Local Auxiliary honors Waring for 40 years of service
Forty years is a long time, and Bob Waring says he enjoyed every minute of it. Bob recently retired from Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 (Callao) after serving the boating public in his many roles as a volunteer. Growing up on the York River, it was natural for him to enjoy the water, and he eventually joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary to help others safely enjoy it as well. Bob was a charter member of the Fredericksburg flotilla, was Division Commander of Division 14 (now Division 25), has led flotilla operations in support of CG Station St. Inigoes, Maryland, and has been an inspiration and role model for many members throughout the Fifth Southern District. Asked what he remembers most fondly about his 40 years as an Auxiliarist, Bob says, “The friendship and helping people; I just had a good time. My jobs weren’t tasks. They were things I enjoyed.” He especially enjoyed teaching the public boating courses and conducting member training for the flotillas. He also remembers being called on occasion by the Coast Guard to conduct ‘first-light’ searches, going out at daybreak to assist in searching for possible victims of boating accidents. Bob says, “I did my share and I stayed active. That’s the way to enjoy what you do . . . staying active.” That’s good advice for all of us, especially as we begin this year’s boating season. At a recent flotilla dinner, Bob was awarded the Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Decoration for his exceptional volunteer service and his dedication to the traditions of the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.