Borinquen Auxiliary Aviators Honored at Safety Workshop

Monday, November 23, 2015

CDR Lawrence Gaillard, Air Station Borinquen operations officer and Capt. Patricia A. McFetridge, (left) Air Station Borinquen commanding officer present the Special Operations Service Ribbon to Auxiliary aviators during the annual Auxiliary Aviation Safety Workshop held November 7, 2015. Members received the award for their participation with Operation UNIFIED RESOLVE, a targeted campaign to deter, detect and disrupt illegal maritime activities in the region and is now the standing regional framework for interagency maritime operations supporting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recipients (left to right) are Charles “Chuck” Fischer, Duane Minton, Carlos Matos, Charlie Santana, Hache Vazquez, Jose Berrios, Glauco Rivera, Gregory Worrell III, Adam Shapiro and James “CC” Kreglo. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Robert A. Fabich, Sr.

The Coast Guard recognized Auxiliary Aviators (AUXAIR) assigned to Air Station Borinquen (BQN) during the annual Auxiliary Aviation Safety Workshop held at BQN, November 7, 2015. Coast Guard Lt. Crystal A. Barnett, BQN, Auxiliary liaison officer announced the awards as Capt. Patricia A. McFetridge, BQN, commanding officer presented the Auxiliary Medal of Operational Merit, Auxiliary […]

Serve Your Country as a USCG Food Service Specialist, Receive an Enlistment Bonus!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FORT LEE, Va. Ð Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Kellogg and other Coast Guard food service specialists work on a meal during the Student Skills portion of the 37th annual Military Culinary Arts Competition here, March 7, 2012. The two-week competition is hosted by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence and is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin.

The United States Coast Guard has announced an enlistment bonus to those who complete training as a Food Specialist. Following are the basic requirements for becoming a active duty member of the Coast Guard: You must be a U.S. citizen or a Resident Alien. Be between the ages of 17–27 (up to age 32 if qualified […]

Picture of the Week – Auxiliarist Jim Frei

Monday, November 16, 2015

Aux Frei insp container

Auxiliarist Jim Frei (Flotilla 054-09-11) received the Assistant Container Inspector qualification in December 2013, and has been working with Sector North Carolina two days a month to inspect containers at the Port of Wilmington, located on the Cape Fear River and about 26 miles from the sea buoy.  This port averaged 24,800 TEUs per month […]

Honoring Our Veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


A special thank you to all that have served! Below is a preview and link to a post from the Official USCG blog written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando. Enjoy…and Happy Veterans Day! ____________________________________________ In the hills and grassy flats of Arlington National Cemetery, Coast Guard flags and national ensigns flutter gently in […]

Picture of the Week

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


INFORMATION SERVICES (IS) is responsible for the Auxiliary’s membership and administrative databases, and information systems for member and management use. Information Services also determines the standard and increasingly electronic Form solutions used by members and management on a daily basis. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Joseph Giannattasio

USCG Auxiliary Members Operated from the Radio Room on the Battleship New Jersey

Monday, November 9, 2015


On 17 October, six members of District 5nr had the honor and pleasure of spending the day on board USS New Jersey, BB62.  We were guests of the BSNJ Amateur Radio Club making contacts and promoting the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as NJ2BB.  The event was to recognize the 76th anniversary of the auxiliary.  Inculded […]

Picture of the Week

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


THOMPSON PARK, NJ – During a Auxiliary Boating Safety Janet Malzone and Tina Shymko, FSO-PE review New Jersey State Police boating certificate applications. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Instructors instructors must also be licensed by the State of N.J. in order to satisfy the requirements for the mandatory N.J. Boating Safety Certificate needed by all […]

Cold Weather Boating – Off Season Months

Friday, October 30, 2015

During the “off-season” months (for most October through April), it is even more important to practice safe boating. If you head out this cold weather season please remember some of these tips to help keep you safe: Preparing for your cold weather journey . • Is your boat able to safely navigate the rough seas and cold weather that you […]

Picture of the Week

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


CAPE MAY, N.J. – The prow of an Auxiliary Vessel slices through the calm deep-green waters of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) at the start of a patrol during nautical dawn. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Joseph Giannattasio.

On this Day in Coast Guard History

Monday, October 19, 2015


CG history, Oct. 19, 1881-The Sloop Zulu Chief with four passengers and a crew of two men struck the bar off Hog Island Inlet, Virginia at a point about half a mile from the beach. The accident occurred at 11 o’clock am in plain view of the crew of Station No. 9, Fifth District, on […]

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