Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator Troy Hudson recently received the honor of Vice Flotilla Commander with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Hudson has served in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for the past three years working in Marine Safety/Environmental Protection, Aids to Navigation, Vessel Safety Inspections and Emergency Management. He is also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) for District 8 Costal Region. IMATs are a deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) unit, the CG-IMAT’s mission statement is to assist Operational Commanders to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of all risks and all hazard incidents and events.
Established by Congress in 1939 under title 14, §§ 23 of the U.S. Code, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is Semper Paratus(Always Ready). The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Team Coast Guard and is housed within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Auxiliary operates in safety and security patrols, search and rescue, mass casualty or disasters, pollution response & patrols, homeland security, recreational boating safety, commercial fishing and vessel exams, and recruit for all services in the Coast Guard. The Auxiliary has units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. Under the direct authority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Auxiliary’s internally operating levels are broken down into four organizational levels: Flotilla, Division, District and National.
Hudson is also a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Gulf War specializing in underwater mine warfare.
“Thank you for your service Troy Hudson. FANNIN County is proud to have you as our Emergency Management Coordinator,” said County Judge Randy Moore.