SYLVAN BEACH -- Three volleys of musket fire by Civil War re-enactors and a flag raising by Civil Air Patrol cadets highlighted the base commissioning of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26 in Sylvan Beach on Sunday, June 3.
|Flotilla Commander Bill Cummings|
Over 50 Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel and special guests attended the ceremonies and a picnic reception.
|First Sgt. Neil MacMillan (left) and Corporal Grant Denis fire a volley.|
In his remarks, Cummings noted that the Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 and today has some 30,000 members nation-wide.
With the Oneida County Sheriff's Marine Patrol operating out of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Base, Sheriff Rob Maciol was a special guest, who offered brief remarks and thanked the flotilla "for all your efforts" on behalf of boating safety. Earlier, Sheriff's Lt. Jim McCarthy told news media that the Coast Guard Auxiliary "is a great asset to the Oneida Lake community and the Sheriff's Department."
|Division Leaders John Steinbarge and Helen Lou Cummings.|
Two members of Flotilla 2-14 in Bridgeport -- Flotilla Commander Rick Kunz and Bob Shanahan Sr. -- served as AuxChefs (auxiliary chefs) for the picnic reception.
The Utica Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard included Cadet 2nd Lt. Tyler Kulesa, Cadet 2nd Lt. Aaron Dostie and Cadet Sr. Airman Aidan Uvanni. They were accompanied by their mentors, Capt. Paul Kulesa and Capt. Patrick Dostie.