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The 2013 Change of Watch (COW) took place at Saylers in Portland. It was well attended by our current and retired members along with special guest from the active duty Coast Guard. We all enjoyed the fellowship of our shipmates, some wonderful food, presentation of awards and the swearing in of our 2014 bridge.

2013 COW Head table

2013 COW Head table

2013 COW gathering

2013 COW gathering

2013 COW swearing in new officers

2013 COW swearing in new officers

USCGC Bertholf Visits Portland

posted May 31, 2010, 9:57 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 31, 2010, 11:12 AM ]


The USCGC Bertholf, our first National Security Cutter, is in Portland at Cascade General for the next six weeks. Flotilla 73 member Ken Babick and I helped bring her in to port. If you haven’t seen her up close, you don’t know what you are missing. This is a very impressive ship.

Thanks to the initiative of our ASC, Todd Mains, members are invited to participate in any one of four tours scheduled for Sector Portland.
Please contact Lynn Easton if you are interested in participating in any of these tours.
Brian Rollins
Commander, FL-73
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 73

Update: Invasive Species Inspector Training

posted Feb 11, 2010, 8:07 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Feb 12, 2010, 3:38 PM ]

The location of the Invasive Species Inspector Training class has changed several times as we attempted to locate a room large enough that did not charge for the room usage. We will have the class at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located at 3406 Cherry Ave NE in Salem Oregon.

We have 40 signed up for the class and have 15 more spots avaiable. If you are not on the following list and plan to attend, please e-mail me with your name, phone number and member number and I will add you to the list.

This class is sponsored by the McMinnville Flotilla.

Hope to see you there!
Dean Wimer
VFC Flotilla 66 – McMinnville, OR
13th US Coast Guard District Auxiliary

Untucked ODU Now Available

posted Jan 16, 2010, 4:37 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 17, 2010, 11:32 AM ]

Untucked ODU Uniform

Until today we were only able to order the new Untucked ODU for new members. As of today each Auxiliarist may order one set of Untucked ODUs. A few recommendations:


  • As you place your orders follow the sizing guidance for the Untucked ODU and do not order the sizes you wear in the original Tucked ODU.
  • The tucked and untucked uniform items may not be mixed so you need to order both the Untucked Coat and the Untucked Trouser.
  • I recommend ordering your name tapes and the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary tape from the UDC when you place your untucked uniform order.
  • The UDC does not stock the Auxiliary officer devices or Auxiliary badges – these must be ordered through the standard sources. Our District Materials Officer, Matt Epstein, likely has what you need.
  • Once you have received your new uniform be sure to apply the name tape, Aux tape, and any devices the full width of the pocket and tuck the ends of the tapes under so the folded edge is sewn and the tape cannot fray. Please be sure to only apply tapes in the ODU material, not the older cloth tapes and devices.

Orders can be placed only through the Uniform Distribution Center (you will need to request an account if you do not already have one) : http://www.uscg.mil/hr/udc/default.asp
The Untucked ODU page with sizing can be found here: http://www.uscg.mil/hr/udc/ODUUntuckedUniforms.asp


1. The Coast Guard Uniform Manager has advised that stocks of untucked Operational Dress Uniforms (ODU) are now arriving at a volume high enough to accommodate Auxiliary orders, but not at unlimited levels. As a result, Auxiliarists may now place orders to the Coast Guard Uniform Distribution Center (UDC, http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/) for one set of untucked ODUs for themselves. The next advisory will be to announce when unlimited sets of untucked ODUs may be ordered.

2. The purpose of this list is to keep Auxiliarists as well as all other interested parties abreast of current developments, policies, manuals, etc. All information contained herein and linked is OFFICIAL policy and information.

3. Internet Release and Distribution is Authorized.

4. CG-54211, sends

The Department’s Response in Haiti

posted Jan 16, 2010, 4:47 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 19, 2010, 10:54 AM ]

Coast Guard's Response to Haiti

Dear Colleagues,The great tragedy unfolding in Haiti has led to an outpouring of support here at home and around the world. 


As a Department, we are moving rapidly to support the search, rescue, and relief efforts in Haiti. The U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are leading DHS actions to support the larger assistance effort. 


Four Coast Guard cutters have arrived in Haiti, in addition to a variety of Coast Guard assets that were already in the area to support military air traffic control, conduct damage assessments and rescue people in need of assistance. FEMA continues to work closely with the State Department and USAID, who are leading the U.S. federal response, while coordinating the deployment of state and local Urban Search and Rescue Teams from across the country to Haiti. CBP has provided aircraft to support response efforts.


The rebuilding process for the people of Haiti will undoubtedly be extremely difficult. As DHS employees, many of you are already contributing to the response effort. If you are interested in providing additional support to those in need, you can visit www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake to make a monetary contribution. You can also make a $10 donation to the Red Cross simply by texting the word “Haiti” to the number “90999” from your mobile phone.


For individuals seeking information about family members in Haiti, the State Department has set up a toll free number, (888) 407-4747.


Thank you again for your service to DHS and to our Nation. Working together, our Department is making a difference for the people of Haiti during this time of tragedy.


Yours very truly,  


Janet Napolitano


TCT Training

posted Feb 16, 2010, 12:32 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Feb 16, 2010, 12:35 PM ]

Division is having the TCT Refresher (Required for OPS Personal) and OPS workshop on Feb. 20. The class will be held at the Naval Reserve Center next to United States Coast Guard – Sector Portland. Start time is 08:30 and the uniform is ODU.
Brian Rollins
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Commander, FL-73

Spotlight on Leadership Campaign and Contest

posted Apr 1, 2010, 10:35 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 21, 2010, 10:31 AM ]

Vadm. David P. Pekoske

R 291632Z MAR 10
ALCOAST 154/10
Subj: spotlight on leadership campaign and contest – april 2010

1. This years spotlight on leadership campaign will run during the Month of april. This campaign, offers a unique opportunity for usTo highlight the importance of leadership and professional Development and to recognize best practices within the coast guard.

2. While leadership is an important topic everyday, a concentrated Effort to focus on development and recognition can pay off with a Return on investment well into the future.

3. The focus of the campaign is on our leadership competencies, with one competency featured each week for four weeks. This years featured competencies are accountability and responsibility, influencing others, decision making and problemsolving, and external awareness.

4. The office of leadership and professional development, (cg-133),will be featuring a new guidebook on their web site with resources and tools that can be tailored and used at the unit level. Units are encouraged to maximize innovation and creativity and use the guidebook to steer new ideas of their own.  Resources covered in the guidebook will include:
a. Videos
b. Books
c. Movies
d. Games
e. Activities
f. Marketing tools
g. Personal leadership and professional development opportunities

5. The spotlight on leadership campaign contest will be held immediately following the campaign to recognize units that held the best campaigns. Complete submission details can be found in the campaign guidebook, as well as the cg-133 website.  Submission entries are as follows:
a. Write a summary of your campaign in cg memo format, not to exceed two pages.
b. Attachments (such as examples of campaign materials used) are optional and not to exceed ten pages or pieces.
c. Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity, apparent tie-in to leadership competencies, potential application as unit best practice, comprehensiveness of campaign, inclusiveness of all personnel, level of participation by target audience, and fun factor.
d. Winning units will receive a plaque of recognition and will be featured on the unit leadership development program and office of leadership and professional development websites.
e. Entry deadline: 15 may

6. I challenge all units and members of our workforce to set the bar high regarding your leadership and professional development. Use this campaign as an opportunity to be creative and try something different as you focus on leadership development at the unit level.

7. For more information, and complete campaign and contest details see www.uscg.mil/leadership

8. Internet release authorized.

9. Vadm David Pekoske, Vice Commandant, sends.

Shaken Not Stirred. The Rescue of 85 Persons Aboard Sternwheeler

posted May 6, 2010, 3:07 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 6, 2010, 10:06 PM ]

Sternwheeler and 85 passengers safely rescued by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 73

On 24Apr10 at 11:00 a call was received from a Sternwheeler on the Willamette who had lost all power and steerage and was drifting down the Willamette River at approximately river mile 024. Coxswains Brian Rollins and Ken Babick had just completed morning training evaluations with the 2010 Crew and Coxswain Academy. Both members were in the process of securing their facilities when the call came in.  Each immediately responded from river mile 08.

Upon arrival at the scene, it was found that while the sternwheeler had deployed her anchor, but it wasn’t holding. The sternwheeler was  drifting at a rate of approx 8 knots downstream in heavy current.  She had 85 persons on board and was in danger of colliding with many fishing vessels  anchored just downstream.
Coxswain Babick and his crew, Jon James, secured their boat by tying up to the sternwheeler’s port beam.  Coxswain Babick immediately took control of the situation by communicating with the Captain and having all passengers don their lifejackets.  Crewman James maintained radio communications and tended to the anchor by trying to get her to catch.
Simultaneously, Coxswain Rollins and crew Earl Olson began to clear the river channel of downstream boats just moments before they would have been run over by the helpless sternwheeler.  There were approximately 25 recreational boats immediately downstream and in the direct path of the sternwheeler.
Both crews secured the scene, maintained communications with Sector Portland and other emergency response vessels while leading the rescue efforts.
Shortly thereafter, the tug Little Pit Bull arrived and attempted to secure the sternwheeler.  Through constant communication with all Auxiliarists involved, the tug was able to safely secure the sternwheeler to a downstream piling, giving her engineer time to make repairs to the engine.
After about an hour’s work, the sternwheeler was able to safely navigate back upstream to her home moorage under Coast Guard escort. Aux members Olson, James, Babick and Rollins helped to disembark all 85 persons safely, somewhat shaken, but not stirred.
The actions helped to rescue 85 passengers aboard the sternwheeler and 25 recreational vessels representing approximately 75 recreational fishermen.  The sternwheeler was values at $200,000.

Setting The Watch

posted May 28, 2010, 9:14 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 31, 2010, 10:05 AM ]

Admiral Bob Papp, US Coast Guard

I am honored to serve as the 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard.  When I assumed the duties from Admiral Thad Allen at noon today, it concluded a series of key rotations and marked the setting of a new watch to lead our service.

Serving with me on this watch are Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara, Vice Commandant, Master Chief Michael Leavitt, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and Master Chief Mark Allen, Master Chief Petty Officer of Reserve Forces.  Each assumed their duties over the past ten days.  They are all very experienced professionals who have been tried and tested in the field.  We are also joined by Vice Admiral Robert Parker, Commander, Atlantic Area, Vice Admiral Manson Brown, Commander Pacific Area, Vice Admiral John Currier, Chief-of-Staff and Future Deputy Commandant of Mission Support and Rear Admiral Brian Salerno, Deputy Commandant for Operations.  I am proud to serve alongside this exceptionally talented group of leaders.

My watch will be guided by the following vision for our service:

We are defined by our missions, people and heritage.  We will selflessly serve our country and perform our duties in a manner that secures the trust and confidence of mariners and citizens alike.  We will set a course that steadies the service, honors our profession, strengthens our partnerships and respects our shipmates.

This vision will be achieved by the incoming watch through clear focus on select projects and initiatives currently under way in our service.  Instead of creating new tasking, we intend to emphasize vital initiatives, leverage teams that are in place now and move these efforts forward to completion.  I will provide more specifics in the coming weeks.

I often use the term Shipmate.  You need to know that this is a team of endearment for me that represents a common bond across the entire Coast Guard family and all mission communities.  There is no higher compliment in my opinion than being called a Shipmate and no better goal than being a good one.

Admiral Allen will continue his service as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill managing the overall federal response.
I am glad he accepted this last assignment as it will enable me to focus on the Coast Guard’s response, and serving you as Commandant of the Coast Guard.  Admiral Allen is a true public servant and visionary, I thank him for his service.

I encourage all Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian, auxiliary, families and retirees to bookmark and initiate RSS feed from the senior leadership web page at www.USCG.mil/seniorleadership.  We intend to use this location during our watch to post information and address subjects that are important to our service.

All standing orders remain in effect, set the watch and carry out the routine of the day.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp

Security Zone Established For Rosefest Fleet Visit

posted Jun 1, 2010, 4:12 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73

The following news release was issued for the Naval Protection Zone on the Willamette River.  Flotilla 73 and Division 7 have been tasked with enforcing the zone.

Coast Guard Naval Protection Zone on the Willamette River, Portland, OR.  Photos by Brian Rollins.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard will enforce and maintain a controlled access area on the Willamette River while Navy and Coast Guard vessels are tied up at the seawall between the Steel and Morrison Bridges beginning 12:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3, until 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 7.Boaters who need to pass through the controlled access area must contact the Coast Guard security escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16.

Commercial vessels have made special transit arrangements with the Captain of the Port, Portland, prior to this year’s Fleet Week.

All boaters, kayakers, personal watercraft operators and canoeists are asked to avoid the security zone altogether.  However, if a boater does need to transit the controlled access are, they may experience a waiting period.

Those wishing to transit the security zone must follow these simple rules:
  • No firearms permitted inside the controlled access area.
  • Boaters wishing to transit the controlled access area are required to wait in pre-identified staging areas for official patrol escorts.
  • Staging areas are located on the east side of the river just north of the Steel Bridge and just south of the Morrison Bridge
  • Delays are expected and vessels may be boarded before being escorted through the controlled access area.  Please plan accordingly.
  • While transiting the controlled access area, all vessels shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course and shall proceed as directed by the official Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol escort.
  • Vessels will follow the official Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol escort in a single file line and must stay to the east bank of the river.  Do not break away from the escort line.

Violations of a controlled access area may result in a penalty action under the provision of 33 USC 1231 (maximum fine of $37,500).

Additional information about Fleet Week and Rose Fest can be found at:

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