MEETING NEWS ARCHIVE
FLOTILLA 33 RECEIVES THE 2012 DISTRICT 5 SOUTHERN REGION FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ON 10MAR14
PETER KIRKPATRICK (R), DIVISION 03 COMMANDER, PRESENTS THE DISTRICT 5SR FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (FMAA) TO ED HIND (L), CURRENT FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER, & BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER DURING 2012.
THE FMAA AWARD IS PRESENTED ANUALLY TO ONE FLOTILLA PER DISTRICT THAT CONTRIBUTES THE MOST TIME & MISSION ACTIVITY TO SUPPORT COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY MISSIONS. THIS WAS THE 3RD D5SR FMAA AWARD PRESENTED TO FLOTILLA 33 IN THE LAST 4 YEARS.
ED HIND (L) & PETER KIRKPATRICK (R) ADDRESS THE FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS ON THE FMAA AWARD DURING THE AWARDS RECOGNITION DINNER.
PETER KIRKPATRICK (STANDING) CONGRATULATES FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS.
BRIAN MCARDLE (L), FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER DURING 2011 & 2012 RECEIVES THE FMAA AWARD FROM PETER KIRKPATRICK (R).
FLOTILLA 33 COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AWARDED FLOTILLA MERITIORIOUS AWARD
At Flotilla 33’s Annual Recognition Night, Flotilla members were recognized for their accomplishments and support of the United States Coast Guard. “People may not recognize that the members of the Auxiliary do everything that the active Coast Guard does except law enforcement and Homeland Security,” commented Ed Hind, Flotilla Commander. “Our 36 members are involved in Safe Boating Education, Port Security, being deployed on multi-country military exercises, patrolling our local waterways, Search and Rescue, standing Communications Watch at Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, instructing at National Coast Guard Schools and so much more.”
The award recognizes a Flotilla and its members that have made the most significant contribution to the Auxiliary and the Coast Guard in the Fifth District Southern Region (D5SR). D5SR is comprised of approximately 90 Flotillas in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C. “There are some pretty big flotillas in D5SR considering the cities spread out over three states,” stated Wally Jachimski, Flotilla Vice Commander. “To be recognized as making the most significant contribution really reflects the involvement and diversity of our members.”
The role of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is to continuously hone its expertise to perform three prioritized functions.
Promote and improve recreational boating safety; and
(2): Support Coast Guard maritime homeland security efforts; and
(3): Support the Coast Guard’s operational, administrative and logistic requirements.
“Our local members contributed over 17,000 hours this past year in support of the Coast Guard.” continued Hind. “Our members feel it is a great opportunity to serve our country in this way and we are always looking for new members to share the experience.”
Amy Thomas, a member of Flotilla 33 and current Division 3 Vice Commander remarked “It should be noted that this award has only been awarded four times in the District and this is the third time Flotilla 33 in Kilmarnock Virginia has received it. Pretty Amazing!”
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