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February 2016 newsletter

"In The Loop"- FEB2016

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February 2016 newsletter

  1. 1. Change of Watch Flotilla 59 held its annual change of watch dinner and ceremony at Wharf Hill Brewing Company in downtown Smithfield. page 1 Meeting Highlights Highlights from FSO staff reports and anything else you may have missed at the last flotilla meeting. page 1 Flotilla Commander A word from our new Flotilla Commander for 2016, Anderson Braswell. page 3 In this issue: The Newsletter of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 • Smithfield, VA • Feb. 2016 Change of Watch 2015 Meeting Highlights Smithfield Flotilla 59 held its annual Change of Watch dinner and awards ceremony Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 5 p.m. at the Wharf Hill Brewing Company in downtown Smithfield. Highlights from the evening included the announcement of the Flotilla’s Auxiliarist of the Year, Chuck Mullen, Sr., and New Auxiliarist of the Year, Henry Troutner, and the frocking of the Flotilla’s new Vice Flotilla Commander, Fred Hetzel. Additional awards presented that evening included the following: Stephanie Faleski, wife of outgoing Flotilla Commander Peter Faleski, received an award for her work writing and directing a promotional music video for the Flotilla, which made its debut on YouTube in early August 2015 and received over 2,000 views by the end of the year. Auxiliarist Chuck Mullen, Sr., received his Coxswain device and See COW, page 2 See Meeting, page 2 Smithfield Flotilla 59 held its first monthly meeting of 2016 on Jan. 18, 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Smithfield. Here’s what you may have missed if you could not attend: Awards and Recognition Chuck Mullen, Sr. and Henry Troutner received their Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation letters and ribbons for participation on the DSAR 2015 team. LouBott,JohnCurry,TomSparling, and Stephen Faleski received their Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation letters and ribbons for serving as support staff for DSAR 2015. Smithfield Flotilla 59 received a best in show award for the rescue vehicle category from the Town of Smithfield for participation in the Town’s 2015 Christmas Parade. Announcements There is a boat show coming up Jan. 29-31 in Virginia Beach. Division V is looking for help with public affairs on Friday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 9
  2. 2. S M ITHFIELD, V A FLOTILLA SMITHFIELD, VA certification. Auxiliarists Fred Hetzel and Henry Troutner received their boat crew qualification ribbons. Incoming Flotilla Commander Anderson Braswell received his fourth sustained service award for a total of over 3,000 hours of service to the Auxiliary. Auxiliarist Henry Troutner received his vessel examiner certification and ribbon. Auxiliarist Tom Sparling receiving his food service qualification. Outgoing Division Commander Al Coke received his seventh sustained service award for a total of 5,250 hours of Auxiliary service. Auxiliarists Chuck Mullen, Sr., Fred Hetzel, John Curry, and Henry Troutner received their 60 hour Annual Service Performance Award for Operations. Auxiliarist George Langdon receiving his Annual Service Performance Award for Public Education. OutgoingFlotillaCommanderPeter Faleski received a commemorative plaque honoring his service as Flotilla Commander for 2015. COW cont. from page 1 Meeting, cont. from page 1 In the Loop is the authorized newsletter of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59, Smithfield, VA. It is published bi-monthly as a PDF and emailed to members. Hard copies are available by request from the editor. Members are encouraged to submit articles, photos, and letters to FSO-PB/FSO-CS Stephen Faleski at stephenfaleski@ Editor reserves the right to edit all submissions for length and content. FC/FSO-MS: R. Anderson Braswell VFC: H. Fred Hetzel FSO-FN/PA/MT: Peter Faleski FSO-CS/PB/SR: Stephen Faleski FSO-IS/PE: George Langdon FSO-HR: Dean Densmore FSO-DV/NS/DCAPT: Michelle Thornton FSO-PV: Charlie More FSO-VE: Lou Bott FSO-OP: Mike Quinn p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Division V is also now requiring all flotillas to appoint a rescue survival systems staff officer in writing. The Mariner’s Museum will hold a Safety at Sea Seminar Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flotilla 59 received permission to set up a recruiting booth outside Harborview Theater during opening weekend (Fri., Sat., Sun. Jan. 29-31) of The Finest Hours. (see Above.) Flotilla 5-10 (Suffolk) also participated in the recruiting effort. The Flotilla’s budget for 2016 has been submitted and approved. Anyone who contributed items to the Flotilla’s garage sale in Nov. can take their donation as a tax deduction. Send your name and address to Peter Faleski, FSO-FN and you will receive a letter acknowledging your donation. The Flotilla plans to hold another garage sale this year. Dave Adams, Chief of Staff, will go on patrol with Flotilla 59 in Feb. Al Coke will be running DSAR 2016. DSAR will be sometime in Aug. Flotilla Commanders Larry Pennington of 5-10 (left) Anderson Braswell of 5-9 (right) recruited at Harbourview Grande Theater in Suffolk during opening week- end of The Finest Hours. Troutner receives his New AOY award.
  3. 3. Commander’s Corner In 2003, Derek Jeter took the reins as Captain of Major League Baseball’s infamous New York Yankees. Over the next nine seasons, Jeter’s club would earn six Division Titles and one World Championship. Was this the result of superior leadership on the part of Jeter? Of course not. It was the result of one part Yankees tradition, mixed with one part vastly superior talent on the roster. In the past four years, Flotilla 59 has rocketed to the top of the Division in almost every relevant category, and dominated the Mid-Atlantic SAR competition for two consecutive years. We have very quickly created a tradition of excellence in Smithfield, Suffolk and Surry through our actions and accomplishments, and the active duty leadership has taken notice. Tradition, however, sprouts from those who earn it. Whether it is leading the Division in Program Visits, or leading the Division in Operational Missions, the members of Flotilla 59 have each exceeded the expectations of the Coast Guard year after year to breed the tradition we enjoy today. As we look ahead to 2016, we must continue to nurture and build on that tradition, and continue to expect excellence from each other. Fortunately, the members of this Flotilla do not know how to be any other way. It is an honor to serve in Flotilla 59. I look forward to yet another winning season in 2016. Flotilla - Anderson Braswell, FC Flotilla 59 had an eventful year in 2015, from recruiting new members to winning the Mid-Atlantic District Search and Rescue competition (DSAR) for the second year in a row. Here are a few of the highlights from this past year: We began 2015 with a new Flotilla Commander, Peter Faleski. Several of our members were also e l e c t e d a n d appointed to various D i v i s i o n and District leadership positions, to include M i c h e l l e Thornton, who was e l e c t e d District Captain for Sector Hampton Roads, and Anderson Braswell, who was appointed to head up Coast Guard District 5 Southern Region’s Communications Services as the new District Staff Officer (DSO-CS.) The Flotilla was featured in numerous newspaper articles throughout the year in various local publications, including The Smithfield Times, The Suffolk News Herald, and the Virginia Pilot. The Flotilla also participated in two local television broadcasts. Suffolk News Happenings, a local news broadcast produced for the City of Suffolk via Prime Media Productions and Charter Cable Channel 190, interviewed Anderson Braswell, alongside two representatives from Air Operations Flotilla 5-10, Larry Byers and Paul Woche. Later, Braswell also participated in an interview for Smithfield Today, another local news broadcast on Charter Cable 189 hosted by JoAnn Hall. In May, the Flotilla kicked off National Safe Boating Week with a visit from Coastie the Safety Week by partnering with the Isle of Wight Arts League to put on a “fashion show” of USCG Au x ilia r y u n i f o r m s and boater s a f e t y gear at the “Splish Splash” art show and reception at The Arts C e n t e r @319. A l s o in May 2015 the active duty USCG Mid-Atlantic Blog published a spotlight on Flotilla 59’s Chuck Mullen, Jr. In June, the Mid- Atlantic Blog featured Anderson Braswell, who was awarded honorable mention as a National Auxiliarist of the Year for 2014. In early August, the Flotilla released a music video on YouTube featuring four Auxiliarists from Flotilla 59. The video quickly gained over 1,000 views and was featured in two local newspapers as well as on Smithfield Today TV. On Aug. 14-15 the Flotilla participated in DSAR, and took first place for the second year in a row. The team included three new auxiliarists and a coxswain who had only recently earned his qualification. 2015: a Year in Review