard Sectors in the legacy Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Programs.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports By Carolyn Brown Treadon August 9, 2018

    This past weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard celebrated its 228th birthday.
    On Aug. 4, 1790, Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Although the mission of the USCG has changed over the years, we are one of the 5 branches of the United States Military service.