Kimber, of Williamstown, had been an Auxiliarist since 2011. He has served as a boat crewmember as well as in several staff positions, including vice commander and operations officer. Prior to transferring to Sylvan Beach Flotilla, Kimber served as a staff officer with Brewerton Flotilla 2-14.
Conroy, from Cazenovia, holds certifications as a Coxswain, Instructor, Personal Watercraft Operator, and Vessel Examiner. An Auxiliarist since 2002, Conroy has served in training and operations roles. He is a past flotilla commander and past division commander.
He joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary after attending a 13-week Boat Skills and Seamanship course and being invited to sign up by Past District Commodore Tom Briggs, the lead instructor.
“Tom became a good friend and long-time mentor, and we spent many a pre-season together teaching Boating Safety Courses as Auxiliary Instructors,” he noted. “My real passion is being on board, so I became operationally qualified (as boat crew, coxswain and personal watercraft operator).”
Conroy started out with Brewerton Flotilla 2-14 and served four terms as its flotilla commander. Central New York Division 2 also tapped him as its operations officer to develop training workshops and on-the-water drills. Eventually he transferred to Sylvan Beach Flotilla 26.