May 2006

Coast Guard Auxiliary To Be Presented National Award

SACRAMENTO The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has been selected to receive the National Water Safety Congress' National Award for its role in promoting boating and water safety. 

Only one such award is presented annually to an individual, organization, firm, or agency that has made a significant contribution to water-safety issues/programs on a national scale. 

This is the highest award given by the National Water Safety Congress.

 According to Jeffrey Hoedt, chief of Office of Boating Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, "It's quite an accomplishment for the auxiliary to receive this prestigious recognition, and I'm glad to see it happen. 

Without a doubt, the auxiliary does incredible work in making America's boating public safer."  

National Commodore Gene Seibert said, "The Coast Guard Auxiliary appreciates the recognition of our past and continuing efforts to keep both the recreational and commercial boater safe on the water."

 Warren McAdams, national directorate commodore for Recreational Boating Safety, will be accepting this award on behalf of the national commodore at the upcoming International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS).  

Regarding the award, McAdams said, "We provide support to the U.S. Coast Guard, and recreational boating safety is one of our primary missions. 

"Our members will take great pride in the recognition and honor bestowed on them by the National Water Safety Congress!"

 The award will be presented during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit awards banquet, the evening of May 3 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.