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 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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FLOTILLA 33 AWARDED THE 2009 FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ON 25SEP10

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(L TO R): U.S. COAST GUARD REAR ADMIRAL KEVIN COOK & DISTRICT 5 SOUTHERN REGION COMMODORE AL DEJEAN PRESENT WALLY DAWSON, COMMANDER FLOTILLA 33, WITH THE FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WITH DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMODORE TOM VENIZIO ALSO PRESENTING.

 

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 (L TO R): FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS JIM THOMAS, AMY THOMAS, WALLY DAWSON, & FRANS KASTEEL WITH THE FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.

 

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(R TO L): FRANS KASTEEL & WIFE SHIRLEY CELEBRATING AFTER THE AWARDS BANQUET. IT WAS A PROUD NIGHT TO BE A FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER.

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Kilmarnock’s Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Awarded 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 24 & 25 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 Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, Director of Prevention Policy, Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC, and 5th District Southern Region Commodore Al DeJean presented Wally Dawson, Commander Flotilla 33 with the prestigious Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award for 2009.

 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 12 of the last 16 years. But 2009 was special even by historically excellent standards.

 During 2009, Flotilla 33 led District 5 Southern Region with over 2,200 separate missions totaling 19,838 mission hours, with each member averaging an exceptional 522 hours in support of the Coast Guard and recreational boating public. The Flotilla’s 11 operational boats conducted 891 marine patrol hours, coxswains & boat crews totaled 3,361 man-hours. During the 19 on the water Search & Rescue missions 21 persons were assisted with property values of $282,000. In addition members contributed 2,951 hours of Search and Rescue Standby hours. Coast Guard Station Milford Haven benefited with 40 2-boat training missions provided by Flotilla 33 operational boats & crews.

 Direct Coast Guard Operational Support totaled 634 hours, which included watchstanding, qualification examiner shore side and underway checks, training missions, and instruction of Coast Guard courses. Recreational Boating Safety is also an important Auxiliary mission. Included was 356 hours of Public Affairs, 220 hours of Public Education, 58 hours of Marine Dealer Visits, and 411 hours of Vessel Examinations. Marine Safety, Aids to Navigation, member training, and advanced training course missions along with administrative and travel accounted for another 9,985 mission hours.

 In receiving the award, Wally Dawson, Commander remarked “I am truly honored to accept the Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award for 2009 on behalf of Flotilla 33’s thirty eight dedicated members. 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. Our 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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