Flotilla Staff Officer Position Definitions

& 2011 Flotilla 49 Staff Officer Appointments


John Swahn

This officer is primarily concerned with Auxiliary fixed land and land mobile radio facilities. The duties include periodic inspection of these facilities and their proper operation. The FSO-CM works with the Member Training Staff Officer to have the Communication Specialty Course (AUXCOM) taught to those desiring to participate in Auxiliary communications.


Ron Witt

The Communication Services Staff Officer is essentially the flotilla's webmaster and the organization's web watcher who exercises staff responsibility and supervision over electronic communication services.


Ed Yancavage

The Flotilla Finance Staff Officer is the bookkeeper of the flotilla’s finances. The FSO-FN collects members’ dues and Public Education book sale funds, and maintains the flotilla’s checking account. The FSO-FN must promptly pay all bills for Auxiliary dues and other obligations. This staff officer is responsible for preparing an annual budget and for submitting monthly financial statements.


John Stebbins

The FSO-IS provides data entry of all flotilla activity data.. The FSO-IS is a key player in the Auxiliary Data System (AUXDATA).


Chris Thomson

The Auxiliary operates the Auxiliary Center (AUXCEN), and the Coast Guard operates the Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC). The FSO-MA, if designated by the Flotilla Commander, orders items from ANSC, such as stationery and Coast Guard training publications which are paid for at the taxpayers’ expense. The FSO-MA also assists members in purchasing items from the AUXCEN through the District Materials Center, operated by the District Materials Staff Officer.


Paul Bonnes

As the name implies, this officer is responsible for administering all training of flotilla members. This includes boat crew, instructor, and vessel examiner training. Conducting all required Operations, Instructor, and Vessel Examiner Workshops is another FSO-MT responsibility. For these, the FSO-MT must coordinate with the Operations, Public Education, and Vessel Examiner Staff Officers. This position is very important to a growing flotilla and requires a dedicated, imaginative, and industrious individual


Joe Brozonis

The Officer of Marine Safety and Environmental Protection requires an individual to be well-diverse when it comes to developing and fostering relationships with other staff officers, the Division, District, and the local USCG unit office. This Officer exercises responsibility and supervision over all matters pertaining to the Flotilla's role in the Auxiliary Marine Safety and Environmental Protection activities and keeps the Flotilla informed of all developments in this area. The individual will encourage appropriate outreach, training, and implementation of MS/MEP activities, and promote participation of MS/MEP activities to other members, and establish goals and objectives and prepare necessary plans to achieve them.


Tom Foley

The FSO-NS Officer oversees the flotilla’s Chart Updating (CU) and Aids to Navigation (ATON) efforts. The job includes checking Private Aids to Navigation (PATONs). For this last effort, the flotilla must have enough qualified Aids Verifiers (AV). Many flotillas also appoint the FSO-NS as the Aids Verifier Examiner (AVE). The AVE qualifies potential Aids Verifiers.


Donna Ferron

The Operations Staff Officer is responsible for getting facilities and crews to meet the patrol activity requested by the Coast Guard. The FSO-OP must also work with the Member Training Staff Officer to be sure properly trained members are available to conduct the desired patrols.


Don Coggins

The Human Resources Staff Officer has two goals: (1) to recruit, and (2) to retain members. The FSO-HR works primarily with the Public Education and Vessel Examiner Staff Officers to recruit new members for the flotilla. The Public Education and Vessel Safety Check Programs offer the most exposure of the flotilla to the boating public. The Instructors and Vessel Examiners are the prime recruiters for new members. The FSO-HR depends on these members for flotilla growth. The Member Training Staff Officer is a key player in the retention efforts of the flotilla. Members expect training and involvement. If training is not done, the flotilla will lose members.


Moria Wikstrom-Fischer

The FSO-PB acts as editor of the unit’s publication. All flotillas should have some type of publication, or newsletter, to keep members informed of all flotilla activities. A flotilla publication is important for members who miss a meeting. The publication need not be fancy--just a simple mailing of reminders about coming events to each member, made on a regular basis, will do the job.


Bob Hudler, Jr.

This staff officer works in cooperation with other staff officers to get maximum local publicity on flotilla activities.


Larry Brooks

The Program Visitor provides boating safety information to marine dealers. Auxiliarists visit specific dealers on a regular basis and supply them with information and Auxiliary public material regarding boating safety, Auxiliary public education courses, and Vessel Safety Checks.


Aleda Fehr

This officer is responsible for administering and scheduling public education courses. Such work includes getting class space, instructors, and course materials. The FSO-PE must work with the Member Training Staff Officer to ensure properly trained instructors are available for the flotilla. This staff officer also coordinates with the Public Affairs Staff Officer (FSO-PA) for advanced publicity for the public education courses.



The Secretary/Records prepares and distributes the Minutes of all flotilla meetings. The Flotilla Commander may assign other flotilla records for the FSO-SR to maintain, such as rosters and standing rules.


Gary Armstrong


Eric Fischer

The FSO-VE is responsible for administering the flotilla’s Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Program. This effort includes scheduling VSC stations, particularly during VSC month. The FSO-VE works with the Member Training Staff Officer to be sure that properly trained Vessel Examiners are available for the flotilla. The FSO-VE coordinates with the Public Affairs Staff Officer (FSO-PA) for advance publicity about the VSC Program and the VSC station schedule. The FSO-VE aids the Operations Staff Officer to have all vessel facilities inspected before the district facility inspection deadline.


Jimmy Dever

The SPO-LIC maintains control over our Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary license plate program by tracking applications and advertising the program at relevant events. As a benefit to Auxiliary members, this special PA license plate allows members to “show off our colors” publically.

Revised January 2011. Jack Morrison FC, Lance Walls VFC