CROWNPOINT - United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13, The Bridge Flotilla, based in Crown Point, recently had their Change of Watch Ceremony at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls.
Eugene H. Frost of Ticonderoga was sworn in as flotilla commander and Heidi Trask of Crown Point was sworn in as vice flotilla commander.
Commander Frost has established a number of goals for the upcoming year that including fulfilling the auxiliary's primary goal of increased boating safety awareness by expanding boating safety classes and safe boating awareness.
Training will include more vessel exams to increase an emphasis on paddle craft safety as the Coast Guard has noted an alarming increase of serious accidents involving these popular crafts.
The flotilla is expecting to increase training in other areas as well such as marine dealer visitor, boat crew for on water patrols, communications and instructors.
The Commandant of The United State Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., has praised the auxiliary noting all of the support roles the auxiliary plays and calling the auxiliary an important force multiplier.
The Coast Guard is an integral part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Frost noted that this is The Bridge Flotilla's 10th anniversary in Crown Point and, with that in mind, is looking to expand the membership in the flotilla. Frost noted that the auxiliary is an opportunity to serve your county on a volunteer basis. The local flotilla has members of all ages and a number of them are retired from varied occupations.
The flotilla meets on the third Monday of the month. Interested people should contact David Iuliano, a flotilla staff officer, at 585-7844.