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Successful Memorial Marker, BBQ, and Board & Staff Meeting - May 14 2016

The day started off with an overcast sky and a slight breeze from the west. A typical "May Gray" in Southern California. The temperature was in the mid 60’s. District 11 South’s annual Memorial Marker event started a little after 10:00 AM with family, friends, Auxiliarists and Coast Guard personnel in attendance. Captain Jennifer Williams (Commanding Officer of Sector LA/LB); Captain Charlene Downey (Deputy Commander); Commander Thomas Cooper from LA Air Station; Commander Curtis Sumrok (D11s Director of Auxiliary) as well as several other Coasties from around the country were in attendance. CDR Cooper, CDR Sumrok and Commodore Blanchette addressed the family and friends of those who have "Crossed Over the Bar." Tanya Wilkins sang acapella and Kevin Conquest played the ceremonial bagpipes. There was also a fly-over by a Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and a twin engine fixed wing Auxiliary Aircraft.
Many family members and Auxiliarists shared their feelings and memories of those departed members who were honored this year. The event ended with the Color Guard "retiring" the colors. The approximately 175 people in attendance departed and moved to the ball field and enjoyed a BBQ. The District Food Service personnel, under the Direction of Barry Chapman, prepared and served all of the food.
At 1300 hours (1:00PM) the District Board and Staff meeting started, with about 75 people in attendance. During the meeting, reports came in from our District Captains, Division Commanders, District Directorate Chiefs, Auxiliary Sector Coordinators, and other special appointees. The 2017 District budget was presented and approved. There was discussion about the location for our 2017 and 2018 Dtrain. There are still a few loose ends to tie up before an official location can be announced. In summary, there is a lot going on all around the District. The Response Boat- Small will once again be on Lake Powell for this summer’s boating season. The Auxiliary Air program is well on its way to patrolling the Colorado River and the coastline of Southern California. Our retiring Operations Training Officer, Mr. Holzman, attended our meeting and was presented with a gift from the District. He shared some parting words while enjoying some coffee and cake and the well-wishes of members from D11S. The Board and Staff meeting ended about 1700hrs. The next Board and Staff meeting will be held on July 10, 2016 at 1800 hours (on-line meeting).

NACON 2016 - Save the date!

The National Convention is coming to Phoenix this August! Please see this promo video for additional details.

Modern Marine Navigation Course

Find out more today at www.boatus.org/courses.

Coast Guard Launches App for Safer Boating - Download It Free

As the nation's recreational boating safety coordinator, the Coast Guard's mission is to minimize loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental harm. Their boating safety program involves public education programs, regulation of boat design and construction, approval of boating safety equipment, and vessel safety checks for compliance with federal and state safety requirements. The Coast Guard Mobile App supports these missions by providing the essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.

See the full article and YouTube clip at CaliforniaDiver.Com.

AUXMT - Mandated Training Needs to be Completed!

Have you heard about the new requirements for Mandated Training (AUXMT)? Beginning 1 January 2016, there are very important reasons for you to complete your training. Please read the ALAUX and information from the Training Department at National.

D11SR Needs a Few Good Pilots and Planes!

Air Station LA and Sector San Diego have both expressed a desire to expand the AuxAir program in their AOR. We need two more aircraft in Air Station LA's AOR and one or two in Sector San Diego. The good news is that the onerous TBO rules have been thrown out and replaced with more reasonable ones. Basically aircraft facilities must have 100 hour inspections and an oil analysis. Approved progressive maintenance programs are also permitted. As for pilots, the more qualified the better. While our Operations Manual allows for Private Pilots to be active in AuxAir, we're looking for and will give priority to pilots with advanced ratings such as Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII and ATP. If you are interested please contact Eugene Korney, DSO-AV at (310) 614-6739 or pirep47@yahoo.com.

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Commodore Bert Blanchette
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Who We Are

Since 1939, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary have volunteered millions of hours in support of the U.S. Coast Guard and the recreational boating public.
We are the uniformed civilian volunteer arm of the Coast Guard.

Our Missions

Recreational Boating Safety - consisting of our many boating safety classes, distributing boating safety information to the public, providing free vessel safety checks, and doing safety patrols on land, water and in the air.
Support of Maritime Homeland Security and other maritime safety challenges that have emerged in recent years.

"I'm always in awe of you Auxiliarists. You work for free and love what you do. I can't tell you how many times I've had the CG Aux help me out during the course of my career. You are indeed a national treasure!" Vince Patton, Master Chief USCG, Ret.