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Coast Guard Auxiliary honors exemplary members

SOUTH TAMPA - United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 7 recently recognized three of its longest-serving members at a recent luncheon at Division 7 headquarters at the Gandy Boat Ramp. Joe and Betty Hagan of Magdalene Shores and Cliff Martin of South Tampa were recognized for their combined 59 years and 15,708 hours of service to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian volunteer arm of the active-duty U.S. Coast Guard. The Hagans, both in their 80s, joined the Auxiliary in 1991 and for the past 21 years have amassed more than 10,300 hours of volunteer service, including 4,000 hours on the water doing safety and security patrols. Throughout their Auxiliary careers, Joe and Betty both served in elected command positions and jointly have earned 56 awards for meritorious service. A retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant major, Cliff Martin, 81, has donated 5,320 hours to the Auxiliary during 17 years of service, including 1,700 hours in administrative support and port operations management efforts. During his Auxiliary career Martin has served in elected command positions, earned 26 awards for meritorious service, and worked in Auxiliary specialty areas.
Founded in 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, all-volunteer arm of the U.S. Coast Guard, providing boating education and Coast Guard mission support. From staff reports
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