Awards Received By Our Members

Division 2 auxiliarists are active!  Take a look at some of the well-deserved awards given to our fantastic members.

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See the Awards Program
for more information about awards.

Division-level Awards

130 SealThese awards are decided on by the Division Bridge (DCDR + VCDR), with input from the rest of the Division Board (FCs & IPDCDR).

The Auxiliarist of the Year Award recognizes the person who has demonstrated a high level of both performance, where they've rolled up their sleeves and gotten things done, and spirit, where they've exhibited enthusiasm and professionalism, admirably representing the Auxiliary. This award reflects a combination of both a high degree of spirit and a high level of performance.

Auxiliarist of the Year Award list

  • 2014 Debra Alderman, Flotilla 24
  • 2013 - David Gunter, Flotilla 24
  • 2012 - Michael Boyle, Flotilla 24
  • 2011 - Garrison Bromwell, Flotilla 21

The Auxiliarist Spirit Award recognizes the people who make us all proud by their positive attitudes, their shining examples, and their enthusiasm for what we’re about. They put a professional and admirable face on the Auxiliary in everything they do. This award reflects their commitment and enthusiasm.

Auxiliarist Spirit Awards list

For all their contributions in 2013, the following members were presented with their awards during the 2014 Change of Watch ceremony by DCDR Garrison Bromwell:
  • 2014 - John Warner, Flotilla 22
  • 2013 - Kari Sjolin, Flotilla 21 24
  • 2013 - Edward Schulman, Flotilla 22
  • 2013 - Lola Gunter, Flotilla 24

The Outstanding Performance Award recognizes the people who have rolled up their sleeves, put in the time and effort and completed the mission. This award reflects a high level of specific performance, which we can all see by their reported activities in AuxData. Please record what you do!

Outstanding Performance Awards list

For all their contributions in 2013, the following members were presented with their awards during the 2014 Change of Watch ceremony by DCDR Garrison Bromwell:
  • 2014 - Ken Willard - Vessel Exams and Color Guard, Flotilla 24
  • 2013 - Mike Metro - Life Raft Inspections, Flotilla 22 (in absentia)
  • 2013 - Joseph Le-Cointe - Vessel Exams, Flotilla 21 (in absentia)
  • 2013 - Bonnie and Keith Harding - Public Education, Flotilla 25

USCGAUX logoNational-level Awards

Auxiliary Commendation Medal

Craig Smith receives Aux Commentation Medal May, 2013--Auxiliarist Craig Smith, Immediate Past Division Commander, was cited for outstanding achievement in the performance of duty while serving as a United States Coast Guard District Thirteen Division 2 member and leader from 2006 to 2013. His service included being the Flotilla Commander of Flotilla 24, the Division Vice Commander and the Division Commander of Division 2.

USCG Commander Kent Chappelka, D13 DIRAUX, presented Craig with the Auxiliary Commendation Medal during a breakfast meeting in Ballard.

Flotilla 21 Commander Matt Kirchner prepared a video program of highlights from Craig's tenure with Division 2 which played during the breakfast.  Most of the photographs were from Scott Dittberner of Flotilla 24.

The Citation accompanying the medal reads: "Mr. SMITH is cited for outstanding achievement in the performance of duty while serving as a United States Coast Guard District Thirteen Division 2 member and leader from 2006 to 2013.
Under his leadership as Commander in 2011 to 2013 the Division had an impressive record. Despite challenges from continuing resolutions, Patrol Order Management shutdowns and national debt ceiling debates the Division under his guidance achieved over 700 vessel safety checks, 140 boater education classes, 6,900 operational mission hours and 40,000 other mission support hours.
In addition to these achievements Mr. SMITH used his knowledge of the Alki Point Lighthouse to be one of the Coast Guard’s best ambassadors to over 14,000 visitors from 29 different countries who enjoyed tours of this iconic symbol of Seattle.
CGAUX Commendation Medalnot only led from the top but from any position available as exemplified by his also serving as a Public Affairs Officer, Publications Officer, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, Instructor, Flotilla Vice Commander, Flotilla Commander and Vice Division Commander.
s peers consistently praised his enthusiasm and willingness to help in everything from offering rides to members without cars to taking any chance to assist shipmates improve their skills.
When the District Commander made $25,000 available for Auxiliary leadership training Mr. SMITH was key to the course’s success by teaching time management for leaders to improve their effectiveness. The training was praised by all and scheduled for repeated delivery. Mr. SMITH used his legal expertise to deliver much appreciated continuing education to active duty lawyers. This training would have cost upwards of $1,500 in private industry. All these achievements were only possible with the investment of immense amounts of time beyond anything Mr. SMITH would ever ask recognition for. Mr. SMITH’s dedication
and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary."

Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement MedalAux Achievement Medal

 The Auxiliary Achievement Medal (AAM) is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of their sustained and superior professional and/or leadership  achievements in administration or operations.Greenleen receives award

 20 Oct 215 - Dr. Ted Greenlee, Jr. of Flotilla 24 proudly displays the plaque and award citation presented by Deputy Sector Commander Captain Tom Griffitts (l), to Ted's right are his son Paul and his granddaughter Zoe.  Photo by Garrison Bromwell, USCG Auxiliary

20 Oct 2015 - The Auxiliary Achievement Medal was awarded to Dr. Theodore Greenlee, Jr. of Flotilla 24.  The citation accompanying the award reads "Mr. GREENLEE is cited for superior performance of duty while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound from September 2003 to February 2015. Demonstrating the highest degree of proficiency, he earned the designation of Foreign Freight Vessel Examiner. Exhibiting exemplary dedication to duty, Mr. GREENLEE contributed 2,658 hours of volunteer time, achieving the successful completion of more than 580 Foreign Freight Vessel examinations in support of the Sector Puget Sound Port State Control Branch. These vital exams ensured the safety of mariners, the security of the port, and the protection of the environmentally sensitive Puget Sound. Further, through finely honed boat handling skills, he qualified as a Coxswain and Aid to Navigation Verifier, contributing more than 320 hours of his own time in support of Recreational Boating Safety, Search and Rescue, and Safety and Security Patrols. His devotion to duty resulted in an increase to unit readiness while ensuring safe and navigable waterways for all mariners. Through extraordinary operational competence and professionalism, Mr. GREENLEE received five Auxiliary Operations Service Awards, the Auxiliary Operations Program Ribbon, the Special Operations Ribbon, two Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, three Coast Guard Unit Commendations, and a Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Greenlee’s dedication, judgment, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Operational Distinguishing Device is authorized."


Auxiliary Commandant Letter Of Commendation: List of Members

The Auxiliary Commandant Letter Of Commendation (ACLOC) is presented for an act of service resulting in unusual and/or outstanding achievement, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard or Auxiliary. The award can also be presented to recognize an Auxiliarist's service/performance for a special event or project. The ACLOC ribbon is the Auxiliary's equivalent to the Coast Guard's Commandant Letter of Commendation (CLOC) Ribbon.

2013 ACLOC for Mike Brough
USCG Commander Kent Chappelka, D13 DIRAUX and Mike Brough at the 2014 Change of Watch. Photo by M. Sealfon.

- To Auxiliarist Michael Brough, of Flotilla 21 for ongoing work promoting the RBS message through Public Affairs, work with partner organizations such as the Seattle Harbor Patrol, and maintaining a personal web site (External Site) devoted to boating safety that receives thousands of hits from around the world daily. A copy of Mike's citation is here.

2012 - To Auxiliarist Mary Dossett, formerly of Flotilla 24, for service as DSO-PE in 2012.  This award was presented "in abstentia" at the February meeting of the flotilla and has been forwarded to her new DCDR in Arizona for an award ceremony that she can actually attend. 

2012 - To Auxiliarist Jon-Jacques Umphrey, Flotilla 22, for service as the DSO-CS and DSO-IS during 2012.

2012 - To Auxiliarist John Warner, Flotilla 22, for service as the DSO-AV during 2012.

USCG Awards

Meritorious Team Commendation: 2013 - Alki Pt. Lighthouse team

Pictured left to right: LT J. Owens, D. Gunter, L. Gunter, E. Huttel, G. McCauley, C.Whitworth, W. Winter. Not pictured: M. Dittberner, L.McClellend    Photo: M. Kirchner

Tues, July 9 , 2013--Auxiliarists Will Winter (Team Lead), Maria Dittberner, Lyn McClelland, David Gunter, Lola Gunter, Ellin Hutel, Glenn McCauley, Charlene Whitworth received the USCG Meritorious Team Commendation.

US Coast Guard LT J. Owens presented the USCG Meritorious Team Commendation from the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard to members of the Alki Pt. Lighthouse Celebration team for organizing and executing the 100th anniversary celebration of the Alki Point Light House on June 1, 2013.

Active duty, auxiliary and civilian personnel contributed over 650 hours of planning and labor for the Alki Lighthouse Centennial celebration. 

A copy of the Award Commendation is here.