With office space secured, plans to place a U.S. Coast Guard Detachment in Maysville are moving forward.
Thom McQueen, BC-QIO National Staff Officer, (Branch Chief, Incident Management and Preparedness) and Coast Guard auxiliary officer for nine years, is heading up the local effort which began about a year ago. Helping to start up the unit is Auxiliarist Steve Zweigart, a retired attorney and former Emergency Management director for Mason County who became a member of the auxiliary in September 2017.
A detachment would not have a headquarters, or a physical location, in Maysville, McQueen originally said. Instead, the group would establish a meeting place, such as the public library.
However, the city has since agreed to provide office space in the Kenton Commonwealth Center at no cost to the group through November.
McQueen said the goal is to build a strong detachment consisting of at least 12 Guardians “who want to serve and give back something to their country and community, train them for the roles necessary and the tasks at hand and create a well-oiled detachment in Maysville.”
Efforts to place a detachment in Maysville are supported by Flotilla 6-10 of Hillsboro, Ohio and Flotilla 5-5 of Northern Kentucky, McQueen said. Training and personnel support will come from those flotillas.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary does not get financial support from the Coast Guard, McQueen said.
“We pay our own way,” he said. Flotilla 5-5 Northern Kentucky will financially support the detachment in its infancy, according to McQueen.
With the Ohio Riverfront stretching from Foster and Augusta in Bracken County to Vanceburg in Lewis County just on the Kentucky side and along Adams and Brown counties in Ohio, McQueen said he hopes to draw members from throughout the area.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary has a lot to offer the area, McQueen said.
“We are the eyes and ears of the US Coast Guard,” he said.