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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER JIM THOMAS BECOMES 1ST AUXILIARIST TO SIT ON SELECTION PANEL FOR THE OFFICE OF BOAT FORCES 2009 COXSWAIN & ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS ON 23MAR10.

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Members of the Coxswain Trophy selection panel included (L TO R): CWO Fred Eshelman, LT Jessica Kane, BMCM Steve Cantrell, AUX Jim Thomas, CWO Mark Davenport, & BMCS John Sesta. Not pictured are CWO Tom Guthlein, BMCM Kevin Leask, & CWO Muke Russel, who participated via teleconference.

 

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CAPT Ted Harrop, Chief Office Of Boat Forces, appointed the panel members to select the recipients of 2 prestigious Coast Guard Awards.


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2009 CDR RAY EVANS OUTSTANDING COXSWAIN TROPHY


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2009 FIREMAN FIRST CLASS PAUL CLARK BOAT FORCES ENGINEERING AWARD


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The Office Of Boat Forces responsibility includes all Coast Guard boats under 65' and all small boat stations. The Boat Forces Safety Matrix is on display at Coast Guard Headquarters.

PRESS RELEASE

Each year the Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC presents 2 prestigious awards honoring the top Coxswain & Engineer of the year. In February, Flotilla 33 member Jim Thomas received an invitation from CAPT Ted Harrop, Chief of Boat Forces, to become the 1st Coast Guard Auxiliary member to sit on both selection panels. Each panel consisted of 9 members who were charged with the difficult task of reading and discussing award nominations from all corners of the Coast Guard. Each year it is extremely difficult to select only one recipient from the superb group of petty officers who are nominated. Every nominee is a true Boat Forces professional, and must reflect the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

 The 1st panel convened on Monday 22 MAR to select the recipient of the 2009 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineering Award. The award’s namesake, Fireman First Class Paul Clark, was honored with the Navy Cross for extreme heroism while serving as engineer of a landing boat during an assault on and occupation of French Morocco in 1942.  

 This annual award recognizes a coast guard Boat Forces engineer who demonstrated sustained superior performance, exceptional technical skills, and exemplary leadership. After considerable deliberation the panel selected MK3 Carlos Camacho of Coast Guard Station Key West as the winner of The 2009 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineering Award. ALCOAST 186-10 dated 13 APR 10 includes the complete announcement and is available at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/.

 The engineer selection panel members included Lt Jessica Kane, COMDT (CG-731), CWO Fred Eshelman, COMDT (CG-731), AUX Jim Thomas, CGAUX, MKCM G.L. Della Rocco, DCMS-81, BMCM Steve Cantrell, COMDT (CG-09), MKCM Joeseph Smith, COMDT (CG-451), MKCM Brett Ayer, COMDT (CG-9), MKC William Rogers, NMLBS, & MK1 Oscar Ramos, BFCO Yorktown.

 The 2nd panel convened on Thursday 25 MAR to select the recipient of the 2009 CDR Ray Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy. The trophy’s namesake CDR Ray Evans is one of the most celebrated heroes in Coast Guard history, also receiving the Navy Cross for his gallant efforts while fighting at Point Cruz on Guadalcanal in 1942.

 This annual award recognizes a Coast Guard coxswain who demonstrated sustained superior performance, exceptional boat handling skills, and exemplary leadership. As with the engineering award the difficult task for the selection panel is to select only one recipient from a group of noteworthy coxswains. BM1 Timothy Burns from Coast Guard Station Point Judith was selected as the winner of the 2009 CDR Ray Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy. ALCOAST 185-10 dated 13 APR 10 includes the complete announcement and is available at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/.

 The coxswain selection panel members included LT Jessica Kane, COMDT (CG-731), CWO Mark Davenport, COMDT (CG-731), CWO Fred Eshelman, COMDT (CG-731), CWO Tom Guthlein, ANCIENT KEEPER, CWO Mike Russel, NMLBS, AUX Jim Thomas, CGAUX, BMCM Kevin Leask, COMDT (CG-7D-1), BMCM Steve Cantrell, COMDT (CG-09), & BMCS John Sesta, BFCO Yorktown.

 Both award recipients are recognized by having their name inscribed on a large bronze and wooden plaque permanently displayed in the appropriate school at TRACEN Yorktown and at the Office of Boat Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.

 While introducing the selection panels CAPT Harrop stated “AUX Thomas was asked to participate in these panels due to his 12-years experience in working with Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads and Station Milford Haven. He has compiled over 1,400 underway coxswain and 300 watchstander hours working alongside the active Coast Guard, executing Search & Rescue cases both at the station and on the water. This experience gives him a unique and valuable prospective that was a great addition to the panels. It is great to include an Auxiliarist for the 1st time, a great example of Team Coast Guard”.

 After the panels concluded AUX Thomas summarized the experience by stating “it was a true honor and privilege to be asked to serve on the panels. Just the opportunity to read about the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of the nominees would have been beneficial. I really appreciate the opportunity that CAPT Harrop provided and for the openness in which the other panel members welcomed me.”

 

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