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Mountwest director receives prestigious scouting award

February 05, 2014

Huntington, W.Va. - Captain John Whiteley, Director of Mountwest’s Inland Waterways Academy, received the USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award, a Scouting award that recognizes members and honorees of the US Power Squadrons who are also Sea Scout leaders, and who have provided outstanding civic, educational, and fraternal leadership through civic involvement, educational achievement, and active participation in both programs.

“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award, especially since only five were awarded nationally this year,” said Whiteley. “Since 2004, only 94 Finley Awards have been presented.”

Whiteley has been an adult volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America for 33 years and has worked with the Sea Scouts for five years. He is also the Vice Commodore for Training for Central Region Area 4, which covers eastern Ohio and West Virginia, and a member of the Kanawha River Squadron of US Power Squadrons.

Whiteley attended the National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America as a staff member, working the combined US Power Squadron/Sea Scouts display in both 2010 and 2013. It was at the 2013 Jamboree held in West Virginia that he learned he would be a recipient of the award.

Additionally, Whiteley was recently named the Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year for Division 3 of District 8 Eastern by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is beginning his two-year term as Flotilla Commander of South Charleston Flotilla 082-02-01 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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