New senior leaders elected to serve US Coast Guard Auxiliary

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard Auxiliary national board has elected new senior leadership to guide the organization through October 2014.

Commodore Thomas C. Mallison of Bear Lake, Mich. was elected as the organization’s national commodore. Mallison will succeed current National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr. who is completing his two-year term of office. Mallison has served as vice national commodore under Vass since November 2010.

“The expanding number of operational, administrative and logistical missions that the Coast Guard Auxiliary is able to perform gives us ever-increasing opportunities for service,” said Mallison. “Every member should be able to attain personal satisfaction within that array of missions.”

Mallison has identified “training, communication, and members” as the watchwords that will help guide the Auxiliary’s focus during his tenure as national commodore.

Commodore Mark Simoni of Saginaw, Mich. was elected to succeed Mallison as the vice national commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Simoni previously served as a deputy national commodore overseeing the Midwestern U.S. region.

District Commodore Harold A. Marschall of First District – Southern Region, was elected to serve as the deputy national commodore -Atlantic area east.

District Commodore Richard Washburn of Eight District - Eastern Region, was elected to serve as the deputy national commodore - Atlantic area west.

District Commodore Angelo A. Perata of Eleventh District - Northern Region, was elected to serve as the deputy national commodore - Pacific area.

These commodore-elects will serve a two-year term beginning November 1, 2012. The elections were held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary national conference (NACON) in San Antonio last week.

NACON was hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., a non-profit organization based in St. Louis that provides business management, financial and training support for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.