Capt. Linda A. Sturgis, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound commander, helps honor Sequim’s Alan Smith, Sector Puget Sound Auxiliarist of the Year for 2019. Photo by Kent Brown/USCG Auxiliary

Capt. Linda A. Sturgis, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound commander, helps honor Sequim’s Alan Smith, Sector Puget Sound Auxiliarist of the Year for 2019. Photo by Kent Brown/USCG Auxiliary

Milestone: Sequim’s Smith picked 2019’s Sector Puget Sound Auxiliarist of the Year

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Alan G. Smith of Sequim was recently named Sector Puget Sound Auxiliarist of the Year for 2019.

During the monthly meeting at USCG Sector Puget Sound Headquarters, Capt. Linda A. Sturgis, commander Sector Puget Sound, presented Smith with a USCG Sector Puget Sound citation, plaque and challenge coin to reflect his accomplishments, dedication and commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Capt. Michael M. Balding, deputy commander Sector Puget Sound, presented highlights of Smith’s activities for 2019 to Smith, his family members present and other USCG and USCG Auxiliary members in attendance.

As a member of USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 44 in Port Angeles, Smith volunteered 207 hours, executed eight vessel safety exams, one Coast Guard facility exam and more than 34 hours in public outreach, Balding said.

Smith integrated seamlessly with the active duty community in Port Angeles, Balding said, and participated in a litany of projects, including the Continuity Of Operations Tsunami Preparedness Drill.

Smith was the first member of Division 4 to certify as an Auxiliary food services specialist and to certify as junior officer of the day at USCG Air Station Port Angeles, Balding noted.

Smith was lauded for consistently volunteering for extra shifts, particularly during holiday routines to allow active duty personnel to spend more time with their families. He was also honored for advocating an ongoing initiative to “adopt” the grounds at USCG Air Station Port Angeles’ flag pole area where he leads Flotilla 44 in regular maintenance, and for his participation in the morning and evening flag raising and lowering ceremonies.

Smith’s name will appear on a perpetual plaque maintained and displayed at the USCG Sector Puget Sound Headquarters.

During the recognition, Smith was joined by his wife Maxine, son Christopher and daughter Amanda.

Created by Congress in 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. For more information, visit www.cgaux.org.

More in Life

NOLS hosts virtual children’s yoga storytime session on Friday

To celebrate International Children’s Yoga Day, the North Olympic Library System will… Continue reading

Get It Growing: April in the garden

There is so much to do and think about in the April… Continue reading

Milestone: Sequim students named to University of Washington dean’s list

Ten Sequim-area students were recently named to the University of Washington’s Dean’s… Continue reading

“Essentials” by Kyle Vanous of Port Angeles took top honors in the Tidepools 2020 contest for “Essentials.” Submitted photo
Winners announced for the 2020 ‘Tidepools’ publication

The staff for ““Tidepools 2020,” Peninsula College’s art, music and literary magazine,… Continue reading

Decade Five: The 1970s

The 1970s were very busy years for the Rotary Club of Sequim.… Continue reading

Pam Larsen, who published “the Secret Language of Plants” in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Gardener, discusses this topic on April 9, via Zoom Meetings. Photo by Amanda Rosenberg
Larsen discusses plant-talk at Green Thumbs online presentation

Pam Larsen, teacher of organic gardening classes and speaker on a range… Continue reading

Parenting Matters: A positive time for parenting

There is a great deal of negative information hitting everyone in this… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Escape into a good mystery

Right now who couldn’t use an escape? I love nothing better than… Continue reading

Milestone: OMC’s Lewis named ‘Community Champion’ for nonprofit support

The Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition (OPHCC), a nonprofit organization in Clallam… Continue reading

Most Read