New Commodore takes command of Fourteenth Coast Guard District Auxiliary

HONOLULU — In a ceremony Sunday, Nov. 23, at the U.S. Coast Guard’s main base at Sand Island in Honolulu Harbor, Ed S. Lott was sworn in as the new commodore of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force of nearly 400 strong in Hawaii. They help the Coast Guard by administering boating safety classes and conducting complementary vessel inspections, among other missions.

Lott was installed as Auxiliary Commodore in a change of watch ceremony in which he relieved outgoing Commodore George Burkley, who held the position from 2006-08.

Lott joined the Auxiliary in 2000 and has served in every elected office from flotilla commander through chief of staff. He has also served as a district staff officer, vessel examiner and marine safety officer. He volunteers more than 2,000 hours annually.

Lott became the first Auxiliary member in Hawaii to earn the coveted “Trident medal,” by completing more than four challenging qualifications of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s marine safety program — instructor, vessel examiner, commercial fishing vessel examiner, program visitor, and watch stander.

Fluent in several languages, Lott is a member of the Auxiliary’s Interpreter Corps.

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