Since Jun 20, 2001
This promted me to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary
after the US Navy and the Oregon National Guard said I was to old to re-enlist at 53.
each and every week, without missing a single week since Oct 2001,
by actually training and doing their job on base,
including (but not limited to)
radio watch standing, updating crew training records
and commercial and recreational vessel exams.
Click on Flotilla 01 (next to Div 5)
for Member Activities & Hours
Coast Guard Auxiliary service since Oct 2001
in # of exams AND hours in all of Dist 13 (OR, WA, MT, ID)
I am 1 of 150 CFVE's (Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner)
trained and certified by the US Coast Guard
nationwide out of 36,208 Auxiliary members.
I am 1 of 8 CFVE's
out of 1,964 Auxiliary members in Dist 13 (WA, OR, ID, MT).
Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiners Association
Commercial fishing is one of our nations most hazardous industries.
The Coast Guard is committed to increasing safety in the fishing industry.
The main objective is to increase compliance
with the minimum safety requirements found in
Title 46 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 28
Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels.
every week, at least one day a week,
often times more, since Oct 2001
March 2005 update
In March 2005 I became the 1st Flotilla 51 AND Division 5 member
to be designated a CFVE.
(Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner)
May 2005 update
I head a unit that does all voluntary CFVE dockside exams for Station Coos Bay
and verify compliance to any boardings at sea safety violations
from Charleston to Port Orford.
I also trained the other 3 Flotilla 51 CFVE examiners.
*June 28 '05 update #1 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
*July 26 '05 #2 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
*Jan 10 '06 #3 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
I also organize and co ordinate
US Coast Guard Drill Conductor Classes for commercial fishermen
in Charleston and Port Orford
The Auxiliary Commendation Medal is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of their sustained professional and/or leadership achievements in administration or operations. The Auxiliary Commendation Medal may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (0-4 and above) of an operational unit or serving as
a DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ or Director.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service of a nature, which is worthy of special recognition as described below. The key words for the Auxiliary Commendation Medal are sustained professional, leadership achievements and period of time. The Auxiliary Commendation is for recognition of Auxiliarists who have maintained an outstanding level of performance and/or achievement over a period of time to further authorized activities of the Auxiliary. The achievements could be in administration or operations.
Awarded to Dorwin, Kriss, Richard and myself, Feb 06,
by Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson Jr.,
Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, Coast Guard Defense Forces West
Auxiliary Substained Service Award
With 3 bronze stars
This award is presented to a member
contributing a documented total of
3000 volunteer hours of Auxiliary service.
Presidential Unit Citation
To all Coast Guard force of active duty, reserve,
auxiliary and civilian members
in preparation for, and response and recovery
to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
from 29 August to 13 September 2005
All Coast Guard members are authorized to wear
the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon
with a special clasp in the form of
the internationally recognized "hurricane symbol".
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
9/11 Coast Guard Unit Commendation to all Auxiliary Members
for exceptionally meritorious service
from 11 September 2001 through 1 September 2002
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
With 2 bronze campaign stars
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI 1968-1969
Tet 69 Counteroffensive 1969
Auxiliary Operations Program Ribbon
Coast Guard Auxiliary Watchstander
Designated in writing by a Coast Guard unit
as qualified radio watchstander in that position.
Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Ribbon
With 2 bronze stars
Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)
Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)
Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)
Auxiliary Membership Service Award
Presented for completion of five cumulative years
(needs NOT be consecutive) of Auxiliary membership.
Operations Service Award
Earned by completing 200 or more hours of Operational Support
as a communications watchstander.
Auxiliary CFVE Examinations Award
Earned by conducting a total of 20
commercial fishing vessel examinations.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
I also do commercial fishing vessel exams in the Port of Bandon
And Port Orford
Radio and Tower Watchstander Motor Lifeboat Station Coos Bay OR (WS)
and as Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)
Qualified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)
and the Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)
I am also the Webmaster/FSO-CS/Flotillia 51 website
US Coast Guard Auxiliary, DISTRICT 13, DIVISION 5, FLOTILLA 51
2004 and 2005 Golden Web Award
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
"Plank Owner" Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
There are (Nationwide) 36,208
US Coast Guard Auxiliary members
There are 1,964 members in Dist 13 (WA, OR, ID, MT)
I am trained and certified by the US Coast Guard as
Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)
8 (CFVE) are in Dist 13
Nationwide (CFVE) : 150
Radio and Tower Watchstander (WS)
13 (WS) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : (WS) 1,137
I an also trained and certified by the US Coast Guard Auxilary as
Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)
79 (RBSVP) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : 1,512 (RBSVP)
Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)
257 (VE) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : 5,105 (VE)
There are 7 nationwide qualified as CFVE, WS, VE and MDV
I am the only member in Dist 13 qualified as CFVE, WS, VE and MDV
FReeper makes Coast Guard /
Coast Guard Auxiliary History
fellow Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Vet
"The Coast Guard Auxiliary is not the best kept secret in the USCG anymore,
it's now a premier Force of the Department of Homeland Security
and the United States Coast Guard."
RETIRED REAR ADMIRAL J. M. GARRETT
I was responsible for making sure the Coast Guard crew training records were updated weekly.
This is where I "work" each week.
Motor Lifeboat Station Coos Bay OR
Which is under the Command of Group/Air Station North Bend
Click Below for full details
Hanoi Kerry is in in Violation of the
US Constitution 14th Amendment Section 3
Violation of 18 US CODE 2381
Violation of 18 USC 953
- Private correspondence with foreign governments
Violation of UCMJ Section 904. ART. 104.
- Aiding the Enemy.
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I VOW to the 58,000 + Brothers and Sisters on
The Viet Nam Wall who never came home
and to those who died at home from injuries and
from broken hearts.
"I will do everything I LEGALLY can
to expose Hanoi Kerry once and for all.
I will not tire, I will not falter,
and I will not fail.
I solemnly vow to do all I can to restore your honor
until I give my last breath on earth."
I spent 3yrs on a destroyer in the Navy from
'66-'69 as a Gunners Mate, GMG3.
USS CORRY DD 817 '68-'69 Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Member.
USS CORRY DD 817
Home port was Norfolk Virginia
and sailed with her in the North Atlantic,
Caribbean,(dealt with Cuban gunboats off of Havana in Jan '68)
thru the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to Viet Nam and back.
I was there the same time Kerry was.
I was there Oct'68-Apr'69 on the destroyer USS Corry DD-817
which sometime supplied PCF's and PBR's
and provided gunfire and gunfire support
in North AND South Viet Nam.
My ship may have even supplied
Kerry's boat in the Mekong Delta
USS Corry served in all areas of the Viet Nam conflict from patrol in North Vietnam & China waters,
providing gunfire support in the south, replenishing patrol craft in the Delta.
The USS Corry earned various ribbons, awards & the E efficiency award.
She sailed from Norfolk in Aug'68 & returned Apr'69.
The USS Corry was alongside the USS New Jersey
when she made her debut in the South Vietnam war theater.
Both ships were participants of Operation Bold Mariner in Jan'69.
It was the largest amphibious landing since the Korean conflict began.
Although there are many similarities between naval gunfire support
and Operation Sea Dragon (which ended Nov '68), they differ in two important areas:
naval gunfire support is normally fired at the request of troops ashore,
while Sea Dragon's mission is the interdiction of supplies and destruction
of military targets; and naval gunfire support is always conducted in South Vietnam,
while Sea Dragon missions are fired only above the demilitarized zone.
29 US Navy ships received gunfire from Viet Cong shore batteries.
My ship DID NOT get hit by the VC.
This is EXACTLY what I used to do as a Gunner's Mate 3rd class.
DoughtyOne found this top pic from another ship.
The bottom pic is the ship I served on.
USS CORRY DD 817
FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT
Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.
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To our military readers, we remain steadfast in keeping the Canteen doors open.
The FR Canteen is Free Republics longest running daily thread specifically designed
to provide entertainment and morale support for the military.
The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.
We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.
To every service man or woman reading this.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
no matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.
Proud Patriots is a group of private Americans who are working to ensure
that our brave military heroes receive the support we believe they deserve.
TO ENTER PROUD PATRIOTS
US CODE COLLECTION
TITLE 14 > PART II > CHAPTER 23 > Sec. 831.
Assignment and performance of duties
No member of the Auxiliary, solely by reason of such membership, shall be vested with,
or exercise, any right, privilege, power, or duty vested in or imposed upon the personnel
of the Coast Guard or the Reserve,
except that any such member may, under applicable regulations,
be assigned duties, which, after appropriate training and examination,
he has been found competent to perform, to effectuate the purposes of the Auxiliary.
No member of the Auxiliary shall be placed in charge of a
motorboat, yacht, aircraft, or radio station assigned
to Coast Guard duty unless he has been specifically designated
by authority of the Commandant to perform such duty.
Members of the Auxiliary, when assigned to duties as herein authorized shall,
unless otherwise limited by the Commandant,
be vested with the same power and authority, in the execution of such duties,
as members of the regular Coast Guard assigned to similar duty.
Received in mail from:
The Commandant of The United States Coast Guard
To the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard
I am pleased to present you with the Department of Homeland Security Founding Member's certificate. As a "plank owner," this personalized keepsake signed by Secretary Tom Ridge acknowledges your important service during the Coast Guard's historic transfer on March 1, 2003, to the newly established Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Representing the largest reorganization of the federal government since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947, the Coast Guard plays a critical role as the lead federal agency for maritime homeland security. Although safeguarding our country is not a new mission for the Coast Guard, today's environment is filled with increasingly complex and dangerous threats. I am counting on you to help see us through these demanding times and continue protecting our nation as we have done for more than 213 years.
As we embark on this new chapter in our history, I appreciate your contributions to the Coast Guard and your dedication in upholding the vital mission of the new Department - protecting America.
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Enclosed Certificate reads
Homeland Security (with logo)
Be it known that
is a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security,
dedicated to preventing terrorist attacks within the United States, reducing America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimizing the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
Tom Ridge, Secretary
Washington, D.C., March 01, 2003
I have taken a vow that our military will never be disrepected again.
To those who post snide remarks about those in the military
Who served with Honor
Including Male or Female active duty or Male or Female Vets
BE WARNED: I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT ON MY WATCH!
Boating And Non-Boating Programs
Below is a brief but comprehensive listing of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's many missions.
Surface (water) Missions
Be A Better Boater
Air Operations Missions
Land-based Operations Missions
Public Education Missions
Coast Guard Support and Boating Safety Missions
Agency Support Missions
and, in the process, do something for our country in its hour of need.
Age 17 and up (no upper age restrictions) Click Here for details.
This is the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat we do Helo Ops on in Coos Bay.
NOTE : It is very seldom this calm on the water.
This is the Coast Guard 47' Boat on Helo Ops in Coos Bay.
I have been on the 47' boat numerous times during helo ops, day and night.
This is the Coast Guard 23' Safe Boat on Helo Ops in Coos Bay.
NOTE : I have been on this boat several times but not during Helo Ops
I am an Independent Conservative
who bases my beliefs on the Constitution.
In my opinion, we must focus our attention on
solutions to the problem(s) rather than waste time "bickering"
over who or what political parties caused them.
If "We the People" actually find the correct solution(s)
the who or the what's will become powerless.
I Love America and am dedicated
to preserving OUR great nation.
NAVAL GUNFIRE SUPPORT
Accuracy is the key word in naval gunfire support--accuracy that enables cruisers and destroyers to fire projectiles up to 15 miles inland at an enemy who may be within a few hundred yards of friendly forces. And that accuracy is backed by mobility unmatched by ground-based military artillery and more readily available than aircraft.
Although there are many similarities between naval gunfire support and Operation Sea Dragon, they differ in two important areas: naval gunfire support is normally fired at the request of troops ashore, while Sea Dragon's mission is the interdiction of supplies and destruction of military targets; and naval gunfire support is always conducted in South Vietnam, while Sea Dragon missions are fired only above the demilitarized zone.
Geographically, the Republic of Vietnam is ideal for naval gunfire. The country's sprawling coastline, narrow breadth and navigable coastal waters mean that cruisers and destroyers can move in close and hit targets deep inland. The country's dependence on the sea means that many villages and towns, and as a result many of the enemy's activities, are near the coast and within easy range of naval guns.
Naval gunfire support ships have the ability to loiter in an area indefinitely or to speed along the coast at more that 30 knots. A ship assigned to gunfire support might spend her early morning hours softening up a beach before an amphibious assault, answer a call for an emergency mission against enemy troops in the afternoon, and fire illumination rounds and H and I (harassment and interdiction) fire through the night.
A gunfire mission begins with a request from a naval gunfire liaison officer ashore in South Vietnam. When a ship arrives on station, she contacts ground or airborne spotters by radio for last minute instructions.
At first the ship fires her rounds slowly and deliberately, while the spotter radios corrections. Within a few rounds, under the guidance of the spotter, the ship's projectiles find their mark and the pace of the firing quickens. The ship can remain on station until the targets are completely destroyed, and at the end of the mission hundreds of rounds may have been fired.
But one target destroyed means another to take under fire, and unless the ship is needed for another target in an area, she wastes no time in getting to another target along the coast. [Map inset: From the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta and beyond in the south, gunfire support ships provide mobile and responsive firepower for Allied forces ashore.]
Ships operating in the Vietnam area run the gamut of naval gunnery, from the three-inch guns aboard destroyer escorts and radar picket escorts to the massive eight-inch guns aboard heavy cruisers.
Most common of all guns in the Navy today are five-inch guns, which are found aboard every destroyer in the fleet. the older five-inch/38 caliber guns are the mainstay of destroyer gunnery because of their range and reliability, while modern, rapid-fire five-inch/54 caliber guns serve as main battery guns aboard newer destroyers and guided missile destroyers.
In naval gunnery, the first measurement given is the diameter of the bore and the second, if multiplied by the diameter gives the length of the bore. Thus, a five-inch/38 caliber gun has a bore five inches in diameter and (5x38) 190 inches long.
Eight-inch/55 caliber guns are found only aboard heavy cruisers and are used extensively on both Operation Sea Dragon and naval gunfire support. They have a range of approximently 15 nautical miles and fires projectiles weighing over 250 pounds.
Six-inch/47 caliber guns are found only aboard light cruisers. They have a range of approximately 12 nautical miles and fire projectiles weighing more than 100 pounds.
Five-inch/54 caliber guns are found on post-World War II destroyers and guided missile destroyers and, because of their high rate of fire and range, are among the most versatile guns in the Navy. They can fire up to 45 rounds per minute, delivering 70-pound projectiles more than 12 nautical miles.
Five-inch/38 caliber guns are carried by World War II vintage destroyers, by some destroyer escorts and, as secondary battery guns, by both heavy and light cruisers. they can fire their 55-pound projectiles more than eight nautical miles.
Three-inch/50 caliber guns are carried by most destroyer escorts and all radar picket escorts. They fire 13-pound projectiles about six nautical miles.
NAVAL GUNFIRE CONTROL
The accuracy of naval gunfire stems largely from a complex gunfire control system made up of a radar-equipped fire control director to located and track targets and a fire control computer to compensate for variables. with the position of the ship and the relative position ofáÐ8GET http://g.msn.com/1cl91enus/15 HTTP/ms the ship's guns so that rounds are delivered on target nearly 100% of the time.
The first step in gunfire control is to obtain an exact picture of the ship's position, which can be done by taking visual bearings on geographical points or by taking ranges and bearings of the same points with the ship's navigational radar or fire control radar. Once the ship's position has been plotted on a chart, the target is plotted, and the range and bearing determined from the ship to the target.
With the initial range and bearing from the ship to the target fed into the computer, the computer compensates for the ship's course and speed and for other variables such as the target's course and speed (if any), wind speed and direction, air temperature, pitch and roll of the ship, and the initial velocity of the projectiles being fired. The computer's solution automatically aims and elevates the gun barrels.
Navy ships are capable of placing their first rounds within a few hundred feet of their target. In addition, whenever possible, Navy and Air Force aircraft or ground spotters assist the ships by spotting or locating the fall of shot in relation to the target. With spotters passing corrections to the firing ship, projectiles can literally be "talked" or "walked" to the center of a target in a matter of minutes [Photo: From high up on the ship's superstructure, the radar-equipped director feeds target information to the ship's computer deep inside.]
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