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FLOTILLA 33 RECEIVES 2ND CONSECUTIVE FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR 2010 DURING THE DISTRICT 5 SOUTHERN REGION BANQUET IN NEWPORT NEWS, VA ON 24SEP11

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RADM DEAN LEE, COMMANDER COAST GUARD 5TH DISTRICT (L) & BOB BIRRANE, COMMODORE DISTRICT 5SR (R) PRESENT BRIAN MCARDLE, COMMANDER FLOTILLA 33 (C) WITH THE 2010 FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. ONE AWARD IS PRESENTED IN EACH DISTRICT ANNUALLY & REPRESENTS THE FLOTILLA WITH THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO COAST GUARD MISSIONS.

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Kilmarnock’s Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Awarded 2ND Consecutive 5TH District Southern Region Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award

 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary often referred to as “America’s Volunteer Lifesavers” has over 32,000 members nationally divided into sixteen Districts. The 5th District Southern Region includes nearly 3,500 members among 105 Flotillas in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

 On Friday & Saturday September 23 & 24 the 5th District Southern Region gathered in Newport News, VA for fall its fall conference of meetings, training, and an awards banquet. During the banquet Saturday evening U.S. Coast Guard ADM Dean Lee, Commander Coast Guard 5th  District, and 5th District Southern Region Commodore Bob Birrane Brian McArdle, Commander Flotilla 33 with the prestigious Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award for 2010.

 This Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award is authorized by CAPT Mark Rizzo, Chief Director of the Auxiliary, Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. The award is given annually to only one Flotilla per District that the District Director of Auxiliary and District Commodore determine to have made the most significant contributions to Coast Guard and Auxiliary missions during that year. Making the award even more special is that this was the 1st time the award has been presented in the 5th District Southern Region.

 Flotilla 33 has a long history of outstanding service to the middle Chesapeake Bay area since originally formed as Unit V-4 in 1941. During World War II the primary mission was to watch for possible enemy activity in the Chesapeake Bay. When the Coast Guard re-organized the Auxiliary on May 29, 1955, Unit V-4 was officially chartered as Flotilla 53, which was then re-designated as Flotilla 33 on December 31, 1961 when it became part of the new Chesapeake Division 3. With outstanding contributions since its inception, Flotilla 33 actually received the Division 3 Flotilla of the year award in 13 of the last 17 years.

It is a great honor to be considered the top Flotilla among the District’s 105 Flotillas, and one of the top 16 Flotillas in the Nation. Flotilla 33 members focus on the mission and give great effort to support Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, the Aids to Navigation Team Milford Haven, Sector Hampton Roads, the National Search & Rescue and Command Center Schools at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, and we even have members who support the Chief Directors Office and Office of Boat Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. Flotilla 33 members are proud of our service to the communities of the Northern Neck.”

 The Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award will be presented to all eligible Flotilla 33 members by the Director of Auxiliary at the Change of Watch dinner at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club in December.

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