About Flotilla 59

/Uploads_wowII/054-05-09/Troutner.jpegMEETING INFORMATION

Meeting Location:  American Legion Post 49
                              818 S Church St.
                              Smithfield, VA 23430

Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of each month, at 7:00pm




 Flotilla Commander (FC)

Fred Hetzel

Fred Hetzel retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 33 years of active and Reserve service. Enlisting in 1973, he served as a radioman and communications specialist, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer, OSS4. Of note, while serving on the USCGC Evergreen out of New London, CT the crew assisted Dr. Robert Ballard in developing and testing some of the equipment and camera techniques he would later use to discover the final resting place of RMS Titanic. Under Hetzel's leadership and training, CGC Evergreen was awarded its first ever operational “E” for battle communications during refresher training at Naval Station Little Creek, VA. Transferring to the reserves, he relocated to Pittsburgh, PA where he completed his bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. While working at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ  he earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Hetzel was recalled to active duty at LANTAREA in 2003 for Operation Enduring Freedom where he was instrumental in setting up the LANT/D5 Maritime Domain Awareness watch position in the command center. He is a qualified Crewman and Aids to Navigation Verifier. His decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Selective Service System Meritorious Service Award, several unit and team commendation awards, and the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medals. He was also a member of Flotilla 59’s 2015 and 2016 Mid-Atlantic Search-and-Rescue Competition crews, finishing 1st place overall in both years. Fred and Jeanne, his wife of 44 years, raised 2 sons and 2 daughters and are currently enjoying 3 grandchildren. They moved to Carrollton, VA in 2014 following Fred's retirement from both the Coast Guard and IBM. He enjoys riding on other people's boats.

Vice Flotilla Commander (VFC)

Henry Troutner

Henry was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Catholic School and graduated from Father Judge High School in 1971. In 1982 he married Mary McGinley and they have 3 daughters; Jessica, Christine and Kaitlin. In 1974 Henry joined the Philadelphia Police Department where he served 16+ yrs. in uniform and as a detective. In 1990 Henry left the PPD, moved to Southern Lancaster County ,PA where they purchased a small horse farm and he joined the Pa. Office of Attorney General’s, Bureau of Narcotic Investigation & Drug Control. With BNIDC Henry served as a field agent in Philadelphia and subsequently climbed the chain of command. After 24 yrs., in 2014, he retired as Regional Director of South Central Pennsylvania. Between 1995 and 2014 Henry supplemented the family income working 5 day a week, 3AM to 8AM, at the UPS Hub in Harrisburg, PA. Upon retiring Henry moved to Tidewater VA to pursue his love of boating, fishing & hunting. Henry joined the Coast Guard Auxliary in 2015 and presently participates as Boat Crew, Food Services and Radio Watch Stander at Station Portsmouth. As Henry is not one to sit around, Mary is ever grateful to Flotilla 59 for keeping him occupied when he is not hunting, fishing or fooling with their boat.

Immediate Past Flotilla Commander (IPFC)

R. Anderson Braswell

Originally from Eastern North Carolina, Anderson Braswell’s roots in Smithfield date back to the mid 17th
century and St. Luke’s Church. Braswell moved to Virginia in 2001 to attend James Madison University, where he was a member of the 2004 National Championship football team. Holding a Masters of Science in Program Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Braswell relocated to Smithfield in 2011 working for the Department of Defense. Previously, he worked as a Supervisory Auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP in McLean, VA. Joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Easton, MD in 2010, he is a qualified coxswain, personal watercraft operator, public affairs specialist, instructor, vessel examiner, program visitor, navigational aids inspector, marine environmental education specialist, and fingerprint technician. He currently works as the Unit Coordinator for USCG Station Portsmouth. Braswell previously served as the District 5 Southern Region staff officer for communications, responsible for Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. In 2014, Braswell was named both Flotilla and Division 5 Auxiliarist of the Year, and was honored as a finalist for National Auxiliarist of the Year by RDML Paul F. Thomas. Mr. Braswell has received numerous Meritorious Team Commendation awards and Service Performance Awards, as well as the Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation for leading a crew to a 1st place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue competition in 2014 and runners up in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring derelict boats and spending time with his wife and three daughters.