At the recent Change of Watch Banquet of the USCG Auxiliary-New Bern Flotilla, Vice Commander Karl Mielenhausen of Fairfield Harbour was named “Auxiliarist of the Year,” the Flotilla’s top award, for his 16 years and hundreds of hours spent in training the 46 members organization.
Mielenhausen is also Staff Officer Information Systems for the New Bern Flotilla as well as Division Officer of the flotillas from New Bern to the Coast.
The “Change of Watch” process introduced Mike Ott as Commander for the second year, Mike Kent as Vice Commander and the introduction of 16 Flotilla Staff officers for the coming year.
Special awards went to Division Commander Fil Pagano for Most Coxswain hours, Dave Fort for Most Public Education Hours, TJ Bendicksen for Most Patrol Hours, George Maravelas for Most Vessel Exams and Karl Mielenhausen for Most Member Training Hours.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the USCG and supports CG in nearly all mission areas. Go to www.newberncgaux.org for more information.