NEWS ARTICLE ARCHIVE
FLOTILLA 33 AWARDED THE 2009 FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
(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.
(L TO R): FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS JIM THOMAS, AMY THOMAS, WALLY DAWSON, & FRANS
KASTEEL WITH THE FLOTILLA MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.
(R TO L): FRANS KASTEEL & WIFE SHIRLEY CELEBRATING AFTER THE AWARDS BANQUET.
IT WAS A PROUD NIGHT TO BE A FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Awarded
5TH District Southern Region
Flotilla Meritorious Achievement Award
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
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.