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Rose Festival Customs and Courtesies

posted May 21, 2010, 10:12 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 21, 2010, 10:33 PM ]

Naval officer salutes the National Ensign
June 3rd marks the beginning of Fleet Week in Portland Oregon. Most of us are quite comfortable when it comes to operating on our small boats, but may have become rusty when it comes to protocol for the larger ships that will arrive in port.  For this reason, I think it’s a good time to  review protocol for any members who may find themselves on any of the ships during the festival or down at the sea wall.
When you are in uniform and boarding any ship and the national ensign is flying, you halt at the gangway, face aft, and salute the ensign.
You then turn to the OOD (Officer of the deck), salute and say, “I request permission to come aboard, sir/ma’am.”  You should then add the purpose of your visit: “to tour the ship”.

When  you  leave  a  ship,  the  order  of  saluting  is reversed. You salute the OOD first and say, “I request permission  to  leave  the  ship,  sir/ma’am.”  After receiving  permission,  you  then  face  and  salute  the ensign (if it is flying) and depart.

When  boarding  a  ship  in  civilian  attire  and  the national ensign is flying, you will halt at the gangway, at attention,  and  face  aft (No salute is rendered because you are not in uniform).  You  then  turn  to  the  OOD  at attention and say, “I request permission to come aboard, sir/ma’am.”  along with the purpose of your visit. The OOD will then say, “Permission granted” or “Permission not granted.”

When you are leaving a ship in civilian attire, the procedure is reversed. You stand at attention in front of the OOD first and say, “I request permission to leave the ship, sir/ma’am.” After receiving permission, you then stand at attention facing the ensign (if it is flying) and depart (Again, no salute because you are not in uniform).


A naval officer salutes
Members should render a salute to any officer of equal or higher rank when wearing their cover outdoors.   It is customary to hold the salute until it is returned or until the officer has past.

Staff officers who wear officer insignia should be prepared to return salutes rendered by junior officers or enlisted. 

Salutes should be rendered smartly.  Look the individual whom you are saluting in the eye when rending the salute.  This is usually accompanied by a “Good afternoon/evening Sir/Ma’am”.
Go out and have a good time, but please ensure you are in proper uniform.  Remember that your conduct and appearance reflect not only on yourselves, but also your unit and the Coast Guard as a whole.
Semper Paratus!

Brian Rollins
Commander, FL-73
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 73

Portland Boat Show – Opening Day

posted Jan 13, 2010, 8:30 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 17, 2010, 11:32 AM ]

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Portland Oregon, Photo at the Portland Boat Show.Fellow Guardians,
Today was the first day of the Portland Boat Show and Flotilla 73 was there.

Gayland Rogers, FSO-PV, and Lynn Easton were among the Auxiliarists working hard to spread the word about boating safety. I asked Gayland to provide a brief report on his experience there. (more on that in a moment).


First, let me say that it’s not too late to help out.  Daren and John still have openings available and we need your help.  Please take a moment to view the boat show calendar (located here) and see if you have time to help during any of the remaining slots.
Contact Daren or John directly and they will cut you orders for the event.


Now on to Gayland’s Report:

Worked the show for about five hours.  Lynn Easton “jump started” his PV effort by visiting many program members and updating his contacts.

Some of the most favorite questions and interesting questions were:
1.        Inquiries for when, where, and content for both BSS and ABC classes.
2.        Are boater safety cards issued by the State good in other states, i.e. is a Washington card good in Oregon ?
Answer: Yes.  All states are reciprocal.
3.        Interest in receiving VE’s (obtained contact info)
4.        If a hydrostatic (Mustang or equivalent) PFD has its hydrostatic device disabled, but the manual function
remains operational,  does it remain a valid PFD ?
Answer: No, because it was altered.
5.       If an IO is converted to an outboard with offshore bracket, how does one determine the legal maximum
horsepower for the converted craft ?
Answer: Referred to USCG manual  for “backyard boat builders” that provides all calculations.

We had steady traffic during the five hours I worked the show.  Booth looks pretty good with adequate handouts. Experience was enjoyable.  I don’t know why more AUX members aren’t involved.

Gayland Rogers
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
SO-PV, FL-73


Lastly, please accept my sincere thanks to all of you who are helping to make this years boat show a success by supporting the Coast Guard and the boating public!

Brian Rollins
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Commander, FL-73

Oregon State Marine Board Selects New Director

posted May 21, 2010, 9:51 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated May 23, 2010, 10:05 PM ]

Scott Brewen as the new State Marine Director.

Portland’s US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 73 welcomes Scott Brewen as the new Director of the Oregon State Marein Board.

The Oregon State Marine Board made their selection for a new Captain to take the helm for the state’s boating agency.  The Board selected Scott Brewen as the new State Marine Director.

Brewen comes to the Marine Board from the Department of Corrections where he served as the Chief Administrator of Human Resources.  Brewen is a former Coast Guard Commanding Officer with experience in Maritime Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue operations for District 13 and a former Training Supervisor for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standard and Training (DPSST).  Brewen has extensive boating knowledge and enthusiasm for boating.

Marine Board Chair, Trey Carskadon made the announcement during the conclusion of the April 29th Board meeting, “We’re excited about the direction Scott Brewen will take the Marine Board.  He brings tremendous leadership qualities and a great passion for boating.”

Brewen began with the Marine Board on May 17, 2010.

Welcome aboard from US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 73, District 13!

Brian Rollins

Commander, FL-73
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 73

Ordering The New Untucked ODU Uniform

posted Feb 12, 2010, 3:34 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Mar 31, 2010, 9:04 PM ]

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Operational Duty Uniform

Shipmates,As you may already know, the Uniform Distribution Center is now accepting Auxiliarist orders for the new untucked ODU uniform.


It’s important to note that this is a new uniform and you sizing is different from the tucked version of the ODU.

For that reason, you should not order the same sized untucked ODU as you wore in the tucked version.


The Coast Guard has established a web page to assist you in selecting the appropriate size. Please see http://uscg.mil/uniform/ODUUntuckedUniforms.asp before ordering your new uniforms.


This will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
For more information on the ODU uniform, see the ODU Uniform page.


Brian Rollins

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Commander, FL-73

New Training Opportunity – Public Affairs & Marketing

posted Jan 13, 2010, 8:33 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 13, 2010, 8:57 AM ]

We’ve just now received word that a new C School class is available for Auxiliarists who are interested in Public Affairs and Marketing.   “AUX-12 Public Affairs & Marketing C School” will be held in Mobile Alabama between 05 March and 07 March 2010.  Enrollment is limited to DSO, SO and FSO PA and PB officers and elected officers.
It is critical that you contact Earl Olson, our FSO-MT, right away if you are interested in participating in this class.  The deadline for requests is 14 JAN 2010.  There are only 6 seats available and time must be allowed so the Coast Guard can cut orders.
If you can’t make this class, next one appears to be offered 16 APR to 18 APR in Alameda, California.
Please contact Earl or myself if you have any questions.
Brian Rollins
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Commander, FL – 73

New Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program

posted Jan 14, 2010, 1:36 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 17, 2010, 11:33 AM ]

Invasive Species, Boat Trailer in Oregon

The Oregon State Marine Board has begun to require a new permit as part of their Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program.


It is important that we’re all familiar with this program as any of us are likely to receive questions about it while interacting with the boating public.


In summary, this new program is designed to protect our waterways from the damaging impacts of aquatic invasive species (AIS). It requires boaters to purchase an AIS Prevention Permit to use their boats beginning January 1, 2010.

The $5 fee is automatically paid when powerboats or sailboats 12 feet or longer are registered for the 2010 boating season. Powerboats with registrations that expire December 31, 2010 do not need a permit until 2011. The $5 fee will be included with the boat registration renewal.

Operators (14 years of age or older) of manually powered boats 10 feet or longer, such as canoes, kayaks, drift boats, rafts and small sailboats, must purchase and carry the $7 permit ($5 + $2 service fee) when using their boat in 2010. Operators of these vessels may be surprised by this new requirement as they have not traditionally been required to hold any special permit when using their boats.


Only 1 permit is required per vessel underway. Permits are transferable between craft. (Example: I have 2 kayaks, but only have 1 in the water at any given time, then I just need 1 permit. If I take both boats out at the same time, then I’ll need 2 permits)


Failure to carry the permit after January 1st, 2010 is a Class D Violation which may carry a $142 fine.


These permits are available at all ODFW license agents.

Out-of-state powerboat operators will pay $22 ($20+$2 agent fee), also via ODFW license agents.
Want to get involved?  See my posting on Invasive Species Inspector Qualification at the Flotilla’s web site: www.Flotilla73.org.


For more information on this program, please visit the Oregon State Marine Board’s web page at:

New ADSO Interpreter Corps

posted Nov 24, 2009, 11:10 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 16, 2010, 6:59 PM ]

Coast Guard Auxliary Interpreter Corps

Following a request from our national organization to formalize  the status
of the Interpreter Corps by the appointment of an ADSO to manage  the
program, COMO Hoppman is please to appoint Penny Dustin to the position of

Penny is well qualified to manage the Interpreter Corps program as you
bring many personal qualities needed by this program, and has considerable
experience in working with people needing these services. She continues to
serve  as AUX-C to the former ISC in Seattle.

The Interpreter Corps program is included as part of the Operations
Program. Penny, as ADSO-OP-I, will report to Fred Bell, DSO-OP.

Please join me in congratulating Penny on her new appointment.

Peter Raiswell
Chief  of Staff
US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 13

New 7029 Form!

posted Jan 4, 2010, 9:58 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 6:39 PM ]

As previously noted, 2010 will be a year of change.

I received word today that we are all to use a new 7029 form when reporting our time as of January 1st, 2010.


I’ve uploaded the form onto our web site at www.Flotilla73.org on the “Forms” page.  It’s way down at the bottom of the list, but is what you should use from now on.


Please note: The old mission 99 has been expanded into 5 new categories:

99-A – AUXILIARY LEADERSHIP: Report all time spent by elected and appointed staff performing National, District, Division, and Flotilla position duties. This includes all time spent for preparation and travel for these duties.

99-B – RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY (RBS) SUPPORT: Report all time spent in RBS Support that is not otherwise reported on a 7030, 7038, 7039, or 7046. This includes all time for preparation and travel in support of missions reported on 7030, 7038, and 7046.

99-C – Marine Safety (MS) Support: Report all time spent in MS Support that is not otherwise reported on a 7030 or 7038. This includes all time for preparation and travel in support of Marine Safety, Marine Environmental Protection, Commercial Fishing Vessel, Uninspected Passenger Vessels, and Uninspected Towing Vessels.

99-D – TRAINING SUPPORT: Report all time spent in Training Support that is not otherwise reported on a 7030 or 7039. Any hours spent as a Trainee, other than attending a workshop, should be reported here. This includes all time for preparation, study, homework, and travel regardless of the level of training.

99-E – AUXILIARY ADMINISTRATIVE/LOGISTICAL SUPPORT: Report all time spent for Auxiliary and CG Support missions not otherwise reported on any other form or any other Mission Code above. Include all time working on committees or attending meetings (if you are not an elected or staff officer.) This includes all time for preparation and travel.


Any time that you have book since January 1st, 2010 must be entered on this new form.


Please feel free to contact me, or John Stuhr our FSO-IS, if you have any questions.


Brian Rollins

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Commander, FL 73

New 2010 C School Training Opportunities!

posted Jan 22, 2010, 9:20 AM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Jan 22, 2010, 10:27 AM ]


The FY10 Auxiliary C School Course Schedule contains a listing of upcoming C School training opportunities.
Please note that some of these courses have request dates in the very near future. 

You must submit a

Short Term Training Request (STTR) in advance of the deadline date in order to be considered for any of these courses.  These get processed up at District 13 and can take some time to complete. For that reason it is critical that you notify Earl Olson, our FSO-MT, if you are interested in attending any of these classes.

Also, please be sure that you meet the prerequisites for the course you wish to attend.

The following are just a few of the courses offered:

1. Course code – 501563 Name – AUXLAMS A Dates – OCT 23-25, 2009 Duration – 3 days Max # of students – 24, 2 instructors Trng location – CGAS Cape Cod ORDERS MUST BE REQUESTED SEPT 8th 2009!!!

2. Course code – 501568 Name – AUXLAMS B Dates – NOV 13-15, 2009 Duration – 3 days Max # of students – 24, 2 instructors Trng location – CGAS Cape Cod Orders MUST be requested SEP 25th 2009.

3. Course code = 400385 Name = AUXSCE Dates = 16-20 NOV 2009 Duration = 5 days Max # of students = 25 Trng location = Sector Seattle Orders MUST be requested SEP 25th 2009.

4. Course code – 501548 Name – Aux-10 AUXDATA Start/end dates – 26-28 OCT 2009 – ESU Miami 19-21 May 2010 – CG Academy Duration – 3 days Max # of students – Miami – 14 CG Academy – 24 Trng location – ESU Miami in OCT 2009 CG Academy in May 2010 Orders for the OCT class MUST be requested by SEP 8th!! AND Course code – 501548 Name – Aux-10 AUXDATA Dates – APR 9-11, 2010 Duration – 3 days Max # of students – 30, 3 instructors Trng location & address – Will County Office Bldg 302 N Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 Other sessions’ orders must be requested NLT 6 weeks from the class start date.

5. Course code – 501561 Name – JR DIRAUX Start date – 3 NOV 2009 End date – 5 NOV 2009 Duration – 3 days Max # of students – 9, 2 instructors Trng location – Sector Milwaukee Orders MUST be requested SEP 16th.

6. Course code = 501574 Name = Aux-18 Spatial Dis Start date = 18 FEB 2010; End date = 19 FEB 2010 Start date = 18 MAR 2010; End date = 19 MAR 2010 Start date = 17 JUN 2010; End date = 18 JUN 2010 Duration = 2 days Max # of students = 30, 1 instructor Trng location = NAS Pensacola Orders must be requested NLT 6 weeks from the class start date.

7. Course Code = 501063 Name = Aux-04 Dist Ed Tech Start date = 29 APR 2010 End date = 3 MAY 2010 Duration = 5 days Max # of students = 12, 4 instructors Trng location = ISC Alameda AND Code – 501063 Name – Aux-04 Dist Ed Tech Dates – JUN 3-7, 2010 Duration – 5 days Max # of students – 24, 4 instructors Trng location – CG Academy Orders must be requested NLT 6 weeks from the class start date.

8. Course code = 501065 Name = Aux-06 ATON & Charting Start date = 18 JUN 2010 End date = 20 JUN 2010 Duration = 3 days Max # of students = 30, 4 instructors Trng location = TRACEN Yorktown Orders must be requested NLT 6 weeks from the class start date.

National Staff Help Wanted: Director Performance Measurements

posted Mar 4, 2010, 6:49 PM by USCG Aux Flotilla73   [ updated Mar 5, 2010, 1:30 PM ]

I’ve received a very interesting help wanted request via the District Chief of Staff for a Director of the new Performance Measurement Directorate. If you have the requisite skills I encourage you to apply for the position. It is likely that they will also be staffing some of the Directorate positions with applicants for the Director position.So why does this matter? The key item is in the vision statement for the Directorate: “identifying and measuring outcomes and results, not just member activity”. An outcomes and results focused set of measures will make a far better case to the Coast Guard, DHS, Congress and the President that we are the absolute best value in government and that our efforts deserve to be funded.

In addition there is a saying in business “what gets measured gets managed”. We currently tend to manage for recruiting (and to a lessor extent retention) and hours/activity in certain missions because these are the things for which we have numbers. I’ve spoken before that there are a whole series of things that happen between recruiting and actual mission performance including member training, qualification maintenance, and member satisfaction. We need processes in place which collect the data for our Flotilla leaders to manage these and other issues while simplifying the reporting processes for the members — this position working with IT will be responsible for moving us towards giving our leaders the tools they need.

What might this look like? What if, as a Flotilla Commander, you could easily track where all your members are in qualification processes? What if the system let members indicate which training and qualification they wanted to pursue (online individual development plans) so you could manage training programs? What if you could access a risk profile for an adjacent, unserved or underserved area and plan your expansion in light of the data and ask for the requisite funds based on how you will reduce the risk in that area? What if you could get an estimate of the lives saved by your PV, VE, PA and PE programs?

Interested? Have a look at the Director position, the Directorate description, and keep your eyes open for more information in the months ahead.

Mission:  The Director, Auxiliary Force Readiness Performance Measurements, under the direction of the Assistant National Commodore, Planning and Performance Support, assists Auxiliary leadership in the development of measurement tools, concepts and strategies in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Auxiliary programs, provides the Leadership with insights and strategies  to better align performance with measurable outcomes, and offers  recommendations for increasing program effectiveness.

Functions:  Under the general direction and supervision of the National Commodore; the Deputy National Commodore for Force Readiness, and the Assistant National Commodore for Planning and Performance Support, the Director of Performance Measurements shall have the following duties:
• Be responsible for the vision, direction, leadership and administration of the Auxiliary’s performance measurement.
• Supervise and provide quality control of the programs and projects administered by the Performance Measurement Directorate.
• Maintain close liaison with related offices in the Coast Guard to assure that service policy and procedures are understood and followed.
• Coordinate closely with other Directorates in developing an effective evaluative process of the outcomes of relevant programs.
• Coordinate specific activities and/or requests as assigned with the Auxiliary leadership and appropriate Coast Guard offices.
• Partner with other National Directorates and programs to insure seamless integration and maximum efficiency for the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
• Write articles on performance measurement topics for Navigator and other publications.
• Design and deliver training and presentations on Directorate-related topics as required.
• Carry out special projects as requested.
Vision: The Auxiliary Force Readiness Performance Measurements Department will evaluate the contributions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary to our principal “customers” – the recreational boating public and the U.S. Coast Guard – identifying and measuring outcomes and results, not just member activity.

Mission: The Auxiliary Force Readiness Performance Measurements Department is responsible for measuring and evaluating Coast Guard Auxiliary performance in each of its mission areas, as well as its overall effectiveness and contribution.

In the area of recreational boating safety, we evaluate the Auxiliary’s impact in protecting boaters from boating casualties.

In the area of Coast Guard Support, we evaluate our readiness and ability to augment Coast Guard missions.

Strategic Imperatives:

Identify the key sources of data and other information required to measure performance; evaluate the integrity of the data; participate in the improvement of data collection systems and the development of new systems; and create new information collection systems, such as surveys and other qualitative measurement tools.

Identify measures of effectiveness in recreational boating safety nationwide, and by geographic region, collaborate with Coast Guard districts and Auxiliary districts and regions to correlate Auxiliary activities with recreational boating safety outcomes.

Coordinate our efforts with those of the performance measurement resources within Active Duty FORCECOM to integrate Auxiliary efforts and assist in advancing Active Duty FORCECOM doctrine and readiness programs.

Collaborate with each Auxiliary Department and the Auxiliary National Leadership to develop outcome-related measurements of the effectiveness of each of our programs, as well as the impact of those programs on our impact as an organization.

Develop and maintain specific measurements of Auxiliary training, standardization, interoperability and readiness to support and augment Coast Guard mission areas and advance operational doctrine.

Support Area/District/Sector efforts to evaluate the contribution of the Auxiliary in qualitative and financial terms.

Develop Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) as well as practical tools to enable unit leadership (Flotilla, Division, District and National elected and appointed officers) to evaluate readiness and performance in each mission area. These tools should be easier to access than the current AUXDATA/AUXINFO resources, and should provide for appropriate drill-down and communication with staff officers. Some sort of “dashboard” may be developed to assist elected leaders with these tasks.