Retired Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer receives President’s Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A retired U.S. Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer received the President’s Award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) at its 50th annual meeting in Corpus Christis, Texas, Sept. 26-30, 2009.

The NASBLA recognized Frank Jennings, Recreational Boating Specialist for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, for his work in organizing and co-hosting the Lake Erie Marine Law Enforcement Symposium.

Jennings organized and co-hosted the annual bi-national law enforcement symposium, which is recognized among the U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies in the Lake Erie basin as the premier regional marine law enforcement conference of the year.

In addition, Jennings succeeded in securing free space for a seasonal boating safety column in the Mid-America Boating newspaper, which reaches a large number of boaters in the midwest.

“For more than 13 years, Frank Jennings has not only been a consummate professional as the Ninth District’s Recreational Boating Safety Specialist, but he has been a sterling example and steadfast advocate for the reserve enlisted force as the Reserve Command Master Chief,” said Capt. Jeff Ogden, Ninth Coast Guard District Response Chief. “I congratulate him on the well deserved recognition.”

The NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of more than 83.6 million American boaters.

To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit

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