Change of command

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate January 29, 2014 03:17 pm

 

Flotilla 8-11 installs new officers during recent ceremony

From left, Vice Flotilla Commander Stevin Strickland; Capt. Salvatore Palmeri, commanding officer, Sector Humbolt Bay; Aaron Bohling, honorary member; and DeAnna Stewart, flotilla commander.
From left, Vice Flotilla Commander Stevin Strickland; Capt. Salvatore Palmeri, commanding officer, Sector Humbolt Bay; Aaron Bohling, honorary member; and DeAnna Stewart, flotilla commander. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
A local pre-school teacher is now in charge of the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla.

DeAnna Rae Stewart took over as commander of Flotilla 8-11 at a change of watch ceremony earlier this month.

As commander, Stewart said her job is to make sure the flotilla is running smoothly, as well as acting as the flotilla’s spokesperson with the public. 

The presentation of the flag ceremony was conducted by the Sea Cadets at the Coast Guard Auxiliary change-of-watch event earlier this month.
The presentation of the flag ceremony was conducted by the Sea Cadets at the Coast Guard Auxiliary change-of-watch event earlier this month. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Stewart is also in charge of the flotilla’s 25-foot rescue boat, which is deployed during local search and rescue efforts.

“We are one of the only flotillas in the auxiliary throughout the U.S. that gets to run a Coast Guard asset,” she said. “There’s another one in Alaska.”

Stewart signed up for the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2012. She joins her husband, who is a coxswain. When she’s not on duty, Stewart is a pre-school teacher at Four Square Christian School and Grace Lutheran Church.

In addition to helping with search and rescue efforts, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11 also visits local schools with the Del Norte County Sheriffs Office to talk about boat safety, Stewart said.

The flotilla’s vice commander is Stevin Strickland.

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