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Recent Initiatives: Commencing from approximately 2004 onward, AFRAS sought to take on several new initiatives, to include Corporate Sponsorships to assist with fund-raising efforts, more inclusive recognition of other significant SAR events to include a CAR/SAR Award (recognition of heroic SAR in the Caribbean), the C-PORT Award (commercial maritime assistance industry), and SAR events of national significance, including: US Naval Reserve Unit, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD  for rescue of capsized water taxi in April, 2004; Carnival Cruise Liner “Holiday” for rescue of five Mexican fishermen in August, 2004; Cruise ship “Grand Princess” for rescue of two after getting underway from Galveston in April, 2006; Annapolis Fire Department for rescue of a woman from a capsized sailboat at night in July, 2008; and, the NY Waterway for the rescue of passengers from US AIR light 1549 in NYC in January, 2009.

In addition, new initiatives to focus on better establishing the AFRAS “brand” commenced in 2012, to include a complete overhaul of our web-site, establishing a Mission Statement, the first use of afras.org email addresses, and attendance at a maritime industry event for the singular purpose of soliciting corporate sponsorships.

General Information:

Through our sponsorship of various maritime rescue awards (and hence, our recognition of the organizations that conduct or who are called upon to perform search and rescue), by highlighting the heroism of those who literally have put their life on the line to effect a successful rescue at sea.

AFRAS formally sponsors five maritime rescue awards, three of which (the VADM Thomas Sargent Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Silver Lifesaving Medal, and the Amver Award (merchant marine industry) are awarded at our annual ceremony on Capitol Hill with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant and/or Vice Commandant in attendance, in addition to many Members of Congress.

The C-PORT (commercial maritime assistance industry) Award recipient is recognized at their industry’s annual conference, and recognition of the Caribbean SAR Award recipient has been handled via diplomatic channels.  Details of each award can be found by accessing the “Honoring Extraordinary Rescues” button.

In addition, AFRAS has awarded other AFRAS-sponsored lifesaving awards during other events of national significance, to include: US Naval Reserve Unit, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD  for rescue of capsized water taxi in April, 2004; Carnival Cruise Liner “Holiday” for rescue of five Mexican fishermen in August, 2004; Cruise ship “Grand Princess” for rescue of two after getting underway from Galveston in April, 2006; Annapolis Fire Department for rescue of a woman from a capsized sailboat at night in July, 2008; and, the NY Waterway for the rescue of passengers from US AIR flight 1549 in NYC in January, 2009.


Service of our Presidents (in order of their service):

VADM Thomas Sargent III, USCG (ret.)

Vice Admiral Don Engen, USN (ret.)

Mr. David Chomeau

Captain John Chomeau, USN (retired)

Captain Gabriel Kinney, USCG (retired)

Captain Steve Sawyer, USCG (retired)

MCPOCG Charles (Skip) Bowen, USCG (retired)

 

Service of our Chairmen (in order of their service):

VADM Thomas Sargent III, USCG (retired)

Admiral Owen W. Siler Admiral Owen Siler, USCG (retired)

Admiral James S. Gracey, USCG (retired)

VADM Roger Rufe, USCG (retired)

VADM Terry Cross, USCG (retired)

Mr. Dana Goward, SES, USCG (retired)