Hampton Roads Auxiliarist receives Honorable Mention in 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year

R. Anderson Braswell received honorable mention in the Coast Guard 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year

R. Anderson Braswell received honorable mention in the Coast Guard 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year

Written by Auxiliarist Stephen Faleski.

It takes time, determination and a spirit of selflessness to volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. For one auxiliarist, such efforts have been duly recognized.

Out of 32,000 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members nationwide, Mr. R. Anderson Braswell of Smithfield Flotilla 5-9 received honorable mention as a 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year. This is one of the highest commendations an auxiliarist can earn for exemplary performance.

Last year Braswell volunteered over 1,200 hours of service to the Coast Guard including more than 100 hours of on-the-water operations. One of Braswell’s particularly noteworthy accomplishments during 2014 included leading a boat crew in joint training exercises with both the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.

Another accomplishment of Braswell’s is achieving Operational Auxiliarist status, a prestigious qualification that highlights extensive training in leadership and practical skills.

“I am truly honored. It wouldn’t have been possible without the motivation and support of my Flotilla, especially Al Coke, Peter Faleski and George Langdon,” Braswell said. “Whether it was their constantly asking me to go on patrol, calling every five minutes with an auxiliary question or just being a great friend and kindred spirit, these guys are typical of the kind of effort put in by the members of my flotilla.”

Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas announced Braswell’s award along with fellow honorable mention Karen Chapman of Flagstaff, Arizona and winner Jacob Thayer of Austin, Texas on July 17, 2015.

Braswell’s Auxiliary hopes to one day receive a real search and rescue call where he and his crew can go out and save lives.

R. Anderson Braswell volunteered over 1,200 hours of service in 2014.

R. Anderson Braswell volunteered over 1,200 hours of service in 2014.