The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) Flotilla 95, Marco Island, District 7, Division 9 held their 50th annual Change of Watch on January 14 at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The event was a beautiful display of honor and tradition.
Walter Jaskiewicz PDCO 7th District USCGA was a skilled master of ceremonies for the evening. The Sounding of the Bell for those lost, and the introduction of the Missing Man Table were two familiar and moving tributes during the ceremony. The Parading of the Beef, a lesser-known tradition for many of the guests, was both interesting and fun to watch.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Thomas Bamford, USCGA Commander Division 9, District 7, and BMC Anthony Liuzzi, USCGA STA FMB were the distinguished guest speakers.
The new Bridge for 2017 includes Doug Bartlett, Flotilla Commander; John Montville, Vice Flotilla Commander; and Keith Wohltman, past Commander. Other Bridge members are Christopher Hutchings, Doug Johnson, Lee Konecke, Howard Laskau, Mike Massey, John Moyer, Joseph Rassiccia, Joseph Riccio, Mitchell Schlitt, Edwin Schwab and Robert Shmihluk.