Fleet Week NYC 2014: USCG Auxiliarists offer Herculean Support and Heroics

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Auxiliarist James Chin answers questions about the Campbell. USCG Aux photo by Campbell Crew.

Auxiliarist James Chin answers questions about the Campbell. USCG Auxiliary Photo by CGC Campbell Crew.

New York City, New York – Auxiliarists from throughout the First Southern District rallied together to make Fleet Week a success on the USCGC Campbell (WMEC-909), USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552), and at a Public Affairs tent next to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. From May 22 to 26, over 50 Auxiliarists helped guide over 10,000 visitors touring the CGC Campbell and CGC Katherine Walker and instructed 750 visitors at the Public Affairs Tent about boating safety and the USCG Auxiliary.

Article by Auxiliarist James Chin, National Staff – New Media Branch Assistant

Auxiliarist David Porter, District Captain and lead Auxiliary organizer, stands with PA tent staff. USCG Auxiliary photo by Intrepid Staff.

Auxiliarist David Porter, District Captain and lead Auxiliary organizer, stands with public affairs tent staff. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Intrepid Staff.

Active Duty Crew from the CGC Campbell utilized Auxiliarists as tour and safety guides while visitors which included young children and the elderly walked through the Cutter’s numerous doorways and stairs. Keeping visitors from falling down hatches and stairs as well as warning about low ceilings were common tasks for the tour guide teams.

Auxiliarist Samantha Kahn stands by to assist a tour group. USCG Auxiliary photo by James Chin.

Auxiliarist Samantha Kahn (Left) stands ready to assist a tour group. USCG Auxiliary Photo by James Chin.

Fleet Week offers the rare chance for the public to interact and learn about the USCG and the Auxiliary. For many visitors, it was a smiling Auxiliarist that first welcomed them after getting on-board a cutter.  Auxiliarists were able to learn more about how Active Duty Coast Guardsmen lived on a cutter while giving the crew the chance to take breaks or address other important tasks.

USCGC Campbell was one of two USCG Cutters and three Navy ships at Fleet Week NYC 2014. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Anthony Torres.

CGC Campbell was one of two USCG Cutters and three Navy ships at Fleet Week NYC 2014. The USS Oak Hill is docked behind her. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Anthony Torres.

As added excitement to the extremely busy tours, two stories of outstanding Auxiliary action resulted in preventing serious injury or death from occurring. Onboard the Campbell, Auxiliarist Allan Peda caught an approximately 3-4 year old boy in the air as the boy fell forward from about five to six feet up on a staircase.  Seaman Reed who witnessed Peda’s actions stated that they would have definitely needed to have called an ambulance if he did not catch the boy. The boy would have fallen face first onto metal stairs or a hard deck. At the end of the day, Peda received a round of applause from the crew of the CGC Campbell in the mess hall.

Auxiliarist Peda stands next to the stairs in which he saved a falling boy by catching him in midair. USCG Auxiliary photo by James Chin.

Auxiliarist Peda stands next to the stairs where he saved a falling boy by catching him in midair. USCG Auxiliary Photo by James Chin.

At the Public Affairs tent next to the Intrepid, Auxiliarists Marvin Brody, Esther Brody, Richard Scher, Joy Scher, and Bridget Benjamin assisted Harold Smallwood, a WWII merchant marine, who had collapsed due to dehydration and heat near their tent. The Auxiliarists rendered first aid and called an ambulance. After being treated, Smallwood returned to the tent to thank the Auxiliarists.

Harold Smallwood poses for a picture next to his rescuers.USCG Auxiliary photo.

Harold Smallwood poses for a picture next to his rescuers.USCG Auxiliary photo.

The Auxiliary event’s main Auxiliary organizer was Dave Porter, District Captain of Southern New York while Auxiliarists James Chin and Bridget Benjamin served as Manhattan field coordinators.  The coordinators had to manage over twenty Auxiliarists simultaneously during peak volunteering days. They acted as the main liaisons between the active duty, Intrepid organizers, and the Auxiliary.

Auxiliarist James Chin acting as a field coordinator, gives a mission briefing. Over twenty Auxiliarists helped on Saturday at the Intrepid and Campbell. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Intrepid Staff.

Auxiliarist James Chin, a field coordinator, gives a mission briefing. Over twenty Auxiliarists helped on Saturday at the Intrepid and Campbell. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Intrepid Staff.

Cutter crews welcomed and appreciated the Auxiliary help greatly. LCDR Frye of Sector New York greeted Auxiliarists in the morning to thank them and to make sure everything was going fine. Coasties joked with and explained Coast Guard protocol as Auxiliarists stood watch next to them. In addition, the Commanding Officer of the CGC Campbell, CMDR Caputo, and the Executive Officer, LCDR Kowalczyk, shook hands and thanked Auxiliarists for volunteering.

LCDR Frye demonstrates a salute to Auxiliarists. The Active Duty side was highly appreciative of the Auxiliary help and answered all questions on military protocol patiently. USCG Auxiliary photo by James Chin.

LCDR Frye demonstrates a salute to Auxiliarists. The Active Duty side was highly appreciative of the Auxiliary help and answered all questions on military protocol patiently. USCG Auxiliary Photo by James Chin.

Fleet Week 2014 has exemplified the meaning of being a part of Team Coast Guard.  Auxiliarists worked hand in hand with the Active Duty to promote and uphold the reputation of the USCG. Semper Paratus! The Auxiliary will be ready for next year’s Fleet Week in NYC.

Auxiliarists get photobombed by a Campbell crewmember during dinner time after a long day of tours. Photo by Campbell crew.

Auxiliarists get photobombed by a CGC Campbell crew member during dinner time after a long day of tours. Photo by CGC Campbell crew.

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Comments


  1. Howard Friedman says:

    There’s no pictures taken of myself at the detail.

  2. Hope Wright says:

    I photographed the entire Memorial Day Ceremony (Color Guard, National Anthem performed by Navy Band Northeast), Invocation, Laying of Wreaths, Unfurling the 100′ long American flag, the rifle salute, Taps, the Search and Rescue demo), two days at Pier 86, one day at Homeport Pier, one day at Fort Hamilton to photograph the Parade of Ships and firing of the canons, as well as yesterday’s birthday of one of our oldest Auxiliarists and another Auxiliarist’s birthday whose health is not good. Tomorrow taking a guest Auxiliarists from Florida to Ft Wadsworth. She is former Coastie, and is Exec Dir of American Flag Society.


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