MEMBER TRAINING ARCHIVE
Howard Montgomery assembles an ATON bulb switcher.
Ted Tulis (R) reviews an electrical diagram with Instructor
Brian McArdle completes a red light ATON assembly.
GOLD AND SILVER – TRAINING TOGETHER
During March, 4 local Coast Guard Auxiliary & 7
active Coast Guard members completed a Minor Aids Technician
class at the Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) at Station Milford Haven.
Howard Montgomery & Brian McArdle of Flotilla 33 and George
Schluderman & Don Shearouse of Flotilla 3-10 spent four days in
classroom and hands-on instruction learning how to service Aids to
“We learned about the different types
of lights that are in our area,” said Shearouse.
“It’s a wonder how well these instruments stand up to the
different types of weather in this area in addition to the exposure
to the salt water.”
“The ANT team at Milford Haven
recently had their Area of Responsibility increased to include parts
of the Eastern Shore and up the Potomac to
Washington DC,” commented Auxiliarist Ted Tulis
assisting EM1 William Bennett, an Instructor for the Fifth Coast
Guard District. “In addition,
a 55 foot Buoy Tender was reassigned to Milford Haven to handle the
larger type of buoys. With the
additional facility and territory Auxiliarists can aid in
maintenance and repair of minor Aids to Navigation.”
“We all spent a lot of time
assembling and disassembling different types of navigation and range
lights,” stated Howard Montgomery.
“It was a great experience working alongside and interacting
with members of the Coast Guard Station Milford Haven ANT Team.”
The last activity of the course was
getting signed off on troubleshooting the lights.
Students were given a light with 10 different problems to
find. All 11 students
completed the exercise successfully.
The next step is spending approximately six months working
and repairing ATONS in the area until Chief Benjamin Brown,
Officer-in-Charge, is satisfied with the knowledge and performance
of the Auxiliarists. At that
time, these Auxiliarists with become qualified as Minor Aids
Technicians working with the U.S.