Berka named Commander of USCG Aux 12-8 Flotilla; Harris, of Summerville named Vice Commander
In a “Change of Watch” ceremony, Mr. Paul Berka, of Johns Island was named Commander and Mr. Dwaine Harris, of Summerville was named Vice Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-8 serving the Charleston area.
The ceremony was held at the Radisson Hotel in North Charleston on Dec. 8. There were 46 in attendance who witnessed Mr. Paul Thomas, former Flotilla Commander handing over the USCG Aux 12-8 Flotilla ensign to Mr. Paul Berka the new commander.
Mr. Paul Berka, Flotilla Commander, along with Mr. Dwaine Harris, Flotilla Vice Commander, then swore in the 2013 Flotilla Staff Officers:
Communications Systems & Publications - William Carter, of Charleston
Citadel Detachment Commander - William Singletary, of Goose Creek
Finance - Frank Leister, of Charleston
Human Resources - Duncan Hutchinson III, of Charleston
Information Services & Marine Safety - Bob Mathewes, of Mount Pleasant
Materials - Chuck Chirila, of Summerville
Navigational Services & Member Training - Richard Daniel, of Johns Island
Operations - Joe Fleming, of Johns Island
Public Affairs, -Joe Woodbury, of Lake City
Public Education - Kelly Duncan, of Mount Pleasant
Secretary Records - Pamela Bray, of Edisto Island
Vessel Examinations - Paul Berka, of Johns Island
RBS Visitor – Dwaine Harris, of Summerville
Immediate Past FC (IPFC) –Paul Thomas, of North Charleston
In 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress under title 14 of the United States Code. Congress authorized the Auxiliary to support all USCG missions, other than those related to direct engagement in either law enforcement activities or military combat operations. The law stated that the Purpose of the Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard in the following areas:
• To promote safety and effect rescues on and over the high seas and navigable waters;
• To promote efficiency in the operation of motorboats and yachts;
• To foster a wider knowledge of, and better compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of motorboats and yachts;
• To facilitate other operations of the Coast Guard.
For more information go to the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 12-8 of Charleston, SC website: http://www.uscgauxcharleston.org/index.htm