James E. Vass, of Port O'Connor, has been elected to the position of National Commodore for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is also a member of the local Victoria Auxiliary Flotilla 7-10. Vass joined the auxiliary in 1991. He was the 2008-10 vice national commodore and has served at many levels of both elected and appointed leadership. He is also a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Army Pvt. Blake A. Gillette has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
Gillette is the daughter of Sylvia Isassi, of Victoria. She is a 2004 graduate of Calhoun High School.