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Deputy National Commodores

The Auxiliary has four Deputy National Commodores (DNACO) who report to the Vice National Commodore. Three are elected, and one is appointed (*).

Each DNACO has a specific set of operational areas he or she is responsible for, with one or more of the appointed Assistant National Commodores (staff officers) reporting in. Additionally, each of the three elected DNACOs (O, RBS, and MS) are the reporting point for approximately one third of the 16 District Commodores, grouped by geographical area, who are elected every two years to lead their local membership.

We invite you to review the content below and find out more about the Deputy National Commodores.


Deputy National Commodore – Atlantic East & Operations (DNACO–O)

COMO Kenneth E. Brown, Sr.

Commodore Kenneth E. Brown, Sr. of York, PA, joined the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1998. He served as District Commodore for the Fifth District, Northern Region from 2012 to 2014. He previously served as District Chief of Staff from 2010 to 2012. His military time was with the U.S Air Force working on Titan II Missiles..


Deputy National Commodore – Pacific Area & Recreational Boating Safety (DNACO–RBS)

COMO Rodney E. Collins

Commodore Rod Collins of Felton, California, joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1997 and has served in a variety of positions. He recently served as District Dommodore of the Eleventh District Northern Region from 2012 to 2014 and District Chief of Staff from 2010 to 2012.


Deputy National Commodore – Atlantic West & Mission Support (DNACO–MS)

COMO Larry L. King

Commodore Larry King from Pascagoula, Mississippi joined the Auxiliary in 2002. He has served in numerous appointed and elected positions including his most recent elected position as District Commodore of the Eighth District, Coastal Region from 2012 to 2014. He is a retired US Navy Captain and has worked in the private sector as Director, Quality Engineering, in a major shipbuilding firm.


Deputy National Commodore – Info Tech & Planning (DNACO–ITP) (*)

COMO Fred C. Gates

Commodore Fred Gates joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1998. He has served in various positions on the National Staff since 2000. Most recently Commodore Gates was appointed Assistant National Commodore for Strategic Analysis in 2010 and as Assistant National Commodore for Planning and Performance Measurement in 2011.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: March 12, 2015