NACON 2018

On Friday, August 24, 2018 elections were held at the Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida. National Commodore Richard Washburn is pleased to announce the results of the election for the 2018-2020 National Board.

Our National leaders for this coming term are:


National Commodore (NACO) – COMO Larry L. King

Commodore King served in the US Navy both as an enlisted man and a Commissioned Officer. He completed Nuclear Power Operator training and served in both the Nuclear Submarine Force and on surface ships, specifically in the Cruiser/Destroyer Navy. He was a proven sub-specialist in Propulsion Engineering and Anti-Submarine Warfare. Commodore King served as a Commanding Officer both afloat and ashore. He attained the rank of Captain before retiring.

Commodore King worked in the private sector after leaving the Navy and was Director of Quality Engineering at Ingall’s Shipbuilding Corporation for seven years. He joined the Auxiliary in 2002 and has held a wide range of elected and appointed positions. He is a qualified Boat Coxswain and Qualification Examiner. He is AUXOP qualified and has earned the Recreational Boating Specialty Device.

Commodore King and his wife Carole reside in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Vice National Commodore (VNACO) – COMO Alexander Malewski

Commodore Alex Malewski from Seaford, New York joined the Auxiliary in 2000. He has served in numerous appointed and elected positions including his most recent elected position as District Commodore of the First District, Southern Region from 2015 through 2016. Commodore Malewski has a Degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor Degree from Saint John’s University.


Deputy National Commodore Atlantic East and Recreational Boating Safety – COMO Gus Formato


Deputy National Commodore Atlantic West and Mission Support – COMO Randy Ventress


Deputy National Commodore Pacific Area and Operations – COMO Wally Smith


Deputy National Commodore Information Technology and Planning – COMO Linda Merryman

Commodore Linda Merryman, from Pahrump, Nevada, joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1981. She served in various positions on the National Staff since 1995, most recently as Assistant National Commodore for Performance and Planning from 2014 through 2016. She holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and is retired from the field of Information Technology, having specialized in project management and strategic coordination.


Terms of office will begin November 1, 2018.

Congratulations and best wishes to our new National Bridge team!