Jacksonville’s Deen named boating education instructor of the year

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Greg Deen, Safety Boating Instructor of the Year, uses toy boats to demonstrate rules-of-the-road when on the water.

Greg Deen of Jacksonville, was named recently Boating Safety Instructor of the Year by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation at its annual banquet Saturday night. In the past 2 years as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Central Arkansas, Deen has assisted in teaching 23 boating education classes in Little Rock, Cabot, Lonoke, Sheridan, Searcy and Jacksonville.

“Greg Deen was fortunate to have a dad who liked fishing and wanted to share his passion for boating with his family,” said Michael Strobel, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Little Rock.

As a youngster Greg’s father taught him how to operate the family’s first boat which was a 14 foot fiberglass runabout powered by a 35 horsepower Johnson motor.

“That passion for boats stayed with Greg through the years even though it was interrupted for a time as Greg attended college and then served as a pilot in the Air Force,” said Strobel. “ Greg spent the last 15 years of his military career at the Little Rock Air Force Base, training aviators specializing in researching, developing, and teaching flight safety programs that reduced human error caused by organizational culture.”

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