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Guinn plays host at Coast Guard gala

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 11-04, South Lake Tahoe, share a laugh at the Change of Watch installation. From left are Dick Clark, Dr. Al Jones, Glenn Smith and Vic Beelik.

The United States Coast Guard’s Auxiliary, Division 11, held its annual Change of Watch (installation of new officers) dinner Nov. 5 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City.

Organized by past Division 11 captain Angelo Perata, the gala event was attended by a number of distinguished guests including Gov. Kenny Guinn; Adm. Eldridge, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District; Capt. Swatland, deputy sector commander 11th District; Fred Messmann, Nevada Division of Wildlife; and Ray Holcombe, station chief, U.S. Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian, uniformed volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard and therefore the Department of Homeland Security. Its 38,000 members support the Coast Guard on Search and Rescue missions and in Marine Public Education and Environment Protection programs. Although the auxiliary is a single organization, it has component units structured in four administrative levels with elected and appointed leaders at each level. These levels are National, Districts, Divisions and Flotillas.

The Coast Guard District 11 is composed of the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Division 11 is a component of District 11 and oversees, through its four flotillas, many of the waterways in the Northern California and Nevada including Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. The flotillas are the basic organizational unit of the auxiliary and turn programs into action. They are distributed throughout the oversight area of the division. For instance, Flotilla 11-04 is located in South Lake Tahoe.

The keynote address of the evening was given by Adm. Eldridge and in his inspirational speech, he emphasized the close working relationship between the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He used as a recent example the work that they did together in the rescue of more than 33,500 people in six days in the Katrina hurricane devastated area, of which 6,000 were rescued by helicopters sometimes in winds of 65 mph. This is an extraordinary accomplishment in any sense of the word. It should be mentioned that a number of Division 11 Auxiliary members went to these storm-damaged Gulf areas to participate with the Coast Guard in their rescue efforts emphasizing once again the CG Auxiliary’s dedication to public safety and homeland security.

Following the keynote address, the new officers for the division and its flotillas were sworn in by 11th Northern District Commander Eric Jacobsen. The new officers at the division level are John Boyne, captain, and Cindy Clampitt, vice captain. At the flotilla level are Flotilla 11- 01, Diana Kincade, commander, and Jack Leth, vice commander; Flotilla 11-03, Jim Hartfiel, commander, and Leon Borden, vice commander; Flotilla 11-4, Bob Oden, commander, and Al Jones, vice commander; Flotilla 11-05, Lorin Grover, commander, and Bryan Ricks, vice commander.

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The evening was concluded by a visit from “Kit Carson” (Dick Clark, a member of Flotilla 11-04) who, dressed up in costume, provided an entertaining historical overview to the discovery of the lakes and streams that we now protect.