National Elections held at NACON 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

On Friday, August 24, 2018 elections were held at the Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida. National Commodore Richard Washburn is pleased to announce the results of the election for the 2018-2020 National Board.
 Our National leaders for this coming term are:

National Commodore (NACO) – COMO Larry L. King

Commodore King served in the US Navy both as an enlisted man and a Commissioned Officer. He completed Nuclear Power Operator training and served in both the Nuclear Submarine Force and on surface ships, specifically in the Cruiser/Destroyer Navy. He was a proven sub-specialist in Propulsion Engineering and Anti-Submarine Warfare. Commodore King served as a Commanding Officer both afloat and ashore. He attained the rank of Captain before retiring.

Commodore King worked in the private sector after leaving the Navy and was Director of Quality Engineering at Ingall’s Shipbuilding Corporation for seven years. He joined the Auxiliary in 2002 and has held a wide range of elected and appointed positions. He is a qualified Boat Coxswain and Qualification Examiner. He is AUXOP qualified and has earned the Recreational Boating Specialty Device. Commodore King and his wife Carole reside in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Vice National Commodore (VNACO) – COMO Alexander Malewski
Commodore Alex Malewski from Seaford, New York joined the Auxiliary in 2000. He has served in numerous appointed and elected positions including his most recent elected position as District Commodore of the First District, Southern Region from 2015 through 2016. Commodore Malewski has a Degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor Degree from Saint John’s University.
Deputy National Commodore Atlantic East and Recreational Boating Safety – COMO Gus Formato

Deputy National Commodore Atlantic West and Mission Support – COMO Randy Ventress

COMO Randy Ventress was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined the Auxiliary in 2003 and has held a wide variety of both Elected and Appointed offices from Flotilla to National levels. Most recently he served as the District Commodore for District Eight, Eastern region and is a member of Flotilla 11-5 in Nashville, Tennessee. COMO Ventress served with the United States Air Force for thirty years on both Active Duty and with the Tennessee Air National Guard. In the Coast Guard Auxiliary he has qualified as Boat Crew, Air Observer, AuxOp, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, Finger Print Technician, Aids Verifier, Telecommunications Operator, Instructor, and wears the Recreational Boating Safety Device. COMO Ventress currently lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Sandy.

Deputy National Commodore Pacific Area and Operations – COMO Wally Smith
Deputy National Commodore Information Technology and Planning – COMO Linda Merryman
Commodore Linda Merryman, from Pahrump, Nevada, joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1981. She served in various positions on the National Staff since 1995, most recently as Assistant National Commodore for Performance and Planning from 2014 through 2016. She holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and is retired from the field of Information Technology, having specialized in project management and strategic coordination.
Terms of office will begin November 1, 2018.
Congratulations and best wishes to our new National Bridge team!



  1. Diane Currie says:

    Congratulations fellow auxiliarists!

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