Two awards were presented at the event. One was the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public
Service Award, which was presented to Captain John Fuechsel, USCG (Ret.). He was cited
for his significant success in leading the US Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
(GMDSS) Task Force since its inception in 1994. He has been instrumental in the development of the GMDSS, which revolutionized distress and safety systems for the mariner. Under
his skillful and professional leadership, the Task Force, with more than 4,000 members, has
become the foremost forum for promoting and enhancing maritime safety for the professional and recreational communities.
The second award was the 2018 RTCM Chuck Husick Memorial Award, which was presented to Joe Hersey for outstanding contributions to the marine industry and safety of the
boating public through development of marine radio and electronic navigation systems.
RTCM recognized Hersey for his lifetime of contributions to maritime communications and
related safety systems. Spanning more than 40 years of dedicated government service from
junior engineer to senior executive and continuing into retirement, he was recognized for
improving safety, security and environmentally responsible programs through dedicated
service to national and international maritime electronics, navigational and telecommunications organizations.
The award is named for Chuck Husick, who was a longtime active member of RTCM and
NMEA and made lasting contributions to the goals of each.
he RTCM and NMEA held a combined 2018 Marine Electronics Conference &
Expo, Sept. 25–28, at the PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. By combining the
events, attendees participated in a product expo along with technical and educational sessions offered by both organizations. Decision makers from major marine
electronics companies, the US Coast Guard, FCC, international representatives, and
other government representatives attended.
RTCM ROLLS OUT A
AWARDS HONOR TWO KEY PLAYERS
GMDSS Task Force Chairman Jack
Fuechsel (second from right) is flanked by
(r-l) RTCM President Edgar Wendlandt,
Radio Holland USA’s Rich Beattie and
the FCC’s Ghassan Khalek.
REPORTED BY ED GILBERT, RTCM Vice Chairman
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