Coast Guard Auxiliary Members Honored


U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Division 9; Flotilla 91

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 9 has over 600 members that support the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector St. Petersburg and Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida. In 2018 the Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 9 members contributed over 84,000 volunteer hours.

Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary Division 9 leaders presented performance awards to members of Flotilla 91, Fort Myers Beach. These awards represented exceptional performance of duty in demonstrating the Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

  • Mathew Ponzio: Appreciation for Supporting Station Families during the government shutdown.
  • Tom Bamford: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
    Marine Oil Spill Emergency Response Training for Operations Level
  • Flotilla 91 Unit Award: NACO 3 Star Award for Diversity Management Excellence
  • Flotilla 91 Unit Award: Best Performing Flotilla for Operational Support
  • Thomas Bruno: 5 Year Auxiliary Membership Service Award
  • Stuart Kaplan: Sustained Auxiliary Service Award (Tenth Award)
  • Tom Bamford: 1st Place Division 9 Member Training Hours
  • Tom Bamford: 3rd Place Division 9 Coast Guard Administrative Support
  • Daniel Eaton: 1st Place Coast Guard Operational Support
  • Dave Nemitz: AUXOP Certified
  • Thomas Bamford, Daniel Eaton, Nick Kaveski, Matt Ponzio, David Schwartz, Robert Simpson, Tom Strzycki, Russell Werth, Daniel K. Gurecky and Doug Trojanowski: Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation: District Seven 2018 National Safe Boating Week Team
  • Thomas Bruno: Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation
  • Daniel Eaton, Thomas Bamford: Auxiliary Achievement Medal
  • Frank “Nick” Kaveski: Division Staff Officer of the year 2018

U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary District Captain West Thomas Bamford stated “These awards reflect the dedication and commitment of these Volunteers to the U.S. Guard and our Country. They exemplify the concepts of Service to Nation – Duty to People—Commitment to Excellence.”

The Auxiliary has units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. Under the direct authority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across all the U.S. they aid or save countless boaters every year. Every day the auxiliary saves hundreds of thousands in property and saves countless lives.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, visit