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Coast Guard Auxiliary elects new national commodore

Coast Guard Auxiliary senior leaders elected Commodore Thomas C. Mallison of Bear Lake, Mich., as the organization’s national commodore for a two-year term beginning Nov. 1.

The election was held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary National Conference at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk hotel.

Mallison will succeed current National Commodore James E. Vass, Jr., who is completing his two-year term of office. Mallison has served as vice national commodore under Vass since November 2010.

Mallison has identified “training, communication, and members” as the watchwords that will help guide the Auxiliary’s focus during his tenure as national commodore.

Prior to 2010, Mallison served as deputy national commodore — operations policy and Atlantic area west, 2009-2010, district commodore, Eighth District eastern region, 2007-08, district vice commodore, 2005-06, and district rear commodore west, 2003-04. He served as department chief of the Coast Guard Auxiliary National Department of Personnel from 2000-02.

Mallison is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Science. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and earned a Doctorate in business administration.

Retired from Systran Corporation in Dayton, Ohio where he served as vice president and director of administration, Mallison served on the boards of directors of three manufacturing companies and a nonprofit corporation in the medical sector during his business career.

Prior to Systran, Mallison retired with 22 of service in the U.S. Army where he served as both a commissioned officer and a non-commissioned officer. His overseas tours included Germany, Korea and Vietnam.