Air Station Detroit holds first Auxiliary Air Safety Roundup
Posted by PA2 George Degener, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The first Coast Guard Air Station Detroit Auxiliary Safety Roundup was held July 16, 2011 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
About 40 Coast Guard Auxiliary pilots and aircrew members, along with eight Auxiliary aircraft, were on hand. Safety, crew risk management and operational risk management training was conducted, as well presentation of aircrew certificates by Capt. Steven Torpey, chief of response for the 9th Coast Guard District.
“This was a fantastic training event,” said Bob Fratangelo, district staff officer, aviation forces for the 9th Coast Guard District Auxiliary Eastern Region. “Crews were delighted beyond words with Capt. Torpey presenting an aircrew certification to a crew that had just qualified. This is a significant level of achievement.”
Other distinguished guests from the 9th District included: Cmdr. Karl Willis, D9 Auxiliary Branch chief; Cmdr. Dave Beck, D9 Enforcement Branch chief; Cmdr. Lisa Ragone, chief of response at Sector Detroit; Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella and Cmdr. Christopher Chase, commanding officer and operations officer, respectively, at Air Station Traverse City, Mich.; and Cmdr. Keith Overstreet and Cmdr. James Noe, executive officer and operation officer, respectively, at Air Station Detroit.
“This endeavor was planned for several months, in an effort to standardize safety practices and safe mission execution across the three 9th District Auxiliary Regions,” said Willis. “I have to say, it was an incredible day, and Bravo Zulu to district staff officer of aviation forces Bob Fratangelo for designing and implementing this training.”