FMB USCG Auxiliary Honored


Flotilla of the Year

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 9 has nine Flotillas in four counties with 670 members that support the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector St. Petersburg and Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida. In 2019 the Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 9 members contributed over 81,000 volunteer hours.

Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary Division 9 leaders presented performance awards to members of Flotilla 91, Fort Myers Beach. The members of Flotilla 91 were honored with the Division 9 Flotilla of the Year Award. Auxiliary members under the guidance of 2019 Flotilla Commander Nick Kaveski contributed their time and talents in support of the United States Coast Guard and recreational boating safety. Flotilla members keep their eyes on the prize. The prize being the potential for saving lives through Public Education, Complimentary Vessel Examinations, Recreational Boating Safety Outreach and Public Affairs Initiatives. These awards represent exceptional performance of duty in demonstrating the Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

Unit Awards:

Division 9 Flotilla of the Year Award

– Best Performing Flotilla Operational Support 2019

– Performing Flotilla Member Training 2019

– Coast Guard Unit Commendation for Exceptionally Service 2014 to 2019

– Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation National Safe Boating Week 2019

– Diversity Management 3 Star Award of Excellence 2019

Personal Awards:

William Knudsen – Certificate of Performance Excellence 2019 Public Education Lead Hours

Nicholas Lopresti 

Certificates of Performance Excellence 2019

– Most Vessel Safety Checks – 2nd Place

– Public Education Aide Hours 3rd Place

– Century Club Award 100 Vessel Exams and Program Visits

– Commodore’s Certificate of Excellence Recreational Boating

Daniel Eaton

– Commodore’s Certificate of Excellence for CG Operational / Admin Support 2018

–  Commodore’s Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Service as the Division 9 Chairman of National Safe Boating Week

Flotilla Commander Gerald Durham of the U.S Coast Guard Flotilla 91 stated, “While ribbons and certificates honor our efforts, our focus remains upon the prevention of search and rescue cases and protecting our environment with emphasis upon our guiding principles of Service to Nation, Duty to People and Commitment to Excellence.

The Coast Guard 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. Their vessels and aircraft deploy across all the U.S. as 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, please visit