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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
First Southern District

Flotilla 1 7
Patchogue, New York 11772
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FSO-CM - Communications FSO-NS - Navigation Systems
FSO-CS - Communications Services FSO-OP - Operations
FSO-FN - Finance FSO-PA - Public Affairs
FSO-HR - Human Resources FSO-PB - Publications
FSO-IS - Information System FSO-PE - Public Education
FSO-MA - Materials FSO-PV - Program Visitor
FSO-MS - Marine Safety & Environmental Protection FSO-SR - Secretary/Records
FSO-MT - Member Training FSO-VE - Vessel Examination

Photo VFCSteve LoPiano
Flotilla Commander / FSO-OP
I have enjoyed boating on the waters around Long Island for over 30 years in both sail and power vessels. I joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary to expand and enhance my seamanship abilities. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, offers a multitide of training courses and exercises that will enable me to acquire the skillsets necessary to achieve my goals. I welcome the opportunity to help and support the US Coast Guard in its Homeland Security and Safe Boating missions.


PhotoCarol Maccio
Flotilla Vice Commander / FSO-CS / FSO-IS
Over twenty years ago, I began boating after purchasing and living aboard a sailboat for about two years. Prior to taking posession of the boat, I took the USCGA boating safety classes which I found to be invaluable. Since then, I have also owned power boats and participated as crew in sailboat races on the Long Island Sound. Having lived on Long Island my entire life, I have developed a great awareness of both the beauty and fury of the sea. The Coast Guard Auxiliary programs and dedicated volunteers serve an important role in assisting the Coast Guard, environmental protection, and public safety awareness through it's various program offerings. I encourage anyone with an interest in boating or the environment to get involved and make a contribution.


Photo FCBill Goelz
Immediate Past Flotilla Commander / FSO-HR / FSO-PB / FSO-PE

After retiring from NYS Public Education and having spent six years in the Regular US Coast Guard as a youth, joining the CG Auxiliary was a natural. The Auxiliary was formalized by an Act of Congress on June 23, 1939 and continues to be the world's largest volunteer organization supporting a military organization. The mission of the Auxiliary is promoting and insuring recreational boating safety, securing the homeland and protecting the environment. We are "Team Coast Guard" and a part of the Department of Homeland Security. The four cornerstones of the Auxiliary are: Member Services, Recreational Boating Safety, Operations and Marine Safety and Fellowship. We provide boating safety courses, vessel safety checks, on-water and on-land safety patrols assisting the US Coast Guard in all areas except law enforcement. Come and join us and be another one of "America's Volunteer Guardians".


Photo FSO-FNFrank Rappolt
After taking boating courses given by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, I felt I could aid the Coast Guard by contributing to its newly expanded mission of providing Homeland Security. As the Finance Officer for Flotilla 1-7, I am responsible maintaining the finances for the flotilla. I have previously served as the Materials Officer and had worked closely with the Finance Officer in maintaining the inventory of all flotilla-owned equipment and served as chairman of the Flotilla's Audit Committee. I also represent the flotilla at various Public Affairs events.


Photo FSO-MAConnie Coscia
As the Materials Officer for Flotilla 1-7, I am responsible for obtaining the various materials distributed in classrooms for Public Education classes, Public Affairs booths, Vessel Examination, and Member Training. I am also responsible for maintaining the current inventory of all flotilla-owned equipment. I am also proud to serve as an active member in other local volunteer organizations where I serve as an EMT.


Photo FSO-PAJohn LaPorta

I am a recent recruit. I was introduced to the USCG Auxiliary through several members of this Flotilla for whom I would often go sailing with. I started attending Flotilla 1 7's meetings and was impressed with the members professionalism and their willingness to serve the boating community. I was looking for an opportunity to give back to Long Island for all the enjoyment I have had on it's waters. With my background in the graphic art and printing field the leadership plugged me right in and put me to work. I am proud to be part of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and thankful for the opportunity to learn a lot and give back to Long Island.


Photo FSO-SRJessy McAvoy