Lake Tahoe’s coast guard station wins award |

Lake Tahoe’s coast guard station wins award

Coast Guard station Lake Tahoe wins Commodore Robert Phifer Award. From left: Jack Leth, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Officer (Incline Village); David Law, Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Division Commander; Tom Henderson, Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Flotilla Commander, North Lake Tahoe (Incline Village); Richard Kishpaugh, Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Flotilla Commander, Carson City; John Boyne, Coast Guard Auxiliary Immediate Past Division Commander; Marlene Phifer; Senior Chief Daniel J. Bennett, Officer in Command Station Lake Tahoe; Dee Dee Kincade, Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Commander (Incline Village); Captain Thomas M. Cullen, Deputy Commander Sector, San Francisco; Steve Perez, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander, Carson City; Leon Borden, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander, Reno.

For the second year in a row Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe was awarded the Commodore Robert Phifer Award at the 2009 District Training and Awards Conference held on March 28, 2009 in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Commodore Robert Phifer Award is awarded to the Coast Guard Small Boat Station who has the best relations and cooperation with their Auxiliary unit.

Factors that determine the award are participation and cooperation in specific projects, events, trainings and fellowship events. Also taken into consideration is the mutual benefit and good relations that exist between the Auxiliary unit and the Coast Guard Small Boat Station. Chief Ray Holcombe, the Station Chief at Lake Tahoe from 2004-2007, brought the Phifer Award to Station Lake Tahoe in 2004. Chief Holcombe initiated the close cooperation between the Sierra Division Auxiliary and Coast Guard Lake Tahoe that continues today with current Station Chief Daniel Bennett and the personnel at Station Tahoe.

This year’s boating season will be kicked with a Free Vessel Safety Check Day at Meeks Bay Marina on May 23. The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of boats conducted by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, confirming that the boats meet both federal and state requirements for safety. No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessels passes the examination. When the Coast Guard sees the decal displayed on the vessels they know that the vessel is in compliance. Boaters interested in a free Vessel Safety Check either at their home or one of the boat ramps should call Joe Harris at (650) 279-9159.

The first Boater safety class this year will be specifically for Lake Tahoe female boaters on June 6 and will be held in Incline Village. The class entitled “Suddenly in Command” is taught by women for women (not usually at the helm). This course is unique to the Lake Tahoe area and helps prepare women in case of a boating emergency. Trailering, line handling, knot tying, launching, first aid, communication, required equipment, and basic boating operating principles will be covered in this female only class. For reservations call Captain Dee Dee Kincaid of the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary at (775) 831-7192.

Together Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe and its personnel, along with the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary will continue to do all they can to save and prevent loss of life on beautiful Lake Tahoe and vicinity waters.

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