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  • Flotilla Northern Virginia Gets CPR-Pro Certified November 2012 - Washington DC >>With the gracious nature of our supporters, GWU (George Washington University) medical response personnel conducted a CPR for the Professional Rescuer class to auxiliary members. The course was an extensive and thorough integration for auxiliary members to be successful when responding to rescue situations. Coursework covered topics such such as when and where to perform CPR, what situations/complications a team may encounter, as well as managing situational awareness. Auxiliary members were also trained in the use of defibrillators on adults, children and infants. Although the USCG Auxiliary never wishes for boaters to be in a situation where they need CPR or defibrillators, our mission is to be always ready. As we are and will ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 11:53 AM by Kamal Kalifa
  • Irene, Flooding, 9/11, and 46 trashbags Shipmates:Flotilla Northern Virginia has had two OPS Weekends since my last all-hands message. The first, in August, focused on preparations for Hurricane Irene, when we were down at the waterfront working with marinas and boaters to properly and safely secure vessels and facilities for the coming storm.The second was held over September 11 weekend. Thank you to all who stepped up, as it was our most successful OPS weekend of the year. We held a moment of remembrance at the Navy Memorial (thank you, Peter Hanke), ran patrols on 9/10 and 9/11, and a group of you participated in National Day of Service by hauling away 46 (yes, 46) bags of trash during your waterside ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 AM by Andrew Welch
  • Fair winds, a welcome, and good stuff from Flotilla NoVA Northern Virginia Shipmates,In June we bid farewell to our absolutely superb Vice Flotilla Commander and second-in-command, Ken Doyle as he moved to Kansas to study at the Army Command and General Staff College.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Ken, and though his absence leaves us a great deficit, we wish him nothing but success over the next 18 months.I am happy to report that on August 9, Emily Johnson formally assumed duties as our new Vice Flotilla Commander.  Ms. Johnson brings to this post her experience serving on small boats, as a vessel examiner, instructor, and as a human resources officer.  She is graduate of the Coast Guard Auxiliary program at The College of William ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2011, 9:26 PM by Andrew Welch
  • "Welcome" and "Thanks" from the Flotilla Commander Shipmates,I want to take a moment to thank you for your warm welcome as your new Flotilla Commander at this past weekend's Change of Watch ceremony.  I appreciate your support nearly as much as I appreciate your service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary to our community and to our country.  I also want to thank you for joining us for dinner after the ceremony; it was great to spend that time with you, and I am really excited about what lies ahead.  Rather than add more words to that which was said on Saturday, I have instead included the text of my remarks from that evening below.  I also want to share our small, but growing, photo album ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2011, 9:46 PM by Andrew Welch
  • "Off Season" to be an opportunity for continued training in Flotilla Northern Virginia Direct mission activity traditionally slows down as the "high season" -- spring and summer months when the waterways are most busy due to increased recreational boating traffic -- comes to a close.  As Flotilla Northern Virginia's "off season" gets underway, boat crews have continued their on-water missions, but others have focused on sharpening their skills and training for the year ahead.Three auxiliarists, including Emily Johnson (pictured here the day of her final qualification), have completed boat crew training and will be regulars on future safety, search and rescue, observation, and other on-water operations in the future.  Others have stepped us as well, traveling to Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, VA and completing courses in seamanship, patrol management, marine ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2010, 9:08 AM by Andrew Welch
  • Marine Safety Training Bulletin (May 2010) POC: Andrew Welch, SO-MS, andrew.welch@cgauxnet.us.There is one upcoming training opportunity in the Marine Safety field within Sector Baltimore during May.  If you are aware of others, please notify POC.Understanding Hazards - Tuesday 11 May, 1900-2100; Coast Guard Yard, Barry Hall.This class is needed for both Container and Facility PQS qualifications currently available for augmentee duty at Sector Baltimore.  This will not be sign off, but will rather be just the mentoring to get members ready for sign off.  Uniform is not required, I plan to be there by 6:30, so that we cal begin at 7:00 pm.  Driving directions are available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg4/yard/driving.asp ...
    Posted May 2, 2010, 5:32 PM by Andrew Welch
  • USCG Auxiliary offers "Inflatable Life Jacket" basics for boaters, mariners, and Auxiliarists Note that the full article text, photos, and diagrams are available in the PDF document attached at the bottom of this page.Inflatable life jackets are comfortable and make patrolling in hot/humid weather a lot easier if authorized to be worn on the facility. Regardless of the style worn, all Auxiliarists should know how to maintain inflatable life jackets and be able to answer boater’s questions about them.The term “life jacket” rather than “PFD” is used exclusively in this article because of the Coast Guard Boating Safety Division’s national thrust to promote life jacket wear and endorsement of the “Wear It” theme. The National Safe Boating Council and state boating authorities are also embracing “Wear It ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2010, 9:01 AM by Andrew Welch
  • Discussing Marine Environmental Protection with High Schoolers Andrew Welch, Marine Safety officer for Flotilla Arlington | Northern Virginia, spent the day on December 17, 2009 discussing Marine Environmental Protection and the role of the Coast Guard with students at Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs, WV.Welch discussed the experience on his blog, a portion of which is quoted below."Speaking with a mix of Government, Biology, and Environmental Science classes, we covered a variety of topics including invasive species (also called aquatic nuisance species), hazardous materials and marine pollution, Coast Guard roles and responsibilities, and the process by which a system based on rule of law principles incorporates international engagement, law making, policy formulation, implementation, and all of the external inputs to generate the "playbook" by ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2010, 6:08 PM by Andrew Welch
  • ASTD learning and development professionals have opportunities to serve as one of "America's Volunteer Guardians" Several members from Flotilla Arlington | Northern Virginia are attending an event held by the DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) this evening.  We've heard a lot about the organization, whose website explains that, "The chapter provides members with a forum for professional development opportunities and resources to improve the workplace learning and performance industry," a great goal, and one that shares much in common with the missions of the Auxiliarists working in our organization's training, personnel, and leadership functions.I, Andrew Welch, am personally excited to attend the event because of past and current involvement in the Auxiliary's university programming initiatives.  I served last year as an instructor to our Detachment at ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2009, 8:56 AM by Andrew Welch
  • Flotilla Arlington | Northern Virginia will connect with public, partners, potential members through newly launched website Today we are very happy to launch a new website for United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 054-25-12 at www.cgauxnova.us.Our hope is to use the site to provide information to and make connections with our Arlington and Northern Virginia communities like never before.  To that end, the site has been built entirely through Google's "Sites" application, which we felt made the site a bit more rich, more dynamic, and more accessible to many in the public that are already familiar with Google products.The new site exemplifies the need the Flotilla and the Auxiliary have for devoted volunteers with professional experience outside the maritime domain.  Web designers, communications and information technology specialists, and public ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2009, 11:24 AM by admin@cgauxnova.us
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