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Flotilla 20-06 History

Washington, NC, Flotilla History
Written By Thomas H. Blount, Thomas F. Conlon and Don Lindberg 

Once the Auxiliary began to function during the period 1939-1941, flotillas were established in the coastal and river areas of the United States, and particularly along the East Coast.

A Flotilla was established in Washington, NC, with the designation of VI-04 (Division VI, Flotilla 04) in August, 1943, with an initial membership of 16 members and with eight boats available to assist the regular Coast Guard. The Flotilla's charter was delivered to Roy Mayo, the first Flotilla Commander, by Lt (j. g.) D. G. Bell, USCGR, Assistant Director of Auxiliary, Fifth Naval District in Portsmouth (during World War II the Coast Guard came under the Navy.), at a ceremony held at the old Knotty Pine restaurant in Washington.

The Flotilla initially met at the Washington Park Service Station and later in a meeting room on the second floor of the Pamlico Chemical Company building. By February, 1945, the Washington Flotilla had grown to 53 members and 16 boats.

Like the rest of the Auxiliary, the Washington Flotilla declined rapidly in membership after World War II and was deactivated in the 1950s.

However, the number of pleasure boats operating along the Pamlico River grew steadily during the 1950s, and a need was felt for the reactivation of the Washington Flotilla to promote boating safety. At a ceremony held on 2 November 1964 at the Rendezvous Restaurant in Washington. The Flotilla was reestablished and chartered as Flotilla IX-08 (Division IX, Flotilla 8), or Flotilla 98, as it was more commonly known. At that time Division IX was composed of seven Flotillas extending from Asheboro, NC, and Roanoke, VA, to Plymouth, NC, and Washington, NC.

By 1966 Division IX had grown to 13 Flotillas, and the Washington Flotilla, along with Flotillas in Plymouth, Wilmington, and Morehead City, NC, was transferred to the then recently-established Division X. The Washington Flotilla became Flotilla X-04, or 10-04, as it was more usually referred to.

On 1 December 1973 the Washington Flotilla became the original unit of the newly established Division XVI. This Division's area of responsibility was—and still is—northeastern North Carolina, including the rivers, sounds, inlets, lakes, and other waterways from the Pamlico River North to the Virginia-North Carolina state line, and East from Greenville, NC, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

On 5 August, the Washington Flotilla left Division XVI and joined Division 20, chartered as Flotilla 20-06.

In 2008 Flotilla 20-06 established its first web site (Jason Cyphers, FSO-CS).

From 2010-2011 Flotilla members served as DVC-TS (Jason Cyphers), BC-HCM (Don Lindberg). DSO-MA (Rhonda Stallings), ADSO-MA (James Stallings, Jackie Castle), DCDR (Gary Wruck), SO-CS (Jason Cyphers), SO-FN (Ben Reed), SO-MA (Lou Waters), SO-OP (Ben Reed), SO-PB (Don Lindberg).

During 2014 Flotilla members served as DVC-AS (Jason Cyphers), BC-HCM (Don Lindberg). DSO-MA (Rhonda Stallings), ADSO-MA (James Stallings, Jackie Castle), SO-FN (Ben Reed), SO-MA (Lou Waters), SO-PB (Don Lindberg).

In 2014 John (Andy) Anderson (FSO-NS) started the Auxiliary University Program (AUP) at East Carolina University (ECU).



Recent Awards and Recognitions
Compiled By Don Lindberg

2002 - Flotilla XVI-04 received the Group Cape Hatteras Certificate of Appreciation.

2003 - the Washington Flotilla received the Division 20 Award for vessel safety checks (VSC) achievement for the most VSCs. Member Tressie Ward was named Division 20’s “Auxiliarist of the Year.”

2004 - Flotilla 20-06 received a National Certificate of Achievement for being one of the top 100 performers in the Vessel Examination Program for 2004. Tressie Ward received the District Commodore’s “VSC Silver Award” for 93 VSCs and Tony Weichel received the District Commodore’s “VSC Gold Award” for 176 VSCs in 2004. Also in 2004, the Washington Flotilla received the Division 20 Award for Operational achievement.

2005 - In February, the Washington Flotilla began the Pamlico Watch newsletter, garnering a Division 20 award for best newsletter and a 2nd place in District 5 SR its first year (Donald Lindberg, FSO-PB). That same year, Flotilla 20-06 received the “VSC Achievement Award” and the “Operations Achievement Award” for the most VSCs and the most Operational Patrol Hours as well as the 5th District SR award for the most VSCs in the District.

2006 - Flotilla received an award from National Commodore Steven M. Budar for being one of the top 40 flotillas in the nation for 2006.

2007 - June, the Goldsboro detachment of the Washington Flotilla was formed. By October, 2008, the detachment had 13 members. Flotilla 20-06 received the Division 20 award for most VSCs in the division. Flotilla 20-06 received the Division 20 Cornerstone Award for most operational hours,

2008 - Flotilla 20-06 received a National award for being one of the top 100 performers in the Vessel Examination Program for 2007. 2008 marked a period of great growth for the Washington Flotilla with 22 new members joining. The flotilla received the “NACO Membership Growth Award—Flotilla” for recruitment. Becky Kaurup received the “NACO Membership Growth Award - Individual” for recruitment. Donald Lindberg (VFC, FSO-HR, FSO-PB, SO-PB, BC-HCM) received District 5 SR’s “Publication of the Year” award for his Division 20 newsletter, 20-20 Vision as well as being named Division 20’s “Auxiliarist of the Year.” Five members of the flotilla received a Meritorious Team Commendation for their PA efforts at ECU’s “Military Appreciation Day” honoring the Coast Guard. Flotilla 20-06 received the Division 20 award for most VSCs in the division.

2009 - Flotilla 20-06 received a National award for being one of the top 100 performers in the Vessel Examination Program. Jason Cyphers (FSO-CS, SO-CS) was named Division 20’s “Auxiliarist of the Year.”

2010 - Jason Cyphers (FSO-CS, SO-CS ) received a Letter of Commendation and ribbon from Capt. Mark Rizzo, Chief Director of the Auxiliary for his web work for the National Training Department; Tony Weichel (FSO-VE) received a Letter of Commendation and ribbon from CDR Steven D. Whitehead, Director of Auxiliary DIRAUX for his outstanding contribution to the VSC program in 2009; and Ben Reed (VFC, FSO-OP, SO-FN, SO-OP) was named Division 20’s “Auxiliarist of the Year.”

2011 - Donald Lindberg (FC, FSO-HR, FSO-PB, SO-PB, BC-HCM) was named Division 20’s “Auxiliarist of the Year” and received the Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation and ribbon from Capt. Mark Rizzo, Chief Director of the Auxiliary at NACON for his work at his National Staff Position (BC-HCM).

2013 - Tony Weichel (FSO-VE) received the first Bobby Swindell Award for performing VSCs at Havens Gardens in Washington every weekend for 15 years (in several years performing 300+ inspections).

2014 - Jason Cyphers (DVC-AS) received the Auxiliary Commendation Medal from CAPT F. T Boress, Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, Jerrold Hopfengardner received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal from CAPT F. T Boress, Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, and Don Lindberg (FC, FSO-HR, FSO-PB, SO-PB, BC-HCM) received the Auxiliary Commendation Medal from CAPT F. T Boress, Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety.


For a list of the Flotilla Commanders (FCs) and Vice Flotilla Commanders (VFCs) since the Washington Flotilla (16-04) - (20-06) was re-established in 1964, click the following link:

20-06 Flotilla Commanders