MEETING NEWS ARCHIVE
BMC DAVID DICKINSON, OFFICER & CHARGE AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN, VISITS THE FLOTILLA 33 MEETING ON 09SEP13
BMC DAVID DICKINSON (L), OFFICER IN CHARGE AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN, & ED HIND, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER.
BMC DICKINSON PRESENTED A POWERPOINT REVIEWING THE VARIED MISSIONS OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD & HOW THE AUXILIARY ASSISTS WITH THE MISSION LOAD. THE PRESENTATION INCLUDED THE ABOVE "DAY IN THE COAST GUARD" SHOWING THE NUMBER OF MISSIONS IN AN AVERAGE DAY.
SOME OF THE NEARLY 30 FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS ATTENDING THE MEETING TO LISTEN TO BMC DICKINSON'S COMMENTS.
COAST GUARD OFFICER IN CHARGE MEETS WITH FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS
Dickinson also reviewed some history of the Coast Guard and how their mission changed. Transferring the Coast Guard from the Department of Transportation to Homeland Security after 9-11 indicated the importance of protecting our coast line in addition to being America’s Life Savers.
The Coast Guard has over 40,000 men and women guarding our nation’s waterways, saving lives, conducting Port Security and Vessel Safety Checks along with a number of other jobs. “That is not a lot of people to do the job they are assigned,” stated Ed Hind, Flotilla 33 Commander. “Luckily, there are over 30,000 Coast Guard Auxiliarist that give up their time and volunteer to work alongside the Coast Guard to aid in completing their mission including two-boat training that assists new members of the Coast Guard to qualify for their assignments.”
Chief Dickinson went on to recognize the various ways in which the Auxiliary assists the Coast Guard from providing qualified chefs for a week or two at a Coast Guard Station or cutter, to radio watch standing, Search and Rescue, port container Inspections, Instructing at a Coast Guard Training Center, acting as an Interpreter in Africa or a host of other jobs, not only in the United States, but around the world. Flotilla 33 members contribute over 20,000 hours annually to support the missions of the Coast Guard.
It is recognized around the Coast Guard community, that if it was not for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to get the job done. Flotilla 33 has received a lot of recognition and awards not only for the time given to the Coast Guard by its members, but for its proficiency and high degree of professionalism. Members of Flotilla 33 serve not only at the local level, but members serve as Division Officers, District Officer, and National Officers and even deploy overseas.
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA 33
STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA 33 STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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