Eakins sworn in as USCGA Flotilla 29 Commander
Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary recently swore in local resident Kerry Eakins as its Flotilla Commander. Eakins succeeded Sally Snyder who served as Flotilla Commander for the past year. Eakins has been a member of the Auxiliary since 2006 has served in several officer positions. He is qualified as a boat crew member, instructor, vessel examiner and food service specialist.
Eakins was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and went to Cape Central School. He furthered his education at Southeast Missouri State University studying computer applied physics and engineering. He has spent most of his career as a communications engineer in the television and cable TV industries.
Flotilla 29 is headquartered on Lights Ferry Road in Flowery Branch just outside the entrance to Aqualand Marina. The flotilla is comprised of women and men from the Atlanta area and generally meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
Nationally, the auxiliary has more than 30,000 members and operates 2,250 vessels and 180 aircraft. The auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. While emphasizing recreational boating safety, the auxiliary participates with active duty and reserve members of the Coast Guard in all mission areas except direct law enforcement. Generally, auxiliary members wear standard Coast Guard uniforms while performing Auxiliary duties.
Posted online 3/31/17