LT Derek Wallin Honored with NASBLA Chair Award
On December 15, 2020, in Washington D.C., National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Chair Cody Jones presented its premiere Chair of the Organization award to the U.S. Coast Guard’s LT Derek Wallin. NASBLA created the prestigious award to recognize one individual who engaged in dedicated service and contributions to the greater NASBLA community.
In its ceremony, NASBLA thanked LT Wallin specifically for his commitment during his four years as the Coast Guard’s Field Representative to the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board, as well as his leadership in helping State agencies train more than 420 marine patrol officers to national standards, resulting in more than $1,000,000 in no-cost training to state and local partners.
The full content of NASBLA’s premiere Chair of the Organization award presentation appears below.
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NASBLA Chair Award – Derek Wallin, U.S. Coast Guard.
On behalf of the NASBLA Executive Board, our members and staff, we wanted to thank you for all you have done to support NASBLA and the BOAT Program:
- First, we appreciate your commitment for four years as the Coast Guard’s Field Representative to the BOAT Program Advisory Board and for your active participation both with the Advisory Board and in the execution of the BOAT program training mission.
- As Commander of Station Ft. Lauderdale, through your efforts, your leadership and your collaboration with as many as 18 additional USCG stations, you assisted our state agencies in training more than 420 marine patrol officers in the national boat operation standards, resulting in more than $1,000,000 in no-cost training to our state and local partners.
- Thanks to your experience and profound knowledge in boat operations and program management, you were also instrumental in making key revisions to NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program manual, helping assure the continued integrity of the national boat operations standards.
- Ensuring aspects of NASBLA policy, doctrine and TTP align with the Coast Guard, provides both organizations assurances in achieving force multiplication and interoperability across federal, state, and local maritime partners for years to come.
- Finally, in addition to your support for the management and implementation of BOAT Program courses, your oversight and initiative have also led to the development of important new micro-learning training videos to provide skill based instruction for maritime law enforcement and other first responders.
- NASBLA believes this initiative will provide the U.S. Coast Guard, the BOAT Program and our state, local and tribal partners with invaluable, modular training resources that can be made available to maritime law enforcement officers and other first responders in an easily consumable, on-demand format that meets the needs of today’s challenging and fragmented learning environment.
- For all these contributions as well as your authentic and proactive collaboration and partnership in advancing the BOAT Program mission, it is my pleasure to present you NASBLA’s first-ever Chair Award.
Congratulations and thanks again for all your contributions!