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Local Coast Guard Auxiliary changes leadership

July 16, 2013
submitted by Dan Eaton , Pine Island Eagle

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 91 changed leadership in July from a unique situation where the current Flotilla Commander resigned to assume the Division vice-commander position.

Tom Strzycki was unanimously appointed as the new Flotilla commander and Lou Conti was also unanimously appointed as the new Vice-Flotilla commander in June with terms expiring on Dec. 31.

Commander Stryzycki was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Fort Myers in 2007. He has a MBA degree from Northern Illinois University and taught at DePaul University as Adjunct Faculty for several years. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force from the Vietnam era with the rank of Sergeant. He is Boat Crew, Public Education Instructor Qualified. He resides in Fort Myers with his wife Joan.

Vice Commander Conti has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since May 2001. He has held offices as Flotilla staff officer for vessel examiner, human resources, Vice Flotilla commander and Flotilla commander as a member of Flotilla 9-10 of Cape Coral. He also held the office of Vice Division commander and Division commander for Division 9 which covers Charlotte, Lee , Collier and a part of Sarasota County. He has a Criminal Justice Degree from Youngstown State University and is a retired Police Officer. Mr. Conti served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and after 31 years retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Master Sergeant. He resides in Cape Coral with his wife, Marianne, who is also a member of the Auxiliary. He says working with her as a team has made his duties that much more enjoyable.

Known as "America's Volunteer Lifesavers" the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts more than 35,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard forces. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. To learn more about the Fort Myers Beach Auxiliary, visit



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