CHARLESTON, SC — James A. Poole was sworn in as Flotilla Commander for 2013 to lead the Charleston/East Cooper Flotilla 12-6.
During 2012, the Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla members volunteered over 15,000 hours in support of the local Coast Guard operations and missions, supplementing their workforce on and off the water - primarily in the local Charleston area. Missions include maritime patrols, radio communication watches, regatta safety zones, search and rescues, promoting and teaching boating safety, free vessel safety checks, community relations, and ports and waterways safety.
Auxiliary Flotilla 12-6 members elected Poole in late October to lead the organization through the 2013 calendar year. He will serve as Flotilla Commander, and is certified as a personal watercraft operator, boat crew member, instructor, vessel examiner, public affairs specialist and recreational boating safety program visitor. Poole is a retired Naval Officer and works as a Systems Engineer / Program Manager at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.
Festus Burchfield was elected Vice Flotilla Commander. A retired commercial airline captain, Burchfield holds certifications as boat coxswain, instructor, vessel examiner, aid to navigation verifier, recreational boating safety program visitor, and is State Liaison Officer-South Carolina.
Ron Foreman served as Flotilla Commander for 2011 and 2012, and will act as Immediate Past Flotilla Commander. During that two year term, Flotilla 12-6 members volunteered more than 35,000 hours with the primary mission of promoting recreational boating safety.
Charleston/East Cooper Flotilla 12-6 normally meets the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary or becoming a member is welcome to attend. Poole invites the public to learn more about Charleston/East Cooper Flotilla 12-6 at our meetings or contact us at www.uscgaux071206.com.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions.