Coast Guard Auxiliary Elects Oswego Leaders

OSWEGO — Jan K. Just has been re-elected commander of U.S. Coast Auxiliary Flotilla 24, based at Coast Guard Station Oswego. He will serve a one-year term. Just resides in East Syracuse.

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Deborah R. Somers of Fulton has been re-elected vice flotilla commander.

Flotilla 24 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Station Oswego.

Members of the flotilla are active in conducting free vessel safety checks for recreational boaters, teaching boating safety classes, making marine dealer visits, and promoting the wearing of life jackets.

The flotilla also trains in search and rescue, offers boat crew and coxswain classes, and provides members the opportunity to train in radio watch standing at Station Oswego.

“We train members in all areas,” Flotilla Commander Just noted. “We have a volunteer job for everyone — from administrative work to outreach to the public to boat crew training. We’re always looking for persons who would like to bring their interests, talents and skills to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.”

He added that Flotilla 24 supports the Coast Guard men and women of Station Oswego as a “volunteer force multiplier.”

Deb Somers takes the helm during a "mass casualty" search-and-rescue exercise on Oneida Lake last October.
Deb Somers takes the helm during a “mass casualty” search-and-rescue exercise on Oneida Lake last October.

In fact, he noted, Vice Flotilla Commander Somers took part in a “mass casualty” search-and-rescue exercise on Oneida Lake in October that was jointly planned by the Auxiliary and the Coast Guard, and involved first responders from Oswego and Oneida counties.

To learn more about the Oswego Coast Guard Auxiliary, contact Just at 315-345-9550 or [email protected] Information about the CG Auxiliary may be found online at

The Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard and the public by patrolling the waterways, responding to boaters in distress, conducting search and rescue operations, promoting and teaching boating safety, offering free vessel exams, and providing auxiliary chefs (AuxChefs) for short tours at Coast Guard stations, on Coast Guard cutters, and at VIP events.