Mt. Laurel resident receives special commendation from U.S. Coast Guard

Dave Berlin was recognized for more than 35 years of dedicated service during a Change of Watch ceremony on Jan. 14.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliarist David Berlin of Mt. Laurel, right, receives a special U.S. Coast Guard commendation from Mark Rubino, Commander, Auxiliary Division 18, left.

When the United States Coast Guard plans missions for waters in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, the Coast Guard relies on Mt. Laurel resident and Coast Guard Auxiliarist Dave Berlin for his tireless volunteer assistance.

In recognition of more than 35 years of dedicated service, Berlin was awarded a special Coast Guard commendation during a Change of Watch ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Berlin described his work with the following.

“As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, I work as a volunteer for the Director’s Office, at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay headquarters in Philadelphia, helping plan for reconnaissance, patrols and security missions,” Berlin said.

According to officials, Berlin has been behind the scenes during many major events that received world-wide attention.

“I worked alongside our Coast Guard colleagues on an Auxiliary patrol providing security as the Battleship New Jersey was brought to Camden,” Berlin said. “That was a thrill”

Other stand out missions for Berlin were preparing for Coast Guard and Auxiliary patrols to ensure on-water safety and security during the 2016 Democratic Convention and for the 2015 Papal visit to Philadelphia.

Berlin is a United States Navy Veteran and member of the Jewish War Veterans.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, founded in 1939, is the uniformed, volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard.

Auxiliary duties include promoting and improving recreational boating safety, providing trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard, enhancing safety and security of ports, waterways, and coastal regions and supporting Coast Guard operational, administrative and logistical requirements.