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Biography: BC-BLN, BC-BRG

William Griswold, BC-BLN.William Griswold (email), Branch Chief, NSBC/NWSC: After a 37-year career in the military, both in the US Army and the US Coast Guard, he retired in 1993 as a Captain USCG. After commissioning, he served in aviation tours including a tour in Vietnam. After transferring to the Coast Guard, he served at various Air Stations performing search and rescue missions in both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He also deployed aboard Coast Guard icebreakers for two trips to Antarctica. When the 200-mile limit was initiated, he served a tour in Kodiak, Alaska sailing on cutters’ aviation detachments enforcing the laws of the 200 - mile economic zone.

His staff tours included military readiness, personnel and recreational boating. He served Director of Auxiliary tours in Alaska, New York and eventually served as the Chief Director, Auxiliary at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington. Since retirement in 1993, he has been active in the local Auxiliary unit in Florida, at the District and National Auxiliary Staff levels, and served as Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council 2002 – 2004. He presently is the President of the United Safe Boating Institute.

He is married to Sam, and they live in central Florida. Their children are grown and have given them 11 grand children. He owns a 44 – foot Carver Motor Yacht and boats on the St. Johns River in Florida.

A profile of "Griz" appears in the November 2010 issue of Sitrep magazine.